Why Human life? It’s an enigma that humankind is too scared to ponder. We don’t know the answer. Yet this is fundamental knowledge–essential to understanding how we function.
This post covers questions from Inventory of the universe chapters 7-10: Human Life > Human Body > Brain/Mind > The Human/Animal Dilemma. Keep in mind why we’re exposing these questions: Because we are searching for answers, coherent completeness where all the answers fit together to give us a clear understanding of the why of the Universe, Earth, and Humankind. A tall order, granted, We’re looking for a book that contains these answers.
(Origin of the Universe chapter 2.3)
Remember that at the end of Audit of the Universe, we realized that Leaders, Philosophers, Scientists, and Religionists had not given us this coherent completeness. In other words, humankind, of and by itself, cannot figure out the equation.
We’ve therefore turned to Theology to try and see if there’s some sacred book authored by a s/Source that is ‘beyond humankind.’ At this point, The Explanation is not saying there is such a s/Source. I’m presenting the issues, and it’ll be up to you to see whether these arguments lead to coherent completeness.
Below is a lengthy list, including many why questions for which we need reliable answers. You can NOT get proper what / how answers UNLESS you know WHY! And they relate to the most fundamental query of all, why human life?
As an example: How should we treat employees? You can answer, but you can’t give a complete solution–unless you know why humankind exists; this might sound disproportionate, but an employee, no matter where they are in the world, is a human being. You can’t know what they need, how to keep them productive unless you understand why that human life is in your employ. You might think you’re just dealing with a bunch of ’employees’ that have a ‘job to be done.’ but sooner or later, there’ll be discontent because you’ve overlooked the ‘human life’ aspect of the question.Can we answer the question: How should we treat employees? If we don't know what a human being is? Click To Tweet
We’re going deep, deep, deep to search for a sacred book with a s/Source, beyond humankind, that can throw light on this primordial subject.
How can you have total worldwide peace and prosperity if you don’t have it first on an individual level? (page 164)
We recognize that DNA has a top-down approach to transmitting information that orchestrates the notes of the biological chef-d’oeuvre in distinctive, unique directions; this is where we witness chronobiology at its supreme. What do I mean by that? Think of DNA as having internal clocks, each set to the life cycle equivalent of what time it is in Paris, Rome, New York, Hong Kong, or Tokyo. These timers help juggle the millions of elements in a DNA chain, with instantaneous and meticulous exactitude, to produce various types of RNA that in turn, combine the amino acids into the lengthy folded proteins that are propelled to the four corners of your body to keep life running. (page 165)
Our disturbing question comes up time and again: which came first? For instance, proteins produce amino acids while already having amino acids as part of their structure. In a flowchart or organizational chart, which do you put first? (page 166)
When bonded together, these molecules form about five hundred chains called amino acids, of which only twenty are the building blocks of proteins. Why only that many? Why those specific ones? Why human life has the composition it does?(page 170)
“Do you know where the amino acids come from?” asks Galacti. “Various sources. They can come from our food digested (metabolized) into amino acids that join the pool of amino acids in our bloodstream, or these amino acids can be built from scratch, from simpler molecules, by other processes.” (page 174)
There are many fascinating aspects of protein synthesis, but this practically instantaneous folding into thousands of elegant 3-D geometric figures. Why these specific shapes? (page 177)
However, one cell can’t be important to human life—or can it? (page 178)
What else, exactly, goes on inside a cell? (page 181)
Only specific cells in specific places expire, while those directly adjacent are transforming into various skin cells, each with its specific functions. How is all this governed? (page 188)
Such cells have an internal self-destruct mechanism that takes them out of the normal cell circuit. “Is it too harsh to call that suicide?” Galacti asks. “Or is it more like a machine that shuts down? (page )
The question we want to ask is this: how can one fertilized cell know how to become which one of the approximate four hundred diverse cell types we have in our bodies? (page 190)
Move our hands, prick our fingers, or breathe, and we know that cell processes and the elemental atoms in DNA are at work right now, as are the vital elements of life, including the oxygen we breathe. The question is, how. Are genes the answer? (page 191)
Remember, scientists, are awakening to the real purpose of the about 80 percent of DNA that was considered junk. “In that case,” adds Galacti, “what surprises might the remaining 20 percent hold for us? (page 194)
With such interplay of nature and nurture, how can the species of humankind be so distinct? (page )
Why do transposable elements jump? How do they know where to insert themselves? (page 195)
With both addition and suppression of transposable elements, specific human functions and characteristics can be activated, silenced, or diseased. Since 80 percent of our genome is biologically active, it could go awry. Why are we in particularly good health? (page )
