The Physical Immortality of Man, Part Two

18 Feb


By Mike McGee

In Part One of this two-part series, at we followed the life-cycle of bacteria and of a simple insect, the Luna Moth, through complete cycles, paying attention to the details of the process. We demonstrated the role of living DNA and the genome in the replication of each stage in the life of the moth. Now we’re going to review these general principles to make sure we are clear and that you understand what was said in Part One. After this review we will move into the specific realm of human life.

1. Where in the life-cycle of the Luna Moth is death? It’s going to be hard to wrap your head around the answer to this question. The common answer is that the adult moth dies. The hard scientific explanation – that death is only a by-product of life – defies the normal logic of life and death, beginning and end.

2. Each cell of every moth contains a full set of living DNA in its nucleus. For each moth the DNA, the genome, is identical in each cell of that particular moth. This genome contains a full set of chromosomes, which are all the building instructions and inheritable traits of an organism. This genome is alive and a part of the tissue of the moth. If the double helix DNA strand dies, ceases to be alive, for even a moment it will fall silent, and will not retain the memory of how to build any part of the moth’s structure.

3. During mating, the immortal life-cycle of the Luna Moth goes on, creature after creature and year after year for thousands of years or much longer. Most of us look at life and death as the beginning and the end. The egg hatches, and after several stages produces an adult moth, which dies. Yet when we scientifically examine in detail the various stages of the moth’s life, we can come to only one conclusion. There is a part of the moth that does not ever die: its living DNA genome is passed from one moth to the next without ever any ending of that life.

4. When philosophers look at life after death they tend to exclusively look at the death of the adult organism, and opine whether there is any physical or spiritual continuity after the death of the adult. They’ve been looking for immortality in all the wrong places.

5. A scientist must consider visible and provable facts as the standard for determining the correctness of observations of any physical process, including physical immortality. Up to now scientists have been in denial about the endless continuity of life, ignoring what is right under their noses. The stages in the life of the Luna Moth are factual, clear, and observable, and no scientist can disagree that these stages are exactly as I have described them. Death is only a by-product; the cast-off shells of the aging moths are irrelevant, one might say, from the point of view of the DNA genome. The genome never dies.

6. So we see the eggs, the larvae, the pupae, and finally the adult moth. So the adult moth engages in “adult behavior” of a sexual nature. The site cited here contains a wealth of information about the Luna Moth, if you’re interested in reviewing the observed details of this one particular moth:

7. Each sperm is a single cell, yet it is alive in every scientific sense of the word. The DNA genome it carries contains a living memory of information identical to that of every other genome in the body of the male moth. Each egg is a single cell which is equally alive. It contains within itself memory of information identical to that of every other genome in the body of the female moth.

8. Thus it is clear that the life of a Luna Moth is unending (unless interrupted by outside factors such as a dear reader squeezing a caterpillar until green goop flies everywhere). The place where the unending continuation of life occurs is in the passage of living sperm across an open space during reproduction, to join together with the living eggs.

9. It may even be said that the death of the adult moth following mating is irrelevant to the carrying on of the immortal (not quite “eternal life” yet close) life of the insect species known as the Luna Moth, actias luna. The cycle of life is complete and ongoing, without the intrusion of death, when one examines the reproductive act rather than focusing on the fate of the adult moth.

10. This showy yet commonplace six-legged insect has been gifted by nature with immortal life. It is most likely that the life which is present in each phase of every Luna Moth is hundreds or thousands of years old, and will continue unabated through another hundreds or thousands of years into the future. It’s rather remarkable that Nature would give such an unlikely creature such a long unending, immortal, life-span. Yet there you have it. It is a scientific fact that death does not intrude into the reproductive cycle of the moth or of any other living thing.

11. There are hundreds of thousands of different kinds of insects and other running and crawling and buzzing creatures whose life-cycle is marked by sexual reproduction and immortal life. There is no death for any of these lowly creatures, except when they get stepped on or lose their habitat or are unable to breed. Man is no exception.

With these eleven review principles in mind, we will next go to places you probably didn’t think you could go, the realm of the immortality of the physical bodies of human beings.

The complexity of the organization of each life-cycle of a moth or any other creature, including man, is staggering, and is managed almost exclusively by the living DNA genome which is passed forward from one generation to the next.

We quoted from accepted science at the beginning of this series: “Life is specified by genomes. Every organism, including humans, has a genome that contains all of the biological information needed to build and maintain a living example of that organism. The biological information contained in a genome is encoded in its deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).”

