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 FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <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 marveling. OTOH, are they saying that it was all one big accident?! On Saturday, February 8, 2014 1:10 AM, salyavin808 <no_re...@yahoogroups.com> wrote: 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 http://nautil.us/issue/10/mergers--acquisitions/the-unique-merger-that-made-you-and-ewe-and-yew, 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: http://io9.com/the-most-important-moment-in-the-evolution-of-life-1517890220?utm_campaign=socialflow_io9_facebook&utm_source=io9_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow http://io9.com/the-most-important-moment-in-the-evolution-of-life-1517890220?utm_campaign=socialflow_io9_facebook&utm_source=io9_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow