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Distraction Eterna

Central Oscillator
I have taken a sidetrack which has turned into a fascinating addition to the material presented here.

The distraction is called Eterna and came about because of my interest in Genetically Modified Organisms. Here in Costa Rica outfits like Monsanto have stirred up a shitstorm of controversy by genetically modifying organisms and then patenting the genetic coding and charging for its use. The most talked about campaign has been surrounding Round-up Ready seeds. This means that the farmer can buy seeds that yield a plant which is resistant to the chemical herbicide Round-up. In terms of dollars the farmer can spray his entire field for a fraction of what it would cost to hand weed. However, not only may it change the basic chemical structure of the fruit, it encourages the use of Round-up which further encourages the use of ever stronger herbicides. The “down-stream” effects of such chemicals needs a lot more study.

That being said, there is also a tremendous amount of good which will come of this. For the moment, let’s remove a profit motive from this equation. No rush to hit an investment deadline, no need to payback investors. Nothing released without thorough testing. What if we could “see” the gene sequence that “turns on” cancer cells and what if we could “turn it off”, no effect on any other part of the sequence. It is becoming increasingly obvious that we are there.

Now, while going down this Rabbit Hole which is Eterna, I am seeing every principle set out in this, my own work, being confirmed by the very actions of nature. Through my intro to molecular biology I am seeing some very clear comparisons. The nucleotides pair in very predictable ways while allowing for tremendous freedom. No irrational numbers, no Pi, all basic Synergetics at it’s best. Stay tuned!