Friday, 29 March 2013


As Easter Sunday 31st March 2013 approaches, with its magical eggs, New Testament Resurrection, Jewish Passover, seeds, planting, Moon and Sun driven Spring tides, Spring Solstice, vernal equinox (20th March 2013), parades, celebrations and global ancient legends and archetypes - we might contemplate the miracle of the creation of new life - particularly intelligent, human life. 

While Christmas, the birth of Christ, the Messiah, The Saviour, The Anointed One, is the archetype for the beginning of life for mankind - The Easter story as related by the the Gospels (diaries) of the Apostles, who lived at the time of Jesus, is the cornerstone of Christian Philosophy - being evidence of God's new testament (contract with humans) offering us redemption of our "sins" (sins are willful acts that cut us off from the congregation - "grace" joins us to humanity), the fortitude to bear pain, suffering and death (The Crucifixion), and the promise of Resurrection (eternal life with God in Heaven, after a time, and after some complex journeys - such as Descending Into Hell. Nobody said it would be easy).

Books from all the world's religions and hundreds of historians argue about the facts, fiction, life, death and meaning of Jesus Christ. One of the clearest histories I have read is by atheist A N Wilson. There are thousands of others.

The Old Testament - mankind's history from God's Creation of the Universe up to the first Christmas, prophesied the coming Messiah. Christians argue that Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies - ancient Judaism, the desert race that wrote the history in the Old Testament, disagrees. Their Messiah, rescuer, leader, hero is still to come. Perhaps both are right. It is a very complex universe.

 Is THE BIBLE a reliable history and moral guide? Only Hollywood can say.  

However, humanity's Christmas (BIRTH) and Easter (REBIRTH) myths and celebrations, based on the movements of stars, planets, moons, asteroids and seasons, predate all written history by hundreds of thousands of years. Birth, Death and Resurrection are not entirely new topics for thought and discussion in the hallowed places where humans congregate. 


We adult humans are very, very, very complex; being an organised organism of, it is rumoured, up to 100 trillion cells (brain, skin, hair, teeth, blood, nerve etc) each cell containing 2 inch spiral ladders or helices of DNA with 220 million spokes; all carefully placed; all magically operating and co-operating. Let me do the maths for you – it calculates as 22,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 or twenty-two thousand, billion, billion well ordered molecules, all doing what they are supposed to do – integrated to keep us alive and amused for seventy or more years – before we give up the ghost and disintegrate.

Crick and Watson and colleagues have given us deep insights into what babies are made of - DNA, genes, cells and so on. The greatest and abiding scientific mystery is - what pattern, what template is the embryo following as it converts its mother's energy into millions, billions and trillions of stem-cells; unspecified cells that can become any type of cell, anywhere in the human body, and slots them into its mind boggling jigsaw? How is the template known to the baby? Where is the template stored or where does it exist?

A human ovum or egg is the size of a full-stop in this text. An enthusiastic tail wagging spermatozoa is about 100 times smaller. When they combine, conception begins, the universe announces another miracle well beyond our comprehension, the full stop divides into two full stops – or a colon: and then into a cluster, in which a heartbeat, the pulse of the universe, spontaneously begins – and a wilful child starts its determined journey into a sensational period of “life” in this solar system, for three score years and ten. 

This wilful, intentional cluster embeds itself into the safe haven of its mother’s womb and grows from the nourishment, information and care she provides. She in turn is often protected by the father – who brings food, furs and digital TVs, and lights fires to keep her and her embryo warm and fed.

 We, the clever human race, conjecture that all the unique characteristics of this emerging new life form, a dissipative organism that takes, shapes and discards energy, are dictated by the merest wisp of an invisible string of chemicals called DNA.

Over nine months the baby will be given the energy to grow from the size of a full-stop, a single fertilised cell, to about seven pounds, 3,175 grams, 3.2 kilograms, estimated to be at least 2 trillion cells. So, while mum and dad jointly and almost equally (100 to 1) kick-start the process – mum thereafter contributes about 2 trillion times more via her womb and via the umbilical cord and placenta that she shares with the baby.  The baby grows by about 55 billion (55,000,000,000) new cells a week - for 36 weeks; and it organises them all to be in the right place at the right time doing the right thing. Isn't that miraculous - the Easter miracle?

Contrary to most opinions to date, which deemed the placenta and amniotic fluid inviolable; in this process, in this nutritious stream, science has recently learned that the mother’s DNA, genes, memes (cultural and traumatic experiences), immune responses – and harmful drugs, alcohol, nicotine and other pollutants – are passed to the baby. Equally, the baby passes DNA back to the mother.

During a pregnancy, cells from mother and fetus can cross the placenta and survive for decades in the skin, liver and spleen – a phenomenon called fetal microchimerism.


Natural transformation between mothers and foetuses. As its name implies, it is a natural mechanism used by some bacterial cells to take up DNA from the environment. This environmental DNA was, at one point, located in other bacteria. For instance, when bacteria die and disintegrate, their chromosomal DNA is released. Fragments of this DNA remain in the environment and are freely available to other living cells, including other bacteria. These naturally occurring DNA fragments can enter a living bacterium through its cell membrane, after contact with that membrane. If the DNA is double stranded, one of the strands will pass across the cell membrane into the cell, and the other strand will be dissolved, or hydrolyzed. Parts of the newly introduced single-stranded DNA molecule may then recombine with similar regions on the bacterial chromosome and become incorporated into the bacterium's genome.

