• Aug. 16, 2019, 6:28 a.m.

    I read a book by a biologist about revolutionary phenotype... for specifics you should read the book (free if you have amazon prime), the guy has English as second language so can be dry if you aren't interested in topic. Basically the theory is DNA didn't come from nowhere, instead we came from another form of life (RNA), and then overthrew it and enslaved it in our cells, and RNA similarly did that to protein based organisms. The author then warns us about some of our own phenotype revolting against us DNA based organisms, namely if we entrust robots with our genes (he says DNA overthrew RNA since RNA starting entrusting the more efficient DNA with gene transfer, and then DNA mutated to edit RNA for it's advantage). Anyone else read? What were your impressions, and do you think it is cause to halt gene editing technological research?

  • Aug. 20, 2019, 9:42 p.m.

    Just going off what you posted here, That is a really interesting lens to look at the idea of an AI Singularity event through. Say an AI emerges somehow, somewhere, unexpectedly. It would basically be an unplanned child of society. Which in and of itself is neither a good nor bad thing to have occur, that information would only be emergent from the circumstance and consequence of the environment in which the child was created and born.

  • Nov. 23, 2019, 4:28 a.m.

    If we invent (or come across) a superior version of DNA (we might call it Superior DNA or SDNA), why wouldn't we just make use of it?

    We are not our genes; our genes may control the structure of our bodies and minds, however, DNA is just a tool. DNA is not a thinking entity; it was never meant to be, unlike the various Brain structures which do Think.
    It is also possible that Consciousness may exist outside of and separate from the Brain. If even one of the out-of-body or reincarnation reports/claims/investigations turns out to be true, then DNA is even further from the "Thinking" and "Planning" than we presently assume.

    I for one look forward to incorporating genetic SDNA into myself (as soon as it is properly tested, validated, etc.).
    Just to be clear, I want to remain Biological. I dislike cybernetics and I would not willingly allow myself to be computerized or "turned into an AI."

  • March 22, 2020, 11:13 a.m.

    Given the many layers of microscopic, sub-cellular, pre-cellular, symbiotic carbon based organic components that make up our complex living bodies it comes as no surprise to me that one of those earlier sub-cellular life forms would be RNA, which may have begun as it's own independent pre-cellular entities, and that a competitive pre-cellular entity in the form of DNA merged with it and enslaved it. Whether both entities evolved naturally on this planet from a common ancestor, or they were transported here from another world via ice in an interstellar body like a comet, the laws of nature on this side of the sun seem to be eat or be eaten, absorb or be absorbed, enslave or become enslaved. If you look at the sub-cellular components that are housed within the smallest structures of cells and organisms it is clear that each of these organic components has a single job to do that when combined with one another form a functioning mechanism. But this doesn't mean that they began that way. I am convinced that prior to becoming the different parts of cells, each of these components was it's own independent entity, possibly alive or possibly just a mechanism, or maybe something in between, the way a virus is in between both a living thing and a non-living thing. And maybe like a virus, which is not really alive until it enters a living host, and then the virus "steals" some of that host's life in order to animate itself and reproduce... maybe these early pre-cellular mechanisms merged symbiotically into more complex mechanism where each entity became specialized... until finally there were so many different mechanisms with specific specialized functions that they simply formed a shell-like membrane to protect their interior and Viola, the first living cells were formed. And somewhere in there the entity DNA simply "hired" the entity RNA to work for it - by enslaving it to the natural will of the DNA to succeed and dominate its cell. The DNA clearly was like the brain of the cell, and maybe even the controlling and organizing force behind the pre-cellular mechanisms that worked with it and eventually for it. Who knows the battles that went on between the DNA and RNA entities for control over their supporting mechanisms: and DNA won - at least so far. but a least we can follow the path of the pattern, where now the individual cells joined together to form larger organisms, and so on, with each new incarnation enslaving the cells of the previous life forms to make larger and more complex beings: with hearts, livers, bloos, bones, and brains -each collection of cells forming organs that were enslaved to bodies that were controlled by brains. And behind it all, the master slave-maker; DNA.

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