8/29/17 @ 5:19 a.m.
Are You a “seeing skeleton” ?!
(not sure (and no time to research) IF i’ve already shared this here (aka this blog previously))…
Check it out at YOUR OWN RISK…of seeing/(understanding) better…
THE reef-dwelling brittle star has an amazing form of armor on its upper surface. This part of its skeleton is studded with microscopic lenses that turn the animal’s armor into a compound eye.
According to chemist Joanna Aizenberg, the brittle star’s dual-purpose shell “demonstrates an important principle: in biology, materials are often optimized for multiple functions.”
[…]researchers have devised a simple, low-cost method of producing arrays of microlenses made of calcium carbonate. The many applications of these arrays include telecommunications, where they are used to conduct light signals through optical fibers. [excerpted past/recent reading/peering…The Seeing Skeleton of the Brittle Star–Was It Designed? (by God) AWAKE! May 2013]
Brittle thinking lacks tensile strength…(and now and again may be ? we all need an antacid;) perhaps (a) 1 life lesson…we can make the most of things…efficiency and speed…is found in not sweating the small stuff (follow-through on the small stuff, (but don’t let it hinder progress long-term)) and …when we can effectively tackle the microscopic…may be we see/understand the macroscopic…
The person faithful in what is least is faithful also in much, and the person unrighteous in what is least is unrighteous also in much. (Luke 16:10)
Multiple/Flexible Functioning…optimizing wellness: spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically…:)
7/19/17 @ 11:45 a.m.
Your eyes even saw me as an embryo; all its parts were written in your book.” (Psalm 139:16)
In poetic language, David speaks of an embryo developing according to the directions written in a preexisting “book,” or plan. Amazingly, this was written some 3,000 years ago!
Yet, it was not until the mid-1800’s that Austrian botanist Gregor Mendel discovered the basic principles of genetics. And only in April 2003 did researchers finish sequencing the human genome, which contains all the genetic information needed to build a living human body. Scientists have described the genetic chemical code as being like a dictionary filled with words made up of the letters of an alphabet. The words form the genetic instructions. Based on these instructions, the embryo’s parts—such as the brain, heart, lungs, and limbs—develop in precise sequence and with perfect timing. Fittingly, the genome has been described by scientists as “the book of life.” How was the Bible writer David able to be so accurate? He humbly admitted: “The spirit of Jehovah spoke through me; his word was on my tongue.” *[In the Bible, God is identified by his personal name, Jehovah.]—2 Samuel 23:2. [excerpted reading The Bible–Accurate in All Respects Awake! No. 3 2017]
1:00 p.m.@ 6/21/17
The Bible states: “[God] draws up the drops of water; they condense into rain from his mist; then the clouds pour it down.”—Job 36:27, 28.
Here the Bible describes the three main steps of the hydrologic cycle. God—the Source of solar heat—“draws up the drops of water” by (1) evaporation. Then, by means of (2) condensation, the uplifted water vapor forms clouds that pour water down as rain or some other form of (3) precipitation. Even now, meteorologists do not fully understand all the details of the phenomenon of rain. Interestingly, the Bible asks: “Can anyone understand the layers of clouds?” (Job 36:29) The Creator, however, does understand the rain cycle and saw to it that a human writer would include the facts accurately in the Bible. And he did this long before men could explain the basic process scientifically. [excerpted reading The Bible–Accurate in All Respects Awake! No. 3 2017]
6/21/17 @12:49 p.m.
The fur of the sea otter is denser than that of any other mammal, with some one million hairs per square inch (155,000 per sq cm). When the otter swims, its coat traps a layer of air close to its body. That air acts as an insulator, preventing the cold water from coming into direct contact with the animal’s skin and sapping its body heat.
Scientists believe that there is a lesson to be learned from the sea otter’s fur. They have experimented with a number of artificial fur coats, varying such factors as hair length and hair spacing. The researchers have concluded that “the denser and the longer the hairs are, the dryer or the more water-repellent the hairy surface is.” Put another way, sea otters can boast a truly efficient fur coat.
