First let me remind you that if we don’t overeat and weigh about 75 kilograms (that’s 165 lbs.), then there are still awful lot of atoms making up our physical body. A bit over seven billion billion billion of them. That’s a figure 7 followed by 27 zeros.
Impressive? Atoms of hydrogen, oxygen and carbon make up 99% of our bodies. And in spite of all that you and I are still essentially empty space.
I hate to think how much empty space makes up obese men and women weighing twice that. We have to add many more zeros to the number of atoms they hold on to. Or perhaps just a lot of hot air?
Also, our body is made up of between 50 and 100 trillion cells, no one’s sure. I presume the scientists are still counting them. One, two, three, four… it’s a long count.
And on the top of that, Science Daily tells us that bacteria outnumber the human cells by a factor of 10 to 1. That’s right. Ten times as many bacteria as human cells. You can read a bit more about this in my DELUSIONS—Pragmatic Realism. It might surprise you. But don’t worry. They, too, are made up of essentially empty space. On the other hand, they would die if it weren’t for us. Of course, the reverse is also true. We live in perfect symbiosis.
And then there is the electrochemical system. It is generated and communicates with the use of electrons. One spinning around each hydrogen atom, four around carbon and six are gallivanting around its oxygen. Now that’s an awful lot of electrical impulses filling a lot of empty space.
So… tell me. Who are we? Or is it what are we?
One day people will ask what is the nature of empty space.
We are the most advanced biological robots that nature produced so far. Ask any atheist. If nature produces anything better, then we shall jump ship and occupy that structure instead. We always go for the best available. Who knows? Perhaps one day the computers we design will get to be so smart that we shall discard our biological model and move to greener pastures. Well, not exactly ‘greener’, but pastures which offer us a greater gamut of expression. A structure that will help us to make this dualistic reality a better place for our consciousness to enjoy.
After all, that’s the only reason we were born. It is also the reason why we die. Have you noticed that we all die?
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