LifeOS: exploring the system that executes DNA

August 14, 2007

It’s in the Code

Filed under: An Introduction — insomniac @ 3:23 pm

It is obvious that there are some similarities between computers and the function of our nervous system. After all, the computer was designed as an extension of our own capabilities and could be expected to follow some of the same patterns. Many of the concepts and much of the terminology that has developed in the computer industry have counterparts in our own functional intelligence. For example, we have a short term memory that we access instantly and a long term memory that takes at least a “Hmmm” or a head scratch before it finds the info. That’s like your computer’s RAM memory, storing the short term stuff and the hard drive which stores for the long term.

Not only have computers helped us do things, but they have educated us as well. They have given us a model for understanding how life works. It is in the code.


  1. Ourself as a biological computer with

    – its brain as the Central Processing Unit (CPU)

    – its nerve system as the circuit board (the mother board); the network of pathways for conducting information throughout the computer

    – its DNA (the double helix) as the storage units for programms

    – its RNA (the single strand) as the laser reading the DNA; the programms stored

    – its five senses as the keyboard

    – and outside stimuli as the programms it downloads

    Interesting concept.

    Comment by JVH — October 1, 2007 @ 7:03 am

  2. I think so, too. 🙂

    In fact, the concept has kept me up at night. 🙂



    Comment by jim cranford — October 2, 2007 @ 9:31 am

  3. Agreed, except for JVH comment about “outside stimuli” as a downloaded program.

    That takes away our own authoring skills, making us more like a simple throughput mechanism.

    The fact is that we choose our reactions to the outside stimuli, instead of being a simple victim of it.

    Instead of outside stimuli being a program, is it not more akin to raw material, provisional building blocks that shape and mold to suit our fancy.

    Comment by RealEyesRealizeRealLies — December 27, 2008 @ 11:15 am

    • Howdy Eyes,

      Thanks for stopping by.

      jvh and i have discussed his view of how it all works at length on another board. I also prefer a scenario with more room for expression and i certainly don’t feel victimized by it all. 8)


      Comment by insomniac — December 30, 2008 @ 3:05 pm

  4. I’d like to peer into that discussion. I promise not to intrude. I just find it fascinating, like you. Honestly Jim, I believe this subject holds the key to unlocking doors to the next evolution of humanity.

    Comment by RealEyesRealizeRealLies — December 31, 2008 @ 6:58 am

  5. There’s another comment by JVH at
    that gives a bit more of his take. Our original discussion was a long time ago and that forum died and was reborn without us.

    He once had a website with the whole rap, but i can’t find it.

    I agree, the shift in consciousness that everybody talks about is down this path. The changes in the thinking that have taken place in my lifetime are truly amazing. And the process is accelerating. Could be a wild ride. 8)


    Comment by insomniac — December 31, 2008 @ 7:39 am

  6. What a fascinating blog Jim, I can see that I have a great deal of exploration ahead of me.

    I believe its in the code but feel that the code goes a step deeper than DNA, that DNA is simply a bridge between the flow of quantum energy information and the classical perception of reality that unfolds from it.

    Structurally DNA, like everything else is formed by atoms, at the most basic level all information is in the atom, or spread out on waves of potential. For me, this information unfolds through numerous levels but essentially remains in a loop or flow.

    I like to use the number 8 to represent this flow, not just because it highlights this continuous loop of information but because it also happens to be the symbol for infinity, which was quite nice.

    Comment by dejavouz — March 4, 2009 @ 5:50 am

    • Thanks dejavouz,

      Yeah, the Flow is where it’s at. 8)


      Comment by insomniac — March 4, 2009 @ 11:35 am

  7. After much research and meditation I luckily ran into a site which correlates to a lot of things I’ve concluded.
    I’m really thankful that there are people out there willing to share their own ideas here.