Researchers hope that their studies will lead to technological advances in the design and production of novel water-repellent textiles. This may lead some to wonder whether people who have to dive in cold waters may not be better off wearing a hairy wet suit—one similar to that of the sea otter! [excerpted reading highlights…AWAKE! No. 3 2017 The Sea Otter’s Fur]
or is it?…(patiently) waiting (my) turn…
“During their lifetime of about 30 years, terns may travel well over 1.5 million miles (2.4 million km). That is equal to three or four round-trips to the moon! “This is a mind-boggling achievement for a bird of just over 100 grams [3.5 ounces],” said a researcher. What is more, because arctic terns experience the summers at both poles, they see “more daylight each year than any other creature,” states the book Life on Earth: A Natural History.”
Their pattern and path is an indirect s shape…
“No matter where they began their migration, the arctic terns flew an indirect route. As shown in the illustration, a common Atlantic Ocean route took an S shape. The reason? The birds simply take advantage of prevailing wind system.” [excerpts article Awake! 2017 No. 4 The Amazing Arctic Tern]
Being (deliberately?) indirect can be quite effective/efficient, eh?! 🙂 (and quite the achievement!;)
(Don’t Ya just love birds/these tiny amazing birds?!)
5/10/17 @ 3:35 p.m.
So, the next time i think being more direct equates to getting more accomplished; …i’ll ride the prevailing wind! -lol;)
“IT WAS long believed that arctic terns flew about 22,000 miles (35,200 km) on their journey from the Arctic region to Antarctica and back. Recent studies, however, revealed that the birds actually fly much farther.” [Awake 2017 No. 4 excerpt]
for “cry”-ing out loud;)
“Living things have done everything we want to do, without guzzling fossil fuel, polluting the planet, or mortgaging their future.” [Notes the book Biomimicry—Innovation Inspired by Nature]
Some years ago, a man well-versed in evolution interviewed people who accepted the theory. He said: “I discovered that most believers of evolution are believers because they have been told that all intelligent people are believers.” Yes, when educated individuals express their atheistic views, others are dissuaded from giving God the credit he deserves as the Creator.—Proverbs 14:15, 18.
Have scientists come to their conclusions because facts and evidence point that way? Hardly! We are surrounded by evidence of a Creator. Regarding him, the apostle Paul wrote: “His invisible qualities are clearly seen from the world’s [mankind’s] creation onward, because they are perceived by the things made, even his eternal power and Godship, so that they [unbelievers] are inexcusable.” (Romans 1:20) The Creator left his imprint on his handiwork. Paul is thus saying that from the start of mankind’s existence, it has been possible for humans to ‘perceive’ evidence of God’s existence by means of the visible creation. Where is this evidence?
We see evidence of God in the starry heavens. “The heavens are declaring the glory of God,” says Psalm 19:1. “The heavens”—the sun, moon, and stars—testify to God’s power and wisdom. The sheer number of stars fills us with awe. And all these heavenly bodies move through space, not aimlessly, but according to precise physical laws. (Isaiah 40:26:
“Lift up your eyes to heaven and see.
Who has created these things?
It is the One who brings out their army by number;
He calls them all by name.
Because of his vast dynamic energy and his awe-inspiring power,
Not one of them is missing”)
Is it reasonable to attribute such order to blind chance? Significantly, many scientists say that the universe had a sudden beginning. Explaining the implications of this, one professor wrote: “A universe that eternally existed is much more congenial to an atheistic or agnostic [view]. By the same token, a universe that began seems to demand a first cause; for who could imagine such an effect without a sufficient cause?”
Do hard heads need hard hats?? 🙂
We also see on the earth evidence of God. The psalmist exclaimed: “How many your works are, O Jehovah! All of them in wisdom you have made. The earth is full of your productions.” (Psalm 104:24) Jehovah’s “productions,” including the animal creation, bespeak his wisdom. […], the design of living things is such that scientists often seek to mimic it. Consider a few other examples. Researchers are studying antlers, with the goal of building stronger helmets; they are looking at a species of fly that has acute hearing, with a view toward improving hearing aids; and they are examining the wing feathers of owls, with the idea of improving stealth airplanes.
