Biology is Information

There is no unique biological matter. The difference between mud and humans is the way the atoms are organised.

It has taken me some time to grasp this. I’m used to viewing my body as made of a kind of living substance, some biological matter. Though I know, intellectually, that I only consist of oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and a bunch of other chemical elements.

When I follow the matter that makes up my body back in time, I end up at the birth of the Universe. My particles have a 14 billion years long unbroken history of being around.

When I follow the cells that make up my body back in time, I end up at the first common ancestor cell. The information about how to organise a living cell has a 3,7 billion years long history of passing on information.

The depth of history my body contains is twofold mindblowing.

2018-12-21 by Stina Deurell
Online with Staffan and Stina
Tags: Biological, Deep History, Human body, Physical

The Cosmic Depth of my Physical Body

We sank into our physical bodies.

Becoming aware of the origin of all my particles who have been around since the birth of the Univers. The whole cosmic history with experiences from galaxies forming and stars exploding is inside me.

Becoming aware of all the different kind of atoms that are forming my body, atoms that are exactly the same as the atoms on the other side of the Universe.

Becoming aware that the number of atoms in my body and the number of stars in the Universe are of the same magnitude.

Thinking about this is fun.
Perceiving it is immense.

I’m apparently used to running a whole universe.
As one entity.

2018-12-12 by Stina Deurell
Online with Staffan and Stina
Tags: Atoms, Body, Universe

Unconditional Belonging and Separation

Wider Embraces mainly deals with the relation between parts and the whole.
Unconditional belonging and non-separation.

My everyday life is mostly about the relationship between me and you, or me and it.
Conditional belonging and separation.

Then we have a third type of relationships, the ones between me and something that includes me, but I see it as separate from me.
Unconditional belonging and separation.

Me and my family.
Me and the company I work at.
Me and the country I live in.
Me and this planet.
Me and God.

2018-11-21 by Stina Deurell
Online with Staffan and Stina
Tags: Belonging, Relationships