A primitive animal called a placozoan may contain the secrets of the fundamental building blocks of thought-making cells. The animal is blob-like in appearance and is composed of only 50,000 cells, compared to 30 trillion cells humans are comprised of. But the blob placozoan has one similarity with humans, they have cells capable of sharing messages with one another, the fundamental building blocks of “thought producing” cells.
From elpias.com: The researchers care for thousands of placozoans in their laboratory in the Center for Genomic Regulation, in Barcelona. According to their calculations, multicellular animals emerged about 850 million years ago. Soon afterward, around 800 million years ago, the paths of the families that gave rise to placozoans and humans diverged. “People have a tendency to see living fossils in nature. We don’t know if our common ancestor looked like a placozoan, but some aspects of its biology were already there,” says Sebé Pedrós, a 37-year-old biologist from the Spanish town of Lleida. GO DEEPER
His team studied the four known species of placozoans cell by cell, including the first placozoan ever discovered, which was found in 1883 by the German zoologist Franz Eilhard Schulze in a seawater aquarium in Graz, Austria. Schulze baptized that mysterious creature Trichoplax adhaerens, from the Greek words thrix (hair) and plax (plate) and the Latin word adhaerens (adhering), which was given this name due to its tendency to stick to its substrate. In other words, its name could be roughly translated as “adhering hairy plate.” Placozoans are the simplest animals on the planet, barring Myxozoa, parasites with few cells that cannot live on their own.
In their research, Sebé Pedrós and his colleagues observed that placozoans are capable of coordinating their 50,000 cells thanks to the fact that some of them can send messages using molecules called neuropeptides, like the neurons in the human brain. “We have found a rudiment of certain aspects of our nervous system,” says the biologist. These secretory cells still lack the processes that transmit nerve impulses (axons) and the processes that receive them (dendrites) in human neurons.
This article starts off with this phrase, which led this writer to want to utilize this story, and another one related to it, to flush out the ramifications of pursuing understanding through the framework of the atheist materialist versus that of the biblically-centered Christian: Most religions across the world have a similar origin story, in which an almighty god creates mankind, out of nothing, with a fully functioning brain. But placozoans — a blob-like animal less than a millimeter in size that floats in seawater — suggest otherwise. They may go unnoticed, but they are extraordinary creatures.
From an atheist materialist perspective, you are seeing the evidence of the relationship that this blob creature, this placozoan, has with humans. We must have a common ancestor and at some time we split apart, with one branch leading to blobs and the other leading to humans. From a biblical perspective (the perspective this report seeks to emulate) we are seeing one of the ways in which God has created the fundamental building blocks of his biological creations.
Studying this organism can lead us to better understand human thought as a biological phenomenon, which can lead to more effective treatments for people who suffer a biological impediment to thought itself.
At the same time as this study was revealed, scitechdaily.com covered another study that theorized genes for thought (they use the phrase “learning and memory”) are 650 million years old. They theorize that the emergence of these types of genes led to the Cambrian Explosion, a period that saw an explosion of diverse organisms that still confounds evolutionary theory to this day (and which this new “theory” fails to adequately address).
From SciTech Daily: “This finding has profound implications on the evolutionary origin of complex behaviors such as those modulated by monoamines we observe in humans and other animals.”
The authors suggest that this new way to modulate neuronal circuits might have played a role in the Cambrian Explosion – known as the Big Bang – which gave rise to the largest diversification of life for most major animal groups alive today by providing flexibility of the neural circuits to facilitate the interaction with the environment.
Dr. Feuda added: “This discovery will open new important research avenues that will clarify the origin of complex behaviors and if the same neurons modulate reward, addiction, aggression, feeding, and sleep.”
In 1620, Francis Bacon published the work “The Great Instauration.” That book could be seen as the unintended starting point of the quest for man to make himself by deriving wisdom from below instead of from above. Bacon himself was no proponent of this materialist myth, the myth these researchers are mired in, rather, he recognized that the use of what is called “induction,” (deriving higher principles from lower ones, such as observing material and documenting your observations, which became the scientific method) can be a great tool for Christians to understand material being for the higher purpose of witnessing the glory of God to all creation by being a steward of material, by manipulating material for the glory of God. When it came to wisdom, Bacon was still using deduction, deriving particular truths, atomized truths if you will, from higher truths, the Word of God through which the nature and will of God is revealed through the Holy Spirit to all those who fear and love the Lord.
It was a Christian invention, the scientific method, derived to glorify God, but in the hands of these researchers, and others like them, it’s become a Satanic tool that seeks to glorify man by imagining he can derive his own wisdom (he can “know”, or define, Good and Evil for himself, he can define justice) from the stones, from the material alone.
So their research is about justifying their own depravity, rejecting the creator in exchange for a lie, rather than what Christian researchers would do, use this understanding of the basic building blocks of thought to create aid and comfort to creation for the purpose of glorifying the only living God, the God of Isaac and Jacob, the I Am tnat is Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.