Yes Share, I agree. The most amazed I'd ever been was reading a cellular 
biology textbook and being told on the first page not only that life had 
started once on Earth and survived but that we are all (that means all living 
things) descended from one single cell. Easily proved too and the odds of it 
happening twice are so vanishingly small as to be irrelevant - so here we are 
brothers and sisters. Maybe we'll never know the exact details as there are a 
number of theories but they all involve the same thing: an invasion of one type 
of bacteria with another. The idea blows me away! Can everything really have 
come from such a simple background? Yeah, of course. The simplest explanation 
is always the best one.

 There's no need to bring any spiritual realm into it as the concept of spirit 
only evolved with the development of the brain and conceptual consciousness. 
But I would say that ;-)

---In, <sharelong60@...> wrote:

 Fascinating article, salyavin, one that I'd like to take into the 
philosophical and spiritual realms. But for right now, I'm content to just be 
OTOH, are they saying that it was all one big accident?!

 On Saturday, February 8, 2014 1:10 AM, salyavin808 <> 
   There's a fundamental mystery at the core of our evolution. No, it's not how 
we went from fuzzy shrews to humans — it's how bacteria made the jump from 
single-celled existence to something more complex. The weird part is that 
evolutionary jump only happened once.
 Over at Nautilus,
 Ed Yong has a terrific essay about that moment, roughly 2 billion years ago, 
when bacteria made an incredible evolutionary leap. It put them on a path that 
eventually led to the evolution of complex, multicellular animals like us. But 
how the hell did it happen.
 Yong writes about a new theory that could shed light on the most important 
missing link in our history as animals. Here's how he starts:;utm_source=io9_facebook&amp;utm_medium=socialflow



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