We have been leading you to an acceptable scientific conclusion which is entirely accurate yet difficult to comprehend. Immortal life is not only a demonstrated characteristic of bacteria and insects; it is also a scientifically demonstrated characteristic of human beings, including you and me. The life-cycle of a human being is really not very different from that of the moth. Sexual reproduction through the transfer of living DNA from one generation to another is the same. Unending life, immortality, is the gift of Nature to man as well as to bacteria and moths.

The life-force passed on from one human being to another through sexual reproduction has been practically and scientifically demonstrated to come down to a single point. One microscopic strand of living DNA in a single sperm cell meets with another single microscopic strand of living DNA residing in the nucleus of one human egg cell. Each of these living strands contains the entire memory of how to construct the physical body of the next generation.

“Whenever the state of a biological system is not determined solely by present conditions but depends on its past history, we can say that the system has memory.” Casadesús, J. and D’Ari, R. (2002). Bioessays, 24: 512–518.

It’s clear that the information inside these living microscopic parental strands of DNA is from the past, since the actual “being” does not exist at the time of conception except as a single cell penetrating another single cell. The past memory stored in each microscopic strand represents a memory capacity billions of times greater than the human brain. This memory may, or may not, include things other than building instructions, such as somatic and unconscious memories from the long unbroken line of the vital life-force from which your life and my life has emerged.

Each of these single living microscopic strands of DNA, when joined during reproduction, has in its memory all that is necessary to produce and maintain, without further direction, a complete and complex zygote, fetus and child; and an adult human being composed of about 50 trillion individual cells. Each of these cells is structurally and geometrically ordered in exactly the right manner for the human being to function much the same way as each other of the seven billion people on the planet.

The memory and instructions are carried on by the immortality of the living process where a sperm comes together with an egg. If the DNA suffered death for even a moment during this reproductive process, all the memory and instructions would be lost forever.

With regard to the enormity of this task of memory and management, I can only give a comical example. Give an experienced aeronautical engineer all the instruction books necessary to build a Boeing 747 Dreamliner. Let him read them, give him time to memorize what he can, take as much time as he likes. Then take away all the instruction manuals so that he has to rely only on his experienced and now highly trained memory.

Put this now fully instructed engineer in an empty aircraft construction building. Ask him to build from memory an entire working Boeing 747 aircraft, there inside the building, with no help from the outside. He can ask for machine tools, equipment to mill, bend and form metal and plastic, and rough unprocessed raw materials to be brought in, nothing else other than food and water.

There are about six million mechanical and finishing parts in a 747 (as compared to 50 trillion parts in a human body). Each part has to be milled and fabricated in a very specific way to an exact tolerance, and fitted together geometrically with all the others without failure. How long will it take this experienced and now trained aeronautical engineer to assemble the Boeing 747 Dreamliner and make it ready for its first flight? The simple answer is that he will never, ever be able to perform this task from memory.

Well, consider the assembly of one single human body from its beginning as a strand of DNA. There are about 50 trillion cells in an adult human body, and each has to be fabricated, and coordinate together structurally and geometrically, every microsecond of every day for the life of this human being. This is the normal working memory capacity of one microscopic strand of the DNA genome.

This process of the unending continuation of life and the passing on of living instructions in the living DNA genome of human beings meets the scientific definition of “immortality.” We don’t know when or where this life-force began, and we can’t possibly know when or where the life-force will end. All we have is observation of the present behavior of the life-force and historical examples from the recent few thousand years.

The place where the unending continuation of life occurs in humans is in the passage of living sperm across an open space during reproduction, to join together with the living egg. The traverse across the open space is the singular similarity applicable to insects and humans and all creatures which reproduce sexually.

During sexual intercourse human sperm is splatted out into the open space at the end of the vagina, at the head of the cervix of the female. These very much alive sperm must then find their way, unaided and alone, over a lengthy and dark open area, through the narrow cervix of the female and far into her uterus to bury itself in an equally alive female egg.

Each of these individual sperm is a living being, containing the entire body of DNA which defines a human being. Each has also been provided with DNA memory to know which direction to travel after being unceremoniously deposited in a messy blob into an unknown squishy and dark place. Each egg of the female is likewise a living being, containing all the DNA memory necessary to know how to grow and coordinate the fifty trillion cells present in a full and complete human being. How incredible is that?

Each sperm, independently of all the other 200 million or more sperm released each time, has a living mind of its own sufficient to sort out the completely dark and unfamiliar space it’s never been before (the interior of the vagina); and on the spot develops a geometry which gets it going along the right path to where it needs to be in order to bury itself into the female’s egg. In addition each living sperm has an active means of locomotion, a tail, which is entirely up to the task of moving the sperm in the exact direction it knows to go. Do we need any further scientific proof of life in this transfer across an open space?

