"A brain institute funded by software billionaire Paul Allen says it has completed its first project: a map of the mouse brain down to details of individual cells. Work is already beginning on a similar map of the human brain."
My son-in-law sent me this link to an intriguing flash video production about changes in media looking backward and then forward. Check out Robin Sloan's flash documentary at LightOver Media on how the current global media will change by 2014 and how media events will be systematically changed based on how we want to perceive them. It's about 8 minutes long, but worth the time.
Your DNA Isn't Your Destiny -
Exciting news from the world of science and medical research. Just as we are struggling to comprehend the ramifications of genetics and the human genome map, science is beginning to penetrate the frontiers of epigenetics.
Definition of epigenetics (Wikipedia)
Excerpt from wired.com -
The epigenome can change according to an individual's environment, and is passed from generation to generation. It's part of the reason why "identical" twins can be so different, and it's also why not only the children but the grandchildren of women who suffered malnutrition during pregnancy are likely to weigh less at birth.
"Now we're even talking about how to see if socioeconomic status has an impact on the epigenome," Szyf said.
Researchers have already linked some human cancers with epigenetic changes. In a few years, scientists hope that doctors, by looking at an individual's epigenome, will be able to detect cancer early and determine what treatments to use.
While the term "epigenetics" was coined in 1942, the science of epigenetics is still in its infancy, teeming with potential. Essentially, information can be passed on to genetic descendants of a cell without the information being encoded (hard wired) in the DNA. Two cells with identical DNA can have differing fates depending on other influences such as environment. The "genetic expression" of a cell can be altered by environmental factors, which means we are not necessarily destined to the fate predetermined by hardwired information encoded in our DNA.
It's a bit heady, but I do understand the medical implications of advances in this field of science will be nothing short of, uh...remarkable.
Here's a small excerpt -
"My ideas about time all developed from the realization that if nothing were to change we could not say that times passes. Change is primary, time, if it exists at all, is something we deduce from it."
Here's my take on it, admittedly shallow at this point. Time does not really exist, therefore time is not real. However, change is real. Without change we would have no concept of time. Therefore time (which doesn't really exist) has been "created" in our imaginations from our attempts to understand change. Here's another excerpt -
"The quantum universe is static. Only timeless Nows exist. The quantum rules give them different probabilities. We experience the most probable Nows as individual instants of time. The appearance of motion and a flow of time are both illusions created by very special structure of the instants that we experience."
It seems that our whole understanding of life is bound by this concept called time. Nearly everything (including life) has a beginning and an ending. Our minds are trained to fit everything into a frame where time is a reality. Because of that it is difficult for us to conceive of an existence where there is no time.
Every significant thing in life seems to have a time reference attached to it. If there is no time, how would we change the way we live? Is the world of physics on the threshold of a great spiritual discovery?
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