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Scientists have decoded the secrets behind a goldfish’s ability to survive in ice-covered lakes.

While humans and most vertebrates die in a few minutes without oxygen, these fish are able to survive for months in icy conditions in ponds and lakes in northern Europe.

Researchers have now uncovered the molecular mechanism behind this ability.

In most animals there is a single set of proteins that channel carbohydrates towards the mitochondria, which are the power packs of cells.

In the absence of oxygen, the consumption of carbohydrates generates lactic acid, which the goldfish can’t get rid of and which kills them in minutes.

Luckily, these fish have evolved a second set of proteins that take over in the absence of oxygen and convert the lactic acid to alcohol, which can then be dispersed through the gills.”The second pathway is only activated through lack of oxygen,” author Dr Michael Berenbrink from the University of Liverpool, UK, told BBC News.

In order to understand this survival strategy let us look how mitochondria came into our cells. Billions of years ago these were free organisms but they struck a deal with the cells. When these evolved into multicellular organisms these did not break off association with mitochondria because it was a useful association. Each of our cells do have them, tiny factories where they combine molecular oxygen with food we ingest in order to convert it into energy. We have some trillions of them working as though one! What drove each into the others arm eons ago? Creative power of God is the timelessness that envelops our concept of time. Once we accessed to this power, the wisdom was in evolving into what we call ourselves Homo sapiens!

Thus the gold fishes can turn lactic acid in their bodies into alcohol, as a means of staying alive. Scientists have known about the peculiar survival abilities of goldfish and their wild relatives, crucian carp, since the 1980s.

“The ice cover closes them off from the air, so when the pond is ice-covered the fish consumes all the oxygen and then it switches over to the alcohol.”

The longer they are in freezing, airless conditions the higher the alcohol levels in the fish become. Despite the fact that the fish are literally filled to the gills with alcohol, it’s not the drink that kills them. If the winter lasts too long, they run out of fuel that’s stored in their livers and die.

The researchers say there are some very important lessons to be learned about evolutionary adaptation that produces a duplicate set of genes that allows the species to maintain their original function but also to keep the back-up set if it also delivers useful function.

What caused mitochondria go into partnership with the cells? Evolution presupposes economy and when we speak of brain it is basically the nerve net of jelly fish and reptilian brain of lizards some 600 million years ago. In such partnerships evolution has specific scaffolding of power and wisdom of God to develop. Ignoramuses fight tooth and nail for Creationism or for Evolution without bothering to know full facts. Science without giving ‘why’ is limited in scope.

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“The ethanol production allows the crucian carp to be the only fish species surviving and exploiting these harsh environments, thereby avoiding competition and escaping predation by other fish species with which they normally interact in better oxygenated waters,” said lead author Dr Cathrine Elisabeth Fagernes, from the University of Oslo, Norway.

“It’s no wonder then that the crucian carp’s cousin, the goldfish, is arguably one of the most resilient pets under human care.”

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In order to indicate how time distorts we have an expression ‘rose-colored glasses’ we tend to look with emotions that are ‘let-us-pretend’ kind. Thus we look back at our youth with nostalgia however miserable it may have been actually. What has been ‘American dream’? Was it not one such? When all that  honest- to- God hard work can be wiped out and LBJ’s Great Society with it, was it not because our dream tells a lie? A lie conveniently sold by those who stand to benefit from it.

Yesterday’s quote from Ernest Dowson was also a dream, a poetic expression farther from truth.

Let us look at history. Remember the movie Enemy At the Gates? It is based on the life of one man. Vasily Zaytsev as a sharpshooter in the siege of Stalingrad looms large  whenever that crucial battle is recalled. But in the history of WWII his name may not even figure. It is thus history is a distortion of actual events so any incident recalled after sixty years or more would require footnotes. Naturally you are swallowed up by narrative on larger events . Neither you or I am a dream but represents something. Time however finite is only set against timelessness that envelops all. Shall I call it Truth since our actions and what we represent is in context of it and not in context of some continents or nations which themselves change shapes?

It is in this context we need to speak we are an idea, considering how we are preoccupied with our rational mind than anything else. Mother Theresa would devote her whole life for an idea as John Rockefeller or Carnegie for something else. It comes up for comparison against Idea into which all ideas must come up for comparison.  I call it God. (God is truth)

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Euclid’s axiom: Two parallel lines in a plane shall never meet. When one watches in real time two railway tracks making two parallel lines in front  we create a picture plane and  we see the lines merge at a vanishing point. It is imaginary but that is perspective. Our mind plays tricks and optical illusion is as a result. The famous vase-face illustration  is on a picture plane. When one notices a vase another may as well settle for faces on either side.

When we look up we see the sun, light of which takes eight minutes to impinge on our retina. What does it mean? We are looking into the past. We don’t even notice. It is the present but past is addressing us; similarly genetic information we carry within is setting our future as well. By fifty mortality kicks in and we begin to think more of death that we never gave a thought earlier. Give a few more decades and when the funeral hearse takes its final journey are not reduced to a notice in the obit page?