The Luna Moth sperm doesn’t have to be so versatile. It’s deposited in one spot and sits there until the eggs come in contact with it. All the sperm has to do is recognize the eggs and jump onto them. But then the human being has always been much more complex than an insect: even though the insect itself is staggeringly, almost incomprehensibly complex.

Don’t forget that science has shown that each of the trillions of cells of an individual human body has exactly the same structure in each strand of DNA in its nucleus. When I say exactly the same, I mean that each strand of DNA in every cell of an individual human body is identical in every way (in the absence of environmental mutations). Each strand carries the same memories as each other, and has its parts arranged identically. And yet all those strands were built and are maintained according to the memory contained in the single immortal living sperm and single immortal living egg which connect and carry on as a new being, without death.

So for our purposes, there is only one prime configuration of DNA which can be carried by these sperm for each individual human being (there are mutations, of course, in this mix). The prime genome in each of these lively and eager travelers is the same. And it is full of life, and it never dies. Each sperm seeks immortality, and one of these sperm finds immortality.

The goal of each sperm is to swim across the open space inside the female body until it reaches the egg. There is no question that the egg is a living part of the female at the time one sperm penetrates and causes that egg to begin to divide and become another human being. This is the meaning of the statement that the human being remains alive for generation after generation without the interruption of death.

This is also the meaning of the statement that those seeking life after death have been looking for life in all the wrong places. Life continues and immortality persists in a human being at the life-cycle stage of reproduction, not at the life-cycle stage of death.

People die before producing offspring and of old age. All but one of the millions of sperm dies without becoming a part of the life-cycle. All of this death is irrelevant in the human life-cycle. Life is in the genome, and the immortal living genome carries on, generation after generation. This is scientific fact.

DNA is living human tissue. Each strand of DNA by definition has within itself all the elements of human life. When sexual reproduction occurs, a single strand of living human tissue joins with a single strand of living human tissue from another human being. There is never a time during human sexual reproduction when the living tissues of the parent contributions to the new human being cease to be living tissue. There is no new life, only a continuation of the existing living tissue in a slightly different format.

These living attributes may include either dominant or recessive traits, and when the attributes are stitched together at conception there is a new and different living strand of DNA. Yet this new strand can contain only what is present in one of the two halves, with dominant and recessive traits jockeying for position. (The exception is that mutations and environmental influences can occur during this process.) Through the process of recombination, progeny derive a combination of these two specific sets of genes, which is yet really not so different from the parental genes.

The new combination is without question a continuation of the living tissue of the two donors. Certain traits within the genome may have a half-life, or be entirely eliminated during the joining of the two halves of the genome. Yet the living human tissue of the strand of DNA remains alive and fully functioning throughout all these changes. If the DNA strand was not alive, it could not retain the memory of how to build the new person. Human beings are immortal, continuing from one generation to another without the intervention of death, from the past to the present to the future.

This scientifically self-evident continuation of life is passed from one human generation to the next through the narrow portal of sexual reproduction. The next question is: what is the nature of the life which is forwarded on through an endless number of such portals for several thousand or even hundreds of thousands of years?

DNA carries the past history of each human organism in its lineage and brings that history through the portal into the present activity of every person. Thus the current “state,” or circumstance of being, of each and every human is determined by its past history, carried by DNA, along with a few recombination and mutational changes. Thus the “system” known as a human being has a “memory” which is encoded in the DNA of each cell of the body. It may be said that everything we are is a memory.

For the DNA, which carries the memories of the life of the past physical being into the present, it may be said that the human urge toward reproduction is not voluntary. Nor is the human urge to nurture their young until old enough to reproduce. These urges are prescribed by the DNA in much the same way as the passage of the sperm across the open space to the egg is prescribed by the DNA.

In the end there is no death for those who successfully navigate the entirety of the human life-cycle. The DNA, which contains all that you are, perpetuates life unending for millennia. You and I are actually and physically thousands of years old or much more, and are definitely a lot more complicated than a Luna Moth. Along with the bacteria and the Luna Moth, you and I are definitely immortal, in a strict scientific sense not subject to speculation.

From Copyright © 2014 by Michael H. McGee. All commercial rights reserved. Non-commercial or news and commentary site re-use or re-posting is encouraged. Please feel free to share all or part, hopefully with attribution.

2 Responses to “The Physical Immortality of Man, Part Two”

  1. แว่นสายตา January 1, 2016 at 8:12 pm #

    I couldn’t refrain from commenting. Perfectly written!


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