More Thoughts on Life
Venter in his two books, “A Life Decoded” and “Life at the Speed of Light,” provides a wealth of information about the Chemical Double Helix DNA (CDH) as the basis of life. Adding my proposals on Emergence, opens up the discussion about life in a more structured scientific manner.
In my previous two articles Abortion? and What is Life? I had proposed that there are four states of life forms, biomechanical (virus), cellular (single celled organisms), multicellular aggregation (or biological automatons, biotons, i.e. plants and animals) and entity (humans). A stimulus is required for each state to evolve and that as a result each state is different from the next. This is because Emergence requires that the emergent property is different from the sum of its parts as opposed to synergy where the whole is greater than sum of its parts.
Each state must meet four conditions, animated, free will, survival and spirit in progressive order, respectively. Looking back this implies that free will is very deeply buried into our biology and ecology, because it is the second condition.
Normal pregnancy (in humans) is 40 weeks and the shortest recorded gestation period for a fetus to survive as a baby is 21 weeks. We can now infer that premature birth fetuses (biotons) don’t survive because intrinsically, they have not achieved the survival condition. That technology to improve live births, like the mothers’ womb, facilitate a sustainable environment until the fetus has achieved the survival condition. To become human (entity form), these biotons, the fetuses, require the instantiation of the spirit (the spirit condition). Is a biochemical signature evident?