Did i realize my heart has eyes??:)
Whether you look at the heavens above or gaze at creation right here on earth, the evidence of a Creator is clear. (Jeremiah 10:12) We should heartily agree with the heavenly creatures who cry out: “You are worthy, Jehovah, even our God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power, because you created all things.” (Revelation 4:11) Yet, many scientists fail to see the evidence with ‘the eyes of their heart,’ even though they may marvel at the design in things they see with the eyes of their body. (Ephesians 1:18) We can illustrate it this way: To admire the beauty and design in nature and deny the existence of a Great Designer is as illogical as admiring a magnificent painting and at the same time denying the existence of the artist who transformed a blank canvas into a masterpiece. (my highlights …excerpted readings: Who are Giving God Glory Today? w 2004)
oh Yeah, i may be a nobody...but these words You are reading right now needed somebody to type, huh?!:)
3/22/17 @ 11:57 a.m.
“Man’s search for meaning is the primary motivation in his life,” said Viktor Frankl
School lets out soon…so begins our Summer (schooling) at the Library 5 days a week…(give or take a few). We are at the library (learning regularly throughout the year (literally & otherwise)). However, when so-called “regular” aka “public” school finishes for the year…we’re there (at our local library) supporting various programs, etc.
Speaking of libraries…our “cells are living libraries.” Did You realize? “The information in a bacterial cell would fill a 1,000-page book.” (Have You read a 1,000 page book lately?!)…(Uh-huh!)
How do cells use information? Think of DNA as a collection of recipes, each one involving step-by-step processes, with each step carefully scripted in precise terms. But instead of the end result being a cake or a cookie, it might be a cabbage or a cow. In living cells, of course, the processes are fully automated, adding yet another layer of complexity and sophistication.
Genetic information is stored until it is needed, perhaps to replace worn out or diseased cells with healthy new ones or to pass on traits to offspring. […]Consider one of the smallest organisms, bacteria. German scientist Bernd-Olaf Küppers stated: “Carried over to the realm of human language, the molecular text describing the construction of a bacterial cell would be about the size of a thousand-page book.” For good reason, chemistry professor David Deamer wrote: “One is struck by the complexity of even the simplest form of life.” How does the genome of a human compare? “[It] would fill a library of several thousand volumes,” says Küppers. (excerpted: Your Cells Living Libraries Awake! August 2015–my highlights)
To describe the writing in DNA as “molecular-genetic language” is more than “mere metaphor,” says Küppers. “Like human language,” he points out, “the molecular-genetic language also possesses a syntactic dimension.” Put simply, DNA has a “grammar,” or set of rules, that strictly regulates how its instructions are composed and carried out. (excerpted: Your Cells Living Libraries Awake! August 2015–my highlights)
Intelligence is out there, eh?..(and grammar, too?)..of course, joanie.
People attribute information to intelligence, whether that information is in the form of symbols on clay or signals from space. They do not need to see the information being created to draw that conclusion. Yet, when the most sophisticated code known to man—the chemical code of life—was discovered, many shoved that logic aside, attributing DNA to mindless processes. Is that reasonable? Is it consistent? Is it scientific? A number of respected scientists say no.
Professor Yan-Der Hsuuw is the director of embryo research at Taiwan’s National Pingtung University of Science and Technology. He too once believed in evolution—until his research led him to conclude otherwise. Regarding cell division and specialization, he said: “The right cells must be produced in the right order and at the right places. First they assemble into tissues that will in turn assemble themselves into organs and limbs. What engineer can even dream of writing instructions for such a process? Yet the instructions for embryo development are superbly written in DNA. When I consider the beauty of it all, I’m convinced that life was designed by God.” (excerpted: Your Cells Living Libraries Awake! August 2015–my highlights)
There are theories…then there are NOT theories:
What qualifies a theory as a scientific theory? According to the Encyclopedia of Scientific Principles, Laws, and Theories, a scientific theory, such as Albert Einstein’s theory of gravity, must
- Be observable
- Be reproducible by controlled experiments
- Make accurate predictions
In that light, where does evolution stand? Its operation cannot be observed. It cannot be reproduced. And it cannot make accurate predictions. Can evolution even be considered a scientific hypothesis? The same encyclopedia defines a hypothesis as “a more tentative observation of facts [than a theory],” yet lends itself “to deductions that can be experimentally tested.” (excerpted: Your Cells Living Libraries Awake! August 2015–my highlights)
As a person preferring poetry (and alliteration;)…(Is happy living, happy loving reading?)
