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 )
No Single Hypothesis May Be Correct
Where viruses came from is not a simple question to answer. One can argue quite convincingly that certain viruses, such as the retroviruses, arose
through a progressive process. Mobile genetic elements gained the ability to travel between cells, becoming infectious agents. One can also argue that
large DNA viruses arose through a regressive process whereby once-independent entities lost key genes over time and adopted a parasitic replication
strategy. Finally, the idea that viruses gave rise to life as we know it presents very intriguing possibilities. Perhaps today's viruses arose
multiple times, via multiple mechanisms. Perhaps all viruses arose via a mechanism yet to be uncovered. Today's basic research in fields like
microbiology, genomics, and structural biology may provide us with answers to this basic question.
Slimemolds are another example and check out tardigrades en.m.wikipedia.org... these are the hardest animal on earth.
Slime moulds en.m.wikipedia.org... they live as single cells when food is plentiful,when food is sparse the collect themselves
together and move.
" Professor John Tyler Bonner, who has spent a lifetime studying slime molds argues that they are "no more than a bag of amoebae encased in a thin
slime sheath, yet they manage to have various behaviours that are equal to those of animals who possess muscles and nerves with ganglia – that is,
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great post, i'll link to this topic as a reference point in my travels while i preach the gospel of tinfoil..
i think along these lines is probably what those 'medichlorians' were all about in those star wars movies ..want a cup of jawa juice?
Microbes are highly intelligent. They have organised communities just like we do:
Complex behavior can emerge from very simple rules. Bird flocking is a good example. I don't think they would be ranked as intelligent or conscious
by any reasonable definition of those words.
Typical sweep it under the rug kind of statement.
Actually if you knew and understood more about what microbes do along with the trillions of other bacteria and cells that make up our body you
probably would see that intelligence is a hallmark trait of these tiny organisms.
Start with this interesting blog by Jon Lieff MD. It's completely dedicated to this very topic and it's quite compelling... jonlieffmd.com...
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