Chapter 8 – The cradle of Humankind

Beyond the Rest of Us –Writing chapter 8 of the book was a lot of fun. It took some research with help from contacts in South Africa, but takes the story back to our ancient origins. For those who have read the first book – ‘Keeping God’s Secret’, the English heroine Janet Rumford had a rich father with vineyards in the Transvaal, who was also an amateur archaeologist. The strong Russian Natasha Pavlak helped James in the second book ‘Forces of Retribution’ and in this chapter they meet in a stone village in the Eastern Province. The main discussion is between these two characters, in another dimension, but most readers have become familiar with this by now. Janet knows that she is in some sort of holographic dimension, but all the objects around her are familiar from her memory of childhood visits to this site. The real purpose of this storyline is to raise questions about the origins of Homo sapiens from our ancient history.

“Right, but do you know what you’re saying? With a much older civilisation here at the time of the Mitochondrial Eve we talked about, then the creation of man might be described as a type of cloning, what you would consider as in vitro fertilisation, to produce an ‘evolved human’ type, created by chance or by who, we don’t really know. Is that what you believe as well Janet?”

Once again this sounds more like science fiction, or the book ‘Chariots of the Gods,’ so I asked the Biophysicist William Brown at the Resonance Academy, if he had found indications that the human genome may have been engineered at some stage, during the history of our evolution:

“First, an interesting fact that many may not be aware of: there is absolutely no question that over the evolutionary developmental history of many organisms on Earth, and especially primates, there has been wide-spread and systemic inclusion of retroviral DNA and associated genetic elements that have in effect amounted to a process of retroviral engineering of the respective genomes. The inclusion of such genetic material has made the mammalian genome what it is today, and is responsible for everything from proteins involved in the attachment of the zygote to the uterine wall during impregnation; to literally contributing hundreds of thousands of genetic regulatory elements to the human genome. This latter example is a case where endogenous retroviral elements have essentially created much of the genetic regulatory machinery of the human genome — the epigenetic machinery.

Now, a major question that arises is whether or not this inclusion of genetic material from retroviral insertion was a purely natural process, or if perhaps it was directed by some form of extra-terrestrial intelligence. While it may seem quite extraordinary to speculate about ET engineering of life on Earth, if all the facts are taken into account there are clearly strong indications for why this is a justifiable inquiry and may indeed be the case. Note that it is not just human beings that would have been genetically modified by advanced life from other stellar systems, but instead represents a wide-spread and extremely long-term engineering process of Earth’s biosphere in general.

To put this in perspective, with perhaps a slightly larger-scope view than what is normally considered, Francis Crick (one of the co-discoverers of the helical structure of DNA and the RNA codon system) in collaboration with the organic chemist Leslie Orgel of Oxford, posited that life on Earth could have been initiated by an advanced intelligent civilization from another stellar system. This is known as Directed Panspermia. There are several reasons why, looking at the molecular replication and coding apparatus of the biological system, that one would conclude life did not originate on Earth. In short, the complexity of the Nano machinery is seemingly too great to have originated in the extremely short interval of time in which we see life emerge on the nascent Earth. Implying that it developed elsewhere and was, one way or another, transplanted onto Earth.

So this is one of the “fathers” of molecular biology and genetics espousing a theory of the intelligent engineering and seeding of life on Earth. Following this line of thought — the scope of this inquiry must be broad enough to consider that the entire evolutionary developmental history of life on Earth has been guided by highly advanced – million-year old civilizations.

So when we talk about the human genome having been augmented or otherwise altered, we must understand this in the possible larger-context touched upon in the preceding discussion. That being said, there are specific genetic elements that show structural and sequence characteristics that are suggestive of having been engineered. (not likely to be of purely natural origin). For instance, the human Alu retro transposable element has many intriguing isoforms and is a highly dynamic regulatory and structural element of the human genome. When this element inserts into genes, it modifies how they are expressed — it can even change the genes into an entirely new product (through alternative splicing mechanisms). It can attach to the ribosome and modulate the translation of all genes. It is the most abundant genetic element in the human genome, with over 1 million loci distributed throughout all chromosomes. And it has an isoform that is especially active in the human brain, but nowhere else and in no other species (a distinguishing molecular characteristic). If there was ever genetic material that could be identified as being engineered and inserted to make the human species what it is today — this would be the genetic element.”

Post by William Brown, Faculty Member at the Resonance Project: November 16, 2015