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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Being The World

posted by on July 3 at 9:46 AM

Diamonds hint at ‘earliest life’:

Tiny slivers of diamond forged on an infant Earth may contain the earliest traces of life, a study has shown.

Analysis of the crystals showed they contain a form of carbon often associated with plants and bacteria.

The rare gems were found inside zircon crystals, formed a few hundred million years after the Earth came into being.

There is a point at which the Earth came into being? In this meaning (or use), “being” is something that can be alive or dead. “Being,” here, is just “being there,” being something. In this case, “being” is simply the state of appearing.

Living, then, can be separated from being. Being can be both living and dead. Living can only be living, in the way nothing can only be nothing. Being is in the middle; its appearance is the opening of life and the closing of nothing. At the end of the day, what is easy is define is being, and what is hard to grasp is nothing and life.

Scientists still do not have an agreement on what life is—some propose it’s something that can evolve; others, something that can communicate; others, something that can replicate. The Russian biochemist Oparin made the radical suggestion that there is no real difference between organic (the living) and the inorganic (the dead—the dead being not nothing, the dead being being, the opening of life). All the things that a living being can do are things that a dead being can do. Under certain conditions, the remains of the living remineralize, returns to the seemingly stable (or slow intensity) status of a rock, returns to what they actually always are but are too quick to realize it—our rock bottom, being qua being.

There might be no strict line between the quick and the dead, the living and the slow, but we (the living) do feel there to be a difference between living and just being. This feeling is one-sided. A rock, like being qua being, knows no difference. Living is the difference.

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"There is a point at which the Earth came into being? In this meaning (or use), 'being' is something that can be alive or dead. 'Being,' here, is just 'being there'...

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | July 3, 2008 10:03 AM

Every week when the Scientists get together it's the same darned thing. All are baffled by crop circles and puzzled by the strange lights in the sky but, dammit, there's never an agreement on what life is.

Posted by umvue | July 3, 2008 10:06 AM

This reminds me of trying to read "Being and Nothingness", Sartre's "masterpiece", which was nothing but endless repetitive sentences that had no meaning and referred to nothing, unmoored from the physical world to the point that they were as interesting as random sequences of letters that didn't even form words.

Posted by Fnarf | July 3, 2008 10:21 AM

Chaz, you really need to work on your photo attribution. I know you didn't take that picture last time you were in high earth orbit.

Posted by DaiBando | July 3, 2008 10:30 AM

This post proves--proves!--that Charles Mudede is a latent planetist. I mean, what about the other planets? What about Mars? What about Venus? Is their existences (sic) not equally as valid as those of the Earth (sic)?

Charles Mudede, you are a total Earthling chauvinist pig. How you make me want to hate. Especially those who write more better than me.

Posted by Jeff Stevens | July 3, 2008 10:33 AM

DaiBando, the ISS is in Low Earth Orbit. It's orbital inclination is high- the angle of the orbit as it crosses the equator- hence it's a challenge for the Shuttle to get there. But it's only about 100km above the edge of where orbits start to decay due to trace atmosphere.

Posted by Big Sven | July 3, 2008 10:33 AM

Now go YouTube The Arctic Monkeys cover of Diamonds are Forever!

Posted by monkey | July 3, 2008 10:34 AM

i didn't see who wrote this and then i scrolled back up and it was just as i thought.

sometimes i wish, when posed with a question, i didn't feel the incessant need to answer it, regardless of an inability to do so.

sometimes it's just too much. but i guess it's a good too much.

Posted by madelinear | July 3, 2008 10:39 AM

1. Mugabe ain't so bad look at Bush it's all global capitalism's fault.

2. Look at this fish cannery architecture it's great!

3. Being living nothing being living nothing blah blah blah blah.

4. Boobs.


Posted by PC | July 3, 2008 10:56 AM

PC @9,

"Something is happening here/But you don't know what it is/Do you, Mister Jones?

Posted by Jeff Stevens | July 3, 2008 11:04 AM

In space no one can hear you scream:


Posted by Cookie W. Monster | July 3, 2008 11:34 AM

Big Sven, thanks for the correction. But do you think Chaz took that picture?

Posted by DaiBando | July 3, 2008 12:14 PM

Harvard University is working to create life in the laboratory. The have developed methods of using water and oil to create a "cell" that can contain artificial DNA. They are in the process of creating artificial DNA using enzymes and acids etc. It shows great promise.

Posted by Vince | July 3, 2008 1:34 PM

DaiBando- I think it's unlikely. But it was almost certainly taken by a member of the proletariat.

Posted by Big Sven | July 3, 2008 2:20 PM

I would expect more from an intellectual such as yourself.

Posted by name | July 3, 2008 8:51 PM

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