Replication and cell identity. The birth of death.

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The set of genes a cell expresses determines if it’s a skin cell, nerve cell or a heart muscle cell, among the 200 or so different cell types found in the human body”. Prior to cell division, chromosomes are seemingly a jumbled mess. During cell division, parent cell chromosomes and their duplicates sort themselves out by condensing, becoming thousands of times more compact than at any other time. Researchers have long assumed that genes become “silent” during cell division, not being transcribed into proteins or regulatory molecules. This has left open the question of how genes get properly re-activated after cell division. Now, researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University Pennsylvania have found that gene expression actually continues during cell replication. Their findings were published in Science. (1)

In the same way humans are trying to solve the problems of discontinuity in life. They wander how and why life is ended by death. They wander how existence is ended by non-existence. They try to figure out how something can be, when it was not there before. They are surprised to find something where they were not supposed to find it.

Because they believe in nothingness.

They believe in zero.

They believe in things not-being

It all started with a kid. Talking about a unicorn, with eyes full of delight. His parents smiled at the boy. And explained to him that unicorns do not exist. And just like that, a being was expelled into the darkness of oblivion. Just like that, death was born…

Hawking died. So what?

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Hawking died and people around the globe remind us on how much important he was.

But was he?

Let’s see what the man himself would say…
“I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail,” he told the Guardian. “There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.” (source)

Other quotes offer similar views of the cosmos and our nature: we are just matter, governed by physical laws. There is no God. There is no higher meaning in the cosmos.

In the universe Hawking himself believed in, he was not important. As any other man and woman, he was just a lifeless set of matter in a universe void of any meaning.

Be careful what you believe in.

You might end up getting it…

The fascism of scientism has a name: Richard Dawkins… “The state needs to ‘protect’ children from religion and their… parents” (!)

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In an interview prior to a speech at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, last week, Dawkins told the media that parents have too much influence in their children’s education, especially when it comes to religion.

“There is a balancing act and you have to balance the rights of parents and the rights of children, and I think the balance has swung too far towards parents,” Dawkins told the Irish Times. “Children do need to be protected so that they can have a proper education and not be indoctrinated in whatever religion their parents happen to have been brought up in.”

He added, “You have to write off those people” who value the Bible over science.

Dawkins was in Ireland, along with physicist Lawrence Krauss as part of a tour promoting Arizona State University’s Origins Project. “And parents of course have concerns and a say, but they don’t have the right to shield their children from knowledge,” Krauss said. “That’s not a right any more than they have the right to shield their children from health care or medicine. And those parents that do that are often tried and imprisoned when they refuse to allow their children to get blood transfusions or whatever is necessary for their health. And this is necessary for their mental health.” [1]

Meet the religion of today.

It is not called religion and yet it is.

It is called “Love for science”, a.k.a. “scientism”.

Practiced by people BELIEVING that science will answer all metaphysical questions, even when these are not even part of the realm of science.

Meet the new fascism.

It is not called fascism.

It is called “Love for knowledge”.

Practiced by people who believe only their knowledge is the correct one. By people who speak for tolerance and yet they are intolerant to any other opinion than their own.

Meet the old religion.

In the beginning it was not called religion either.

It was called “Love”.

Practiced by people who just believed in… love. By people who had answered all the great metaphysical problems. In their heart. Now. By people who were tolerant, even to their enemies while they slaughtered them.

Now go and watch out of the window.

Is the rain coming?

Skepticism. Garbage.

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We live in an era of skepticism. Skepticism which targets one specific way of thinking: The Christian way of thinking. But how can you differentiate between doubt and dogmatic denial? wondered William James.

How can one deny the logic behind the idea of someone designing the cosmos due to “skepticism” and yet accept as highly probable and “logical” the idea of a universe being without reason at all or the idea of people being simple sets of lifeless matter? The more you use specific axioms (e.g. materialism) as the basis of your thinking the more dogmatic you become. And the most definite characteristic of dogmatic people is their shouting so loud against dogmatism.

Deep inside you know. Deep inside you are certain.

Otherwise you could not live at all.

Start being skeptic with skepticism.

And all darkness will come to light…

Flat Earth. Problematic science. Troubling scientism. Atheists and their psychological problems.

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What happens if you ask an astrophysicist whether the Earth is flat? If that astrophysicist is Neil deGrasse Tyson, he first gives you a brutal side-eye that terrifies you to your core, before explaining the real reason why there are still people who believe the Earth is flat and we are at the center of the universe.

In a recent conversation with The Huffington Post, Tyson likened flat Earthers’ level of logic and understanding of the world to that of children who think people on TV know them.

“When you are a little child, you think they know you because you are the center of your own universe”, said Tyson, speaking with HuffPost’s Impact & Innovation managing editor, David Freeman. “And to mature out of that is very hard — not only when we grow up as humans, but also as we grow up as a civilization”.

Although the Earth seemed flat to people in earlier ages who could only see it from a limited vantage point, today we have several lines of evidence showing that our planet is round, including the Apollo program’s photos of a round Earth, Tyson added.

Most of humanity may have grown out of our ancestors’ immature view of the universe, but some of us seem to be lagging behind. Earlier this year, Tyson got into a Twitter battle with rapper B.o.B, who claimed that the Earth is flat and that he can prove this by using physics and math.

“I don’t mind that people don’t know things”, Tyson said. “But if you don’t know and you have the power of influence over others, that’s dangerous”.

He points the finger at the schools. “I blame the education system that can graduate someone into adulthood who cannot tell the difference between what is and is not true about this world”, Tyson said. (1)

Harmonia Philosophica has for a long time dealt with misconceptions about science, its relation with the philosophical notion of “truth” and the dogmatism hidden under very common “knowledge” like the “Earth is not at the center of the solar system” idea in astronomy. (read “Earth at the center of the Universe?”)

Tyson summarizes the whole philosophy of atheists quite well: They really want to believe they are unimportant (or they really want to deny that they are important) that they tend to overlook facts and simply impose dogmatic opinions as facts in order to satisfy their own psychological problems.

What you are on a planet looking at planets circling around you (yes, this is what you see when observing planets) the most logical thing to say is that these planets… circle around you. And yes, it is logical for a kid to see itself as the center of the universe. It should. We all should.

We are important.

We are not tiny specks of dust.

We are not lifeless bodies.

We are not soulless machines.

We are humans.

At the center of everything.

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