    I do have a few questions I would like to ask Jim. I tried to find jim’s email address, but it wasn’t on his website. I would be much grateful if you answered some questions I do have.
    Thanks in advance!

    Comment by sync — May 11, 2009 @ 2:56 am

  8. Similar, yes. The same, clearly not.

    The instrument of our mind is much more powerful than any computer but similar to a computer if we don’t learn how to use it then the potential applications will never be really applied to the ability than can be harnessed.

    The potential for electricity to be harnessed and applied in our world was always in our world but took many many generations of humans to learn how to use it.

    Dr Bruce Lipton plays a bit on analogy of computer and human mind.
    A chip is a crystal semi-conductor with gates and channels. Just like cells in our body….
    The cell is actually a computer chip. The membrane of a cell…
    A cell and computer are parallel structures in the world…

    Each cell is programmable…

    Change the environment there change the input and get different functions as a result of programs relevance…

    Bruce Lipton goes right into this stuff.. He is fascinating speaker.. and has a book out called Biology of Belief
    sounds like you would love reading it.

    Comment by ifyoucouldfindaway — January 30, 2010 @ 2:05 am

    • Yes indeed, i agree with a lot of what Dr Lipton says. And as Seth Lloyd says in Programming the Universe, the universe is more than similar… it IS a quantum computer.

      I think the key is to recognize that a computer is a type of information processing “machine”, as is the Universe. A computer processes ones and zeros, while the Universe processes matter, using holographic/quantum principles. At that level, they are much more alike. Now, when you start to consider the information processing done in biological systems, it really stats to get interesting.

      Thanks for the comment.


      Comment by insomniac — January 30, 2010 @ 6:46 am

  9. Hey Jim

    Great blog to start with, with some cool concepts.

    The brain can be seen as a transponder can’t it, it receives, processes and sends information.

    You mention RAM as the short-term memory (consciousness) and the hard drive as the long-term memory (subconsciousness). What are your thoughts on why some of the long-term stuff goes missing or we can’t remember it, the same with short-term, if I said tell me what you did in detail yesterday unless you had a photographic memory you might be able to summarize. It seems information is going missing, or at least our conscious awareness of it is going missing.

    There seems to be a layered process, i.e. we sense information from the outer environment, this information is transferred to the outer environment of the cell (which is part of the inner environment of ourselves) and the information is then transferred into the inner environment of the cell.

    Ificouldfly is completely right, we have a choice regardless of what the external information feed is giving us, the choice of how we ‘view’ this information is made with the mind.

    Feed A = A. life is bad
    Feed A = B. life is good

    Feed A remains constant but A. & B. is the real-time programming of our reality.

    Just some thoughts 🙂

    Comment by Jazzy — February 19, 2010 @ 3:48 pm

    • Yeah, its all in how we look at it… Thanks for the kind words.

      Our memory certainly goes through a great deal of processing, like reinforcing some things while suppressing others. All in the interest of efficiency, i’m sure. =-)

      Good thoughts…

      Comment by insomniac — February 19, 2010 @ 4:29 pm

      • So you would say that some memories are lost (not lost in the technical sense because I don’t believe any part of information can be lost) because they have been suppressed, rather than reinforced.

        My partner and I were talking the other day about how we couldn’t remember large chunks of 2009 and that life seemed to ‘flash’ by.

        Of course, the fact that we don’t remember parts of the external broadcast (i.e. life) isn’t because we hadn’t observed it but more likely because we hadn’t consciously taken note of it.

        This kind of ties in with Lipton’s record and play-back device of the mind. We consciously observe the feed on automatic pilot and live within the sub-conscious play-back device, i.e habitual behaviour.

        In other words we trance it out because we are caught in the routine of subconcious play-back.

        Comment by Jazzy — February 20, 2010 @ 2:08 am

  10. I hear that the older you get, the faster it flashes by. =-)

    Yeah, our reality is a combination of the feed, memory and evaluation of the two. And certainly you are right about it being in layers.

