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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.

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.

Why Aliens will look like Earthlings

January 10, 2019

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, a History of the Future, for much more on all things under the Sun or any star! Streaming everywhere. TomHendricks.us


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