A liberal feminist exploded live on TV some time ago and this much hatred in one person is so rare to see. Katie Hopkins, well know British feminist crossed the line and said some awful things, including demanding euthanasia for the old people…
“We just have far too many old people. It’s ridiculous to be living in a country where we can put dogs to sleep but not people. Euthanasia vans – just like ice-cream vans – that would come to you home. It would all be perfectly charming. They might even have a nice little tune they’d play. I mean this genuinely. I’m super-keen on euthanasia vans. We need to accept that just because medial advances mean we can live longer, it’s not necessarily the right thing to do”. (1)
This is not something weird or an isolated event. We see this kind of thinking constantly. Some people are like this. Trying to find logical explanations for everything. Trying to find reason and rational arguments for anything.
Trying to find “logical” reasons for someone to live.
Trying to find rational arguments for someone to still exist.
But there are no such arguments.
Life is not rational. Existence is not logical. Our very nature is illogical, irrational, tragic and deeply metaphysical. And you cannot uphold the miracle of life unless you actually believe it is a miracle. The rational way of thinking leads straight to death.
The transition from an egg to a developing embryo is one of life’s most remarkable transformations. Yet little is known about it. Now Whitehead Institute researchers have deciphered how one aspect – control of the all-important translation of messenger RNAs (mRNAs) into proteins – switches as the egg becomes an embryo. That shift is controlled by a beautiful mechanism, which is triggered at a precise moment in development and automatically shuts itself off after a narrow window of 20 to 90 minutes.
As an egg develops, it stockpiles mRNAs from the mother because it will not have time to create new mRNAs during the rapid development of a very early embryo. When fertilized the egg becomes an embryo, the stashed maternal mRNAs are pressed into service for a brief window before the embryo starts transcribing its own mRNAs. This change occurs very early; in humans, only two to four cell divisions occur before this transition is executed. Whitehead Member Terry Orr-Weaver studies the control of translation of maternal mRNAs in the model organism Drosophila, or the fruit fly, because its developmental strategy offers experimental advantages.
In the research, Orr-Weaver and her lab determined that key to the transition are the three molecules that form the enzyme PNG kinase: PNG, PLU, and GNU. Orr-Weaver describes PNG and PLU as “tight buddies” that are always locked together, including in the mature egg. At that point in development, GNU has phosphate molecules tacked to it, which impede its binding to PNG-PLU.
When an egg is activated, levels of another enzyme that adds phosphates to GNU in the egg precipitously drop, allowing GNU to lose its phosphates and bind to PNG-PLU. Once together, the trio comprises the PNG kinase that triggers the translational control of the maternal mRNAs. Because PNG kinase also triggers the breakdown of GNU, the kinase self-destructs, which quickly and irreversibly squelches the translation of maternal mRNAs. This elegant feedback loop and the switch it controls are described in an article in eLife. (1)
An elegant mechanism of life. Does it really matter if this is something random or something deliberately designed? Does our need to name and categorize things (as random, non-random etc) make it necessary that any categories at all exist in the cosmos?
Imagine that you observe the above-mentioned mechanism. And you just sit in awe in front of the grandeur of nature and what we call life, paying attention to every little detail of how this life came to be.
Does it matter if there is a God?
Does it matter if there is death?
Does it matter what life is?
All great questions in philosophy have been generated by people who were too much preoccupied with thinking that they sat in front of the miracles of the cosmos. People who did not want to just sit in awe but who wanted to make things “comprehensible”. But life is not something to understand. Life is something to experience. And you can never truly experience something is you are so distanced from it in order to understand it.
“Knowing how to tell a clear and coherent story is an important skill for helping young children to develop strong reading skills, which, in turn, can help them to be successful across a number of different subjects in school,” said FPG advanced research scientist Nicole Gardner-Neblett. “Prior research suggests that historical and cultural factors foster strong storytelling skills among African American children, which has implications for their development as readers”.
Two years ago, Gardner-Neblett’s own research was the first to demonstrate the connection between African American preschoolers’ storytelling abilities and their early reading skills in kindergarten. That study found a link between storytelling and reading only for the African American children, from households across income levels, but not for any other demographic group. (1)
We have lost the art of storytelling.
Now we just believe the “Facts”.
It is the most “primitive” ones who will ultimately save our heritage as human beings. Soon enough, when the forest is empty, when the river stays silent, we will remember. That there is magic in the world. And that this magic only exists if you believe in it. The river does not make any sound. You are the one making the tree leaves thawing. By just sitting down and closing your eyes. Start analyzing them and you will see that the sound is gone. We are the vessel which receives the cosmos and gives it shapes and sounds.
People with social anxiety avoid situations in which they are exposed to judgment by others. Those affected also lead a withdrawn life. Researchers have now found evidence for a gene that is believed to be linked to the illness. It encodes a serotonin transporter in the brain. Interestingly, this messenger suppresses feelings of anxiety and depressiveness. (1)
We love people participating.
We like people similar to us.
We despise people who are “withdrawn”.
Society hates anyone who ignores it.
And tries to find ways to ‘cure’ them.
Initially we were afraid of the forest.
But now we like it.
We did not know why we were thrown in it.
And now we cannot live outside of it.
But it is away from the forest that we feel less anxious.
It is away from society that we feel less depressed.
The geological search for ancient life frequently zeroes in on fossilized organic structures or biominerals that can serve as “biosignatures,” that survive in the rock record over extremely long time scales. Mineral elements such as sulfur are often formed through biological activity. Microbes can also produce a variety of telltale extracellular structures that resemble sheaths and stalks.
However, according to new findings published in the journal Nature Communications, carbon-sulfur microstructures that would be recognized today by some experts as biomaterials are capable of self-assembling under certain conditions, even without direct biological activity. These “false” biosignatures could potentially be misinterpreted as signs of biological activity due to their strong resemblance to microbial structures. (1)
Life which is not life.
Isn’t that the norm?
Matter is matter. It can never by anything else. Looking into rocks for bio-signatures is as silly as looking in a silicon diode for traces of conscious intelligence.
Perhaps not the right example.
Too many people are stupid enough to actually believe that computers have or could have “consciousness” like we do. But again, what is the actual difference between a rock and a computer? Complexity? What is the difference between us and a computer? Complexity? What is life is not that intangible thing which cannot be articulated in materialistic terms and, thus, gets all modern scientists run into a dead end when dealing with consciousness? Harmonia Philosophica has argued for a long long time against the dogmatism of materialism. Let us not fool ourselves: no matter how many arguments one postulates, he will never persuade those who are already persuaded.