Our Ancestors on Earth
Q & A
Q & A
January 09, 2013 - HIGGS pre-Journal Papers
January 05, 2013 - Mobius Bagel Anyone?
January 01, 2013 -
December 30, 2012 - RE: GI~GO [Garbage In=Garbage out] The "Creation Museum & Family Discovery Center" near Petersburg, Kentucky goes beyond disgusting and youngster abuse, depicting Humans and Dinosaurs together! Truly an abomination to Our Maker's Creation.
December 21, 2012 -
The Global Consciousness Project - Meaningful Correlations in Random Data Global Human Consciousness Anticipated 9-11!
November 09, 2012 - Human-Neanderthal Matings Dated
October 31, 2012 - Mankind The Story of All of Us - History Channel [12 Hours] - 11-13-12
October 27, 2012 - PEA: Lions vs Rabbits...
October 25, 2012 - E. coli Caught Evolving
October 24, 2012 - Animism
October 14, 2012 - A Doctor’s Experience With the Afterlife?
September 29, 2012 - Denisovan DNA Reveals History of Enigmatic Group
September 01, 2012 - DNA Analysis Shows Ancient Humans Interbred w/ Denisovans
August 21, 2012 - NatGeo: Geno 2.0 - Genographic Project & DNA Ancestry Kit
August 18, 2012 - European Cave Art in Northern Spain Older than 40,000 Years.
July 14, 2012 - Conception to Birth
July 13, 2012 - 'Ghost Galaxies' of Early Universe Seen by Hubble Telescope
July 06, 2012 - Higgs Boson Verified at Level 5 Sigma Signal Around 125 GeV!
July 02, 2012 - Higgs Boson Buzz Hits New High
June 30, 2012 -
June 29, 2012 - Great Article in June 2012 Scientific American: The Ultimate Social network - by Jennifer Ackerman. [Your Microbiome Community Brings New Meaning to "We the People"] Bacteria are the "driving force" behind our immune systems.
June 25, 2012 - Yahoo News Article: Neanderthals Possibly THE Spain Cave Artists [Reuters - by Sharon Begley – Thu, Jun 14, 2012]
June 13, 2012 - Yahoo News has an Article: Distant Human Ancestor Had Shark Head [LiveScience.com By Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer] We had all Cartilage when we branched off from Sharks...and our Vertebrate Ancestors then developed Bone.
Q: If Mitochondria helps our cells to create energy, how much do they contribute? - T. Hobbs, Torrance, CA - USA
A: About 95% of cellular energy is produced from the mitochondria in your cells! [Truly a match made in heaven!]
Q: If we have so much bacteria in and around us, does the amount of bacteria in poop reach measurable levels? - RLH, Dallas, TX - USA
A: It surely does...like about 55%! [Even when fasting and not eating.]
Q: How long can bacteria remain alive in a state of suspended animation? - J. Long, NYC, NY - USA
A: I don't know, but as polar ice sheets are melting, bacteria and other microbes that have remained frozen solid for from 420,000 to 750,000 years (Pleistocene Epoch) will be released on Earth...alive and well! The mass of all such microbes in and under the ice is more than 1,000 times that of all seven billion humans on this Earth!
Q: We do not consciously heal our cuts and bruises. Our organizations of cells do all that, and much, much more. But if they are really running the show, what exactly are we?
A: Excellent question. Did you ever see the film, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) directed by Stanley Kubrick and written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke? You, my friend, are the HAL 9000. [Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman]
Q: If we have tens of trillions of cells in our body and each cell contains an equally staggering number of atoms, is it likely that the statement is true that we probably have or have once breathed some of the same atoms as all of our historical and sacred icons, as well as all of the people currently on this Earth?
A: The short answer: Yes. According to an engineering site at Washington University, there are 1014 atoms in an ordinary human cell. That is 100,000,000,000,000 or 100 trillion atoms. And by a remarkable coincidence, the number of cells in the human body is about the same as the number of atoms in a cell. To give an idea of how many this is, they say that there are fewer stars in the entire Universe, 3x1023, than there are atoms in the human body, 7x1027.
Q: I've read that there's about 10 trillion nucleated somatic and white-blood cells in an average adult, about 25 trillion denucleated red blood cells, and about 40 trillion bacteria of all stripes. My question is, How many of our cells die each day?
A: There are said to be around 1 billion cells for every tissue gram in weight. That would amount to 70 trillion if you weigh 70 kilograms or 154 pounds. Different cells live for different lengths of time, some for a few hours, some for a few days and so on. Nobody knows for sure but I have read that on average you replace all your cells every seven years, that's 10 trillion each year, 27 billion each day, that's 18.75 million every minute, or 27,000,000,000 daily
Another source claims that 1,000,000 cells die per second in the human body. Using that basis, we have 86,400,000,000 perishing per day.
Q: Is it true that we have all new cells every seven years?
A: On average, much of your body is replaced every ten years. Some at a billion cells per hour. Think of yourself as Manhattan, New York. The streets are constantly being dug up. Sewer lines, water mains, electrical conduits, gas lines and whatnot are being replaced. The oldest parts of the city are being torn down and replaced by the newest construction. This is an endless cycle. It never stops. Your body is similar.
Q: Will new DNA technologies improve our understanding of the past and better classify life forms?
A: Absolutely, and on many fronts. Just because certain animals, birds or insects look a lot alike...this does not necessarily mean that they are that close genetically. A cow is closer to a whale than to a horse. (I traced my ancestry back 50 t.y. to Africa, and forward through Amiens, France. I then tracked my male line back to one Noel Blanque who was born in 1608 near Amiens, France!) Racism is more accurately, Color-ism. We are but one race, the Human Race. Melanin is our primary determinant of skin color. Just time and distance from the Equator.
