Mapping the genome. The illusion of “dimensions”…

Cells face a daunting task. They have to neatly pack a several meter-long thread of genetic material into a nucleus that measures only five micrometers across. This origami creates spatial interactions between genes and their switches, which can affect human health and disease. Now, an international team of scientists has devised a powerful new technique that ‘maps’ this three-dimensional geography of the entire genome. Their paper is published in Nature. (1)

We like analyzing things.

So we have “discovered” dimensions.

And the more we analyze, the more dimensions seem to be there.

From the extra dimension of time to the extra dimensions of new physics’ theories to adding dimensions of analysis of human behavior or to adding dimensions in the ways genome is mapped or in the ways it expresses itself, we are all doing the same thing over and over again: Adding complexity to a simple world. We may name it “Discovering complexity” but in reality, all this ‘discovery’ is just in our mind.

Humans were on Earth for millions of years.

The genome was there all the time.

With no maps. No dimensions.

Expressing itself.

Part of a human.

Part of a cosmos.

So in essence, it was never there.

Because there was no human.

There was no self in the first place.

There was no genome.

Just the cosmos.

Expressing itself.

The map is empty.


Evolution, species, oversimplification & the death of Occam…

Evolution does not necessarily form species. (“species” based on the ‘similar genes’ definition) (1)

This applies to Meiofauna and probably to other large-populated organisms like bacteria. Latest theories have found that not even human cells within the same brain have the same genome. (2)

And the same applies for the gens into our body. (3)

Harmonia Philosophica (@Wordpress or @Blogger) has for a long time pointed out the subjectivity of definitions and the problems with the term “species”. How can one built such an “important” theory of life based on something so subjective? When something is complicated, trying to simplify it ends in disaster.

Occam’s razor needs replacement with something like… Occam’s brain!

Brain, body, DNA, “uniqueness”…

It was once thought that each cell in a person’s body possesses the same DNA code and that the particular way the genome is read imparts cell function and defines the individual. For many cell types in our bodies, however, that is an oversimplification. Studies of neuronal genomes published in the past decade have turned up extra or missing chromosomes, or pieces of DNA that can copy and paste themselves throughout the genomes. (1)

Our neurons do not seem to all have the same genome. (2)

If it not the DNA sequence, then what “mystery” does rule our body? Could it be…something NOT in our body? Nuh! My free will based on my deterministic DNA-based body cannot accept that! 🙂

Pines, humans, genome…

Deciphering the genome of the loblolly pine is a tall order, as is perhaps fitting for a tree that can grow to be 30 meters in height.

Researchers sequenced the conifer’s (Pinus taeda) approximately 24 billion bases of DNA, Steven Salzberg of Johns Hopkins University reported May 10. That surpasses the previous record holder, wheat, by more than 7 billion bases. The DNA is distributed over 12 chromosomes, each about two-thirds the size of the entire human genome. [1]

If complexity is the way to measure evolution, what are we taught by the fact that some “lower level” organisms like plants have more complex genome than we do?

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