Wednesday, January 26, 2011

DNA is not all

DNA is a nucleic acid that contains the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms and some viruses.

The main role of DNA molecules is the long-term storage of information.

DNA is often compared to a set of blueprints or a recipe, or a code, since it contains the instructions needed to construct other components of cells, such as proteins and RNA molecules.

The DNA segments that carry this genetic information are called genes, but other DNA sequences have structural purposes, or are involved in regulating the use of this genetic information.

However and here is the caution

DNA in the popular press is talked about as if it is or will shortly answer all the questions about life and its evolution 

Materialistic scientists also would have us believe that soon they will have answers for these questions

While the DNA code certainly regulates the production of proteins

Proteins being the basic buildings block of our bodies

It says nothing about how these proteins then manage to arrange themselves into tissues and organs and complex living human beings

Further physical DNA says nothing about what creates and arranges our basic patterns of thought

And our behaviour where does that come from?

The idea that these aspects of our being stem from random physical and chemical interactions as materialistic scientists would have us believe is just not credible

Materialist scientists are remarkably quiet about these questions

And very noisy about the purely physical

Yet these questions are just as fundamental to our understanding of where we came from as is the DNA of our bodies


Nowhere can we find convincing or adequate ideas about the origin of consciousness

Without understanding this we know nothing

Our consciousness is us


There are two alternative explanations for our basic character

First there could be a supreme being or God who creates a new soul for each newborn child

By doing this he determines the body and character we are born with

This would also mean of course that he is responsible for creating our weaknesses and imperfections

This being so he would have to be very limited himself or very cruel indeed

This idea of God is increasingly going out of fashion, which leads us to the second idea

There is no God there is intelligence, an absolute unknowable from which all stems

There are laws in our Universe such as the law of harmony

And this expresses itself as karma and reincarnation where our basic habits and tendencies are the result of choices and experiences in previous lives

A memory of them if you will

Karma is the idea that we have made ourselves what we are now

And what we do now will determine what we become in the future

Karma applies not just to individuals but also to groups, countries and races and in turn the whole human race

This idea is more appealing to many because it means that we are all responsible for what happens to us

We are not the victims of blind forces over which we have no control

We determine our own destiny

Each and every one of us can aspire to great heights of evolution our race sex or disabilities are no impediment

Of course there are those who do not like this idea preferring to imagine that life is a lottery over which we have no control

And no karma and reincarnation are not fatalism we have the duty to help others and to make the best of our own lives

We create our own karma every day

What we do today determines our karma in the future

What we did in the past determines what we experience now

As we can DNA is only a small part in our journey of understanding ourselves

A very small part when compared to the work in trying to understand consciousness what it is and how it came to be, how it works even

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