Posts Tagged ‘Vital Dust’

A couple of citations from Christian De Duve, Vital Dust about Gaia, p. 220-221. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaia_hypothesis She was the Mother Earth goddes of the ancient Greeks. Long forgotten, except in such words as geology, geography, and geometry, she has recently been revived by James Lovelock, a distinguished English scientist, an F.R.S. (Fellow of the Royal Society), the […]

The group Everything List is devoted to discussion of the mind-body problem. There was some interesting discussion about this recently What’s wrong with this? http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list/t/13fea9ff2b590213/ A copy of my message where I have used a citation from Christian De Duve, Vital Dust there is below. For answers please follow the link above. on 07.09.2010 05:11 Rex Allen […]

A somewhat gloomy citation from Christian De Duve, Vital Dust (Chapter 26, Brain, p. 240): The human brain has completed all the neurons it will ever make some five month before birth. Contrary to what happens to other cell types, multiplication of neurons ceases after that. Henceforth, neurons only die, starting in uter0, to the tune […]

Some citations from Christian De Duve, Vital Dust 1995. Chapter 13, The Universality of Life In the introduction to this  book, I argued on theoretical grounds – remember the thirteen spades – that the ermergance of life must have involved a very large number of steps, most of which had a high probability of occuring under […]