It is a fantastic book!
Microbes rule our world!
Some of the differnt types I will mention here because what they can do is truly fascinating. I have decided that when I decompose I want to be
either Archaea or the Super Hero bug (D Rad)
Humans are organic. We are made up of living and dead cells and we are constantly sharing our living and dead cells with each other and other
species. Interesting to insert Genesis here... 'from dust you came, dush you return'...we decompose down to microbes. Even when we are alive we are
sharing, hosting etc microbes.
Single-celled microorganisms were the first forms of life to develop on Earth, approximately 3–4 billion years ago. Source
This is exceptional stuff. Microbes categorised as Extremophiles can withstand and survive radium and even space. DNA cannot withstand these
extremes but microbes can.
Extremophiles have been known to survive for a prolonged time in a vacuum, and can be highly resistant to radiation, which may even allow them
to survive in space Source
While I was reading the book I was overwhelmed when I learnt how organised Microbes are. Microbes are highly intelligent. They have organised
communities just like we do:
Microbial intelligence (popularly known as bacterial intelligence) is the intelligence shown by microorganisms. The concept encompasses
complex adaptive behaviour shown by single cells, and altruistic and/or cooperative behavior in populations of like or unlike cells mediated by
chemical signalling that induces physiological or behavioral changes in cells and influences colony structures. Source
Examples of microbial intelligence
1. The formation of biofilms requires joint decision by the whole colony.
2. Under nutritional stress bacterial colonies can organise themselves in such a way so as to maximise nutrient availability.
3. Bacteria reorganise themselves under antibiotic stress... further reading
Microbes must have consciousness!
For them to have such an organised community, to be able to survive in extreme conditions that does not support life indicates to me a high
intelligence and consciousness.
Check out the Biofilm - (Colonists) In summary, by joining and attaching themselves to a surface or each other they survive:
Biofilms are ubiquitous. Nearly every species of microorganism, not only bacteria and archaea, have mechanisms by which they can adhere to
surfaces and to each other.
Formation of a biofilm begins with the attachment of free-floating microorganisms to a surface. These first colonists adhere to the surface
initially through weak, reversible van der Waals forces. If the colonists are not immediately separated from the surface, they can anchor themselves
more permanently using cell adhesion structures such as pili. Source
Human beings are made up of Cells:
The cell is the structural and functional unit of all known living organisms. It is the smallest unit of an organism that is classified as living,
and is often called the building block of life. Some organisms, such as most bacteria, are unicellular (consist of a single cell). Other
organisms, such as humans, are multicellular. (Humans have an estimated 100 trillion or 1014 cells; a typical cell size is 10 µm; a typical cell mass
is 1 nanogram.)... further reading
Living and dead cells = Microbes.
Have you ever seen your blood under the microscope? I was fortunate enough to see mine magnified. When I saw it, it reminded me of pictures I have
seen of the Universe!
So that would be more like a collective consciousness, like in an ant colonies for example?? But do the individual microbes experience free will or is
that also a collective free will?? (does that even exist collective free will )
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