Conferences, Fourth International Conference "SCIENCE AND SCIENTIST – 2016"

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Human Enquiry Needs to Become Non-Subjective and Operate from Nonlocal Self
Basuthkar J. Rao, Ph.D., FNA, FASc, FNASc

Date: 2016-08-27 10:25 AM – 11:05 AM
Last modified: 2016-08-17


When physicists wondered about living state of matter, they envisaged that reductionist approach should eventually lead to uncovering complete understanding of this state vis-à-vis that of non-living matter (1). The rise of classical to quantum physics gave the newfound impetus in them to boost up this confidence (2). The issue of universality of biological framework became a topic of intense debate. These efforts eventually led to the dawn of the discipline of Molecular Biology, leading to the proposal of deterministic information flow from genes (DNA) to phenotype (protein) via a mediator system (RNA) across all units of living matter, the cells. Empirical basis of biological mechanisms got unfolded in multiple contexts in due course rapidly after the dawn of recombinant DNA era and genome sequencing efforts. Descriptive as well as analytical approaches were put to effective use for uncovering the intricate workings of sub-cellular, cellular, tissue and other higher scales of biology where system level cross talk elucidated very complex network of signal transduction pathways (3) that help sustain the living state in an “out-of equilibrium” active state, following which biosystems were equated to “active matter”. Technology platforms, aided by powerful computational tool-kits, enabled the empirical science almost unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution to probe “active matter”, in real time. Subsequently an information avalanche ensued, which is still continuing at a feverish pace and surely will continue to stay that course till paradigm shifts happen. We are now beset with the question of whether we comprehend the “active matter” (the cells), well enough that we can indeed begin “recreating” the same de-novo from the individual non-living constituents (4-7)! De novo reconstitution of living matter that can evolve into a dynamic, functionally active state and sustain itself, at least partially, would surely mark a major breakthrough for empirical science (4-7)! Is this anywhere close to getting realized or is there any possibility that this might indeed be achieved in some foreseeable future?

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