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The phenomena of life and its origin

There are now several books and theories about the phenomenon of life, its origin and diversification. All of them tell us the same story that life is indefinable. There is also a branch of science Biology exclusively concerned with the study of life. But biology does not define life. Darwin wrote about the origin of species without knowing what life is and what species is. Genetics is all about the gene; but geneticists do know what the gene is. We are now trying to search for life of the kind we know of or of a different kind, on other planets without understanding the life we are familiar with. All these are facts. There is just one reason for all these problems. Whether one agrees or not, life (and death) can be scientifically defined in conjunction with the Quran. The details are given in my recently published two books: 1) The Computer Universe — A Scientific Rendering of the Holy Quran, (423 pages) and 2) The Great Gene Fiasco — The Quran Defines Life. Both books were published by Adam Publishers, New Delhi, India.(pages 113).

An organism is a natural computer biosystem. A cell is a biochip with both hardware (all chemical structures including genome) and software (genetic program). Genetic program (biological information) is stored in the chromosome which is the storage device (memory) of the cell. The biological software is invisible like the software stored in our computers. Based on this reasoning it can be said that the particulate gene concept is wrong. Molecular geneticists are following erroneously a chemical trail for understanding the basis of life. More correctly, biologists are trying to find a hardware solution for a software problem. Genetics, molecular biology etc. are generating junk by treating the protein synthesis apparatus (genome) of the cell as genetic program. It is in fact the particulate gene concept that hinders the progress of life sciences.

The Quran defines death as the removal (deletion) of nafs (the software or the genetic program) from the body. Hence the dead body is like a computer without software (although the genome is in tact). Life is thus the manifestation of the execution of the genetic program (nafs, the software). From this, it can also be deduced that our computers, robots are forms of “artificial life” (man-made software).

P.A. Wahid Email: [Enable javascript to see this email address.]

Mr Wahid,

Thanks for your comment. It’s not really our sort of thing, but the people at the Discovery Institute might be very interested in it.

The biological software is invisible like the software stored in our computers.

And this is where your whole analogy fails.

Software stored in our computers is not invisible.

They are represented by bits stored onto disks as patterns of magnetic particles, pits on a CD or a sustained electrical current in RAM etc.

Based on this reasoning it can be said that the particulate gene concept is wrong.

Based on your Argument by Analogy (which is not an argument by fact), your reasoning is invalid as explained above.

The real world does not reflect even your analogy.

It is in fact the particulate gene concept that hinders the progress of life sciences.

Tell us how this hinders the progress?

Tell us how the success in choosing whether our offspring can be free from hereditary diseases because of the concept of genetics is hindered by the concept of genetics.

When things share a feature, they are alike, and must share other features! Argument by analogy is NEVER WRONG!

Air moves around and is made of gas. Humans move around, so by analogy, must also be made of gas!

Roses are like firetrucks since their both red. This means that roses can put out fires!

2001 was good, and a movie! So all movies are good!

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