The human body is made up of the following elements by weight: 65% Oxygen; 18.5% Carbon; 9.5% Hydrogen; 3.2% Nitrogen; 1.5% Calcium; and 1.0% Phosphorous. That makes up almost 99% of the human body. The next 0.85% comprises of potassium, sulphur, sodium, chlorine, and magnesium. The remaining fraction of a percent comprises the trace elements. No, I’m not doing a Walter White and arguing that something is missing, i.e. “the soul”. I am instead going back to basics and asking, “What are we made of?”. The answer in its simplest form is “atoms”. Humans, and all other forms of life, are composed of atoms. I think that we can all agree on that. Now take a single atom — let’s say, a single oxygen atom — the human body’s most common element by weight. Is that single oxygen atom aware of its surroundings? Does it have any feeling? Is it able to move around the room at will? No! It doesn’t have any form of sentience whatsoever — at least, not as far as we know. Now if I get two oxygen atoms and put them together (forming an oxygen molecule for those of you who are scientifically inclined), does the new molecule have any more ability to think or to perceive? No! It’s still inanimate. What if I pile on 10 more atoms. Does it get closer to becoming a living creature? Nope! What if I get hundreds of different atoms of various types — oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, phosphorous, and so on, and add them all together in a big pot and mix them together. Does life suddenly come into existence? Of course not! I’m being facetious. As the old adage goes, “God doesn’t use pot”. So why then do our best and brightest think that life just came into being over billions of years? What happened where a bunch of different types of atoms decided to band together and form a living cell? Well of course, they didn’t “decide” anything.
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Artist’s impression of a M dwarf star surrounded by planets
Published by NASA (https://nai.nasa.gov/articles/2016/6/30/where-is-the-habitable-zone-for-m-dwarf-stars/).
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