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The Biology of Belief
|by Ganganand Jha|
Primitive man obtained his food much like other animals. He too was a hunter gatherer, but then agriculture happened and everything changed for him and his ecosystem. Man started living in close clusters. He domesticated animals. He was unburdened from the task of constantly looking for food. Family, as an institution, came into being. Now he had leisure which is a prerequisite for contemplation.
Recent studies in molecular biology and quantum physics have led to the emergence of The New Biology which recognizes that the environment (external universe and internal-physiology), and more importantly, our perception of the environment, directly controls the activity of our genes it has been shown that genome is far more fluid and responsive to environmental signals. These findings call for a relook at the theory of evolution proposed by Lamarck. Lamarck’s theory suggested that evolution was based on an intrusive cooperative interaction among organisms and their environment that enables life forms to survive and evolve in a dynamic world. Cellular biologists now recognize that the environment (external universe and internal-physiology), and more importantly, our perception of the environment, directly controls the activity of our genes.
New Biology shows that genes and DNA do not control our biology; that instead DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our positive and negative thoughts. Dr. Lipton's profoundly hopeful synthesis of the latest and best research in cell biology and quantum physics is being hailed as a major breakthrough showing that our bodies can be changed as we retrain our thinking.
Dr Bruce H. Lipton draws the outline of New Biology in his book ''Biology of Belief''. He confesses of being converted into a spiritual scientist on the basis of his studies and personal experiences.
New Biology visualizes the organism- environment complex as an integrated whole. It moves away from Darwinian concept of competition and struggle of individuals for survival to Lamarckian concept of cooperation among species. New Biology revives the matter- mind conundrum, by suggesting that our thoughts influence our character and that our fate and behaviour is directly linked to our perception of the environment. In simple terms, the character of our life is based upon how we perceive it. In other words, the non-physical mind does influence the physical body as propounded by pre-Darwinian thinkers.
` Genetic evolutionists warn that if we fail to apply the lessons of our shared genetic destiny, which should be teaching us the importance of cooperation among all species, we threaten human existence. We need to move beyond Darwinian Theory which stresses the importance of individuals, to one that stresses the importance of community. British scientist Timothy provides evidence that evolution is more dependent on the interaction among species than it is on the interaction of individuals within a species. Evolution becomes a matter of the survival of the fittest groups rather than the survival of the fittest individuals.
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