    It also happens in very fast cycles. The feed comes in waves of information that are met with waves of firing neurons, that constantly evaluate the situation. Only a small portion of this storm of information is made available to our conscious mind. Then our conscious mind is so busy making up its own feeds, altering memories to suit the ego and evaluating input based on a fantasy value system, that reality gets lost in the shuffle.

    Comment by insomniac — February 20, 2010 @ 7:08 am

    • I remember a physicist did a time test which showed time moved at the speed at which we conceptualized it. It showed that kids perception of time was slightly behind real time and older people were slightly ahead, this is tested by counting to ten or twenty with a stop watch to see how close you get to real time.

      I can go with feed, memory and evaluation or observation of the mind. I said layered but I think fractal is alot closer, especially with the feed, process, broadcast – its a holograph… one mental real-time hi-def movie.

      What you are talking about with the external feed and neuron waves interation sounds very much like a phase conjunctate, it fits well with APM.

      I’ve heard the brain feeds in about 40 million bytes and we get to consciously view about 40 bytes, although I don’t think its any mystery where the other 39,999,960 goes – its our background reality – the universe.

      In my humble opinion 🙂

      Comment by Jazzy — February 20, 2010 @ 11:45 am

  11. Yeah, layered isn’t a very good word for such a dynamic structure. What i see are coherent fields that overlap, nest and share information by way of harmonic quantum entanglements. They are certainly organized using, what we could call, “fractal” relationships.

    A couple of weeks ago i saw The Fractal Foundation’s show at the Abq Planetarium. What a trip! While we were zooming through fractals at breakneck speed, it occurred to me that in Nature, the fractals are alive and constantly moving. At each scale, each element is dancing the same steps, to the same tune, producing the same patterns… Bohm’s Holomotion. At that point i felt i could feel the shape of the universe.


    Comment by insomniac — February 21, 2010 @ 6:47 am

  12. A similar over lap of human EM fields can be experienced especially in close proximity, or like you say wave interference at a quantum level – yeah entanglement explained by Bell’s theorem.

    Have you explored number and its relationship in your thoughts?

    Comment by Jazzy — February 22, 2010 @ 2:52 am

  13. Number? I usually go for the pipe. =-)

    Well, i’m not a big math enthusiast, but looking at math as being the expression of specific number relationships, i see a quantum field as the expression of ALL of its internal relationships, like a field of pure math.

    Probably not what you had in mind, huh?


    Comment by insomniac — February 22, 2010 @ 8:07 am


    Well numbers are information in that they contain inherent values which I like to call practical value and base value.

    10, 19, 28, 37, 46, 55 etc are practical values of a base value of 1, i.e. their indig or digital root is one.

    We look at numbers and see them as something we have formulated but maybe each number has an inherent value based on the information it carries or can be reduced to. If we are looking at the operations of an information system numbers have more than a general role, in some cases they are fundamental.

    The wave length interval between red light is 700 to 365nm so we see the practical range for red light as 700 and 365 but the base bumber range is 7 and 5nm.

    As I see it there are 8 fundamental numbers 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 with the 9 and 0 being the same primary number.

    The above link has got some interesting ideas about numbers.


    Comment by jazzy — February 24, 2010 @ 6:48 am

  15. Very interesting! That inside out thing fits with what i see happening with perception… a constant cycling between the material and the informational. When we perceive, we are translating matter into mind and when we act we mind back into the material.

    Thanks for the link.

    Comment by insomniac — February 24, 2010 @ 7:42 am

    • And furthermore… “It was at this moment that it struck me: to get truly synergetic values for these volumetric ratios, instead of building from a tetrahedral value of 1, we need to start with the volume of the VE and then subdivide that ‘whole’!”

      I think this is really a very fundamental shift that we have to make to really understand what’s going on. We are really stuck in this particle view of reality. We are constantly trying to take the smallest parts and add them all together to make the Whole. What we really have is the Whole divided up into segments through which energy flows. It is the ripples in the flow that we take for solid objects.

