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The game of permutations in the vital programme is therefore unlimited: it will never be exhausted. What is then surprising, if we observe the already realised “phenotypes” (the living and extinct organisms), is not the richness of their variations, but on the contrary, their relative poverty if compared to the realisable virtualities. The game of life reveals itself to be stupidly repetitive. If Vampyroteuthis has a mind that is analogue to ours, if evolution towards mentality was converging (as will be shown later), this is one more proof of the blind strategy – automatic and causal – through which life develops.
And Vampyroteuthis is the first move in this new game. If we apply this model as a tool for our comprehension of Vampyroteuthis, we will observe that, although he is the result of the same game that produced us, he no longer plays with us. He is engaged in a different game, which for us is not playable. He is engaged in what is for us a “meta-game”. We play of love and are thus threatened by death. He plays of death and represses love, which in him is more developed than in us as humans. Our aim is to fuse ourselves with the Other in order to transcend death.
The evolution towards mentality manifests itself, as does every vital evolution, in a growth of organ complexity (in this case: of the brain and nervous system). However, we must not forget that such a manifestation is merely “phenotypical”. That is: an observable manifestation in organisms. Thus organisms are only “superficial phenomena” in life. The essential base of evolution is not the organism, but the egg. It is the egg that contains the vital programme, and it is the egg that is “immortal”.