bacterial (cellular) intelligence shown to be DNA driven (Animals)

by dhw, Saturday, December 23, 2017, 12:48 (762 days ago) @ David Turell

DAVID: The cells were given an automatic mechanism from the start of life to protect them from the viral enemies that probably arrived at the same time. They could learn by experience and had a guided mechanism for proper reponses, just as our immune cells do now. Vaccinations work because of this ability.

dhw: I suggest that the unnamed mechanism the cells were given from the start of life was intelligence, and they automatically used and use and will go on using their intelligence to come up with the proper responses to each new experience. What do you mean by “guided mechanism”? You have come up with no form of guidance other than a 3.8-billion-year-old computer programme or direct dabbling, in which case there is no need for the cells to learn anything by experience. Your God does it all.

DAVID: As usual, those cells have an appearance of intelligence, because their internal mechanism is so complex and complete and so efficient. Once designed and developed, God had no need to dabble further.

Good. Out goes dabbling, and we skate over 3.8 billion years’ worth of computer programmes plus however many more billion years of new experiences are left. Frankly, I don’t think merely having the appearance of intelligence would suffice to cover billions of years of new experiences from which the cells must learn. But once your God had designed an internal mechanism which could autonomously take its own decisions based on the information it processed through billions of years, I agree there would have been no need for him to dabble. Dabbling would only be necessary if the cells did not have the autonomous intelligence to process all the information and take the appropriate decisions.

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