In Search of our Soul: On the Very Edge of an Unimaginable Frontier: Bio-photons – Part 3

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biophotons

Bio-photons are the light within the nuclei of our DNA strands; they are also evidence of another sort. In the earlier parts of this essay I uncovered a glimpse of our spirituality in the process. Bio-photons offer us so much hope and promise that it is a deal almost too good to be true.

Here is a brief introduction to their potentiality: Biomedical advances that seem almost alien; genetic discoveries to tool our DNA to exacting standards; feats of bioengineering and nanotechnology that would amaze even the most avid futurist or techie. Our world will be turned upside down with the upside of technology; especially, those based on bio-photonic technologies.

We are at the crossroads of civilization, on the threshold of a dream. Before we continue at breakneck speed, we must ask ourselves this important question, as we proceed to embrace technology for all its apparent miracles and marvels. Are we truly responsible enough, caring enough, loving enough, to matter for everyone within our World?

For we also live in perilous times. Nothing is for certain, not even your life. Nor it seems, the lives of our planets’ other inhabitants. Today, we are all in danger of extinction. This may very well be our last chance. Finally, for the first time in our history, there may be no more light.

No, this is not a doomsday essay on our fates but a realistic look at a possible future to come…it all depends on what we do here and now, with this new wave of technology that will surely and profoundly change the way we think, live, and socialize.

Never mind ‘Brave New World’; we’ll be entering into a world gone awry with technology and self-indulgence; a world that promises you the World, but can only deliver a tragic twist of fate instead. Imagine any Twilight Zone episode, now multiply that ‘affect’ a few dozen times; I hope that gives you some idea of where we are heading.

Our only hope to make it through these times ahead will be to recognize the source of light for what it is-YOU! Without you, without me, and without our love and respect for life…there would simply be no life. Please understand this, life does not exist independent of our existence or considerations.

We are either actively creating it, in present time, by what we do, by how we think, and by the way we inter-act; or, failing to do that, life diminishes in activity and intensity. The light eventually flickers and fades away…darkness and inactivity remains…there is no life.

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Within the next decade or less, many loving parents will have the choice of giving their unborn child the very best that science and money can offer. Bio-photonic research will enable bioengineering to succeed where it has failed in the past. Genetic type triggers will be discovered that we will be able to control and activate through ‘communication signalling’; in order to create specific and desirable human traits and characteristics.

You will be able to give your offspring the exact color of eyes, hair, and skin you desire; that is, if you can afford to. Presently, we have the science to test for a few hundred or so genetic deficiencies within the embryo. But regrettably, we are still unable to do much, other than to abort the fetus. This will dramatically change!

In the years to come, we will be able to test for thousands of genetic defects, and prevent even more from affecting our precious child. At the same time, our science will help make them stronger, taller, healthier, smarter, and resistant to infection and disease. The era of Novo sapiens is upon us!

Well that sounds great in theory and as an ideal. But seriously, what about the rest of humanity; you know, the other billions of poor and underprivileged, who can’t afford these medical marvels? Will they just have to settle for more misery and more suffering instead? The wealthy can live and survive…while the poor must stay sick and die. Is this really where we are heading?

A pact with the devil, you be the judge? Here again is this double edged sword. Bio-photonics may also produce the horrors that only ‘sci-fi’ nanotechnology could create. I am referring to the many mechanical parts that will be combined within our bodies, minds and cells; to help those of advantage take advantage of those who have less. To make us smarter, stronger, and better than we were-before this expensive and integrative technology. The cost: Within decades we as humans will be no more…

We will inherit instead, a mechanical Garden of Eden based on technology and wealth, and not on the inherent value of Life within Life. Will Homo sapiens become Nano sapiens? What a world to ponder?

No need to ponder for too long, for that world is already here and has been here for almost three decades…“Is there some special magic about life, essential to making molecular machinery work?” Not so, according to K. Eric Drexler, from a paper he authored and presumptuously entitled, “Engines of Creation”. This paper copyrighted in 1986, became both the operating manual and the impetus for a movement into the frontiers of nanotechnology.

I could ‘consider’ that life, like machinery, does have a ‘perceived’ mechanical basis; but, I would be naïve and inconsiderate to think, that that’s all there is to Life, just an organized and engineered bunch of proteinacious ‘nuts and bolts’, and ‘gears and drives’.

This mechanically oriented viewpoint totally negates a fact of our existence that most biologists and biotechnologists have somehow managed not to be able to accept, or even willingly consider. They explain it, by explaining it away. I am referring to our ‘spirituality’, our ‘life-force’.

Vitalism is a term coined in the 19th century to help understand this apparent ‘indefinable and unquantifiable’ aspect of life that no ‘mechanistic’ scientist could explain. What gave Life its animation, its vitality? Thus ‘vitalism’ was born.

According to Mr. Drexler, “Biologists have abandoned it because they have found chemical and physical explanations for every aspect of living cells yet studied, including their motion, growth and reproduction. Indeed, this knowledge is the very foundation of biotechnology.”

His arguments are sound, his reasoning is flawless; and, his reassuring words of hope and confidence for a better world through the miracle of nanotechnology may give some the impression that these biotechnologists are playing God.

Not surprisingly, the opening cover of his paper contains this futuristic quote by Kevin Ulmer, then Director of Exploratory Research for the Genex Corporation: “Protein engineering…represents the first major step toward a more general capability for molecular engineering which would allow us to structure matter atom by atom.”

What they both have failed to understand is that ‘matter’ does not equal Life. We will never be able to create Life physically, atom by atom. Maybe something that resembles it, a chimera of sorts perhaps, but not, and never, Life!

Why am I so certain of this? Well for one, I know who I am and what I am. And, for another, I’ve been an avid fan of Science Fiction, and have seen through countless other writers’ eyes, various Frankensteinish scenarios. I’ve shared with them, possible future realities, horrifying glimpses of futuristic Worlds gone awry with technology; especially, genetically engineered nanotechnology. It scares me to death!

Unless we acknowledge our spirituality, our connectivity, and our interconnectivity as a race and as a planet with all its other inhabitants and elements and as a whole; I believe we will continue to use our technologies to deliver us from our most precious fears-our physical mortality!

In this way, we will learn to forget about our spirituality and potentiality, as a spiritual being of infinite knowingness and capability. Sadly instead, we will continue to focus on the physical; the mechanics of our miserable, mundane, and self indulgent existence.

I only have this to say about where bio-photonic research may take us. Don’t tamper, tinker, or tweak with perfection. Understand it, don’t try and copy it. More importantly, because I know that I am, who I am, and where I am. I also know that I am not a physical being. I am a spiritual being. I am not my body or my mind. I am simply me. Without me, any creation built with matter, won’t really matter; because all you will ever end up with is simply… a ghost in the machine!