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General Discussion / Re: Biden drops out
« Last post by ItalianZionist on Today at 03:20:40 PM »
I believe camela polls slightly less than Biden against Trump...hopefully
Torah and Jewish Idea / Re: Ticket to Heaven Daily Dose
« Last post by Hrvatski Noahid on Today at 02:53:31 PM »
Before progressing to matters of the mind, a fundamental definition must be developed for this phenomenon known broadly as “life”. Intuitively and rationally, it can be surmised that there is something different between a human being and a table, or a human being and a rock, and that human beings share some similarities with dogs, trees, and shrimp. But what is the common element that differentiates “living” beings from “non-living” or “inanimate” objects?

Put generally, life can be defined as a process that moves something towards sophistication and utility over time. Indeed, the processes we describe as evolution take existing life forms, combine them with environmental inputs, and create new life forms that are better suited to respond to those environmental inputs. One way that scientists describe living beings is by calling them self-organizing, which means that within the living being’s own system, matter and energy are organized in particular ways to further the survival and replication of the organism. Additionally, although individual organisms may stop engaging in these processes – what we call “dying” – they can propagate their genetic code to future generations through reproductive mechanisms. This, notably, is something that rocks, stars, and other objects classified as non-living cannot do.

This seemingly trivial detail is not only one of the greatest mysteries of the sciences, given that the rest of the universe seems to tend towards disorder, but the basis of a more coherent view of psychological phenomena. Indeed, it can be said that in a very general and abstract way, the process we call “life” is involved in selectively propagating certain kinds of matter forward through time and the generations.

While this certainly includes genetic material, the traditional concern of evolutionary biologists, evolution has also come to encompass things like language and culture, which are typically viewed as the concern of the social sciences. However, by reconciling these different types of ordered matter under the singular concept of information, generally defined as ordered matter, it is possible to not only develop a coherent view of life but move towards an understanding of the function and form of human consciousness.

From the perspective of traditional biology, each living creature is said to have a genotype, or a specific set of attributes determined by the genetic information it inherits. Following Darwin’s initial publications, the work of Gregor Mendel and other early geneticists revealed that variation and selection mechanisms provided the “rules” by which this information is passed forward through the generations, which was the focus of biologists for decades until the discovery of DNA.

However, as researchers in other spheres of knowledge began to integrate these new concepts into their own paradigms, the concern of evolutionary biology progressively expanded. In addition to the genotype, or the genetic attributes of an organism, it was understood that organisms also had phenotypes, which encompassed environmental impacts, learned behaviors, and other elements of life relevant to survival and replication but largely independent of genetics. (Ticket to Heaven by Zachary R.J. Strong, PDF version, p 102-103)
General Discussion / Biden drops out
« Last post by ItalianZionist on Today at 02:11:45 PM »
He's out. May be bad news for us....In ten minutes he’ll be back campaigning…. Won’t remember he made this announcement!
General Discussion / Re: Boycott Marvel & Disney
« Last post by ChabadKahanist on Today at 12:49:39 AM »
I really wanted to see Inside Out 2 but I didn't go see it because Pixar is still owned by Disney.
I should have been boycotting Disney long ago because of teir wokeness but this is the straw that broke the camel's back for me
General Discussion / Re: Boycott Marvel & Disney
« Last post by Rubystars on July 20, 2024, 06:11:37 PM »
I really wanted to see Inside Out 2 but I didn't go see it because Pixar is still owned by Disney.
General Discussion / Re: No Comment From Chaim
« Last post by Rubystars on July 20, 2024, 06:10:08 PM »
I was very upset when I saw that and it made me feel really shaken up for a few days. I was of course grateful that God didn't allow DJT to be killed. I really believe what Donald says when he says they're not just after him, they're after us, and he's in the way. He took a bullet for the USA. He doesn't have to be running right now. He could be on a nice beach, a fancy hotel, or just hanging out at Mar a Lago with his hot wife. He is running for president out of love of the USA and facing all the bogus legal challenges and even the attempt on his life for us. We need more patriotic candidates like him willing to risk their reputations, freedom, and life for their country.
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