The author aspires to achieve an almost impossible objective, to explain one of the deep mysteries which man has always wanted to uncover: the origins of life and man on Earth. He tries to provide an answer if life on Earth is such an improbable phenomenon and something very unique.The main tenet of this book is to show that life on Earth is such a complex phenomenon that it could not have arisen spontaneously driven by random events and could not evolved into intelligent organisms. Such life could only have arisen as the result of a purposeful design by intelligent beings. I propose that the arising of intelligent life on Earth was the result of a well planned long term experiment. It is not the outcome of supernatural forces but the product of beings which are very different from us. These beings are not only intelligent but also very powerful as measured by our standards. However, regardless of who they are, they have to obey the universal laws of physics.This book takes a holistic approach to the subject of life on Earth and the arising of man. Life is such a complex phenomenon depending on so many parameters that all of them should be studied and evaluated. The actual process of genesis is not as described in religious literature. Quite the opposite. It is a very long and protracted process lasting about 4 billion years. It can be divided into several stages as a very logical sequence of interdependent events. It starts with the selection of a suitable planet and ends with the arising of intelligent modern man, an ultimate apex of creation.The first stage of genesis was the preparation of Earth for life and bringing water to the planet. When Earth was ready for life it was seeded with single cell organisms which generated oxygen. When there was enough oxygen, a more complex cells were introduced and about 520 million years ago multicellular life has emerged. During a very short time this life diversified into many different body plans which exist up to now. The apex of the development is man and his brain which design was finalized about 6000 years ago.The hypothesis presented in this book, although solely scientific, do not undermine the existence of God. They do not rule out the existence of a Creator who does not interfere in the day to day running of the Universe. The book explains the origins of life and man using rational methodology, but by not rejecting God, it should be acceptable to both the atheists and the religious persons.
A chapter by chapter summary
Chapter 1describes the selection of a planet suitable for supporting life. One planet, chosen from millions, had to be in the right place not only in its Solar System but also in the Milky Way which guaranteed suitable environmental conditions. This planet also had to have several unique properties such as tectonic plates and a magnetic field. When Earth was selected, her orbit was adjusted to secure her position in the habitable zone.Chapter 2explains how water, which is the most important ingredient for life, was delivered to Earth. Water was needed in large quantities but did not exist in this part of the solar system. Water has very peculiar properties not shared with other liquids and therefore provides a unique contribution to life. Chapter 3gives details of the first organisms on Earth which were small, bacteria like cells. These organisms were already very complex employing several huge molecular structures which laid the foundation for future designs. The minimum genetic requirements for a living cell are estimated. The processes of making proteins and metalloproteins are briefly outlined. It is shown that even the simplest bacteria have a very sophisticated control system. It is explained that in order for a cell to exist there must be a mother cell. Chapter 4provides information about the complex cell which arrived about 2 billion years ago. The arising of this type of cell cannot be explained beDarwin’s evolution. This type of cell is the basic building block for the edifice of more complex life including man. The purpose of DNA introns is explained. It highlights that the cell’s architecture and its functions are not coded by DNA therefore are not affected by mutations. Chapter 5explains the cell’s energy system which includes photosynthesis and respiration processes. The key to life and energy generation is the proton pumping process. The first cell was in reality a very sophisticated biological system with fully developed energy generation and transformation processes which are still used in all organisms on Earth today including man. It highlights the mystery of the water splitting process.Chapter 6deals with the most important period in history for the development of life, the Cambrian explosion, which lasted about 20 million years. All the major body plans of living organisms, including vertebrates, were developed during this brief period. Incredible increases in complexity of organisms, including the arising of a large number of different cells forming new tissues and organs, also happened at this time. The most important development was a gene control mechanism and Hox genes controlling growth of embryos.Chapter 7elucidates the mystery of why life moved from water to land. Water has been the most protective and friendly environment, but in spite of this life moved onto land which was an inhospitable habitat. This move was needed for future development of intelligent life on Earth. To accomplish it were necessary significant body changes in animals as well as plants. Chapter 8presents the history of the development of man. The official evolutionary explanations are challenged and a new genesis of man is proposed. The mystery of the Neanderthals extinction is revealed.Chapter 9. The brain is probably the most complex construction that ever existed in the Universe and as such we know very little about it. Several properties of the brain are described and the complexity of signal processing in human vision and hearing is outlined. The latest scientific discovery - the brain positioning system is explained. The development and genetic modifications of the brain took place in several stages, the last one occurring about 6,000 years ago. A few of the most amazing properties of the human mind such as consciousness and abstract thinking are explored.Chapter 10. Public perception and understanding of Darwin’s theory is not always correct, and so this chapter provides a more detailed explanation of evolution. The functions of the two fundamental pillars of evolution, mutations and natural selection, are clarified and their limitations are exposed. Genetic variation resulting from the sexual reproduction process is shown to be responsible for changes of minor body characteristics which are used as proofs of evolution.Chapter 11describes the intelligent design theory which provides an explanation of the arising of complex molecular structures and advanced life forms. A new theory of directed evolution, which is responsible for the generation of new species, is proposed and its mechanism is explained.Chapter 12shows that biological structures obey the same rules as engineering structures. Two engineering rules, unity of design and tolerances are discussed in more detail. The principles of the cell control system are outlined and a cell control model is presented. It is proposed that higher organisms do not contain body design ‘blue prints’ but only assembly instructions.In chapter 13all the major genesis events are reviewed with the conclusion that they could not have happened by chance and therefore had to be organized by intelligent beings as part of a special experiment. Identification of the designer responsible for the genesis of life is the key element in this analysis. The purpose of this greatest experiment on Earth is suggested. Chapter 14provides the most controversial hypothesis about the presence of intelligent beings on Earth. Three unusual events are discussed which should provide plausible proofs that in spite of what we believe ‘they must be on Earth’.