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Gaia and the Moon

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  • mike@usinter.net
    Don mikulecky wrote: Robert Rosen, author of Life Itself and Essays on Life Itself published by Columbia University Press, was a mathematical Biologist who
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      Don mikulecky wrote:

      "Robert Rosen, author of Life Itself and Essays on Life Itself
      published by Columbia University Press, was a mathematical Biologist
      who studied under Nicholas Rashevsky at the University of Chicago.
      He used a model system, the metabolism-repair [M,R] system and
      category theory to differentiate organism from mechanism. The key
      feature is in causal entailment. Organisms are closed to efficient
      cause while mechanisms are poorly entailed causally and need outside
      efficient cause.

      The Earth system meets every aspect of Rosen's stringent criteria
      for an organism. All entailment is within the system and the only
      outside source is the sun. "

      I would argue that the moon is too important to ignore.

      The roiling by the moon gravity wave was essential for the
      nucleotide sorting early gaia and even later as the more complex
      conductivity changing patterns from cell cumulations evolved the
      moon provided a random signal to be generated.

      Example. It is well known that algae blooms occur after a tropical
      storm has roiled waters. Imagine if, electrically, a pattern set in,
      electrically, whereby only one part of the ocean saw recurrant
      upwellings from roiling storms and biological activity afterwards.
      What would allow another part of the earth, even it it should
      have "seed" algae at the surface and vaste nutrients below to
      increase its conductivity via a bloom but for something to randomly
      stir the oceans. Enter the moon.

      Gravity waves from the moon are essential for this process. Some of
      the best proof is the Keeling Whorf paper, found here:

      http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/full/070047197

      Mars, for instance, without a moon, is gone.
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