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The Rules of Life / Of Man, Motive, Mice and Magic

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Of Man, Motive, Mice and Magic

Is there a chink in the Creator’s armor?
Darwin did not create the world
He did not postulate life
In fact he did not even disapprove of the Genesis story.
He simply pointed us in a direction of better understanding of the
evolutionary processes that advanced life on earth.

Now, 150 years after the Origin of Species, with the benefit of

countless hours of scientific research, speculation and heated

debate, we are in a better position to bridge the gap between the

inanimate and the animate.

Does this indicate a diminishing role of a benevolent Creator in the

creation of the world as we know it, or are we just pushing back the

boundaries between fact and faith?

And exposing a chink in the Creator’s armour?

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The story of the development of life on earth is in one way so simple and yet, in

another so very complicated. We might claim to understand the general principles

that govern life but we are often defeated in defining the exact science of the most

elementary aspects of life. Some features of the evolutionary process are easy to

demonstrate and understand yet others we accept in blind faith. Sometimes it would

seem that there are equal value to the evolutionist and the creationist's point of

view. Did features evolve or were they designed?


As science pushes back the frontiers of the unknown, so more and more

unknowns present themselves. Just as quickly science and man are finding ways of

interpreting these facts and rationalize their consequences according to

preconceived views. Belief or subjectivity clouds our judgment. We find it difficult to

detach ourselves completely from our personal propensity and prejudice.


The public, the popular media, even scientists, often have a skewed

understanding of the evolutionary process. These misconceptions are often

perpetuated to the point where it has become dogma. We think we understand

without knowing. We do not question the proof or source of the knowledge we are

confronted with. We hover between fact and fiction.


The intent of this project is to address these shortcomings by telling the story of

Life from a different, inanimate point of view. From the very beginning, when the only

'life' was simple molecules in the primeval soup, it tries to find 'motive' in a world

where chemical and physical processes were the only force. It offers an understanding

of the processes that led to the formation of the first primitive cell structures, an

issue that is still very little understood or modelled. The emphasis is on providing a

fresh set of principles that will take the magic out of the synthesis of prokaryotic,

and later, eukaryotic life.

The book also interprets the many clues offered by the different disciplines of

science in a holistic way. There are hordes of scientists dedicating themselves to

researching many diverse aspects of biological life that are related to our quest for a

better understanding of the evolutionary process. These specialists are engrossed in

the detail of their specific field and their work is not always accessible to the general

public. This book explores current scientific understanding and interprets is from the

author's particular philosophical standpoint: The biological world is a subset of the

physical world that developed as a natural consequence of physical laws. The world of

biological systems are subjected to it's own laws, laws that are normally not

absolute, but defined dynamically and unpredictably by the system itself.

An important premise in the book is the demonstration of an opposing "force" to

that of natural selection, that works in parallel and juxtaposition to natural selection

and act as a positive developmental vector in the evolutionary process.

This book is written for the average, intelligent reader that wants to have a

clearer perspective of his origin and roots.

Only with adequate sponsorship or help can this project ever be completed.

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1. Desert walk

An introduction

¨ Footprint in the Namib desert

¨ An Antarctic oasis

¨ Human need to understand life

¨ Constraints of human understanding.

2. To Be or Not

The definition of life, evolution, time

¨ Authors often have a lot to say about life, without offering any understanding

of what they mean by life. We cannot even begin to tell the story of life without

a proper definition of life. We need to define and understand these terms if we

want to use them

¨ A review of the perceptions and definitions of life. Scientific, philosophical,


¨ Discover the most pertinent aspects of life. What separates life from non-life.

What are the single most important properties of life.

¨ Provide a valid definition of life that is applicable to all forms.

¨ Provide an explanation for the term evolution and a review of what the general

public, unfortunately, think is meant by it.

¨ Provide an understanding for the term time so often used, and so vital to our

understanding of life.

3. I am the Law

An analysis of the properties of systems or structures.

¨ A study of life involves a study of systems

¨ A study of growing systems

¨ The laws of growing systems and increased complexity

¨ The notion that systems and structures create it's own rules.

¨ Rules and laws are not absolute and universal.

¨ The unpredictability of the properties of systems

¨ Systems can create systems, evolve, mutate, perpetuate or perish.

¨ Levels of complexity.

¨ Systems of nature. Physical, molecular, cellular, organism.

¨ Why would any system want to perpetuate it's own existence.

¨ Why would any system want to be proactive

¨ Why would any system want to expend energy

¨ Systems, even man, do not have a mind (motive) of it's own.

¨ Systems, even man, do have a mind (character) of it's own.

¨ Change (evolution) is inherent to systems that grow (develop) in complexity

¨ Complexity provides a developmental impetus to a growing system.

¨ Building irreducible complex systems.

¨ Systems of man: communication, families, societies, economics, empires, etc

4. Mr Darwin misunderstood

Understanding evolution. A stereoscopic view..

¨ Limits of human comprehension or lack thereof.

¨ The "because of…" syndrome.

¨ The falseness of the notion that primitive forms of life are by implication less

complex. Rather the “further away” from our common experience, the more

difficult to comprehend. Eg language, customs, organic chemistry. Complexity

is a word used relative to existing (human) understanding.

¨ To evolve is inherent to systems that develop under influence of environmental


¨ Remember each system evolves by it's own rules.

¨ Effect of time, timing, numbers, and frequency of events on outcome of


¨ Effect of environmental conditions. Physical and chemical. Temperature,

concentration, nutrients, waste etc.

¨ Randomness put into perspective.

¨ Things that influence the environment. Environmental stressors and

effectors. Extraterrestrial (non-intelligent), other systems own system.

¨ Cause and effect paradox.

¨ There is no motive, just impetus

¨ What is the impetus of development and evolution.

¨ Mr Darwin understood.

5. Life is a bowl of cherries

A systematic approach to the evolution of life.

¨ What came first, the chicken or the egg. Now we know.

¨ Geological, atmospherical and environmental development of the earth

¨ Events that impacted on life.

¨ The beginning

¨ Bridging crucial gaps and hazards.

¨ Improving the product

¨ Product maturity or redundancy.


6. The final analysis

Human fragility and our future.

¨ No glory in our own uniqueness.

¨ We are ill equipped for life, we would have designed ourselves better if we could.

¨ Yet successful, resourceful, possibilities

¨ Bridging the gap to the next level for continued existence.

¨ Star struck



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