Earlier tonight in the ATS chat, a bunch of us were talking about random topics like usual when the ideas of aliens and shapeshifting were brought up
-- I know, big suprise right?
Anyway, I was trying to tell the others in the chat how I think that it is actually scientifically possible for some kind of "shapeshifter" to
exist, despite the fact of how incredibly unbelievable it sounds. I was going to just copy and paste a few snippits of information I've collected
over the months / years (who knows) but I quickly realized that this would be impossible to do. So, here I am making a thread. I'm already assuming
there will be a ton of ridicule and laughter. All I ask is that you look at the actual science and put the peices of the puzzle together - I have to
say it does require thinking outside of the box.
I have collected a good amount of information, but the fact remains that nobody has proved that shapeshifting is possible -- well other than in one
very strange octopus -- and I'm not saying that I myself think it does - I'm just saying I think it is possible.
Here's my collection of scientific "data":
1) A mirror neuron
is a neuron that fires both when an animal acts and when the
animal observes the same action performed by another. Thus, the neuron "mirrors" the behavior of the other, as though the observer were itself
acting. This leads into the ideas of dual coding and common coding
2) A chiral molecule
is a type of molecule that has a non-superposable mirror image. The
feature that is most often the cause of chirality in molecules is the presence of an asymmetric carbon atom. The term chiral in general is used to
describe an object that is not superposable on its mirror image.
3) The mimic octopus, Thaumoctopus mimicus
, is a species of octopus with a variety of capabilities
in mimicry. The act of mimicking can refer to appearance, behaviour, sound, scent, location.
is the ability of an organism to avoid observation or detection by other organisms. Methods
include camouflage, nocturnality, subterranean lifestyle, transparency, and mimicry. Crypsis can in principle involve visual, olfactory or auditory
5) Clonal Fragmentation
in multicellular or colonial organisms is a form of asexual reproduction or cloning
where an organism is split into fragments. Each of these fragments develop into mature, fully grown individuals that are clones of the original
For example; sponges, cloral, annelids (worms) -> polychaeta
As I said above, this obviously does not show a "step-by-step" process of shapeshifting, but I think it's a pretty good direction. I feel that
these different processes COULD provide a way for an organism to successfully accomplish such an outlandish task. Not only is it a way to explain the
physical concept, to me I feel it could also explain a way for the brain to acheive such an incredible feat by actually firing neurons and interacting
with individual cells on a molecular level... I know, pretty far out huh? I'll say it a second time - I just think that shapeshifting could, in fact,
be possible based on current scientific evidence.
Thanks to wikipedia and google, as usual - for finding most of this information. I realize there are several people out there who despise using
wikipedia as a source for everything, so I tried to put links up to other sources as well. I was trying to put this thread together rather quickly
from a bunch of random bookmarks I've collected - please forgive me for not putting quotes around certain information from wikipedia. If it's a
problem I'll edit the post and do so.
Please respond back with any thoughts you have, good or bad I'm open to all of it