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Musea E-mail Club #481 Bio #2 What That Could Mean

Start with the basic concept of catabolic and anabolic biochemistry. I suggest that that biochemistry evolved to many novel forms and developments.

I suggested a list in the first part of this two parter of what that could mean if proven true.

Then at the end I suggest reasons why the catabolic and anabolic divisions have stayed separate for all these billions of years.
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WHAT THAT MEANS

IF all life evolved in one of two ways - either better catabolism or better anabolism, then that may begin to explain these things:

How life has evolved in only two specific separate pathways, anabolic and catabolic.
Why we have two sexes
Why males are the more aggressive sex. Why male behavior.
Why violent behavior is mostly a male behavior.
Why females are the more nurturing sex. Why female behavior.
Why males react to stress with fight or flight
Why females react to stress with tend and defend

That there is a daily metabolism cycle.
That the daily metabolism cycle has two parts - wake and sleep.
That wake is more concerned with catabolic processes
That sleep is more concerned with anabolic processes
That there may be two relatively separate minds in humans, not one. A catabolic mind, and an anabolic mind.
That the wake mind may be the catabolic mind (conscious mind?)
That the sleep mind may be the anabolic mind. (unconscious mind?)
That in sleep the NREM or deep sleep is for replenishing the body.
That in sleep the REM or dream sleep is for preparing waste out.

That growth has an anabolic rate that is high, and a catabolic rate that is low.
That loss (opposite of growth) has an anabolic rate that is low, and a catabolic rate that is high.
That overweight is a catabolic rate that is too low, and an anabolic rate that is too high.
That underweight is a catabolic rate that is too high, and an anabolic rate that is too low.
That the only true way to adjust weight (loosing or gaining) you must adjust the catabolic / anabolic rates.
Why women are more prone to weight problems then men.
Why loosing or gaining weight is so difficult to do.
That looking at catabolic rates versus anabolic rates can now be a diagnostic tool for Doctors.
That too high a catabolic rate, and too low an anabolic rate has certain specific health problems and psychological problems.
That these problems can be resolved by adjusting the catabolic / anabolic rates.
That too low a catabolic rate, and too high an anabolic rate has certain specific health problems and psychological problems.
That these problems can be resolved by adjusting the catabolic / anabolic rates.

That the Sympathetic Nervous system (fight and flight) evolved out of Catabolic processes.
That the Parasympathetic Nervous System (rest and digest) evolved out of the Anabolic processes.
That there are two basic types of hormones: Catabolic hormones, and Anabolic hormones.
That Anger and Fear are the main two emotions.
That Catabolism led to anger at not blocking out enough non nurturing OR fear at not excreting out enough non nurturing. (Fight and flight)
That Anabolism led to anger at not taking in enough nurturing, OR fear at not holding in enough nurturing.

That the three major inner conflicts outlined by Karen Horney in "Inner Conflicts" are reflections of anabolic or catabolic behavior with anabolic being "Move towards others" behavior, and catabolic being "Move against others' behavior, AND "Move away from others' behavior.
That food in waste out is a reflection of anabolism (food in) and catabolism (waste out)
That the Four Options are half anabolism (take in what nurtures, hold in what nurtures ) and half catabolism (block out what does not nurture, excrete out what does not nurture.)

That the origin of the two chemistries of catabolism and anabolism must be an adaptation to some dual cycle in the environment.
That the only such cycle in the environment is the light and dark, day and night cycle.
That the origin of catabolism and anabolism must be an adaptation to the light dark sun cycle.
That a possible scenario for the origin is a day night, light dark, cycle such that:
anabolic is Day, sunlight-UV, dry condensation synthesis type processes. And
catabolic is Night, No sunlight - UV, hydrolysis of ATP type chemistry.

That there may be some direction in natural selection.
That natural selection seems to always goes in one of two ways; either better catabolism or better anabolism.
That there may be a purpose to life - better anabolism and or better catabolism.
That anabolism and catabolism are kept relatively separate for the four billion years that life has existed, in order that each division can better regulate that side, and have more ability to evolve, and change, and adapt to the environment.
That anabolism and catabolism are under a type of 'symbiotic arms race' where the separate sides help spur each other to further development and improvement through natural selection.

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WHY ARE THEY STILL SEPARATE ALL THESE YEARS LATER

Natural selection evolved in two pathways - catabolic biochemistry or anabolic biochemistry. Life is either better catabolic processes, anabolic processes, or the regulation of them.

The question is why have they been kept so relatively separate after 4 billion years of evolution; what evolutionary advantages are there to these two being kept apart.


The catabolic and anabolic divisions have to be kept relatively separate so that each can be monitored and regulated separately. That gives much greater flexibility, plasticity, and evolutionary advantage, than if both were monitored together as one system. And it allows for quicker reaction to stress in the environment.

They also have been kept separate because that has led to a 'symbiotic arms race' where each side's changes spur the other to match or exceed them. Thus we have two evolutionary lines going at once - and each challenges the other to improve its processes.

Had life been a single chemical process it would not have had these abilities to adjust to the environment.

That's why the divisions are relatively separate after 4 billion years of evolution.

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