Time for a pondering and thinking and speculating break. Since the appearance of gender seems so critical to that which followed, out of curiosity, suppose those critical first six steps are viewed backwards. To begin, though, remember the following.
Science has pretty much agreed on this: each little step depends on and draws from that which existed before. Close your eyes and try to picture these critical steps – from Big Bang to the appearance of separate genders.
Right after Big Bang, a mysterious force caused matter to seek other matter, thereby stopping the momentum to fly away in straight lines forever. Science calls it gravitational attraction.
Attraction. Keep that word in mind as the next step appears.
Life begins. Little, bitty single cells. Reproduce by making a copy of self and splitting into two. But a Nobel Prize was awarded to Max Delbruck in 1969 about the “…replication mechanisms in viruses.” An earlier Scientific American article by him has this summary: “Some fascinating experiments demonstrated that the tiny organisms which prey on bacteria employ a primitive kind of sexual reproduction.”
In other words, the makings of gender were there. About a billion years later they would separate but they were there — right from the beginning!
Look back. “Each step depends on and draws from that which existed before.” The makings of gender must have been in the noxious water from which life first appeared. Those “makings” would be different from the inorganic material around them; is that an attraction the put together the first DNA leading to first life?
Just pondering here.
In one of these new-fangled complex cells, over perhaps a half billion years, the material that made one gender separated from the material that made the other gender.
Two things to remember: The material from which the two genders was formed came from events that happened earlier. Some sort of force or pressure caused the material to separate from one another. Whatever was necessary to cause genders to separate after a long time in a single cell must have been drawn from those first complex cells.
Those first complex cells were built from material in single-celled organisms preceding them. In the other direction, gender differentiation was drawn from material in those first complex cells. Is that force or pressure causing gender separation part of this package? Did, by any chance, that unknown force have any connection to the merging of the two single-celled organism?
Life begins. Look back. The material appeared in first life had to contain what those two single-celled organisms needed to make that first complex cell. Look forward: First life had to separate from inorganic matter. That DNA assembled in water had to have material from which gender was assembled.
Once again there is a separation. Was that mysterious force separating genders involved in sorting the material needed for first life from inorganic matter?
Right after the Big Bang, a mysterious force caused matter to seek other matter, thereby stopping the momentum to fly away in straight lines forever. Science calls it gravitational attraction.
Think about it. “Attraction” is the key connecting word here, start to finish – at every step. Is that mysterious force already at work?
For this mysterious force to have that kind of impact, cells had to somehow communicate with one another. How could this mysterious force somehow have a way to communicate to guide cells to these dramatic changes?
Cells can communicate. Those very, very first DNA could not have done its job without some kind of electrical burst. Imagining a communication system is hard to accept – but then it is hard to imagine them having a complex DNA as well. The DNA guided each step; communication had to be there.
A snowball is flying at your face; you duck, instinctively, without thought. A little hummingbird can sing and fly, do a complex dance to attract a mate, build a nest, find food, and a lot more. Information about how and when to move the wings is signaled from the little bird’s brain. Communication. For DNA to work, a communication system had to exist. Is that how the material defining male and female slowly guided cells together in that chemical soup? Could there be a connection between matter seeking other matter and the elements of that soup sorting organic from inorganic through some kind of communication?
The key here: cells can signal one another; signals are sent from one part to the other. The idea of a mysterious force is not far-fetched.
Taking this approach, life’s beginning is just one stop in a continuous process. Life’s emergence is not a random event but just one stop in the transition from Big Bang to gender. Out of nothing, randomly, comes gender? No. Contemplation time seems to suggest a series of connected events, six events each unique in their own way. After all, each step depended on that which had already happened.
Science has the development of emotions and the brain starting much later than this. But that mysterious attraction certainly sounds like a prelude to emotions. If so, it is not only an emotion but the key emotion. And the fact that cells could communicate certainly sounds like the precursor of a brain which science declares begins much later.