Friday, February 06, 2009

Immortal cucumbers

We might consider apoptosis as the essential ingredient to consciousness.
Programmed cell death, for which a death-gene has been designed (intelligently or not), if ever manipulated, might theoretically offer immortality. But at a cost: our memory system functions by cutting out some connections while keeping others. Just like the darkness inbetween the stars, the no-thing that was before the Big Bang, makes the stars possible.
This 'natural' selection of memories makes us individual sentient beings. Without apoptosis, all connections would remain live, switched on forever, causing us to remember every single event, evenly producing a grey field of noise. By cutting off the peaks of awareness, we'd become immortal cucumbers.
Derisanamcope, 21th November


FLY AGARIC 23 said...

Thankyou. For your Humanistic insights.


Sprang into ma' gourd after reading your wourd, got me to thinking...

apoptosis muscarine drosophila

"Zerobubble Barrentone, Jonah
Whalley, Determined Codde or Cucumber Upright, my jurats,
if it does not occur again. O rhyme us ! - James Joyce, Finnegans Wake, Page 536.

borsky said...

Re-Joyce, read fly.
The RAWest wordsmith this side of the Liffey.

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