How do lifeless tiny particles form life?
I can't help marveling at it. A human body is made of all those tiny atoms, each of which is lifeless and their behavior is only governed by quantum mechanics law. But how do they so "consciously" team together to build such a sophisticated thing as a human body, which can think and talk. Amazing! Amazing! Anyone could give an easy-to-understand scientific explanation?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Figure this out, and you have a nobel prize in your future.
If you're asking how particles can form moving parts that react to certain scenarios, I suggest that you pick up a book on microbiology; we pretty much have that figured out.
As for macrobiology and consciousness, there are all sorts of guesses, both religious and otherwise, but none are truly founded.
If you're interested in personal beliefs, I've always been inclined to think that consciousness is on a quantum level. There are certain parts of the human mind which work faster than the chemical and electrical reactions of neurons, which points to there being something smaller and faster creating thought. But then again, I could probably find superficial evidence for pretty much any guess.
- 1 decade ago
It is amazing, but the amazement is largely because the human brain really is not immediately capable of appreciating the massive jump between levels that your thought entails. The difference in scale between an atom and the human body is about the same (give or take an order of magnitude) as that between a human body and the entire solar system, to provide an equally ungraspable analogy.
Try breaking it down through intermediate levels, though, and you'll see that, while the human body is amazingly complex, it is not unthinkably so.
Your body is made of atoms, sure, but it's also made of organs. These organs are much the same in you as they are in your parents, and the same or similar organs are found in other mammals, and in some cases reptiles, fish, and so on down the line. And the organs are made up of cells, and the cells are made up of the tiny organelles and molecular machinery that make them work, and so on down the line, until eventually you're looking at building blocks so simple that they're nothing but a collection of atoms that is mainly useful because it's got a hook at one end.
To use a metaphor, the Stock Market is lauded by some as an intelligent agent unto itself, and is certainly complex in its workings, at least. Nowadays, most trading is computerized, and I think it's safe to say that the market's evolved to the point where it could no longer exist without computers. Computers run programs, which are composed of libraries and subroutines, which are composed of instructions, which are made of letters and symbols. Yet I don't think that anybody, studying the behavior of their 401(k) over the past couple of weeks, would think to remark "how is it that the lifeless letters of the alphabet have consciously teamed together in such a way as to cause my net worth to decrease by $5,000?"
If you're looking for a scientific explanation that is easy-to-understand, but far more in depth than I could possibly provide here, I recommend Richard Dawkins' "The Blind Watchmaker". While he's got a reputation as a polemicist lately, this early book of his is an excellent introduction to the mechanics of how the extremely simple has, over the course of billions of years, built itself up into the unthinkably complex.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
easy ? No !
Read Lonergan's Insight. There are 2 main approaches.
Top-down, which is there is a soul, which inhabits a body, which is made of biological systems, which are made of chemicals, which obey physics laws.
And there is bottom-up. Everything is mathematics and physics ultimately, and life and soul and mind 'grow out' of that. Also called 'reductionism'.
The question that brings all this to a point is, Is there a non-material existence ? God, angels, souls, mind etc.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
because they aren't lifeless. and they aren't atoms. that's just the best that scientists have been able to come up with to explain the behavior of the universe
- 1 decade ago
Who knows..ask a scientist.