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Bio Computer

October 9, 2019

Speculation: Your Body is a DNA computer.
Not 0/1 but base pairs G/C, A/T that denature at different temps. The Sun was the first programer.

Four Types of Aliens?

October 1, 2019

There may be only Four Types of Aliens

Start with this likely premise. Life starts the same way as it did on Earth and it’s based on carbon chemistry.

That means it most likely requires the following:

1. Liquid water.
2. Temperature range that allows for liquid water, 0-100 C
3. Earth size gravity that holds in the correct atmosphere and gases needed to start life.
4. Plate tectonics and land to allow for a shoreline.
5. Sun/star to provide heat in a day night cycle.
6. Natural selection that leads to the type of social behavior that leads to high intelligence.

Those requirements suggest that life planets will have most of these 4 basic biomes; water, air, land, underground.

Convergent evolution suggests that there are basically 4 ways to best survive those 4 environments.

That means that advanced aliens are either:
1. Swimmers – like advanced dolphins or sea dwellers
2. Flyers – like advance birds or air dwellers
3. Walkers – like advanced hominids or land dwellers
4. Burrowers – like advanced gophers or underground dwellers.

Comments? For more speculation, see my two sci-fi novels.

Gregory K. H. Bryant – a remembrance.

June 8, 2019

Dear Readers,

Last Sunday I devoted my weekly Saved Post Sunday program* on FaceBook to celebrate Gregory K.H. Bryant’s life and art work. I encourage you to see it for yourself. Go to my FB page and then click on my timeline for June 2, 2019.

This is what I wrote in Part 1 of about 23 posts, to start.

“Part 1. This week on Saved Post Sunday, I’m going to dedicate all the posts to Gregory K. H. Bryant and his work. He passed away this week. But today it’s time for a celebration of his talent. He was gifted in many areas, writing, photography, art etc. etc. etc. etc. Please see my timeline for any posts you may have missed.
I never met him in person – but I knew of him through zines – a sort of network of writers with each publishing their own zine. I asked him to contribute to my zine, Musea in the 90s, and he sent many philosophical essays. I would print one in each issue. Later I published two small chapbooks of his work – both illustrated by him, ( “All About Nothing”, a collection of his philosophical essays, and “The Philosopher” about a wise philsopher mule! He and his wife Llori were friends on FB and I kept up with his work there, and he with mine.)

Here is what I wrote about his art work. I think he was one of our most talented contemporary artists.

“Part 3. Had there been an insightful art media, Gregory K. H. Bryant would have been one of the most celebrated artists of our time. What they failed to see, was that he did not pioneer a new ‘ism” like Matisse (fauvism) or Picasso and Braque (cubism). No his achievement was this: he painted and drew in every style from realism to abstraction, and in every style there are masterpieces!!!”

Start with this abstract and see what. A great colorist he was. Very powerful piece….”

Then I showcased photos of many of his art works, information on his ongoing sci-fi adventure story about Carter Ward, his 40 years working at the National Air and Space Museum, a few personal photos, etc.

Condolences to his wife and children. He will be missed by me and many many others.

Tom Hendricks,

*SPS, Saved Post Sunday.
Here are 23 or so posts saved from the week on all things under the sun – or under any star. See the ones you missed, on my FB timeline. For everything else (My 150 recorded singles on 9 CDs, 6 streaming books, thousands of songs, artworks, poems, short stories, plays, and essays; 200+ issues of Musea, and info on the ongoing arts and media revolution,) see my MAIN website tomhendricks.us and “explore the floors,” or see my Wikipedia entry.
Since 1992, MUSEA has been covering the arts, media, social issues, and speculative science ideas. Best wishes reader! Tom Hendricks, editor of Musea.

Fitness of LIfe as 3 separate parts.

March 15, 2019

Reading this, George Gaylord Simpson said that the only goal he could find in life was that it expands across the planet. That got me to refine my suggestion of these three goals for all life:

Life evolves to each species’ highest fitness in 3 categories, 1. nurturing self, 2. protecting self, and 3. sexual reproduction success. Then it stays in stabilizing selection, until something changes and selection pressure forces it to adapt to the new condition.
That, if true, opens up a lot of new ideas.

Sayings Connected to WIS, Writings in Science, novel.

February 23, 2019

Here are some new sayings connected to my sci-fi novel, Writings in Science.

Periodic table, a chemical Rosetta Stone.

Overweight people are worried they can’t control others (infant nurturing issue) Underweight people are worried they can’t control their bodies (infant infection issue)

Placebo effect means M&Ms are a miracle drug if you think they are.

Q. Is there a higher form of life here than humans?
A. Yeah birds (and giraffes.)

The UV daily cycle forced the chemical selection that led to life – all else was destroyed.

UV is the gorilla in the room. It both powers chemical selection and destroys all but the most stable chemical system in that environment.

Key advantage for first cell to reproduce is that it allows that father cell to grow again and become virtually immortal. Beyond a certain size cells cannot grow larger.
The first cell division was natural selection for the father cell to continue to exist more so than to make daughter cells, or reproduce genes.

The only reason that life began, was chemical selection in that first environment that caused some chemicals to survive the daily onslaught of UV from the Sun.
The Sun powered every aspect of the origin.

Human health has been based on a high fiber diet for millions of years. We’re built to stay hungry till our body gets it’s fill of fiber.

If life didn’t start like it did on Earth, then it began in a different way, with a different chemistry. That’s like saying that each planet has a different periodic table.

I’m not a scientist, but I play one in my sci-fi novel!

I think humans have an extraordinary ability to recognize voices – 100s of them!

Human health has been based on a high fiber diet for millions of years, and we will stay hungry till our body gets it’s fill!
(So when your body is hungry, it’s hungry for high fiber food.)

Your gut bacteria will make you hungry night and day until it gets it’s fiber like it has had for millions of years.

The ever present now.


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