“Your eyes even saw me as an embryo; all its parts were written in your book.” (Psalm (song) 139:16)
Of course, David was using poetic language (i.e. DNA). Nevertheless, in principle, he was right on the mark, which is typical of the Bible writers. None were even slightly influenced by the fanciful folklore or mythology of other ancient peoples. (excerpted: Your Cells Living Libraries Awake! August 2015)
Makes me ask: Evolutionists…are they slightly influenced by the fanciful?!
(DNA–a space oddity?/God’s (superlatively intelligent) “poetic” living language!)
Looks like we all live at the library, huh? 🙂
(published 5/30/15 @ 10:34 a.m.)
Science has affected my life! (Would it be ignorant and arrogant to say otherwise?…to say: NO! science has not affected me whatsoever?? Wouldn’t you think i’m totally clueless/full of nonsense/an idiot to admit: “Science” has had no impact/affect on me and my life??)
Do you use a cell phone, a computer, or the Internet? Have you seen that your health has improved or has been restored because of advanced medicine? Do you travel by airplane? If so, you are benefiting from some of the ways in which science has been a boon to humanity. Science has affected your life in many positive ways. (excerpted: How Science Affects Your Life)
As a reader of my blog(s) 1 thing You’ve come to learn about me: i tend to be “spiritually” minded. Yes, an “awake” believer/see-er..not into/not talking (traditional) credulity. Any “faith” i possess is well-thoroughly-researched and well-thoroughly-evidenced! (My spirituality is a work-in-progress..as-am-i.) Can say the same about my science side…(scientific) view of things…a work in progress. Obviously, i enJOY spiritual writings/readings…blogging about those kinds of topics vs. dryer/staler/stuffy stuff. In my view–where science has its limits…spirituality is l~i~m~i~t~l~e~s~s. What i’m trying to express is this: i find true/accurate science and true/accurate spirituality (aka what the Bible really teaches not man-made dogma) harmonize…and are complementary and necessary for a balanced (and broader) view/understanding of things/life.
(Would it be arrogant for any scientist to completely dismiss spirituality?)
My mind gobbled up the following points (from an article(s) read) that i found VERY attention-grabbing: (my bolded highlights)
In recent times, a number of books setting out the views of the so-called new atheists have come into circulation. These publications have caught the attention of many and have brought about no little discussion and debate. Regarding this, neuroscientist David Eagleman wrote: “Some readers walk away . . . with the impression that scientists think they have the big picture solved.” Then he added: “But good science is always open-minded, and the history of science is one of surprises.”
Down through the ages, talented scientists have indeed made surprising breakthroughs in their search for answers to puzzling questions about nature. Some, however, have also made serious errors in the process. […]
Today scientists face similar challenges in their pursuits. Will they ever find a complete explanation of the universe? While it is proper to acknowledge the progress science has made and the benefits it has brought us, it is also essential to bear in mind its limitations. Physicist Paul Davies observed: “The search for a closed logical scheme that provides a complete and self-consistent explanation for everything is doomed to failure.” Those words state an undeniable truth: Humans cannot completely understand the natural world. So when assertions are made about the potential of science to provide an explanation of everything that exists, it is only reasonable to take such assertions with reservations. (Excerpted: Science has its limitations w June 2015)
What examples do we have to consider…regarding limitations of Science?
Professor Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal of Great Britain, wrote: “There may be things that humans will never understand.” The truth is that much of nature, from the tiny cell to the vast universe, still remains beyond the grasp of modern science. Note the following examples:
Biologists do not fully understand the processes that take place in living cells. How cells consume energy, how they produce proteins, and how they divide are questions science has not yet completely answered.
