Archive for the ‘Biology’ Category

Why Will Aliens Look Like Earthlings!

December 13, 2018

Why will ALIENS almost surely look like EARTHLINGS?

Two words, CONVERGENT EVOLUTION – in this case it works for two planets!

For life to start there must be a planet in the Goldilocks zone. That includes a temperature range that allows for liquid water.

But it must also have a certain atmosphere.
When the planet is too big, like Jupiter, it has the wrong atmosphere. When the planet is too small, like our Moon, it doesn’t hold in an atmosphere. Wrong atmosphere, wrong chemistry – no life.

That means that life planets always have THE SAME GRAVITY!

That means that the life on those watery planets with the same gravity will have life that faces the same natural selection as our planet.

That means that life anywhere will evolve to the best ways to: SWIM, WALK, FLY, and BURROW!

Convergent evolution means they will come up with virtually the same solutions to how to best swim, walk, fly, and burrow, that life did on Earth.

SO, if aliens are ever found, they should be much the same as life on Earth – CONVERGENT EVOLUTION!


Please see my sci-fi novel, Writings in Science for much more on all things under the Sun or any star! STreaming everywhere.
TomHendricks.us

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The Origin of Life… IF

July 23, 2018

Concerning the origin of life:

IF life was hard to start,
it’s most likely that we are NOT here!

IF life was easy to start,
it’s most likely that we ARE here!

Tom Hendricks

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Seven Poems About Animals

July 5, 2018

A bee in the cathedral?
Get him out!
No one wants him there
but God!

the flower
seems to know
what to do!

from my door
high in the tree
I see a straw nest
my nearest neighbor.

can this mouse
help the lion?

busy people
pass them by,
but grandfather and child
love the birds.

I love to watch you dragonfly
when you’re hovering …
over there …
and not too close!

I kicked a stone
over the cliff.
A startled bird
rose up in it’s place!

Plant: Rebellious I’llShowYouUs

July 1, 2018

Photo of the rare, Rebellious, I’llShowYouUs plant.

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Why the Obesity Epidemic?

June 2, 2018

Why is there an obesity epidemic?

The answer, if my ideas are correct, is very very simple:

Eating excessively is NOT connected to wanting more nurturing, but instead it is a strategy of the immune system to flush out germs in your colon – a major problem for all infants and a key to health for everyone. *

Remember when the alimentary tract is attacked by germs the best two strategies of the body is to throw up (block out) , or diarrhea ( flush out).

Know too that a newborn is very vulnerable to infection before his own immune system is fully developed. *

The key clue to my idea is this: YOUR BODY IS SET UP FOR HIGH FIBER DIETS.

That was the only choice through history, until recently. That means that for most of our history, eating more would be eating more FIBER and flushing out your colon – thus getting rid of bad bacteria.

So eating more during trauma is the normal, natural, safe, response that humans have to gut infections. This started in infancy when the danger is the worst and the immune system is being set up. That pattern of a diet high in fiber is good for adults too.

But now our diet has changed, it is not mostly fiber, and the obesity epidemic followed. Now the natural and healthy drive of our bodies to flush the colon, leads to eating food that adds pounds, not fiber.

Why does our hunger for excess food continue when we are no longer infants and the danger of getting infections is less?

First of all a high fiber diet is always healthy.
Next the body is not set up for any other type of diet.
Next when a person is under stress his body will play it safe and revert to infant immune strategies which means hunger for more food/fiber to flush out the colon.

When is the immune system set up? My suggestion is that the period of infancy around 1-3 years old may be the most important time. This pattern, once set, seems to be very difficult to change.

This also seems to match other aspects of infant development in those years that include:
The child’s first hard foods, loss of breast milk, terrible twos, temper tantrums, separation anxiety, stranger anxiety, being a fussy eater, toilet training, and infant sleep problems. These infant problems may be reactions to setting up the immune system. This development phase may be a tough, but necessary stage for all infants.

Some facts:
*”In humans the gut flora is established at one to two years after birth.”

The gut is the body’s largest immune organ. 70-80% of the immune systems cells are found within the gut.

The newborn and infant are at their most vulnerable in the first years.

Diarrhea is the fourth leading cause of death for children and responsible for 8.6% of all deaths of children aged under 5.
Dysentery, diarrhea, and other infections disease have always killed many newborns.
“In the ancient world dysentery killed about a third of all babies born before they got to be a year old.”

According to the World Health Organization, about one quarter of the world’s population — over 1.5 billion people — is infected with parasitic worms called helminths. These worm infections are most common in tropical and subtropical areas with poor sanitation.

So that’s it – that’s why we have an obesity epidemic.

Comments welcome.
Tom.

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