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Re: Re: [humanism-174] The Descent of Man.

From: Valerie
Sent on: Saturday, September 14, 2013 2:02 PM
Not having studied DNA in-depth, I'll admit it's puzzling (but fascinating) that DNA can act as sort of a "toolbox" that can switch functions on or off, etc.  

If there was ever a designer for DNA, my impression that it would be more like a team of nerdy gaming developers, because if you study biology you'll see it's more like a game of survival, competition and perpetuation.  (But, being human I'm limited to my understandings as a human.)


"Self-organization" seems to be an attempt to form an explanation for the processes underlying the concept of  "spontaneous generation."  "Emergent properties" may (must) result, as must replication, in order to get "life."  These concepts are a start.  A persuasive explanation has yet to be offered.  Graham Cairns-Smith's hypothesis is interesting ( as are a few others I have read.  We are a long way from an explanation! 

Mike S 

On Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 3:05 PM, Mike <[address removed]> wrote: 

Stephen Hawking just used it on NPR Science Friday! 

Mike S 

On Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 3:02 PM, Mark Tiborsky <[address removed]> wrote: 

Ha! The 3rd comment is golden- 
"He forgot #20, in which the hominids beget a god and deny that steps 1-18 ever existed." 
Re: Mike- perhaps "spontaneous generation" isn't a good term for it anymore, maybe it should be thought of as patterns of self-organization, emergence and self-replication. 

On Sep 13,[masked]:18 PM, "Mike" <[address removed]> wrote: 

While I will admit to close friends that I am a supernatural/spirituality "Denier," RNA/DNA and the origin of life via spontaneous generation has puzzled me lately.  Some problems are very difficult to solve, I suppose. 

Mike S 

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