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Originally posted by soficrow
reply to post by unityemissions
My thinking is that Lovelock is a eugenicist, and that "the earth is over-populated" argument has been developed and marketed to serve the eugenics agenda. Not that I don't like Lovelock - I do. I also subscribe to the Gaia hypothesis, and take it further by applying it to biological systems (unlike Lovelock who restricts the idea to the more chemical/climatic).
...Eugenicists believe that economic prowess and social/political power prove genetic superiority. Their main concern is that "the poor breed like rabbits," thereby polluting the human gene pool.
RE: Overpopulation. Every living thing is hard-wired to reproduce if life is threatened - this ensures survival of the species. Conversely, when life is good, reproduction rates fall. Seems obvious to me we should just take care of each other - and not allow the big bullies to take more than they need. Then WE would come into balance with nature, naturally.
It is not the poor masses who are responsible for our planet's problems. Rather, it is corporate greed, and a relatively few unbelievably wealthy power-mongers.
Unlike the poor, the wealthy do not breed like rabbits because they can't. They lost much of their ability to reproduce long ago. A far more reliable indicator of natural selection than economic prowess, in my opinion.
Originally posted by Thought Provoker
There's no way I'll ever believe it was an accident, that it's all just coincidence... nor will I believe all these new diseases are an accident or coincidence. "Self-organizing criticality," my butt.
Is it easier to believe that not just one or two, but dozens of extremely-unlikely biological mutations and mergings spontaneously occurred all at once, or that someone made them occur?
You can ... believe that this 1997 explosion of new bio-agents just sorta happened by itself? Let's look at both possibilities for completeness' sake. There are only two possibilities, after all. One of these must be true.
What if there really are powerful evil people out there who are right on the verge of wiping most of us out deliberately? You have to admit that the method to do just that exists right now in bio-labs all over the world, and that a very great many people who own and work in those labs have the opportunity to make it happen. So that only leaves motive.
And what if all that is not the case, and 1997 really was just random mutations?
If so, then no worldwide mass-extinction bio-agent is likely to just spontaneously come into being and go on a rampage,
Good luck to us all, no matter which possibility is really going on.
Originally posted by soficrow
"Self-organizing criticality" means forget everything you learned in science class. The rules of biology just changed.
Natural selection acting on a genetic system will not only discover adaptations, but will also discover more effective ways to discover adaptations. The result will be a genetic system which produces a pattern of variation which is highly differentiated and specialised across the genome.
...Leaving aside the issue of exactly how you define systems biology, one of the objectives of those who would say they are practitioners is to understand the emergent properties of complex systems. Examples of such properties in biological systems are the biochemical switches and oscillators that underlie the cell cycle, and the robustness of biological mechanisms - for example, the morphogenetic gradients that direct early embryonic development - in conditions that are subject to stochastic fluctuation. Ferrell argues that mathematics are required to understand the behavior of an entire system; but acknowledges the value of understanding at a more parochial level the mechanism of parts of it. He gives as a classic example of a switch in biology the gene-regulatory switch  that operates the decision between lysis and lysogeny in bacteriophage lambda.
Lambda, which infects E. coli, inserts its genome into that of the bacterium and can then either reproduce itself and lyse the bacterial cell (lysis), or remain in a latent state in which it is replicated with the bacterial genes (lysogeny) until an environmental change flips the switch to the lytic program. The basis for the switch is the competitive binding to DNA of two proteins, one of which (repressor) represses the lytic programme and activates its own synthesis, maintaining the lysogenic state, while the other represses the synthesis of the repressor and activates the lytic programme and its own synthesis, maintaining the lytic state. (The switch is operated by an environmentally controlled cellular protein that decreases the affinity of repressor for DNA.) This mechanism was worked out, as far as I know, without recourse to mathematics.
...In short, the account of the segmentation clock in our review this month is an illustration of emergent properties at two levels, at one of which - the level of devices - no great mathematical sophistication is required; while at the other, where devices are engaged in complex systems, mathematics may be mandatory.
There seems no need for the kind of snobbery displayed (it is said) by the highly quantitative founding biologists at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, in whose early history exphysicists played a crucial part, and who are alleged to have referred to their nearby colleagues at Woods Hole as biologists 'who don't count'.
Biologists who count. URL
Originally posted by unityemissions
reply to post by soficrow
...many man-made actions are combining
Many scientists focus in on the black & white details, forgetting the integration of all life, and the consequent effects their mishaps bring ...
... It seems a co-creation between man and nature.
Now, at the precipice of change, it's time to face our past.
A supraorganism is an individual organism that contains many independent and interdependent organisms that form a biological interaction network in and out of its body.
For example, a human being is a supraorganism that contains bacteria, virus, fungi, and animals in his/her skin and internal organs.
Do you personally think we still have greater than a decade to REALLY get our act together as stewards of this planet?
...At what point in catastrophe does the herd wake up?
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