On Being Alive: How Life Uses Information to Survive

What does it take for life to exist? Stephen Meyer, at the Discovery Institute, has said that for a long time scientists knew that matter and energy were needed, but that it's only in the last few decades that they've come to realize that information is needed as well. To most people that means information wrapped up in the DNA molecule to tell life how to make everything from its smallest proteins and cellular structures to its most complex organ systems. But, if you really think about it, that's not the only type of information that life needs to exist. Every moment of every day experience teaches us that life needs information about what's going on inside and outside of itself to help it survive within the laws of nature.  Things like: how much oxygen and glucose is in our blood and within our cells; the temperature inside our body and how that affects cell function; and our body’s position in space relative to gravity and sharp objects.

This series will look at what each of us experiences within our own body, and will, as simply as possible, point out the need for, and explain the role of, information and how our body must be able to use it properly to allow us to survive.  Once you see what it takes for you to stay alive you'll realize that what evolutionary biologists tell us about the origin of life (that it has come about solely by chance and the laws of nature without an intelligence behind its design) is not only overly simplistic but because it leaves out the built-in engineering needed for its ongoing survival, is implausible as well. It's like claiming to know where all the parts of the car came together from without explaining how it's able to defy the forces of inertia, friction and gravity to race up a hill and know when it needs to have its tank filled up with fuel and its oil changed. In other words, the present discussion about the origin of life seems to mainly focus only on how life looks and not how it actually works. Without this information, how can our children use critical thinking to come up with questions for their instructors who are mandated to teach that the design we see in nature is only apparent and not real? This series is designed to remedy that situation. 


    1. Air is Life
    2. Life is Breathtaking
    3. Life in the Fast Lane
    4. Life is a Beating Heart
    5. Life in the Fast Lane (redux)
    6. Life is Blood Pressure
    7. Life is Standing up to Gravity
    8. Blood is Life
    9. Clotting for Life
    10. Water is Life
    11. Thirsting for Life
    12. Water Conservation is Life
    13. Food is Life
    14. Don't Choke on Life
    15. (Stored) Energy is Life
    16. Salt is Life
    17. Life Is Hot and Cold - Part I
    18. Life Is Hot and Cold - Part II
    19. Life Is Hot and Cold - Part III
    20. Immunity Is Life - Part I
    21. Immunity Is Life - Part II
    22. Immunity is Life - Part III
    23. Life Is Healing
    24. Life Is Solid (Bone)
    25. Feeling for Life
    26. Life in Motion
    27. Seeing Life - Part I
    28. Seeing Life - Part II
    29. Seeing Life - Part III
    30. Balancing Life
    31. Hearing Life
    32. Life is Sex - Part 1
    33. Life is Sex - Part 2
    34. Life is Sex - Part 3
    35. Life is Sex - Part 4
    36. Unborn Life Survival - Part 1
    37. Unborn Life Survival - Part 2
    38. Unborn Life Survival - Part 3
    39. Unborn Life Survival - Part 4
    40. Unborn Life Survival - Part 5

Also see Dr. Glicksman's Series on

"Beyond Irreducible Complexity"

"Exercise Your Wonder"

Howard Glicksman M. D. graduated from the University of Toronto in 1978. He practiced primary care medicine for almost 25 yrs in Oakville, Ontario and Spring Hill, Florida. He now practices palliative medicine for a Hospice organization in his community. He has a special interest in how the ethos of our culture has been influenced by modern science’s understanding and promotion of what it means to be a human being.


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