Law of entropy states atoms tend to loosen up from objects so an apple left alone becomes ripe over ripe and in the end it is mush. It speaks of time. Smash atoms and you can produce fundamental particles. There comes a point you cannot go further. At one level we are timeless!. In short we delude ourselves to think of our world in terms of days months or years. There is a mysterious timelessness which envelop our  conscious world. Dreams and visions clue us in and yet do we give heed to these? Delusional man who make much of now imagines it is meant for making the hay while the sun shines. It was thus 2008 ripped apart his smug complacency to show how deceived he was. Did he learn the lesson for good? Those who go on making hay merely because the sun shines overhead will get to eat lot of it.

‘Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes
Within a dream.’

 

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Science ever changes its boundaries and it brings in technology as well. In applying science to real time and for practical solutions it cannot do without technology. It is not man for science but science for man. Shape of technology unlike science shall consequently depend very much on man. When we hear a buzzword like technology transfer in a global context, does it not imply politics of power? How futile it is to keep arsenal of technology to any specific group we can understand from the Manhattan Project of Los Alamos in the early 40s. At the time US and allies were intent to bring WWII to a speedy conclusion. But as the goals were being met the ideological split between Capitalism and Communism became alarmingly wider. In 1945 the Allies were most seized upon technology behind nuclear warheads from falling into the hands of the Soviet Union. Soviet Union no longer exists and instead it is North Korea who is rattling a nuclear holocaust against the world. Mind you this nation was not even formed at the time.

From the above example what shall we conclude? Now you know science and technology do not speak the same language. Even so you cannot have technology without science. How does science shape up in a changing society and now globalization becoming irreversible march is a serious issue. In whichever case  its outcome shall depend very much on man’s moral sense. If man voids Cosmos of moral imperative one might well visualize science upon command jumping through the hoops of technology instead.

If thinking of man is merely to cut and dice his natural world so he may convert natural resources into dollars and cents a discipline like science has failed to do its job. Is this not what we see in our times? The earth can provide for teeming billions but not their greed as well. We may as well require two and half earths to sustain the ever increasing spiralling consumerism. Technology is the crooked shadow of science where man also casts shadow.

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Chinese scientists say they have “teleported” a photon particle from the ground to a satellite orbiting 1,400km (870 miles) away.

How does it work?

Simply put, teleportation is transmitting the state of a thing rather than sending the thing itself.

Some physicists give the example of a fax machine – it sends information about the marks on a piece of paper rather than the paper itself. The receiving fax machine gets the information and applies it to raw material in the form of paper that is already there.

When we read a novel we are making sense of what words of the author convey than actually see the word transform into the author’s mind. The mind may have chosen certain patterns of words since it adds to the emotional sense he wants to create. Personality of the author has already chosen them for him. The man who reads the novel has his own say in the matter, and accordingly rather than reading words rigorously (with regards to the author’s personal preferences and rationale in shaping the narrative) he makes sense of the literary space he is comfortable with.

Our mind acts somewhat like receiving fax machine makes sense of what we read. While in India my understanding of Bret Harte and Jack London stories held a certain vagueness. For a dude having lived in the kind of milieu and climate how he will make of it naturally would be closer to the real thing.

The Bible is written by inspiration of God. Inspiration of God is not lost but words in the Scripture in transmission can be misunderstood or make weak impression. The reader of the Bible requires the self-same inspiration in order to change his scepticism. His mind-set is often shaped by his cultural background and unbelieving society.

Marginalia in 2 vol. A concise guide to the Bible

Author: Benny Thomas, the Netherlands

Tags: inerrancy, sound doctrines, Faith,

 

Paperback:

Vol.1 148 pages  priced $7.00

Vol-2  265 pages   $14.25

e-books/kindle available

Vol. 1 120 pages $3.85

Vol-2 200 pages $5.06  Amazon/Kobo/Barnes&Noble/google play, Apple i-book etc.,

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The selection from my work Marginalia explains the nature of God. Does Monotheism or Trinity explain the Lord God truthfully? Why controversy over God whom no one can see (but evidence of Him is so abundantly given throughout the Scripture) if Truth would not change the worshipper to do His commandments with all his heart and mind?. The reason is simple: each faction having presupposed the divine Nature simply want him proved right. Whose glory is on the line here mine or of God?-b  

“Let us now take up the nature of the Trinity.

Think of the Oneness of God as one whole. Why it should yield to the scrutiny of man is not so much as man is well served by the scriptures with regards to his Holiness, the Power and Wisdom. The ‪Trinity testifies the Oneness of God, each supplying necessary details to the whole while the whole in turn testifies these narratives as Truth.