How Many Genes, Chromosomes, and DNA Base Pairs Do Other Organisms Have? (page 202)
Why does a rare flowering plant in Japan called Paris japonica have the largest genome of any living organism that we have measured? (page 203)
Does a larger genome indicate a more sophisticated organism? (page 204)
What about the rudimentary, irregularly shaped Amoeba dubia that contains 670 billion base pairs of nucleotides, the blueprint for everything from its irregular one-celled shape to its tentacle-like pseudopodia that help amoebas move? How can amoebas possibly have a larger genome than we do? (page 204)
How do the base pair combinations in the DNA alphabet of a dog, which differ from a worm’s, produce the ears, nose, fur, and wagging tail of a specific dog breed, as well as the blood cells that differ from human cells? (page 205)
Or how do the genes control the specific head and thorax configuration of the fruit fly? (page 205)
Exactly how and why do the genomes and DNA produce the variations around us? (page 205)
- We wonder at the history of speech. When were the first syllables or words spoken? Were they spoken by the ancient Chinese or by Indus Valley dwellers? (page 219)
- How is it that the body contains the right amount of these minerals to make the spine and other bones strong? (page 222)
- How is it that the lower bones are strong enough to keep us upright while the other bones, such as the pectoral girdle and the bones in the arms and hand, work together to do the daily tasks of living? (page )
- Why do women have breasts? Why are women uniquely equipped to have children, making eggs fertilized with sperm cells? Why do men have more hemoglobin, the composition of red blood cells, than women? (page 231)
- Another difference is the body fat that provides women with curves and full hips; we wonder about the origin of these differences. Is it merely in the hormones? Is it in the DNA, or as doctors suggest, the brain? (page 234)
Brain and Mind
The control center is called the cerebral cortex, and it is how we can reach answers to our main questions: Are humans equipped to perceive, think, and reason? Even more importantly, if the answer is yes, then why human life is equipped to reason? (page 238)
Can the structure of the brain truly explain why we do what we do, how we think, why we love what we love, and why we fear what we fear? (page 240)
Wouldn’t it be nice if we all decided to practice positive associations? (page 254)
How do infants learn? How do they learn which number is larger, for example, or how to recite a nursery rhyme? How do they learn to do those things on command? (page 255)
Why should babies be able to read lips, and why does the freshness of their minds allow them to learn two languages (such as Spanish and English or French and German) more easily? (page 258)
Despite infant’s large brains, however, their neuronal structure is like a sensory library waiting to be filled, and their brain maps are only blueprints. Why is this so? (page 259)
It’s no secret that teenagers’ brains work differently, but why don’t they have the same advantage as young children, whose brains contain about 60 percent more neurons than the teens’? Is there some significance to teen brains developing in some areas, but challenged in others, such as the circuits that control judgment, emotional control, and reasoning? (page 263)
Why do those bright, innocent, neuron-filled brains keep asking Why? Why? (page 263)
Is there an underlying message we should be getting? Is the universal brain telling us something that we haven’t grasped yet? (page 265)
Why do all brains experience identical critical periods despite differences in sex and race? Why is it that the woman next to me, raised in Malaysia, has the same lifelong patterns of brain processing? You might well say that we think different thoughts in a sense because our experiences are different, but we are alike in cognitive activity. Is it because we are all humans? Surely, but is there something more at work? (page 265)
We are all pondering the fact that we think. What exactly does that mean? (page 266)
What exactly is the mind? We can see the brain on our scans with the neurons firing. However, can we detect the mind in those pictures made of particles? (page 266)
Which comes first: a thought or brain activity? (page 268)
Could we one day “see” thoughts (we’re hungry, we’re thinking about home, we’re in love) in our tangle of “computer wire” neurons as those neurons fire? (page 270)
It means that there’s a crucial point to address. How can the mental practice of thinking affect physical activity? (page 271)
There must be some interface. Wherever that immaterial thought is, what process causes it to take physical action that lights up the brain scan? (page 271)
Those three-week-old kittens and ducklings we spoke of earlier have reappeared in the lab, courtesy of Galacti. We watch them, and we wonder: Do they think? Do their brain maps change? (page 274)
During our amazing journey, we’ve discovered many conundrums summed up by that unanswerable question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? Did amino acids come first, or did the proteins that contain and produce amino acids? Science and humankind still have much to discover, but can we answer such a question? Can we go beyond that? For instance, the common question is, “What was there before the Big Bang?” Another common question is, “Where did that initial explosion come from?”
