Saturday, February 18, 2017

CM PRESS # 667


"The life forms — 40 different strains of microbes and even some viruses — are so weird that their nearest relatives are still 10 percent different genetically. That makes their closest relative still pretty far away, about as far away as humans are from mushrooms, Boston said."

Note the biologist saying that these microbes being 10 percent different from their nearest relatives means they are about as far away as humans are from mushrooms.  The point is that very minor genetic differences are often very major things, so when people tell you that all humans are the same even though your eyes tell you differently and statistics of all sorts of things also tell you differently just laugh in their faces.  Humans are not all the same.  Darwin even suggested that the so-called races of humans should not only not be classified in the same species but should even be in different genera.

'"Why are we surprised?" Noonan said. "As a biologist I would say life on Earth is extremely tough and extremely versatile."'

Right. But more should be said. Life--think of it as the life force or as the basic core of all living things--tries to find a way to be and to be more and it does this by constantly mutating to be able to live and thrive anyplace it can find that will provide energy for the life force itself.  All organisms are carriers of the life force, and while the life force sounds metaphysical, it is really just the way nature works with various minerals.
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