Red Queen Rising

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(…continued from DNA and Evolution:  Super Humans)

 “Now! Now!” cried the Queen. “Faster! Faster!” And they went so fast that at last they seemed to skim through the air, hardly touching the ground with their feet, till suddenly, just as Alice was getting quite exhausted, they stopped, and she found herself sitting on the ground, breathless and giddy. The Queen propped her against a tree, and said kindly, “You may rest a little now.”

Alice looked round her in great surprise. “Why, I do believe we’ve been under this tree all the time! Everything’s just as it was!”

“Of course it is,” said the Queen: “what would you have it?”

“Well, in our country,” said Alice, still panting a little, “you’d generally get to somewhere else — if you ran very fast for a long time, as we’ve been doing.”

“A slow sort of country!” said the Queen. “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”

~  Lewis Carol, Through the Looking Glass

We humans have very brief lifetimes.  We burn bright with the light of a trillion cellular bursts of oxygenated sparks for a few seconds—and then we wink out of existence, like billions and billions of fragile fireflies on a warm summer night, flaring in and out of existence on the timeline of history.  Along the way, we add a multitude of traits and survival characteristics that would allow us to send forth, our young offspring to continue onward through the march of life.  In the same manner, we also delete from our collective genetic memories, those disadvantages which lead to eventual extinction of our lines.

We, who are alive today, are the results of billions and billions of human generations, trying this and that, sacrificing a multitude of lines and of lives in search of the most advantageous, the best, the brightest, the strongest, and dare I say, the most godlike qualities to imbue into the bodies of their offspring.  This is not vanity speaking.  This is a matter of life and death.  No.  Death is a natural part of life, because without death, there can be no life.  The situation is far more dire.  It is a matter of life or extinction, because with extinction, there is no more chance at continuing the circle of life and death—at least for that lineage or species.

After a millennium of vigorous study, we humans have figured out the grande finale plan of the universe.  It is a harsh plan, but it is a wise one, with far-reaching implications.  The plan specifically determines that we cannot simply hold our ground and maintain status quo.  If we do not continue to evolve, pit ourselves against the stresses and challenges that our environment throws at us, we will not only die, our species will go extinct.

This theory is called the Red Queen Hypothesis, as outlined by Leigh Van Valen, a professor emeritus in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago.  In one of his published works, he outlined his idea of the Law of Extinction and then proposed the Red Queen Hypothesis to explain the intricacies of the Law of Extinction.  In short, as the Red Queen emphatically states to Alice, it really does take all the running that we can do just to be able to maintain our current stance.

Imagine a moving sidewalk, going in the opposite direction that we want to go towards.  If we move at the exact same speed as the escalator, we will never deviate from the spot we are currently standing on.  To move forward, we must go faster than the moving sidewalk.  Moving slower than the sidewalk means we go backwards and will eventually be pushed off the platform.

Charles Marshall, director of the UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology and professor of integrative biology stated that he and his colleagues “…found that a decrease in the origin of new species is just as important as increased extinction rate in driving mammals to extinction.  Each group has either lost, or is losing, to an increasingly difficult environment.  These groups’ demise was at least in part due to loss to the Red Queen — that is, a failure to keep pace with a deteriorating environment.” [1]

That deteriorating environment is Earth, and that group which is losing its ability to exist is us humans.  In our increasingly crowded living situation on Earth, we, as individuals making up the world’s population of 7.1 billion inhabitants, [2] can barely find enough food to feed all members of our human race.  We are running out of room and resources for most other endeavors as well and may soon face a cannibalistic way of life as we plunder each other for scarce commodities to ensure our own survival.

It is into these turbulent, crowded conditions that the super-men and super-women will be born.  They will be the next step in human evolution and it is to be celebrated and encouraged.  Without the new human species springing up, we will eventually fade away, much as the Paranthropus robustus did.  Who were they, you might ask?  They were a group of vegetarian hominids which branched out at the same time as Homo erectus and Australopithecus africanus, but while we humans, as well as Lucy’s species of hominids, continued to thrive due to the fact that we could consume meat as well as vegetation, the Paranthropus robustus died out quite early in the game, unable to sustain themselves with plant material only.  Eventually, Australopithecus africanus did also go extinct, but we are seven-billion and going strong.

Within that large number of living beings, there exists the key to our continued survival.  We are mutating at a frantic pace, every day, every hour, indeed, every minute.  New mutations arise naturally, from random human combinations, allowing for a genetic diversity which will hopefully allow for humanity to survive any future cataclysmic events.  Of course, in such a stressful and stressed environment, not only are we mutating forward at a much faster rate than ever before, we are also mutating backwards much faster too.  Weak genes which resulted in weak humans would have been eliminated in ages long past, when physical and mental strengths were requirements for survival.  Today, they are nurtured and maintained, allowing for genetic weaknesses to be spread throughout the general human population.

Irregardless of the efforts of mankind to maintain status quo, nature has her own agenda, and she pushes us from behind, propelling us forward without pause.  Those of us who are able to keep up with her moves forward into the next generation.  Those who can’t simply wait for the ride to stop, and they get pushed off.  The ride goes on, with or without us.  And in the end, we embrace the new human species springing forth into the new millennium because this is the only way we can evade species-wide extinction.

1.  University of California – Berkeley (2013, June 20). The Red Queen was right: Life must continually evolve to avoid extinction.ScienceDaily. Retrieved June 28, 2013, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­/releases/2013/06/130620142934.htm

2.  Geohive:  Current Human Population.

Dragon Genetics

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Where were we?  Ah, yes.  Reptilian Genetics.

First, let’s talk about all the known physiological In-Your-Face, undeniable facts about ancient reptilian vestiges.