Let’s ask another: “We know that the expansion of our universe is accelerating, not decelerating. What implausible force is behind such a venture?” And another: “Since our universe is composed of space and time, and since it’s inflating, into what is it expanding? What’s out there beyond the extremities of our universe, that is becoming a part of it, at a rate of billions and billions of square kilometers per second?” Galacti has put on his kiddie cap and is asking his “why” questions: “Why does this universe exist? Why are humans on Earth? Is there a point to life?” (page 278)
The Human /Animal Dilemma
- There are philosophical questions like why are we here? Some say, “Who cares? Does it matter?” but others either offer ideas or are looking for answers to such questions, whether the answers are scientific, philosophical, or spiritual. And the ultimate satisfaction would be to have the solutions satisfy the scientific, philosophic, and religious minds. Is this possible? (page 279)
- Do animals demonstrate kinship as we understand it, or is it merely survival instinct? (page 281)
- Animals kill to eat or in self-defense. They do not perform wanton, wholesale destruction, nor do they kill for fun. Somehow, this vast arena has established a living equilibrium. Can we say the same for humans? (page 296)
- The broad question is how each of these subjects, or pieces of the puzzle, relates to bringing peace and prosperity to Earth. The primary query is this: Do animals have a role to play in this? Can they participate in the discussion via clues and input? (page 302)
- “Can man answer the question of how to attain peace and prosperity? (page 302)
- Who would have ever thought a 3-D printer was possible? Yet man invented it. (page 306)
- What Is an Animal? What Is a Human? (page 309)
- However, when we look at the world today, who are transforming it? Who is at the heart of all, and I mean all the changes, modifications, and revolutions that have historically taken place and are reordering society at a seemingly speedier pace today? (page 309)
- Why is it that a blind piglet can find its way to its mother’s nipples and begin suckling for its livelihood seconds after birth, while a newborn human baby would die if it did not have the nipple placed in its mouth? (page 312)
- Why is it that colts and fillies can get to their feet, wobble, and walk around within minutes after their birth? While a baby lies on its back for months before even starting the process of turning over, getting up on all fours, crawling on all fours, standing, and finally taking its first steps around ten months after birth? Why is it that animals with smaller brains and lesser intelligence become independent quickly, while babies with a vast potential of intelligence take about eighteen years before we declare them adults? Why is it that animals are operational within seconds, minutes, or days and can eat, hunt, swim, fly, navigate, hibernate, and adapt to their environment? While children have to go through a lengthy process of years of education to learn the fundamentals of how to live and how to earn a living among many, many other things? Why do these capacities originate and manifest themselves in these ways? (page 312)
- When seven billion people are playing with the same puzzle (of the Universe and Earth) according to their own different rules, can it resemble the original one for long? (page 321)
- Can the puzzle’s masterpieces retain their perfect fit, each filling its position, functions, and responsibilities properly within the entirety of that intricate puzzle? In what shape is our puzzle? Is it still recognizable? How much sincere interest is there in trying to understand the original form? Is there a limit to how far humankind can go in breaking off the edges of the puzzle pieces before the puzzle falls apart? What is the state of our universal heritage? Do we have peace and prosperity? Is it attainable for all? If so, how? (page 322)
There you have it, All those puzzling why questions touching on every aspect of our Universe, from Space to Human life with our extraordinary minds. Next week we’ll have the final questions for the a/Author of this much needed sacred book that will lead us to coherent completeness.
This blog post is from chapter 2.3 of Origin of the Universe.
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