Regenerate.

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New study reveals regeneration of amputated body parts is not always an ancient trait and scientists might need to rethink the way they compare animals with regenerative abilities. An international group of researchers including biologists from the University of Maryland found that at least four species of marine ribbon worms independently recently evolved the ability to regrow a head after amputation. This new study, which was published in the March 6, 2019 issue of Proceedings of the Royal Society B, turns that assumption on its head. In a survey of 35 species of marine ribbon worms, the researchers found that the ability to regenerate an entire head, including a brain, evolved relatively recently in four different species. “This means that when we compare animal groups we cannot assume that similarities in their ability to regenerate are old and reflect shared ancestry,” said Alexandra Bely, associate professor of biology at UMD and one of the study’s authors. “We need to be more careful when comparing regeneration findings across different groups of animals.” “The ancestor of this group of worms is inferred to have been unable to regenerate a head, but four separate groups subsequently evolved the ability to do so,” Bely said. “One of these origins is inferred to have occurred just 10 to 15 million years ago.” (1)

Regeneration.

We believe it is the culmination of miracles

But even worms can do it.

Humans on the other hand do not seek completion.

But imperfection.

For only a broken tree, can ever reach the ground.

Seek your strength in your weakness.

Find the meaning of life in its absurdness.

Pull off your eyes. (Democritus)

Seek death. (Socrates)

Ignore this life. (Christ)

And you will gain a place in another.

Where worms cannot grow heads.

Where worms die.

Where humans live without living…

This is not fantasy.

But what worms teach us every day.

This is the miracle you never understood.

The miracle you will never comprehend.

Because you seek miracles.

And the greatest miracle that exists…

Is that there are none…

Καλή Ανάσταση! (On the irrationality of the modern belief in death)

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Happy Easter! (“Καλή Ανάσταση” in Greek literally means ‘Happy Resurrection’)

And let not the irrationality of the miracle of resurrection hinder you from believing.

The most important things in life we anyway do not understand.

Our self.

Being.

The cosmos itself.

And yet we are defined by them. And we live by them.

Yes, the resurrection is irrational.

And that is why it is true. (refer to “Resurrection – Illogical, thus True.“)

Because knowing is not about understanding, as Shestov said.

You think you need to believe in order to accept the resurrection.

But it is the other way around…

You already believe so many things and that is why you accept death.

Think again.

Time. Existence. Matter. Identity. Me. You. The notion of change itself.

Who told you these exist?

Do not ask whether Christ was risen.

But instead.

Could you ever die?

PS. Refer to the “What does it take to believe in Death” series of articles at the Blogger Harmonia Philosophica portal for more extensive coverage of the ideas that support our belief in Death. I was much younger when I wrote it and did not wrote so eloquently as now (at least not as much as I believe I do anyway), but my ideas were far more clear and raw. Thus, I still like them. Hope you like them too.

Seeing through walls. Casting out the abyss.

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X-ray vision has long seemed like a far-fetched sci-fi fantasy, but over the last decade a team led by Professor Dina Katabi from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has continually gotten us closer to seeing through walls. (1)

Our modern miracles are so dull.

We make things which can see through walls.

And then we celebrate that they can… see through walls.

Unable to see that the miracle is not to see things.

But to stand still. And accept their existence.

An abyss lies behind the wall.

Unable to see it.

You are smiling.

Casting it out of existence.

Bringing it inside your very soul…

Feeling the rage of the waves. It is you who brought it here in the first place…

Resurrection? Difficult to believe? But it happens all the time. And science is the first to acknowledge it!

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Life on Earth originated in an intimate partnership between the nucleic acids (genetic instructions for all organisms) and small proteins called peptides, according to two new papers from biochemists and biologists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Auckland. Their “peptide-RNA” hypothesis contradicts the widely-held “RNA-world” hypothesis, which states that life originated from nucleic acids and only later evolved to include proteins.

The papers – one in Molecular Biology and Evolution, the other in Biosystems – showed how recent experimental studies of two enzyme super-families surmount the tough theoretical questions about how complex life emerged on Earth more than four billion years ago.

“Until now, it has been thought to be impossible to conduct experiments to penetrate the origins of genetics,” said co-author Charles Carter, PhD, professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the UNC School of Medicine. “But we have now shown that experimental results mesh beautifully with the ‘peptide-RNA’ theory, and so these experiments provide quite compelling answers to what happened at the beginning of life on Earth”.

The special attributes of the ancestral versions of these enzyme super-families, and the self-reinforcing feedback system they would have formed with the first genes and proteins, would have kick-started early biology and driven the first life forms toward greater diversity and complexity, the researchers said. (1)

Whenever we talk about resurrection we tend to say difficult it is for someone to believe it. It is something extraordinary after all, is it not? And yet… it seems that resurrection is not something so rare but rather something common! All it takes is to see the phenomenon from a different point of view.

Resurrection happens all the time!

In front of our very eyes!

And science is the first to acknowledge it!

We are created by simple dead matter and yet, we are now alive. We are made of soulless soil and yet, we grow up to the sky. We are thrown into a cold dark cosmos and yet, all we see is the light. We are living in a meaningless universe and yet, we constantly strive to discover a meaning which we somehow know it is there…

We are dead men. Lifeless sets of matter.

Who were born out of nothing.

Who got the breath of life and came to be.

Ask science. It will tell you that you are not supposed to even exist – let alone ponder on your own existence and on the meaning of your life. There is the proof you need. Inside every lab. Inside every scientific paper. Raw matter resurrected. Every passing second…

Science. Miracles.

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Walking on water: Researchers unravel science of skipping spheres. [1]

Atheists deny Christ walking on water on the grounds on it being scientifically impossible. But science is not there to tell what is possible and what is not. Science just describes the miracles of the cosmos. Watch the skipping stones “walking” on water. Marvel them. No need to explain them. Just watch. A stone walking on water. An insect walking on water. A man walking on water…