Genesis and Evolution of the book...
Genetics and its implications have fascinated me for years. The speculation of genetic memory, which is the subject of Serpentine Enigma is, granted, a subject of the paranormal and science fiction, but, maybe not.
The elemental questions; who are we; where do we come from; why are we here and sometimes dramatized by an illustration of early man gazing toward the heavens, on a starlit night, attempting, with a primitive intelligence, to make sense of it all, remain unanswered.
Each of us is a product of at least tens of thousands of years of human development, the sum total of all that has occurred before. Such is explained or, rather, theorized, by means of the application of Charles Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection or religion based Creationism or by those who argue Intelligent Design, but, wish to side step the Deism or Theism of Creationism. As is said, “you pays your money and you takes your choice”. But, you look at all of the creatures of the Earth with special attention to the oceanic mammals and the other primates and then you have us. Maybe, there’s something going on here.
The search for explanations and the offering of postulates runs the gamut of science fiction and conventional science. There are the believers in UFO’s, Ancient Aliens and abductions which leads to the theory of interbreeding between primitive man and extraterrestrials producing modern man with the continuation of the process in some fashion. Those of the conventional mainstream scoff at this, but yet, we have the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), the Hubble Telescope and the continued search for Earth-like planets that could sustain life, possibly, intelligent life. Francis Crick, one of the discoverers of the double helix of the DNA molecule has suggested in his book “Life Itself” that original life on our planet was carried here from elsewhere in the Universe, not from Petri dishes aboard flying saucers landing on Earth, but, from a process called panspermia which could occur naturally (meteors, comets, etc.) or by directed panspermia which would be living spores randomly released into outer space by civilizations on other planet in order to seed the Universe with life. The Darwinists are considering something called Punctuated Equilibrium which states, not gradual change, but, sudden and precipitous change, hence the random mutation in the chimpanzee which started us down the path to modern day homo sapiens.
Enter the discovery of and research on the HAR1 (Human Accelerated Region I) which is described, in simple terms, as that area of our genome which makes us human and is not found in our closest evolutionary ancestors.
On a more personal level, I had occasion to attend a 1998 vacation seminar held in Cambridge at Corpus Christi College. I, along with a dozen, or so, other attendees were given the rare opportunity to meet and have all day roundtable discussions, for one week, with some of the world’s top radio astronomers from Trinity Hall, the science college of Cambridge University. The scientific panel included, among others, Sir Antony Ewish, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in astrophysics in 1974, for his work in radio astrophysics as well as the discovery of pulsars and associates of Stephen
Hawking who provided insight into such topics as String Theory and Quantum Gravity.
During the course of the seminar, I asked one of the scientists, Professor Cyril Hazard, “what is space”. He responded by saying, “a better question would be, what is Nothing”. He left it there. Some years later when reading Brian Greene’s “The Elegant Universe” I got my answer, more or less. Mr. Greene explained that before the Big Bang, everything that was to become the Universe was contained, in what I will call, a little nugget of stuff, or, paying homage to Carl Sagan, “Star Stuff”. Outside the pre-Big Bang Nugget was Nothing because the nugget not only contained dense matter but also that which was to become what we know as outer space. No one really knows what Nothing is nor can it be reproduced. It is a concept of the mind much like String Theory and Quantum Gravity. We. As humans, are able to give thought to things which we cannot see, feel or touch. How do we do this? We don’t know. Perhaps HAR1 has something to do with it.
It may be asked, what do I believe. My answer is that belief should be the area of philosophers and theologians. I prefer to deal in possibilities and probabilities with conclusions best left to the reader.