Transcending the Placental Barrier - "It shows just how ubiquitous the exchange of these cells is," says Hilary Gammill of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. "We used to think of the placenta as a complete barrier." 


Humans have found that the templates for life-forms are not fixed, but are dynamic and change moment by moment. One implication is that species evolution happens far faster than Darwin supposed. Many scientists are looking for new templates that shape life – DNA is central to the research.  My own view is that these Templates are functions of The Aether-Matrix; Prof Rupert Sheldrake names the template medium “Morphic Resonance”  in his book The Science Delusion. THE SCIENCE DELUSION

Most scientists look to DNA as the basic template of organisms. However, recent biology, Epigenetics, medicine and science has adjusted and updated the consensus about what DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) does and how it does it.

The discovery, announced on 25th April 1953, of the DNA double-helix string in every living cell, by Crick, Watson and molecular biologist Rosalind Franklin – who, without a Y chromosome and lacking a penis, was barred from Nobel Prizes – revolutionised our understanding of the templates of life, sentience, intelligence and consciousness.

From 1953 to 2011, the scientific convention had been that the 4 DNA bases, adenine (abbreviated A), cytosine (C), guanine (G) and thymine (T) – that make the millions of rungs of the DNA spiral ladder - were created at conception and thereafter “What God hath joined together, let no man put asunder” they remained in fixed order – obligingly fixed so that we could study them. This is no longer the consensus belief.

Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, so fervently believed in this fixity that he built an entire upside down philosophy, a new religion, stating that humans are complex robots propelled by the anthropogenic, intelligent, godlike desires of DNA assembled into 46 packets of (selfish) genes – 23 from each parent; an erroneous if ingenious concept that he zealously impressed on most of science for several decades.

Post Dawkins, recent discoveries show that DNA in living cells changes continuously in response to internal and external forces - while DNA in dead cells such as old teeth, hair and bones is indeed fixed and legible for thousands of years. DNA analysis now tracks Homo-Sapiens back 340,000 years. Last year Harvard University Medical School recorded an illustrated book by coding inert, lab-made DNA, mailed it to another lab, and played it back. DNA packs a very high data-density punch.

THE TEMPLATES? Electro-magnetic broadcasts /radio waves /Light is far more data-dense than DNA. Today – what does science know about the templates of living organisms? Focusing on allegedly conscious intelligent human life - we need a sense of order and scale:

Scale and Size:
An atom is approximately 0.2 nanometers in diameter. A nanometer equals 0.0000000001 meters. The smallest molecule in nature is the diatomic hydrogen molecule (H2) which is 0.74 angstrom in length. An angstrom is equal to 0.1 nanometers or 1.0 x 10-10 meters.

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WHICH CAME FIRST – LIGHT OR DNA? My theory is that the templates for all phenomena exist in space-time, in the universe, formed of light /electro-magnetic /radio waves, which in turn have been formed by the events and movements of all phenomena (material things as contrasted with no-things) and are dynamic signals or data that change constantly.


Electro-magnetic broadcasts – weightless/massless but permanent universal dense-date carriers (e.g. Videos from Mars – light from distant galaxies).

Epigenetic chemical switches – molecules or atomic elements known to activate or deactivate sequences of DNA code, which may be set in the DNA but may not be operative.

DNA strand, Nucleotides – Complex molecules – 220 million base pairs about 2 inches long per cell.

Proteins – Larger complex molecules such as sugars

Genes – Ordered packets of DNA and proteins

Chromosomes - collections of genes

Cells – about 100 trillion per person -

In conclusion, it seems that Rugby Forwards, with several hundred trillion cells, start as a single fertilised cell the size of a full stop, designed by the universe, with 23 genes from each parent – then spend nine months in their mother’s womb, where she  multiplies the cells by 2 trillion to make a baby – before it fights  its pugnacious way out into the world – to score in the All Nations Rugby Union matches – sharing DNA with  its team-mates in the hot baths and having significant bits of his anatomy ripped off, in the name of sport. That’s Life.

Happy Easter

DISSIPATIVE CREATURES: (*An average person consumes and converts 30 tonnes of nourishment, which, like us, is 70% water. We also convert a few tonnes of oxygen and other fuels. Imagine the seventy year process speeded up on film as we extract energy from these flows, convert the organisations we absorb into our higher organisation - our template - renew most of our trillions of cells every seven years - and yet stay recognisably in shape, remain identifiable as our unique selves. We are constantly changing our building blocks, but always stay the same; just a little worn at the edges and older.)

TEMPLATES: My guess is that the in-falling energy is balanced by the out-flowing energy – and that the differential in the rate of in-flow and out-flow and the time differences between integration and disintegration of mass enables the existence, for a time, of the body or phenomena (phenomena or “things” include pebbles, trees and thoughts – thoughts are tangible packets of energy).

Last Easter Sunday was 8 April 2012; it moves around the calendar to coincide with the first Sunday after the full moon of Spring, or Northward, or Vernal equinox - that this year was on the 20th March.

An Easter Essay on the Aether for Atheists, Humanists and Theists. 

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