If we optimize the known factors which improve energy production (red light, short-chain and medium-chain saturated fats, and pregnenolone, for example), to the extent that our metabolism resembles that of a ten year old child, I don’t think there is any reason to suppose that we wouldn’t have the regenerative and healing abilities that are common at that age. I suspect that both brain growth and remodeling might proceed indefinitely.

Ray Peat

The infant represents our evolutionary future.

Ray Peat

Some see Nature all Ridicule & Deformity, & by these I shall not regulate my proportions; & some scarce see Nature at all. But to the Eyes of the Man of Imagination, Nature is Imagination itself. As a man is, so he sees. As the Eye is formed, such are its Powers.

William Blake

The organizing power of energy flow is hypothesized to be the origin of biological complexity and its decline the basis of “complex” diseases and aging. Energy flow through organic systems creates nucleic acids, which store information, and the annual accumulation of information generates today's complexity. Energy flow through our bodies is mediated by the mitochondria, symbiotic bacteria whose genomes encompass the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and more than 1000 nuclear genes.

Bioenergetic Origins of Complexity and Disease D.C. Wallace (2011)

If we optimize the known factors which improve energy production (red light, short-chain and medium-chain saturated fats, and pregnenolone, for example), to the extent that our metabolism resembles that of a ten year old child, I don’t think there is any reason to suppose that we wouldn’t have the regenerative and healing abilities that are common at that age. I suspect that both brain growth and remodeling might proceed indefinitely.

Ray Peat

The infant represents our evolutionary future.

Ray Peat

Some see Nature all Ridicule & Deformity, & by these I shall not regulate my proportions; & some scarce see Nature at all. But to the Eyes of the Man of Imagination, Nature is Imagination itself. As a man is, so he sees. As the Eye is formed, such are its Powers.

William Blake

New ways of getting perspectives on biological problems can be very important, but when thinking about how it will play out, I think we need a new perspective on the whole project. The new appreciation of physiological complexity is thinking in terms of analyzing networks of thousands of details, but these details were defined by reductionist approaches. Interactions of “ion channels, microfilament mechanics, signal pathways,” etc., are proposed to be understood, but the problem is that each component has been conceived as part of a machine consisting of such components interacting. In reality, each component’s nature varies with its functional situation. To extrapolate from misconceptions will only produce a misconceived whole. I think it’s necessary to work back from the organism’s interactions with its environment to evaluate the functions of the internal materials. Some pathways come into existence only in response to certain environments, and potentials of the parts that weren’t suspected in the reductionist scheme can be seen. The environment should be brought out of the background, at the same time that the artifactual nature of the elements now in the foreground is recognized.

Ray Peat

The organism is a dynamic liquid crystalline continuum with coherent motions on every scale. Evidence is presented that biological (interfacial) water, aligned and moving coherently with the macromolecular matrix, is integral to the liquid crystallinity of the organism; and that the liquid crystalline continuum facilitates rapid intercommunication throughout the body, enabling it to function as a perfectly coherent whole.

The Liquid Crystalline Organism and Biological Water

The holistic view of the organism and its adaptive potentials, advocated by Hippocrates and Aristotle, was rejected by the new science of the last few centuries. Recovering that view, and using it creatively, has become urgent, if we want to understand the processes of development, including aging and the degenerative diseases such as cancer, dementia, systemic inflammation, and fibrosis.

Ray Peat

There is almost nothing that is random inside the cell and organism. Organisms are constantly adjusting to the environment by turning on and off the right genes, creating new genes if need be, shaping the environment, and preparing for the future.

Mae-Wan Ho

I intend to show that the human substance isn't simply a metastable, transient event, but that it is rather a pioneering probe into a new system. Self-organizing systems decay only if they have assimilated inertia, and--with a little support of the right kind--the centers of degeneration can become centers of regeneration.

Ray Peat

There is substantial evidence that living things are fundamentally organized by electric fields and electromagnetic activities. Whitehead’s concept of a “plan of the body” that modifies the motion of electrons within it anticipates the discovery of physiologist Harold Saxton Burr at Yale University, who began his work in the 1930s.

Mae-Wan Ho

The true method of knowledge is experiment.

William Blake

I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man's. I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.

William Blake

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