There is no good reason, from everything science tells us, why the human body shouldn’t be perfect. The scientific model builds Nature up from the simplest, smallest components to the largest and most complex. There is no doubt that at the smallest scale subatomic particles, atoms and molecules, and are perfect, because they have endured without change for billions of years.
Did imperfections arise with the beginning of life on Earth? Single-cell microorganisms are thousands, perhaps millions, of times larger and more complex than the smallest molecules that they are built from. But one-celled creatures have endured for something like 3.5 billion years. Since they reproduce by cell division, the most ancient forms of amoebas, algae, protists, and so on are actually still with us–literally the first amoeba has never died or aged. Life forms with complex structures constitute much less than one percent of living things; a bucket of ocean water is likely to contain hundreds of unknown variations on their DNA.
Imperfection gained the stage thanks to the same force that produced perfection: evolution. We suffer from disease, resist ageing, and fear death, but all of these are creative steps as far as evolution is concerned, since evolution triumphs through maximum diversity and an endless supply of new genes leading to improvements.
What evolution needs isn’t necessarily what humans desire. From the moment that early hominids started taking care of the weak, elderly, and sick (not that a specific date is known), our species defied survival of the fittest. Now modern people are the weakest animals in our infant state, needing a long childhood and adolescence to become fully developed. We are saddled with bodies that display incredible efficiency to stay alive, even though amoebas and algae leave us in the dust, but the gross imperfections of sickness, ageing, and death remain with us.
To get past these obstacles, what is needed—more and better science, the healthiest possible lifestyle, genetically based wonder drugs? Our view is that these are important advances, but they don’t get to the heart of the problem. The heart of the problem is that science hasn’t told us what the human body actually is. Let us sketch in what our bodies do that remains mysterious and often unfathomable.
To keep things simple, we’ll stop there. Life is explored through other models such as information theory, thermodynamics, and quantum biology that make advances every year. But at the bottom imperfection exists not on the physical plane or even in the domain of information. The root of imperfection is an imperfect model of the body, to begin with.
Every model breaks down in obvious ways, which makes it very stubborn to cling to them. We’ll sketch the most glaring flaws as follows:
Since all of these models are fatally flawed, what model is better? One based on consciousness. Mind can’t be created from the nuts and bolts of the physical universe. We are conscious beings first and foremost. Therefore, why not start with consciousness as the essential ingredient, the X factor that explains how our own complex lives arose? Once science begins to explore Nature as a flow of creative intelligence, many mysteries disappear overnight and new horizons open. The fact that boundaries are breaking down already is the surest sign we have that the imperfection of the human body will be revealed as needless and open to change.
Reprinted San Francisco Chronicle with permission
Jack A. Tuszynski, Ph.D., D.Sc. Professor, Department of Physics, Adjunct Professor, Department of Oncology, Adjunct Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Member, The Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Brian J. Fertig, MDF.A.C.E. Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism, Associate Professor Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Chairman, Department of Diabetes & Endocrinology Hackensack Meridian Health at JFK University Medical Center, President Diabetes & Osteoporosis Center
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