I think we would all agree that we are self-aware as humans. Part of this is the ability to see time flow around us, we learn from our mistakes
through memory, we make choices, weighing the potential future outcomes. Is this ability found in other animals (I thinks so)? What about plants (I
have no idea)? What about bacteria or cells? What about things smaller than cells? Is our DNA modified by something that is self-aware while we are
Animals learn from their mistakes. They are able to make choices (even something as simple as running towards food because they calculate it is more
advantageous than not). I say they have this ability to make choices. Plants have the ability to make choices, too, by turning their leaves in the
direction of sunlight. They calculate where it is warmest and create a goal, which is to get in this position, and then obtain that goal.
Does a rock learn from its mistakes? No. Does it experience time-flow? It has no idea how to experience time flow, or the rock would start long-term
planning. But the rock does "feel" the flow of time through the forces of erosion and other natural laws of physics.
Once something is alive, is that the point that it is able to start making choices and learning from its mistakes? Does this mean a bacteria, or a
cell, or even a virus are self-aware?
The scientific consensus is that cells do think.
A microorganism has to adapt to changing environmental conditions in order to survive. Cells could follow one of two basic strategies to address
such environmental fluctuations. Successful application of either strategy requires a level of memory and information processing that has not been
normally associated with single cells, suggesting that such organisms do in fact have the capacity to 'think'.
This is important, that means they are self-aware. It explains a lot. What isn't explained by science is what the hell is thinking and why are cells
thinking, how are they thinking, what is the mechanism behind that? And that is what I am interested in researching more.
It sounds silly to ask whether bacteria can think. However, science has known for more than 100 years that the little guys can indeed think.
Experiments in 1883 conducted by Wilhelm Pfeffer showed that bacteria will swim toward good food like chicken soup and away from poisons such as mop
Wow. So bacteria think. They are self-aware. They learn and store that knowledge around them, kind of like writing. Amazing. But what is this
mechanism generating this ability to experience time flow? That ability is required to make choices. And it turns out the bacteria do make choices, as
I will continue looking into this.
edit on 16pmFri, 16 Sep 2016 19:53:11 -0500kbpmkAmerica/Chicago by darkbake because: (no reason given)
edit on 16pmFri, 16 Sep
2016 19:54:24 -0500kbpmkAmerica/Chicago by darkbake because: (no reason given)
edit on 16pmFri, 16 Sep 2016 19:55:01
-0500kbpmkAmerica/Chicago by darkbake because: (no reason given)
edit on 16pmFri, 16 Sep 2016 20:00:55 -0500kbpmkAmerica/Chicago by
darkbake because: (no reason given)
edit on 16pmFri, 16 Sep 2016 21:41:09 -0500kbpmkAmerica/Chicago by darkbake because: (no reason