Your Body is a Machine.
It might be an accepted truth for some, but others see something more. They see a vessel for the “soul”. It was created by god. Okay, but it’s still a machine assuming your beliefs are true.
Your body, down to the molecular level, is made up of elements, which are formed into compounds of varying complexity. Zooming out a bit, you can see cells. Lots of them. All hard at work, doing their single or multiple jobs they do. They are like a a small code script; once they are created, they execute what is written and nothing else.
Zooming out further, we see our bones, muscles and organs. There are trillions of cells working in each of those organs and moving around the body. They are created in the mitosis process, they carry out their job then they die. Here is an interesting research quote about the number of cells in a rat’s heart:
“The total number of heart muscle cells of rats was estimated by a histometrical method. It was approximately 5 millions immediately after birth and rapidly increased to over 19 millions in the first month of life.”
You can read the full quote here. The website itself is Japanese, so I used Google Translate to check out the ‘about’ page. It turns out, it is a website that is dedicated to collecting information and has done so since 1990, a year before I was born. Sounds like a source you can trust.
These cells don’t have thoughts or emotions, they’re just cogs in the machine. I imagine the part of the brain that controls everything in your body is like a hive mind; A large collection of cells which on their own are nothing, but banded together to make a system that can regulate and keep the body stable (much like programs are made up of bits that cannot function alone). Brain cells retain information but cannot do anything with it, they are the memory unit of our body. Blood cells are pumped around the body at 0.64 to 4.0 mph (depending on where they are in the body), but do they have to think about what direction to take? No. They are forced down a series of tubes to unload O2 around the body.
Then there is emotions. People say emotions are complex. This is not quite true. Emotions themselves are quite basic, it is the thought process that goes on during a period of elevated emotion that is complex. This thought process cannot always be deciphered. Thinking, while being in an emotional state, can skew your rationality. You are filled with a hormone-induced feeling which you automatically try to justify in your mind. If you’ve ever had an argument with someone that is angry, you will know what I mean.
So why have I bought this up? I just want to share my thoughts with anyone who comes across this blog and hopefully opened their mind if it isn’t already open. I want to tell the ignorant that our body isn’t so mystical as you might believe. I don’t want to offend anyone reading this, I’m just saying that these are my beliefs that are based upon hard facts, do you think the body as more of a machine now?
Even getting to this point, some people might argue and say “Well machines were borne many years after man and were created by man. If you say that we are machines, does that not mean there is a man that created us?” This is just a play on words. I could then change my headline to “Your body works just like a machine (But is not actually one because the human race created machines so it would be silly to think a “man” created us)”, but they will probably still use the same argument because they don’t have anything else.
Then there is the “The body is complex so it must have been created” argument. Just because you can’t fully understand something, doesn’t mean it had to be created. Evolution is the culprit for our creation. Cells might have started out having really slow splitting cycles, sped up their cycles and the ones that just happened to stay in a close space were able to live better and longer being able to mutually do several things as one. This effect over a vast amount of years has made us what we are today.
I would love to hear anyone’s opinion on this post, whether you found it interesting or thought it was stupid I don’t mind, just tell me why you think so =).