We have in the Bible a few references as to the Lord God. God is a spirit (Jn.4:24). One quality of the spirit is that it can move like the wind (Jn.3:8); similarly nature of fire holds a mysterious quality both of which we can consider to our profit in order to understand the Trinity. The Lord God is a consuming fire (He.12:29). Air and Fire,- both elements we associate with God and yet there is no form that we can hold on to. The Spirit in elucidating the triune God however gives each a recognizable sign. In order to reveal God’s Jealousy we have this instance when the two sons of Aaron are punished (Le.10:1-2). What was their offense? They offered strange fire, which He commanded them not. Swift came their punishment. It brings to our remembrance the warning of the writer to the Hebrews, ‘…Holiness without which no man shall see the Lord (He.12:14).’ Purifying nature of fire being synonymous with holiness the Holy Spirit gives a symbolic value to the aspect of the Trinity.

We read God revealing himself to Abraham as well as to Moses. The presence of God is signified as a burning lamp passing between the animals Abram offered. Also significant is the passage where God was specific as to how it was to presented to him (Ge.15:9). In the burning bush that consumed not we see another manner by which His presence is indicated. Unlike the fire that consumed Nadab and Abihu we see the triune presence of God is associated by the symbol of fire. There is no indication of it being made by human hands. In contrast to this the fourth Man in the fiery furnace is made of man. Subtlety with which the Son of man is presented there is a fitting commentary of God who became man so as to understand various fiery situations we are sometime subjected in our everyday situations.

God is given a shape in the pillar of fire and cloud by day that led the children of Israel in the wilderness. Similarly in the vision of Ezekiel we see the great cloud and a great fire infolding itself,(Ez.1:4).’

In the New Testament God the spirit is given a symbol and a recognizable form as cloven tongues of fire and ‘it sat upon each of them(Ac.2:3)’. God the Spirit while presenting the God document makes a clear distinction in his characteristic style, delineating the personality of each office in the Trinity. The Oneness of the Lord God and those of the Triune God have self same essence while each in their operation quality is distinct.

 

God the Spirit puts both narratives from God the Father and from God the Son into a format where abstract ideas of divine Essence are rendered concrete in the Person and Deity of Jesus Christ. Truth is preserved. (Jn.1: 1)

Does Holy Spirit change the significance of the Will in reorganizing the Scriptural narrative? We shall see from two verses quoted here below which concerns the Holy Spirit. Jesus said ‘Wherefore I say unto you…but the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit shall not be forgiven..’(Mt.12: 31) It is evident from the quote that it is the testimony of God, the Son.

The same verse is similarly repeated which is the divine Will expressed. It is not without significance that view of the Holy Spirit is skipped. We have the testimony of Jesus for it that he ’… shall not speak of himself…’ (Jn.16: 33,8:17) Internal evidence proves the veracity of the Word as set down by Holy Spirit.”

(Selected from Chapter-8 Role of the Spirit/ Marginalia- vol.II

 

Vol.1 148 pages  priced $7.00

Vol-2  265 pages   $14.25

e-books/kindle available priced  vol. 1

120 pages $3.85 vol-2 200 pages $5.06  Amazon/Kobo/Barnes&Noble/google play, Apple i-book etc.,

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Marginalia, a concise guide to the Bible in two volumes in paperback and Kindle available through Amazon.com

Author: Benny Thomas

The book is the result of the author’s spiritual experience of 70+ years.

How this book can help a Bible Student?

Marginalia helps the reader bear in mind the person and deity of Jesus Christ as holding the centre of gravity of the divine Will so everything else in the Scriptural narrative falls in place as one unified whole. It helps him from being distracted by sideshows which are but a shadow. This makes the role of the Spirit very vital in order to get the best out of the Bible. We have the testimony of Jesus of the role of the Spirit. “He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you (Jn.16: 14)”.

When we speak Father of lights what does that mean? The light of the Son shall have quality of life which is the light of life (Jn.8:12). Similarly Holy Spirit as Inspiration of God instructs each believer into righteousness. He  throws light so the reader can be helped into spirit of truth. His is laser light with which he glorifies role of the Son in the Scripture. The thrust of Marginalia therefore is to throw light on the Bible consequently as from laser than with an ordinary flashlight. In literal interpretation there is a danger of following incoherent light and the number of heresies still current owe to such misreading of the Scripture. With laser light of the Spirit it is hoped that this concise guide shall reveal to the reader the role of Jesus Christ as fulfillment of the Will and the Way to lead them to the rest that God himself has entered.

Finally the author’s faith-based approach is to show the inerrancy of the Bible (1Co.2: 5).

 

Marginalia, a concise guide to the Bible puts up guideposts so a student can safely navigate through the entire Scripture effortlessly. This serves as a Bible Study Help and not a substitute for the word of God.

Vol.1 148 pages  priced $7.00

Vol-2  265 pages   $14.25

e-books/kindle available priced  vol. 1

120 pages $3.85 vol-2 200 pages $5.06  Amazon/Kobo/Barnes&Noble/google play, Apple i-book etc.,

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