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Originally posted by Kata
This is just an idea, (might be a bad one, but it wouldn't be the first or last) but maybe since the dna was the first and new maybe it just degraded over time and life span was shortened.
Originally posted by Thomas Crowne
A seriously reply?
Read the Bible and you'll get the idea that there was a layer of water in the atmospehere. This layer protected the inhabitants from harmful radiation. After the flood, where the layer was no longer there, our days began to decrease, to the point where we would genenerally see 70 years, more years could be expected if we served God and kept His word.
Originally posted by Jamuhn
He talks about the Piere experiments and other research based off of that.
Electromagnetic resonance can be used to boost the immunological affects of cells and cure many diseases.
This may relate to the higher electromagnetic field in the past, which allowed the longetivity of cells that would have otherwise demised into natural death.
Originally posted by hetman
GriBiT - Junk DNA is a myth that was widely accepted for a long time... I don't really know why, I guess when scientists don't know how something works they like to think it's because it has no function. So pride might be the reason. There has been much research in the last few years showing "junk" DNA is not junk at all. In the words of one scientist, Junk DNA is much like an operating system that runs everything. Makes sense, Coding DNA codes for protein... proteins are like the bricks (and mortar) of a house, but bricks aren't going to arrange themselves into a mansion are they?
I think this subject is subjective with the scientific knowledge we have today. Possibly with the mapping of the human genome (SP) we will have more answers in the near future. Could it possibly be an organ that we no longer use (appendix) or don;t even have anymore?
I appreciate all the info on the atmosphere of the past. Very indepth. I am feeling this might be a real strong posability, or at least one of the factors (it may be a combination of the theories presented in this thread). It's interesting and makes total sense that a water/metal consentration in the atmosphere would definately sheild us from many of the harmful effects of a less robust "sheild" around the planet as we see today.
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So what happened next? The order of events stated in the Bible is used as a clue: 'on that day all the springs of the great deep burth forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened.' (Genesis 7:11)
Now God reportedly upset the balance in this nuclear cetral heating we had below the ground. This caused great pressure to build up in the subterranean waters untill suddenly things burst. The pressure was immense, and its release spectacular. Jets of water (we're talking immense speeds here) burst kilometres into the sky. The earth's crust was shattered (whence we get todays tectonic plates), think egg in microwave here. These jest were powerful enough to puncture through the hydrogen canopy above causing them to begin to desintegrate, combine with oxygen to form water, and begin to fall to the ground as rain.
It is my oppinion that "the springs of the vast watery deep were broken open" stated by Noah, is his perception of the giant tsunamis coming from all directions surrounding the ark. This being perceived even before the great down pour of rains. At some point after the family was loaded onto the ark, a large asteroid broke through the atmosphere and smashed into the area of the Americas.
Originally posted by hetman
Have a look at this here:
It outlines some research done recently regarding 'junk' DNA.
As far as the appendix goes, it's not a useless organ, it is an important contributor in the develpment of the immune system in the first few years of life.
So "Junk" DNA may be proven not to exist. I guess it was junk until they understood what it really was and how it contributed. Quote from link: "Ironically, what was damned as junk might turn out to be the secret of human complexity."
I also found it interesting how they described the process, compairing it to software and analog to digital. I guess when we made computers, we kind of modled them after ourselves!
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Originally posted by Byrd
Actually, there's no evidence that anyone lived as long as they said they did in the Bible.
It seems to be a cultural thing to account for lost time. We have records of Sumerian kings where the king lists say that the kings lived a thousand or more years. We know this is false because of other things -- a king that lived that long would leave a lot of traces, spanning many phases of the civilization.
And so, to add credibility/prove they were descended from gods/match religious tradition/prove things were better in that distant time/account for gaps in their knowledge of who was king or prophet when, they said "oh... well.. we don't know of any kings between this one and that one and therefore this prophet/king/priest lived to be... 3,000 years old!
And they didn't count birthdays as we do. In those cultures, someone would be "born during the 3rd year of king soand-so's reign and died while king whassisface was ruling."
The oldest ruler we know of is Ramses of Egypt, who lived to the remarkable age of 90+. Compare the records of this long-lived man... monuments, recordings in other cultures of conquests and treaties, etc, etc.
The evidence we have from burials in Israel and other places indicates that people in the area were not particularly long-lived.