The “great filter” is an epigenetic trap

By: James V. Kohl | Published on: August 19, 2015

The great filter

The silence of universe seems ominous. Was Earth lucky?

Thanks to George Ellis​ for alerting others to this.

Excerpt: Nick Lane in his magnificent new book The Vital Question thinks that a peculiar feature of all earthly life — that it traps energy in the form of protons pumped across membranes…
Excerpt 2) Next, after a couple of billion years, creatures bigger than microbes emerged, once (Nick Lane argues) an energy-per-gene limit was breached by the invention of the mitochondrion, a specialised energy-generating microbe living inside another cell.

My comment: First, an epigenetic trap links the sun’s biological energy to the light-induced de novo creation of nucleic acids and to the creation of amino acids. The amino acids are required to link RNA-mediated events to the the de novo creation of receptor proteins in the membranes of cells.
Did Nick Lane address the fact that the creation of the cells requires a nutrient source? See for comparison: Energy-releasing chemical reactions are at the core of the living process of all organisms.
Many theorists jump from the required nutrient source of the energy and proceed via de Vries definition of “mutation” and link the definition to jumps that they think cause the evolution of new species. The creation of more than one cell type or species requires RNA-mediated gene duplication to create more receptors with variations in their structure. The variants link RNA-mediated amino acid substitutions to cell type differentiation in all cells of all individuals of all living genera. The variants are not “jump-like changes.” Amino acid substitutions are biophysically constrained by the chemistry of nutrient-dependent protein folding and the physiology of nutrient-dependent reproduction.
My questions (Set 1) Who set the first epigenetic trap that Nick Lane claims “…traps energy in the form of protons pumped across membranes?” How much energy was required to set the trap? What physical forces allow the epigenetic trap to open and close? For example, after a virus enters a cell, what prevents its nutrient-dependent replication from linking entropic elasticity to genomic entropy via perturbed protein folding?
My comment: Stuart Kauffman and other informed scientists think there must be an anti-entropic force.  See: Scientific Seeker Stuart Kauffman on Free Will, God, ESP and Other Mysteries.

He proposed that our scientific understanding of reality is radically incomplete, and that some sort of anti-entropy, order-generating force remains to be discovered.

My questions (Set 2) When are theorists going to address the fact that the sequencing of the octopus genome links nutrient-dependent microRNAs to the protection from viral microRNAs, which enables the stability of organized genomes in all living genera? Does the nutrient-dependent microRNA-mediated stability of organized genomes exemplify how ecological variation leads to ecological adaptation or to extinction due to genomic entropy? Could an anti-entropic electrostatic force be all that’s required to link all of biodiversity to its orgins?
My questions (Set 3)  Are evolutionary theorists trapped within the context of neo-Darwinian theories despite the fact that Darwin warned them not to start with natural selection? Have big bang cosmologists and evolutionary theorists wasted more than 100 years trying to determine how the first epigenetic trap was set, while others have linked ecological variation to ecological adaptation via single amino acid substitutions? Is it time to review what serious scientists understand about the need to start with top-down causation?
See, for example:
Context-specific microRNA function in developmental complexity
My question: How do you approach developmental complexity from an evolutionary perspective that does not start with top-down causation and skips what theorists claim is the first 2 billion years of evolved life on this planet?
Riding the Evolution Paradigm Shift With Eugene Koonin

The entire evolution of the microbial world and the virus world, and the interaction between microbes and viruses and other life forms have been left out of the Modern Synthesis…

See for comparison:
Top-down causation: an integrating theme within and across the sciences?
Top-Down Causation and the Rise of Information in the Emergence of Life

The Chirality Of Life: From Phase Transitions To Astrobiology

Excerpt: A key missing piece is the origin of biomolecular homochirality: permeating almost every life-form on Earth is the presence of exclusively levorotary amino acids and dextrorotary sugars.

Matt Ridley’s “great filter” is what serious scientists might call an epigenetic trap. Evolutionary theorists should stop commenting on the experimentally established facts that serious scientists use to link viruses to pathology and the nutrient-dependent physiology of reproduction to the metabolic networks and genetic networks of healthy biodiversity and longevity. The nutrient-dependent physiology of reproduction is another epigenetic trap. It links the epigenetic landscape to the physical landscape via the conserved molecular mechanisms that link the sun’s biological energy from atoms to ecosystems.
Evolutionary theorists should stop doing what theoretical physicists continue to do to the integrity of science. See: Scientific method: Defend the integrity of physics

The imprimatur of science should be awarded only to a theory that is testable. Only then can we defend science from attack.

If energy-dependent evolution occurs in 4 days, but not in ~2 billion years, the pseudoscientific nonsense that takes everything between 4 days and ~2 billion years can be placed where the sun doesn’t shine — at the bottom of the ocean. The sun also does not appear to shine into the minds of theorists who think they know what Dobzhansky (1973) meant with his claim Nothing in Biology Makes Any Sense Except in the Light of Evolution. Obviously, he could have said the “Light of Ecological Adaptation” since he linked a single nutrient-dependent amino acid substitution to cell type differentiation in three primate species. However, like Schrodinger, Dobzhansky was caught in the trap set by Darwinian theorists.
Hub McCann Teaches Respect (Secondhand Lions)
My comment: Should people like this be required to wear a DO NOT DISTURB sign? If so, biologically informed creationists may need to start wearing signs that warn biologically uninformed theorists to not attack science. For an example of science that is ignored by theorists, creationists could attack them because theorists ignore the fact that the bacterial flagellum “re-evolved” in four days. They also ignore the fact that similar facts can be linked across species to a species of bacteria that lives in the sediment at the bottom of the ocean. It appears to have not changed in ~2 billion years, which just happens to be the amount of time missing from Nick Lane’s evolutionary perspective on energy-dependent evolution.

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