      Like i said, “…i see a quantum field as the expression of ALL of its internal relationships, like a field of pure math.” I think the shapes described by these number relationships are inherent properties of the quantum, coherent, EM fields in which all this action takes place. I see these “rules” as the basic machine language used by the System to weave mind and matter into one reality.

      Thanks again for the link.

      Comment by insomniac — February 24, 2010 @ 1:00 pm

      • Treeincarnation has thrown up a good mind to matter analogy and what they are describing could be the communication between two things that are behaving like transponders.

        Comment by jazzy — February 24, 2010 @ 2:07 pm

  16. I find this brief yet illuminating idea very interesting… It captures the essence of a complex truth.

    Let me iterate this idea…

    Life is like an algorithm for intelligence (intelligence being defined as “capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity; aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc…”) a.k.a. pattern formation.

    Firstly the atoms arrange themselves into molecules of structure and order based on their respective internal structures i.e. the valencies caused by their internal arrangement of protons, neutrons and electrons.

    Then these molecular structures arrange themselves into patterns of energetic equilibrium i.e. the atoms within molecules, due to their physical properties, will form in certain patterns and will tend to find a way to their most stable states – see the second law of thermodynamics. Once there, these molecules will exhibit a certain stability, unless mixed with other molecules that can facilitate a further movement/migration towards better stability.

    Sometimes some molecules will cause polymers to form i.e. like DNA, which, if introduced into the right situation (like into fatty acid vesicles that house other chemicals that cause cyclic interactions with one another – like the BZ reaction), will serve as blue prints to future organic chemical structures (like proteinaceous structures) that have functionality.

    These structures then gives rise to biological reactions, which over the years form organisms – initially basic organisms, which eventually develop into more complex organisms i.e. single celled organisms like cyanobacteria, after many mutations within the DNA molecule, will eventually code for other more complex organisms like plants, into venus fly traps, into sea enemas, into jelly fish, etc… till you get humans.

    This “intelligent” ordering of the molecules i.e. the human form, is then able to order things into ever more complex structures which offer it some benefit (or many no benefit). The orders/arrangements, with functional use will be continued, and the ones without any functional value (while they may be beautiful temporarily) will carry one being reinvented… This is a sort of natural selection.

    Eventually humans will create further “intelligences” that mimic/mirror our own understanding of how we function… Science has become obsessed with replicating another form of artificial intelligence ( similar to our own. Thus this process becomes very much like video feedback loops i.e. a fractal system of self similarity, which modifies ideas/structures already there, into ever changing eddies related to the source.

    Begs the question of originality…

    Is anything truly original?

    Are we, human beings, related to the source of atomic physics, chemistry and biological systems? Of course we are. Our actions have the code of chemical valency coursing through them… While we are not normally thinking of them, they are there, deeply embedded into our systems of thinking.

    This is what the Buddhists intuitively posited through their meditation and understanding of self…

    This is the reason why the Dalai Lama is fascinated with science… It seems to be fundamentally showing the same things as Buddhism has found i.e. it doesn’t matter if you look from within or without “honestly” (honesty is very important here), we see the same things/processes/patterns.

    Perhaps this is why self-similarity, in the form of the M-Set blew you away – like it did me… These structures embody the deep penetrating nature of the universe i.e. fractal structures growing across many levels, into many diverse modes of inter-related formations and structures… Structures like vegetables, our brains, AND computers. 😉

    I very much enjoyed what Prof Chomsky mentions near the beginning of this documentary i.e. that language is related directly to the current structure the brain (see 9 mins 30 seconds).

    As you say, it’s in the code… Like Herbert mentioned in Dune, “Plans within plans…” Here we see structures within structures – patterns within patterns – etc…

    Comment by Karl Richard — February 25, 2010 @ 9:13 am

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