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1.  Reptilian Brain –  AKA The Triune Brain, as coined by Dr. Paul MacLean, who proposed the theory of the reptilian brain in his work, The Triune Brain in Evolution: Role in Paleocerebral Functions, which talks about the reptilian brain.  It was also elucidated and extrapolated by Dr. Carl Sagan in his well-known book, The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence.

According to these two mental giants, this is an ancient section of our brain.  We have little if any control over this part, and that’s a good thing.  It makes us do things that will generally keep us alive.

We don’t have to consciously think about keeping airflow going into and out of our lungs.  Our hearts beat on their own accord, without being told what to do.  We maintain a fairly constant temperature (most folks are at 98.6 but I’m kinda odd in the fact that I am always at a 96.8 and my skin is always usually cool to the touch).

The reptilian brain also gives us the instincts that we need to survive.  If we see danger, we don’t stop to think, we run the hell away first and then think afterwards.  Those who decide to stop and think about the dangers usually don’t survive to pass their think-first mentality onto their progeny.  The ones who have the run-first mentality, well—they survive longer and pass that urge onto us.

It’s not a bad thing.  It’s the precursor to modern-day, rational thinking humans.  Ya gotta survive first to get to that point, and yes, it is primal and basic, but don’t be fooled by its ancient and humble-looking status as the lowest-tiered brain.

The Neocortex (that rational thinking part that makes up the majority of the brain) processes raw data and shares its analysis with the other two brains—but it does not truly make the final decision.

The Limbic brain region then takes the rational data-driven information from the Neocortex and adds its feelings and emotions into the mix—but it defers action to the next level.

It is the Reptilian Brain that combines all these input and makes the final decision.  It decides what happens next.  It makes the final call.  It is the judgement center, balancing the hard-core data with the soft-center of emotions and then decides with finality, which direction to go that would best preserve the well-being and safety of the person that it has been charged with.

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Now, don’t get me wrong.  I am not saying there is a clear and divisive line between the three brains, as I have talked extensively about the fact that the brain acts like a hologram, and each part of it, at the nano level, contains parts of the entirety.  They are all connected.  They work together like a well-oiled fighting machine.  But just because the mechanic can sometimes be a medic, and the medic can sometimes be the soldier, and the soldier can sometimes be a mechanic, it does not negate the fact that they do have their own specialized work to do.

So what’s next in our biological vestige:

2.  Reptilian Heart –  That which beats inside of us without even the need to be connected to a brain is in and of itself, a mini brain because of its electrically-conductive tissues that control the heart, independent from the brain.  It will continue to beat, even outside of its host body, away from the brain and the rest of the other organs.

It is also well-known and recognized that the human embryonic heart is virtually indistinguishable from a lizard’s heart.

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According to Dr. Bjarke Jensen, from the Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, the spongy tissue in reptile hearts is the precursor to the complex hearts of all birds and mammals and that the genetic building blocks for the higher mammals and birds are the spongy parts within reptilian hearts.  He also added that “by comparing adult hearts from reptiles with embryonic hearts from birds and mammals, we discovered a common molecular structure that’s hidden by the anatomical differences.”

But what is the mind and the heart without the eyes?  This is the triumvirate of genetic gifts that the ancient dragon bloodline has gifted to us.

3.  Reptilian Eyes – Our eyes are incredibly complex.  We only have two of them (that we can see).  The eyes are a huge mystery.  There was no long, clearly delineated progression of evolution which led to the eye as we know of today.  Rather, in a sudden burst called the Cambrian explosion, all of a sudden, we got eyes, eyes, and more eyes.  Eyes everywhere and on every animal that walked, swam, and flew the face of the earth.   But again, don’t take my word for is.  As one rather famous guy said:

To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree.  ~ Charles Darwin

Of course, in an attempt to mathematically calculate the outcomes that would have to occur for the eyes to evolve from nothing into what it is today, a number of mathematicians converged and wrote a book in 1967 called Mathematical Challenges to the Neo-Darwinian Interpretation of Evolution.  

The mathematicians  came to the conclusion that:  “however you made the calculations, you ended up with the same conclusion: the length of time life has been on earth was not nearly long enough for all those nucleotides–all that information–to have been generated by chance mutations.”

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It may seem as if I am belaboring the point about the lack of evidence for the evolution of the human eyes, but I am not so much interested in the eyes that we can see as I am in the eye that we cannot see.

There is another one, hidden deep within our brain called the pineal gland.  The pineal gland is made up of tissues that are very similar, if not identical to the rods and cones of our eyes.  I wrote about the pineal gland in my previous post, The Body (Piezo) Electric and I detailed how piezo electricity is used to vibrate waves, which are then picked up by the rods and cones within the pineal gland and produces images that we can see.  This is a vestige from our ancient ancestors, the serpent beings.  We carry that ability within us because we are their progeny.

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This third eye still shows up in certain reptiles such as the tuatara, which has a very well-developed parietal eye at the top of its skull.  Even though it is covered with a skin flap, it is still photoreceptive and is light sensitive.  In our brains, even though the pineal gland is completely enclosed by our skull, and there is no light for it to sense, it can still see light.

My hypothesis is that the pineal gland uses Fourier transforms to convert piezzo-created sound waves to patterns, which it then reconverts to light waves, all instantaneously.  I wrote about this in my last post, Holographic Nature of Our Brain.

In my next post, I will talk about the knowledge that the serpent race left behind for us, their progeny.

The Triune Brain in Evolution: Role in Paleocerebral Functions.  Paul MacLean, MD.

The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence.  Carl Sagan, Ph.D.

Researchers Find Our Inner Reptile Hearts.  Bjarke Jensen, Ph.D.

Mathematical Challenges to the Neo-Darwinian Interpretation of Evolution.  Paul Moorhead, Martin Kaplan.