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28332Re: Conscience controls genetic configuration

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  • louise
    May 5, 2004
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      Susan,
      Might your assertion here be an existential Lamarckism?
      Louise

      --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, Susan Schnelbach <susan@t...>
      wrote:
      > I don't believe you can 'think' yourself a genetic change. Does
      any
      > rational scientist believe this to be so?
      >
      > Genetic updates are predominantly accidents that either increase
      or
      > decrease the chances of survival in a given environment.
      Environmental
      > factors contribute to genetic changes, not thought.
      >
      >
      >
      > On Tuesday, May 4, 2004, at 07:14 PM, cristi_t.geo wrote:
      >
      > > Hello,
      > >
      > > This subject may be related more to biology/genetics, but I
      think the
      > > deep implications of the idea qualifies it for the list.
      > >
      > > What is the process that updates the genetic code of an organism
      in
      > > order to increase its adaptability to the environment?
      > >
      > > This process is present in any living organism, but here are a
      few
      > > examples, to let you know what I'm referring to: a butterfly
      that has
      > > eye-like circles on its wings, to give predators the impression
      of a
      > > snake / lizard. A snake that has the skin pattern/color of the
      > > ground, to make it less detectable. An insect that has the
      appearance
      > > of the plant it's living on. A fish that has a thorn on its
      forehead,
      > > which prevents it from being swollen down by a bigger fish.
      > >
      > > I exclude the possibility of random changes in the genetic code
      that
      > > eventually lead to the best configuration of genes. This theory
      > > appears to be to inconsistent with any physical process in the
      > > universe, that we know of. It seems too work-consuming.
      > >
      > > So, excluding randomness, it appears that for any given
      environment,
      > > the genetic code of any organism "knows" to constantly update
      itself
      > > to bring future organisms closer to the best body structure for
      > > surviving that environmental conditions. This happens
      independent of
      > > the _rational_ awareness of the organism. For the fish example,
      it
      > > seems that the genetic code knew how to modify itself so that a
      thorn
      > > grows on the head of the fish, which will help him survive that
      > > particular threat, of being eaten by a particular species of
      bigger
      > > fish.
      > >
      > > It appears that the conscience of the creature it the one that
      > > controls the genetic configuration (not its rational mind, but
      some
      > > other form of its awareness). The fish _wants_ to have a defense
      > > against this threat. As a result, over many generations, the
      genetic
      > > code modifies itself according to its will. It's as if the
      genetic
      > > structure is directly subordinated to the necessities of its
      > > conscience.
      > >
      > > How are you thoughts on this matter? I'd love to read debates on
      this
      > > subject.
      > >
      > > Regards,
      > > Cristian
      > >
      > >
      > >
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