a reply to: howtonhawky
This, in my mind, reinforces the evidence against the 'selfish gene' theory. Genes aren't special in themselves, but serve as a means to an end when
stuck together to create adaptive & collaborative mechanisms suitable for the propagation of LIFE, via the creation of a vessel suitable for the
evolution of LIFE, a sweeping upwards curve on the road to sentience.
The earliest cellular organisms were formed by the collaborative agency of simple mechanisms formed by the adaption of material in the environment
into the most primitive life-bearing organic machines & machine components. The various critters picked up & assembled within the developing cells
steadily became more specialised in terms of their roles within the cellular machinery. The whole process of evolution is akin to this, the
construction & adaptation of components into cooperative matrices with specialist purpose, aiming WITH PURPOSE (just like the bacteria in the OP),
purposefully extending & developing 'itself' in the pursuit of more complex vessels in which it, 'the Life principle', could be made ever-more
The transcendence of 'the principle' through & via its mechanical cooperation endeavours suggests that basic units of consciousness are (or a field of
conscious potential is) implicit to the fabric of the universe, with specialisation & growing complexity of the mechanism leading to ever more perfect
opportunities for LIFE to become manifest in an individualistic sense, yet also with overarching cooperation being evident almost everywhere you look
in the plant & animal kingdoms.
The genes are only a means to an end - they are not the end in itself. The end result of this evolutionary process of complex collaborative
development & refinement of biological material, is to create a vessel through which consciousness, LIFE, can be concentrated & manifest as an
individual. That individual, in its species (or across the divide between species) then cooperates with other individuals (generally) to exist in an
increasingly refined adapted niche, part of the tapestry of life in the universe, each taking its place according to its kind, thereafter ever
pressing ahead - if circumstance demands or presents an opportunity for this to be the case.
Having said this, I believe that at the level of sentience, we are atop the first super-prime plateau in the operation of the universal Life
principle, and who knows how things may now progress. The transhumanist, mechanistic technological chimera/ cyborg 'progression' is not, imho, the
assured or safest development. I have a suspicion that when man tries to adapt his biology mechanically in the pursuit of 'progress' beyond
evolution's slow arc, we may then come into contact with forms of life beyond our ken, who/ which will in some manner re-establish the correct &
harmonious order. Whether we progress peacefully, or allow ourselves to be co-opted into a demonic transhumanist agenda, is up for debate.
Personally, I believe that at some point, the hidden 'controllers' (influencers) will try to achieve some version of the latter, and Heaven knows that
might well be a time of troubles beyond imagining.
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