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    THEBIOLOGY

    OF BELIEFUnleashing the Power of Consciousness,Matter and MiraclesBy Bruce H. Lipton, PH.D

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    The Evolution of the Study of Evolution

    Since Watson and Crick revealed DNAs double helix structure to be the hereditaryactor hypothesized by Darwin, the Central Dogma o the study o biology has beenthat genes are predominantly responsible or our physical characteristics, our health, and

    even our emotion and behaviors. Te concept o Survival o the fittest has emphasizedcompetition between organisms over cooperation, although both survival strategies canbe observed in the natural world. Different elements o nature are in a delicate, dynamicbalance with each other and with the environment. Harmony is everywhere in natureTe field o biology has emphasized the competitive nature o survival and neglected theimportance o cooperation.

    The Magic of Cells and the New Biology

    Cells are complex, smart entities that can survive on their own.

    Cells analyze inormation rom the environment and select appropriate responses.

    Cells are capable o learning (called cell memory) and can pass inormation on totheir offspring.

    Te structure and unction o cells are intimately intertwined.

    Cells hold the key to understanding the mechanism, as well as the meaning o lie.

    An individual can be seen as a group o 50 trillion single-celled citizens workingtogether, sharing one amoebic consciousness.

    Cell communities are role models or groups o individuals.

    In contrast to the Central Dogma, which tends to view individuals as controlled bytheir genes and in constant struggle with each other or survival, the New Biology seeslie as a cooperative journey o powerul individuals who can program themselves tocreate joy-filled lives. Te ully conscious mind can trump nature (genes) and nurture(environmental programming).

    What Can We Learn from Cells?

    Humans are made o cells, so it ollows that we must share some basic behavioral patternwith them. Te structures within cells, called organelles, are the unctional equivalentso the tissues and organs with human bodies. Te first lie orm on earth was a singlecell. Multicellular lie-orms were originally loose colonies o tens o thousands o singlecelled organisms. Because increased awareness o the environment results in increasedsurvival capacity, and more cells means more awareness, the evolutionary advantageo combining led to colonies o millions to trillions o interactive cells. As complexmulticellular organisms evolved, it proved more efficient or the cells to differentiate,

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    PH.D. Copyright 2005. Reprinted by arrangement with

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    meaning individual cells took over specific tasks. Overtime, this pattern o differentiation became embedded inthe genes o every cell in the community o cells, whichincreased its overall efficiency and ability to survive. Humanorganizations, Henry Fords assembly line or example

    employ this same principle o specialization and cooperationwith the result o increased productivity and efficiency andconsequently enhanced survival potential or all members othe community. Highly organized associations o millionsand trillions o cells eventually became what we now reerto as single entities, or example, a mouse, dog , or human.

    Was Lamarck Right?

    Fify years beore Darwin published his theory o evolutionbased on the concepts o struggle and violence, Jean-

    Baptiste Lamarck presented a theory o evolution basedon instructive cooperative interaction among organismsand their ever-changing environment. He proposed thaorganisms acquire adaptations necessary or survival andpass them on to their offspring. Tis idea that organismcan pass on their adaptations has long been dismissedas incorrect, but today, Lamarcks theories are beingreevaluated based on new findings in cell biology. Hisemphasis on cooperation over competition is also receivinga resh look, with the increased awareness that cooperationplays an invaluable role in the survival o the biosphere

    and in light o the many symbiotic relationships that areobserved in nature. Recently, it has been ound that genescan even be shared across species, throughgene transfer. Tisprocess speeds up evolution by allowing species to pass ontheir cell memories to other species, and is a good exampleo the important role cooperation can play in the survival oa community o species.

    Quick Overview of Cell Biology

    Cells are an assembly o protein building blocks.

    Te human body comprises over 100,000 proteins.

    Each protein is a linear string o linked amino acidmolecules, similar to a pop bead necklace.

    Peptide bonds between amino acids in the proteinbackbone can adopt different contours.

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    2 actors determine the contour o a protein:

    1. the physical pattern defined by the sequence o differently shaped amino acids

    2. the interaction o electromagnetic charges among the linked amino acids

    Te final conormation o a protein molecule reflects a balanced state among itcharges.

    I a proteins positive and negative charges are altered, the backbone will twist toadjust to the new distribution. Tere are three ways in which the distribution oelectromagnetic charges can be altered:

    1. binding o other molecules, such as hormones

    2. enzymatic removal or addition o charged ions

    3. intererence rom electromagnetic fields (e.g., rom cell phones)

    Proteins bind together when they are physical and energetic complements, interlockinglike gears that fit together.

    Te constant shape-shifing movements o proteins are the movements thatpropel lie.

    Roots of Genetic Determinism

    When two strands o double helix unwind, each strand can make an exact, complementarycopy o itsel. Tereore DNA molecules are sel-replicating, and were assumed to beable to control their own replication. Tis supposed capability, combined with its role asblueprint or the bodys proteins, led DNA to be seen as the primary determinant o anorganisms traits. DNA became the star o the show, and the Age o Genetic Determinismwas born.

    Beyond Genes

    Te one gene-one protein theory p