Q: I like challenges. Give me a wild project, please!
A: Explore the relationship between the mysterious and speed of light defying phenomenon of quantum mechanics known as entanglement, on bird navigation and photosynthesis. Well, you asked.
Q: If our brains are divided into two hemispheres and in each we have a reptilian brain upon which is built our mammalian brain, and those mammalian brains have our advance primate/human brains formed on top of them...would you say that we have six brains?
A: That depends on how you define brain. Do you call the spinal nerves a worm brain? Recall that when the doctor taps you just below the knee to watch your leg jump, that movement is initiated by a 'brain' at the base of your spine. In other words, that signal from the tap does not have time to go to your head and back to your leg. It goes to your tailbone where the reflex order is given to have your leg kick. The very intelligent octopus has nine brains and is probably the most intelligent of all non-vertebrates. [Who's in Charge by Michael S. Gazzaniga]
The legal penalty for first degree murder is far more severe than that for second degree or heat of passion murder because the law recognizes the difference in origin and culpability. In the first case, our higher brain functions are employed to plot the homicide in cold blood with premeditated and deliberate malice aforethought. In the second case, the reptilian brain kicks in and it is often all over. Reptile brains are great for killing and mating...but not a whole lot more.
Q: Have you ever considered the religious implications of our arising out of the Hadean or Hell Eon?
A: Oh yes, and a very perceptive question. We are 13.7 billion years old, each and every one of us, as well as all living things on Earth. Or anywhere else in the known Universe for that matter. We started as RNA in a hellfire Earth time and have risen ever since until we have now been on the moon and are studiously exploring our solar system. Thus, the notion that pointing down to the molten core of this planet as being Hell and upward toward the sky as Heaven...well, you couldn't have a much more intrinsically resonating reference. This innate truth has been naturally fashioned into carrot and stick tools by various authorities for many, many centuries.
Q: Do you know about the woman whose cells are replicated in labs worldwide, over and over again?
A: Nice cut! Read “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot.
Q: Do you ever recommend books to read?
A: A really terrific one that I am in right now is: The Genius of the Beast by Howard Bloom
Q: What is your position on Global Warming?
A: Amazingly it has become so politicized that in the USA, Democrats have to believe in it and Republicans have to deny it. As if Mother Nature cares what your political orientation is! Talk about mindless brainwashing!
Five areas to consider: #1 Is the Earth's climate warming? #2 If so, how much is man contributing to that? #3 Is this a good or a bad thing? #4 Are we in an Ice Ice NOW? #5 How can we best shield ourselves from the coming onslaught of glaciers?
#1: Since the fabled Northwest Passage is now open, Iceland is losing its ice, and huge quantities of ice are calving off Antarctica...it is probably safe to note that indeed the planet is warming.
#2: When you put hundreds of millions of tons of pollutants into the atmosphere each year, you are obviously going to contribute to the greenhouse effect. Exactly how much is debatable.
#3: Is this good or bad? Quite possibly good...see #4 & #5 below:
#4 We are living in the Quaternary Ice Age and have been for 2.588 Billion years. We are currently in a brief Interglacial twelve thousand year warming respite.
#5 Our current Quaternary Period began with the Pleistocene Epoch (an ice-age) in the Gelasian Age. The Pleistocene ended when our epoch, the Holocene Epoch began roughly 12,000 years ago. Holocene is the name of our present Interglacial. Both will end together. Theory holds that our best move is to double our global CO2 shield (Greenhouse Effect) from roughly 300 to 700 ppmv. This will double and max-out the rate of vegetation growth on Earth. Taking this step possibly extends the Holocene from 10,000 to 50,000 more years. Sequestered CO2 could act as, back-up...or last gasp, of the Holocene. Played appropriately, we will have long-since been visiting and terraforming other worlds.
The Earth has had perhaps sixty Ice Ages, and as many Global Warmings, long before humans appeared on the scene. Mother Nature has also produced about 142 Mass Extinctions. I wouldn't count on any mercy for us from her.
Q: Did you see that fossil tracks appear to have been made more than 397 m.y.a.? They were discovered in a disused quarry in SE Poland. In addition to historic value, the fossils shed doubt on established anthropological knowledge, in that land-walking animals appeared millions of years before scientists had estimated. The tracks are so faithful, that impressions left by the toes of the creature were preserved in hard rock.
A: Yes, that was publicized in early January 2010. That is just one of what is a continuing series of revelations as the picture comes ever more clearly into focus.
Q: How does the discovery of Dark Matter affect the contents of your book, Our Ancestors on Earth?
A: That is beyond its scope. [Search: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Dark Flow, Entanglement and Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs)]. Amazingly, our atomic world is now thought to make up less than 5% of the Universe, with 23% being invisible and intangible Dark Matter, and the balance of 72% being invisible Dark Energy. [See: The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking & Leonard Mlodinow]
Q: Have you studied Memes and Memetics?
A: Extremely interesting. Life acts as information and information behaving like life. The brilliant Richard Dawkins again. Search it!
Q: You mentioned in the book that whenever one neuters or spays an animal, you are ending billions of years of survival. Are you against those procedures?
A: No, not at all. Good question. In fact that is one item that will be reworded in the Second Edition for that very reason. That factoid flowed out because it was in 1974 when I was taking a walk, the night before I was to take two cats in for those surgeries, that I suddenly received the revelation that eventually resulted in this book.
If you list every known problem plaguing humankind at this time, each and every one of them would be eliminated or ameliorated if our population had not been allowed to explode.
When I was born the world population was about 2.3 billion. This year it is expected to reach 6.8 billion. If earlier population had remained stable, think of how much pressure would be off the various species, fisheries, forests, starvation, sickness, pollution, warfare, and you name it. But this is not the place to go into why powerful forces push for ever more people.
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