March 27th, 2010

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The Underlying Intelligence - Mind Beyond Matter

Todd F. Eklof (11-02-03):
It was about twenty years ago when astronomers began noticing
various objects in space aren’t behaving themselves. That is,
they don’t seem to be obeying the laws of physics. Because of
these laws, governing gravitational pull and separation,
physicists are able to determine precisely how much matter must
exist to hold a galaxy together. The only problem is, in
practically all systems, their figures don’t add up. When they
actually observe these galaxies they can’t find most of the
matter their calculations say should be there. These ubiquitous
discrepancies seem to leave us with two possibilities, either the
universe contains a lot more matter than can be observed, "dark
matter," as it is referred to, or our understanding of the laws
of physics is incorrect. In either case, it would seem, their is
much more to knowing how the universe works than meets the eye.

If we head the other direction, from the farthest reaches of
space into the infinite depth of our own molecular makeup, we are
presented with a similar scientific conundrum. Ever since the
1950’s, with the discovery of DNA, scientists have been working
to understand the laws governing genetics. In this quest, which
has in recent years led to the mapping of the entire human
genome, many geneticists have classified 98 percent of our DNA as
junk. This junk DNA doesn’t produce the proteins that are
considered essential in programming our cellular makeup. But in a
recent article in Scientific America on the subject, John
Mattick, director of the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at
the University of Queensland, has stated, "what was damned as
junk because it was not understood may, in fact, turn our to be
the very basis of human complexity."1 In this article, entitled
The Unseen Genome: Gems among the Junk, we learn of entire
litters of mice that have died after having their useless junk
DNA tampered with, and of cellular programming that occurs
without proteins.

As fascinating as these problems are, the point here is rather
obvious, considering 95 percent of the universe is comprised of
dark matter and 98 percent of our DNA is classified as junk
because we don’t understand its function, there is much about the
universe, both on the macrocosmic and microcosmic level, that we
don’t comprehend. Yet most of the time we go about our lives as
if our understanding of the world is nearly complete, as if their
is little more to it than our redundant thoughts and behavior
permit. It’s as if we’re in a dark room with a narrow beam of
light. Whatever we shine the light on we take as reality, but the
rest of it, lying out there in the darkness, either doesn’t exist
or serves no purpose. Every now and then we hear something in the
darkness, some faint sound, a distant echo suggesting there might
actually be something else out there, something more to the
universe than our narrow vision allows, but we have learned to
distrust, even to fear, the mysterious sounds emanating from the
darkness, and easily dismiss those who do listen as crackpots and
charlatans, when, like DNA and dark matter, most of reality
likely exists in the shadows of what we don’t understand.
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