TaN: Another thing that struck me regarding DNA (deoxyribose nucleic acid) containing all information we need and it is what drives our behavior — as the unbelieving scientific and atheist community maintains and likes everyone else to accept and believe — is that there are many questions that cannot be answered.
Aside from the issue with form, as argued by Rupert Sheldrake in his Morphic Resonance, that cannot be contained in the DNA, another is diet (in many species). It is understandable for creatures where the parents (are around to) take care of the young from birth to weaning, thus showing the offsprings what foods to eat (and probably when) and what foods are “medicinal”. But what about those that “abandon” their offsprings (even before “birth” or hatching), as in many egg-laying reptiles — such as turtles and most snakes and crocodiles and lizards that leave their eggs in nests to the elements although they do take precautions to ensure the nest is secure — and fish and amphibians?
It does not make sense that genes and proteins are able to “dictate” to the organism what its food preferences should be. Moreover, as in the famous Galapagos finches (of Sir Charles Darwin), where the birds are believed to have descended from a common species — which diversified in order to take full advantage of the food available (in the isolated group of islands) as well as to ensure they will not be competing against each other. They supposedly evolved specialized beaks that are fully adapted to the specific food they feed on — seed-eaters, nectar-suckers, insectivores, and others. Since they came from a common stock, their original ancestors would have been feeding on a distinct diet. How then would the descendants have “forgotten” the original diet and remember their “adopted” ones, if behavior and diet are solely derived or based on genetics? [Btw, has there been a attempt to decode their genome to see if they are indeed from the same ancestor?]
Finally, give me some more time and I am sure I can come up with more arguments that disprove the contemporary theory of genetics being at the root cause of all that happens or is happening in all the living organism everywhere.
TaN: Most people know and understand that hot tropical atmosphere, with high humidity, makes it not only unpleasant (due to the profuse sweating that refuse to dry or evaporate quickly) but difficult to breathe (due to the high water content making the air more thicker or denser thus making breathing more laborious). Just recently, I realized that that is only part of the reason. The other often overlooked or unnoticed reason is that, due to the higher heat, the air is “expanded” — as most every person knows that things expand when heated.
This “expansion” of the air means that there is less air per unit volume area or that you are breathing in less air than usual with each breath. Due to this, people find breathing difficult or laborious because there is less oxygen taken in.
The high humidity increases the moisture content of the air we breathe in which, in turn, increases the sensation of “drowning”. This is especially true in places in close proximity to large bodies of water, like in an island or archipelagic nation as in the Philippines. Ever have the feeling of stickiness during the summer months when you are at the beach?
TaN: As I read the Sunday comics section the other week, I was reminded of the moral regarding being precise in our questions to get the desired answer. The story is about a little girl and her younger brother. It goes…
A little 5-year-old girl likes to mimic her day’s class events when she returns home to her little brother. Upon arriving home, she would call her little pre-school brother and play classroom. She would be the teacher and the brother would be her student and they would act out the day’s class.
On day, they had a test on counting so upon arriving home, she promptly tells the brother there will be a test on the counting lessons she has been teaching him. She draws some boats on a piece of paper and held it up to the brother to see. She then asked: How many boats do you see? And the brother proudly answers: All of them!
The moral of the story is that the little girl did not specify that the brother is supposed to count the boats and tell her how many in all he counted. Instead, she simply asked a general question and, as a result, got an answer which is correct but not what she wanted.
And this is why one must be precise in one’s query in order to obtain the desired answer, otherwise you get what you asked for.
One cannot expect every person to be wary of the exact meaning of your expressions or utterances whenever non-exact terminology is used.