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What Makes Us Human: The Hidden Elements In Our Own Dna

There are an enormous number of genetic differences among humans, yet the human race seems to be composed of identical clones of ourselves.

Our human body has more than three billion of it’s own genes, and more information can be extracted from our genomes than was learned in history’s first years. Scientists are learning more about our genetic makeup, the evolution of DNA, and how a “gene” really is anything more than a strand of DNA. Discovering how our DNA can be manipulated to build complex machines and tools while having an effect on our physiology is being pursued by both biotechnology companies like JQI and biotech-friendly institutions such as the National Institute of Health, and the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). There is nothing wrong with being curious about our genetic origins and the secrets beneath our skin. It allows us the opportunity to gain an appreciation for life and our place within it.

It does not mean that we must seek out the dark secrets of science and magic in order to learn about ourselves. Science gives us all of our basic necessities but leaves us largely ignorant to the mysteries of our lives. Those looking to engage with the study of magic might do well to take a look at the writings of the Greeks, who were able to understand the underlying concepts behind the world around them.

I am an author and a professional skeptic, but I am also an educator. I do this under my pen name, John Edward Gray, and I spend every waking moment of every single day working with kids who suffer from various forms of mental illnesses. I can confidently say I have not heard a single one of my students tell me they were cured of any of their mental problems simply from the power of their thoughts. This is an extremely important fact, I believe – for all of them, and for society – when talking about “the mind”.

The mind is the only thing that allows us to be conscious of anything that crosses our mind, including the physical world, and our minds are built to understand reality and to interact with it. This creates the illusion that we are not in a brain-dilated universe – if we were we would be able to tell the difference between the two.

I know you will ask and be shocked if I tell you that all of the above-mentioned phenomena are impossible. This is not a matter of “thinking outside the box”, however, but simply a matter of fact – a matter of what we know for a fact, a fact that we can point to and say that it is what we know, that we have “proven” and demonstrated to be true, the fact that science has already proved, without any argument, that our world (or perhaps, this planet) is not the product of a random mutation or by chance.

But when we look at science itself for the reality and reality of our physical world, I believe we must admit that we cannot be the only ones who are skeptical of our world – which is a matter of public knowledge, too. There is a problem in society today with the lack of critical thinking, and when it comes to learning science, we are just like everyone else – but we get even less understanding than our peers. Science education is a subject not for the faint-of-heart, and anyone who is interested in becoming a skilled and responsible researcher will have to be at least fairly intelligent to be able to deal with the academic rigor of it all.

But if we truly believe we can solve the problem of mental illness without the help of magic, we have already taken the first step. We have given up looking for the magical solutions of the “magicians” and put our faith in research.

As scientists, and more importantly, as human beings, we need to ask questions. We need to discover what can’t be figured out by examining how our genetics affects our life experience. We need to understand the fundamental ways in which our mind functions.

But we also need to know that science has nothing “out there” that we cannot figure out.