By Harry Braun
Science and religion both seek to provide an explanation as to how things got to be as they are. Both approaches seek to answer the most basic questions of who, or what, created us and why? Biblical Scripture indicates a Creationist view whereby human beings and other plants and animals were created in a matter of days by a human-like God less than eight thousand years ago. Science has revealed a very different explanation of the origin of the universe that begins with the Big Bang that occurred roughly 33.5 billion years ago. While no one in the peer-review scientific community has yet proven exactly how living organisms evolved out of non-living matter, it is clear that the original life forms were not human beings, but protein-scale "nanobes" that are the key elements of all life and metabolism. It was the nanobes that created the microbes, and eventually, each and every human being. As such, they are indeed our biological creators. This is not a theory. It is a fundamental understanding of biochemistry that all mammals (including humans) as well as all bacteria and viruses have nanobial-scale proteins at the heart of their molecular structure and metabolism. There are no exceptions.
Our Biological Creators
A supercomputer image of a protein-scale nanobe (left) and DNA (right)
Courtesy of Scripps Molecular Biology Laboratory
The first protein-based "nanobe" originated over 3.5 billion years ago, and it may still be alive and well because it has since given birth to each and every living cell and organism on the earth. The nanobial proteins represent an ancient and highly advanced civilization that has been responsible for the development and function of everything from bacteria to the human brain and nervous system, which is perhaps the most complex structure in the universe. As such, the nanobes are indeed our biological creators, and they could certainly be viewed as the "spirit" or "life force" of every living cell.
It is reasonable for people to believe that the structure of the human eye or brain is far too complex a system to have been created by random chance. A watch implies a watchmaker. These observations are the central theme behind a revised Creationist viewpoint that is referred to as "intelligent design." Ultimately, they argue, God created life. But that does not answer the more fundamental question of who was - or is - God? Moses and Jesus lived at a time when there was no knowledge of microbes or nanobes. Electron microscopes and scanning tunneling "nanoscopes" would not be invented until the 20th Century. Even when the microbes were first discovered with microscopes in the 17th Century, they were considered to be mindless little "bugs" who happened to be everywhere there was life. Although enzyme reactions were first observed in the 1830s, little was known about their evolution because the surface imprints of bacterial fossils provided little information about their origin or what their internal molecular structure could have been like. In the 1970s, however, molecular biologists discovered that by carefully analyzing the amino acid sequences within a cells nanobial proteins and DNA, it was possible to provide a remarkably accurate picture of the entire molecular evolution of nanobes, microbes, and mammals.
This molecular record exists in each cell of every person and it yields three kinds of evolutionary information: time; genealogical relations; and a record of ancestral characteristics. This living molecular record provides far more information than geologic fossils ever could because it provides a detailed picture of the evolution of the internal molecular structures of the nanobes. Indeed, the molecules within us contain a living record that goes back to a time before the oldest fossils, to the period when the common ancestor of all life existed-and that common ancestor was a nanobe who figured out how to use RNA and DNA to reproduce itself, and in the process, make "evolutionary" changes. Indeed, the term evolution simply means change. Every time a baby is born it has half of its genetic structure comes from each parent, thus the baby is a new and unique entity - and evolution takes another small step. That is not a theory, it is a fact.
When people examined the human body in ancient times, they could identify major organs that they could see with their eyes, but they could never find the "Spirit" or "Soul" that was felt to be the true "life force" within us. In fact, it was the molecular-scale (and therefore invisible) nanobes and microbes that were the Spirits that could bring good health or disease or death. In medieval Europe, the Black Death was thought to be an "act of God." We now know that it was an act of the microbes. Given our current scientific understanding of the molecular world, it is now clear that the nanobial proteins are the essential molecules of life. DNA is a 4-digit supercomputer that was built for - and operated by - the nanobes. Indeed, all of the DNA codes are used to manufacture the various types of nanobes that operate everything from microbes to humans.
Nanobes are not simple little creatures. They are so complex that the most advanced supercomputer ever conceived, called Blue Gene, is now in the process of being developed by IBM to accurately characterize their three-dimensional folding structure and behavior. Within 5 to 10 years, this new generation of supercomputers will usher in an age of nanotechnology that will profoundly alter the nature of life as we know it. Nanotechnology, which the nanobes have mastered over the past 4 billion years, will result in the development of "biochips" that will direct "designer genes" to eliminate the molecules that cause aging and disease. With an unlimited lifespan, Homo Sapiens will have evolved into a new species: Homo Immortalis.
What is interesting about this nanobial explanation, is that it essentially agrees with many of the intelligent design assumptions, but not a literal interpretation of the Bible. However, with a more tolerant interpretation of the Bible, there are some remarkable insights. For example, the Bible states that God created Adam out of the earth. While modern science disregards the possibility that a fully-evolved human being was suddenly brought to life from soil, investigators at NASA have used electron microscopes to observe that clay particles, the smallest of the mineral particles on the earth, may have played a critical role in acting as a molecular template for the architectural structure of the original protein molecules. Given that the nanobial proteins are our biological creators, it is indeed accurate to say that humans are made in the image of God, because if one examines the human skin or other tissue on a molecular scale, one would clearly see the three-dimensional structure of the nanobes.
A Global Superorganism
While nanobes and microbes seem to be capable of acquiring, as well as storing, information in their molecular-scale nervous systems, it is not just the individual microbial or nanobial mind that is significant - but the potential collective effect of all of the earth's trillions of nanobes that interact in virtually every metabolic activity of living organisms. Thus, all of the nanobes on the earth may collectively make up a "Superorganism," with a global awareness. The view of a microbial Superorganism was first advanced in 1789 by the Scottish scientist, James Hutton, who formally introduced the idea at a meeting of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Since that time, many scientists have elaborated on Hutton's microbial Superorganism theory, and suggested that the countless trillions of microbes that make up a Superorganism on the earth all originated from a common ancestor some 4 billion years ago. However, given the more recent understandings in molecular biology, the essence of the Superorganism resides with the nanobes, who in turn build and operate the microbes. If this is the case, it means there was an original nanobe who figured out how to manufacture copies of itself, and thereby achieve a kind of biochemical immortality. This insight suggests that the original nanobe is, in effect, still alive, and it has grown into a global organism that has trillions of individual nanobial components. It is also apparent that this global organism is integrated into each and every living cell and organism. There is still much to learn, but the revealing science of God is well underway.
About the Author
Harry Braun is author of The Phoenix Project: Shifting from Oil to Hydrogen (phoenixproject.net). Harry has worked as an energy and environmental analyst for the past 30 years, and is the Chairman & CEO of Sustainable Partners LLC, a systems integration firm that is involved in a number of renewable energy projects, including the development of a $180 million wind farm project in New Mexico. Harry received a Bachelors degree from Arizona State University in 1971. His post graduate research has been in the areas of energy technologies and resources, as well as the on-going developments in molecular biology, protein engineering and nanotechnology. Harry is member of Alcor (alcor.org), a non-profit cryobiology laboratory that freezes and cares for people when they die in the hope that they can be regenerated in the future, with all of their past memories, into a biocybernetic "designer gene" era.