Gravity affects us every second of every day. Yet it is something of a mystery to physicists. They do not know fully how gravity pulls you down to the ground when you jump or how it keeps the moon in orbit around the earth.
Cosmologists estimate that about 95 percent of what makes up the universe is invisible and undetectable by scientific instruments. They divide this strange entity into two categories, dark matter and dark energy. The nature of these remains unknown. (excerpts: How Science Affects Your Life w June 2015)
Great question posed in the above-article: Will science replace the Bible? check it out: (my highlights)
So if you wonder whether science is about to replace the Bible and dispense with belief in God, consider this point: If brilliant scientists with their powerful instruments have been able to gain only limited understanding of the natural world, would it be logical to dismiss out of hand the matters that lie beyond the reaches of science to investigate? Quite to the point, at the end of a lengthy article on the history and development of astronomy, Encyclopedia Britannica concludes: “After almost 4,000 years of astronomy, the universe is no less strange than it must have seemed to the Babylonians.
Three examples of what the Bible teaches that science does not:
- Crime Prevention
Have regard for life
“You must not murder.”—Exodus 20:13.
“Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer.”—1 John 3:15.
Make and keep peace
“Turn away from what is bad and do what is good; seek peace and pursue it.”—Psalm 34:14.
“The fruit of righteousness is sown in peaceful conditions for those who are making peace.”—James 3:18.
“Jehovah examines the righteous one as well as the wicked one; he hates anyone who loves violence.”—Psalm 11:5.
“Do not envy the violent man nor choose any of his ways, for Jehovah detests a devious person.”—Proverbs 3:31, 32.
- Protection of the natural world
Regarding polluters of various kinds in ancient Israel, the Bible stated: “The land has been polluted by its inhabitants . . . Those inhabiting it are held guilty.” (Isaiah 24:5, 6) God will hold wanton destroyers of the environment accountable. He will “bring to ruin those ruining the earth.” (Revelation 11:18) They will not get away with their actions.
Obey your parents
“Children, be obedient to your parents in union with the Lord, for this is righteous. ‘Honor your father and your mother’ is the first command with a promise: ‘That it may go well with you and you may remain a long time on the earth.’”
Teach your children properly
“Do not be irritating your children, but go on bringing them up in the discipline and admonition of Jehovah.”
“Do not be exasperating your children, so that they do not become downhearted.”
Love and respect your marriage mate
“Each one of you must love his wife as he does himself; on the other hand, the wife should have deep respect for her husband.”
—Ephesians 5:33. (excerpts: Science has its limitations)
YES! most definitely i am affected…(by science & by the bible)…yes, it’s important to understand the workings of the natural world…and Yes, it’s important to understanding how to protect the workings of the natural world (i.e. peaceful relationships, and a satisfying way of living/doing that doesn’t endanger/kill life on the planet, etc.)!:)
PEACE to ALL…(affected any way)!!:)
Oh YEAH-lol…cannot forget to include excerpts/examples of the scientific relevancy of an ancient, non-science textbook, the Bible, then and now…(science facts way ahead of ancient times & way ahead of scientists of ancient times)…when ancient science was limited, what the Bible said was timeless/limitless. Please, check it out: (points from The Bible and Proven Scientific Facts)
Age of the earth and the universe
Scientists estimate that the earth is about 4 billion years old and that the universe was born some 13 to 14 billion years ago. The Bible sets no date for the creation of the universe. In no place does it affirm that the earth is only a few thousand years old. The very first verse in the Bible reads: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) That general statement allows scientists to determine the age of the physical world according to sound scientific principles.
Preparation of the earth for human habitation
Genesis chapter 1 uses the term “day” to set out the stages in the preparation of the earth for life in all its diverse forms. The culminating event in this simple description was the appearance of humans. The Bible fixes no duration for the six creative “days.” Instead, it opens the door for modern scientists to study them and assign accurate time spans to them. We know that the creative “days” were much longer than 24-hour days.
