As has always been the case in man’s effort to expand his knowledge, which normally begins with his effort to imagine things on the basis of the limited knowledge he has acquired (from the early people), similarly this paper seeks to explain, by way of imagination, the evolutionary processes that took place within living objects.
That the evolutionists should say that man’s body had been undergoing a series of evolutionary changes leads us to believe that when life first began to develop humans-to-be must have still been in an extremely simple form. In their further evolution—particularly after they managed to develop the ability to move around—whenever the body moved forward, the contents of the body would also move (shake). This would have been the time when the body started to be symmetrical.
Now, let’s look at something that is very common in our life. Let’s fill a hollow glass ball with peanuts, soybeans and corns kernels, then tap it on a flat surface and move it forward, as if it is a living being in motion.
After a while, we will find that all the contents of the glass ball combine evenly. Now, if we count the peanuts, soybeans and corn kernels on the right part and the ones on the left part, we will find that the numbers are nearly the same.
It is common knowledge that whatever substances there are in human bodies, all these are derived from what exists in nature. Molecules as substances in our bodies are no exception and have, therefore, to abide by all the laws (customs) in effect in nature. Is it possible for things such as exemplified above to occur in human bodies? Although in this example we moved the hollow glass quickly, and in short jumps (so as to speed up the process of what is supposed to be the process of evolution), this movement is, however, not so different from that of a living being. The body matters might indeed shift just a few Angstroms every time the body moves, and this new position (status) is bequeathed to the offspring, which will then shift a few Angstroms further, etc. etc. After billions of years the body might be able to transform itself into a symmetrical living being as it is now.
If this is still not convincing enough, let’s apply some figures for the purpose of verification. Since one Angstrom is equal to one ten-billionth of a meter, a living creature, human being in particular, requires a change span of 10,000,000,000 Angstroms to make a one-meter change in its form. Scientists say that man* (human-to-be) has existed for approximately 3 ½ billion years, an implication that to achieve a one-meter change from the time he first came into existence until the present time, he needs to change 10,000,000,000 divided by 3,500,000,000, or approximately 3 Angstroms every year. Evidently, however, every time a living creature moves, all parts of its body tend to shift. For example, once it moves its left or right leg forward every part of its body will shift to the left or right. For these parts to get back to their original positions, they have to have total flexibility, which they cannot have. Added to this is the gravitational pull of the earth. It is estimated that with just each movement, not to mention a year’s movement, the parts will shift a few Angstroms from its original position.
In the process of evolution, almost all living beings that can move eventually form a relatively symmetrical body. The left side is symmetrical with the right side. This happens to both humans and animals. It should, however, be noted here that this happens only if the body condition enables such a transformation; otherwise, the separation will not be symmetrical, as is the case with some internal organs of both humans and animals. For example, a human heart is located on the left; the pancreas and colons are also not symmetrical, etc.
Let’s take a look at another natural event.
A mixture of sand, sawdust, and fine particles of iron is put into a glass box. At a certain distance and direction, we place a magnet. If we hold the box in a certain position and then rock or jiggle it for some time, the iron particles will clarify what we mean. They will separate themselves from the sand and sawdust, and move towards the magnet. Because the side of the box blocks them, the iron particles will gather on the side that faces the magnet. This gives us reason to say that the iron particles are a matter most sensitive to the influence of the magnet compared to other matters around it.
As there are certain compounds of their bodies that are photosensitive and affected by lights, they too react in a manner as exemplified above. Before these living beings develop the ability to move, it is their upper parts that represent areas most sensitive to lights. This occurs the way it occurs in plants, whose leaves contain chlorophyll and tend to face the sun. In mobile living beings, however, the senses-to-be change their positions as soon as they are able to move around in search for food. The movement by which the mouth is formed is the forward movement. Since the front parts are the ones that experience the most touches, all those that are sensitive are moved to the front part, and these include the eyes-to-be and other senses-to-be.
Because the development of the body functions and the formation of the symmetrical parts occur simultaneously, it is natural if similar body parts with similar functions take a symmetrical form. The eyes, ears, arms, legs, etc. are evidence of the hypothesis regarding this evolution. Since all living creatures are made up of the same basic materials, it is obvious then that not only human beings but also animals have such symmetrical body shapes and body organs as they are today.
Please bear in mind that our discussions here are confined to only how living creatures got those shapes of theirs which have enabled them to move around easily. For the purpose of clarification, it can perhaps be assumed that the symmetrical shape is a result of the living creature being split by a vertical (illusory) plane which meets at right angle with the horizontal surface of the earth, thus forming an intersection line which is parallel to that of the living creature's movement. In some animals that are able to move sideways or backwards, such an ability develops only after they have got their symmetrical shapes. Stationary living creatures such a plants, unlike the mobile ones, some of them are always seen symmetrical, no matter from which angle one views them, because, unlike the mobile creatures, they do not undergo such things as described above.
Those who desire to understand the evolutionary process as described above will find it helpful to put aside those aspects of their beliefs which could have a profound influence on their ways of thinking. This is particularly necessary, if one considers the fact that quite a considerable number of people are of the opinion that the various functions of the body have develop as such only because of man’s efficiency in executing his life process. This implies that the functions of the body have been so formed as an outcome of a predominantly one-sided effort, which is obvious enough, if one considers the fact that any forms of existence have the continuous reactions within them. Such an opinion may be quite reasonable, if it is assumed that man being the one who assumed the highest position among all God-created living creatures must have a unique status in this universe. Nevertheless, the continuous reaction that existed in man-to-be continues to exist in man, now in his completed form, such that the body functions began to develop as a result of the mutually influencing process that takes place between the body and the external condition. Thus, should someone say that any judgment on the symmetrical shape of man is a simple judgment which also tends to make us simplify our judgment on man, he may be right! But, we have since the beginning said that all of us originate from a simple matter, which simple though it is, contains both energy and continuous movement—things which the layman are just unaware of—as if there is life in it, haven’t we?
Those who object to these ideas are most welcome to propose the more logical reasons they may have in their minds so that we humans may have a better notion of who we really are.
* The question is: How would you define the word “Human being”? We, Cave Man, Cambrian human, Proterozoic human or “Human-to-be”? I’m sure that there is only one system that make the animate emerge from the inanimate in this world. One system, almost simultaneously, and sporadically. That’s why we can’t give any definition on it. It’s all because we emerge from only one system. It is only because animate-creatures-to-be were then scattered everywhere and influenced by different surroundings that creatures appear in different forms as they do now. This means that it is said that life first arose around three and half billion years ago, then one/some of them must be the source of human being.
By Reinarto Hadipriono
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