How the earth is suspended
The Bible describes the earth as suspended “upon nothing.” (Job 26:7) There is no mention of our planet resting on the shoulders of a giant or on the backs of elephants that stand on a turtle, as some popular myths of ancient times had it. Rather, the Bible leaves the door open to scientific discovery. In time, Nicolaus Copernicus and Johannes Kepler described how the planets move around the sun driven by an invisible force. Isaac Newton later showed how gravitation governs the movement of all objects in space.
Instructions on disease control and hygiene
The book of Leviticus contains the instructions given to the Israelites on how they were to avoid outbreaks of contagious diseases, including the practice of quarantine. And regarding sanitation, the law recorded at Deuteronomy 23:12, 13 ordered the Israelites to care for their waste in a private place outside their encampments. They had to ‘cover their excrement’ in the ground. It is only in the last 200 years that scientists and doctors have seen the need to set such standards.
For further related reading, please see: Boyle, Sagan: Scientific & Spiritual “Understanding” of Life Interdependency: Part 1 Tweeting Bird: Say What? aka Boyle, Sagan: Scientific and Spiritual “Understanding” of Life Interdependency Part 2 Boyle, Sagan: Scientific and Spiritual “Understanding” of Life Interdependency Part 3 Boyle, Sagan: Scientific & Spiritual “Understanding” of Life Interdependency: Part 4 Boyle, Sagan: Scientific & Spiritual “Understanding” of Life Interdependency Part 5
(word count 1585 published 6:05 p.m. 4/9/15)
Racism is (a terrible topic) beyond my understanding/comprehension…probably because of my family upbringing and background/education. I was raised in a family where fragile life of all backgrounds/races/cultures were appreciated, accepted and loved. One race was never elevated over another. We all belong to the same race: HUMAN!:) (I was taught to treat Others from varying places/cultures/countries as my global brother or sister since childhood.) So, I’ve really been privileged to have many beautiful friends/family from all over the place…which I’ve learned/benefitted a lot from their various experiences/cultures.
Today, I was reading an article in Huffington Post about twins that look different http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/02/biracial-twins-lucy-maria-aylmer_n_6787294.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592...which, of course, got my brain/dendrites connecting to stuff/readings of the past on this topic of global family. For example:
Discoveries in genetics have confirmed the fallacy of racism. Researchers studying people from different continents have found that the differences in DNA between any two randomly chosen individuals from virtually anywhere in the world amounted to about 0.5 percent. * And 86 to 90 percent of those differences occurred within any one racial group. Therefore, just 14 percent or less of the 0.5 percent variation occurred between racial groups.
*The relatively few genetic differences between humans may, however, be significant medically, for some diseases appear to have a genetic link.
Because “humans are genetically homogeneous,” says the journal Nature, “genetics can and should be an important tool in helping to both illuminate and defuse the race issue.” (excerpted: AWAKE! 2009 We Are All One Family)
So, science combats racism…yet it persists (and why is that?)..science alone, obviously, is NOT enough to do away with racism! Brain/head knowledge/scientific fact is not enough. Here’s where spirituality/heart fact is significant in eliminating racism:
The heart, or the inner person, must also be reached. “Out of the heart come wicked reasonings,” said Jesus Christ.
—Matthew 15:19, 20.
The Bible’s Viewpoint
The Bible was written to appeal to the heart. For example, in addition to stating the scientific truth that “[God] made out of one man every nation of men, to dwell upon the entire surface of the earth,” the Bible also says: “God is not partial, but in every nation the man that fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him.” (Acts 10:34, 35; 17:26) Does that not warm your heart toward God?
(Yahweh) Jehovah God wants us to show that we love him by becoming like him. “Become imitators of God, as beloved children, and go on walking in love,” says Ephesians 5:1, 2. “Walking in love” includes loving people as God does, regardless of their skin color or ethnicity.
—Mark 12:31 (my highlights excerpted: AWAKE! 2009 article: We Are All One Family!)
How am i treating my family (fellow-fragile-breathing-life) today??
(IF we hurt family, we are ultimately hurting ourselves, eh?)
“All things . . . that you want men to do to you, you also must do to them.”
Am i being Loving? Kind? Forgiving? Compassionate? Considerate? Respectful? Thankful? Helpful? Patient? 🙂
(published 3/3/15 @ 10:44 a.m.)