Are You a Polyphasic Liquid Crystal?


– Collagen Molecule

I want to share with you excerpts from several items I’m reading, more or less unfiltered. It goes like this:

We’re all connected, right? Everybody says so – somewhere beneath the surface, we’re ‘one,’ part of a single organism, being, entity. Everybody’s had an experience – touching, sensing, feeling, knowing – transmitting information, thoughts, feelings, ideas, images, across a room, in the presence of a friend, or someone you’re just meeting, or in a place, or waking from a dream, or in a dream itself… We’ve all had bits and images of feelings of connection and knowing and transcendence despite our rational selves…. Despite our ‘scientific, modern’ idea of an accidental, mechanical world – something we inherited from the 17th Century, caught in the wake of René Descartes’s Enlightenment discoveries of logic and method.

But to prove it? You can only say it, know it, feel it. Share it with people who understand. But prove it? Is there a ruler, a graph, a measuring stick for this sort of thing?

There have been attempts, but I’ve never seen anything that made physical sense of this transcendent or spiritual – or holographic life that we so often lead. Holographic – what seems real, but is not physicalized – memory, thought, desire – images you carry from childhood, from yesterday, from things you’ve read, places you’ve been.

These are real to us. But we can’t print them, or show them on our laptop. We can, and do, recreate them in art, in imagery, in story-telling, in dance, in architecture, in movement. We create these images and feelings in our psychology, in our group dynamics, in our construction of these metal and brick cities that never appeared before humanity’s use of fire on the materials of the world.

We re-make much of our little part of the biosphere, altered according to the designs that appear to us from….

Well…that’s a neat question, isn’t it? Where does thought flow from? Where do ideas, images, feelings, dreams come from? The body? The brain? It’s all locked in these blocks of water and mineral and fat and protein?

Here’s a neat idea: Those blocks of water and protein and mineral, such as we are, are in fact….well… read on. These are wonderfully interesting ideas. In fact, I think they’re better than that… see what you think:

From “The Genie in your Genes” – by Dawson Church, Ph.D.

The tendons are composed of twisted collections of collagen bundles, each composed of collagen fibers. Collagen fibers are composed of collagen fibrils, assemblies of molecules secreted outside of specialized connective tissue cells called fibroblasts. Taken as a whole, the connective tissue system is the largest organ of the body.

Yet the simplicity and ubiquity of the connective tissue system masks and important characteristic: connective tissue fibers are arranged in highly regular arrays. There is a name for a highly regular parallel array of molecules, whether it’s in liquid or solid form: it’s called a crystal. The collagenous molecules in which all your organs are encased function as a system of liquid crystals. Crystals – highly ordered arrays of molecules – are found in several different kinds of tissue, including: the DNA in genes; the photosensitive rod and cone cells at the back of the eye; the myelin sheath of nerve cells; the collagen molecules that make us connective tissue; muscle tissue’s densely packed molecules of actin and myosin; the phospholipids of cell membranes.

The crystalline structure of the collagen molecules that make up your connective tissue has a remarkable property: it is a semiconductor. Semiconductors are not only able to conduct energy, in the way the wiring system in your house conducts electricity very quickly from one point to another. They are also able to conduct information; think of your high-speed internet connection. Besides many other properties, semiconductors are also able to store energy, amplify signals, filter information, and to move information in one direction but not in another.

In other words, the connective tissue system can also process information, like the semiconductor chips in your computer. Your connective tissue system is well suited for the task of conveying both energy and information, because it connects every part of your body to every other part.

Think of the communication possibilities of this structure: every organ of your body is encased within the body’s largest organ, which functions as a liquid crystal semiconductor in the form of the connective tissue system. Another property of connective tissue is that it is a piezoelectric substance [a substance that] when compressed, generates electricity. The piezoelectric constant of a dry tendon, for example, is nearly the same for a quartz crystal.

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Cell biologists studying collagen reductively would miss these unique properties. Broken down into individual collagen molecules, connective tissue does not have the same characteristics; it takes its collection into a parallel array structure to produce its ability to conduct and store energy. The electrical properties of the connective tissue also explains how cells can communicate much faster than the speed of neural transmission. [Link to the book]

And from Dr. Mae Wan-Ho, of the Institute for Science in Society (read full articles here):

Collagen is the main protein in connective tissues of animals and the most abundant protein in mammals. Connective tissues contain a lot of water; soft connective tissues (all apart from bones and cartilage) are typically 60 to 70 percent of water by weight. The proteins together with the water form a liquid crystalline matrix in which every single cell in the body is embedded, which makes connective tissues the ideal medium for intercommunication, as I have suggested in my book The Rainbow And The Worm.

In traditional Chinese medicine, a system of acupuncture meridians are supposed to transport qi or living energy to every part of the body, but all attempts to locate the meridians to anatomical structures have failed. A colleague and I proposed in 1998 that the acupuncture meridians may be the structured water aligned with collagen in the connective tissues, and that the qi may be positive electric currents carried by the jump-conduction of protons through the hydrogen bonds of the water molecules aligned along the collagen fibres. Evidence for the idea has been accumulating since.” [Link]

Collagen as a semi-conductor – ‘jump-conducting’ protons through water in the collagen matrix? I love it!

More on water (from “The Wholiness of Water” from I-SIS):

“Decades of bombarding water with X-rays and neutron beams have convinced most scientists that there is no long-range order in water. And although extended networks of hydrogen-bonded molecules are present, these networks are simply the result of local interactions between molecules at close range.

However, other measurement techniques are beginning to yield results suggesting that bodies of water behave as coherent wholes, in other words, their collective structure extends globally to all the molecules. One such technique, NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance), measures chemical shifts of the nuclei of certain atoms by their response to radio waves when placed in a strong magnetic field.

The atomic nucleus in a molecule is influenced by other particles that are charged and in motion. NMR spectroscopy can therefore distinguish one nucleus from another and reveal the chemical surroundings of a nucleus. The NMR chemical shift is known to be very sensitive to intra- and intermolecular factors, and hence capable of give information concerning collective phases of molecules.

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This global phase transition, involving the entire solution, can be explained by changes in water structure occurring as a result of changes in the hydrogen bond strength, due to changes in electrolyte concentration, and “electron delocalisation throughout the liquid”. In other words, dissolving salts in water changes the structure of water globally as a whole.” [Link]

Collections of water – small to large – may respond as a unified entity to stimuli? Wow…neat-o…cool… I mean…


– Fascinating, Captain

And one more from I-SIS, on Water as an organism (from “Crystal Clear – Messages from Water):

Tap water in cities subjected to chlorine treatment or heavily polluted failed to form crystals at all, with no sign of the characteristic hexagonal (6-fold) symmetry of snowflakes. Partial crystals sometimes appeared, as if “trying desperately hard to be a clean water”. Whenever the quality of water was good, complete crystals formed, each distinctive in detailed pattern and colour. Some of the loveliest, most perfect crystals were from natural, unpolluted water sources, such as the Sanbu-ichi Spring in Nagasaka, and the spring water of Saijo, a town located in the highlands 500 to 700 metres above the sea, famous for its sake.” [Link]

[end excerpts]

So, water, proteins, minerals – the structure of life – is a transmitter, receiver, a conduit, a passageway, a beacon, a beam, a node in a global – or a universal – circuit?

That would explain a few things, wouldn’t it though?

Let me know what you think. Please do check out the I-SIS website, and for researchers, a membership will get you access to longer, fully-referenced articles.

Liam

3 Comments

  1. Wonderful.
    Water has such great importance for our life.
    It is the cells’ internet.
    Viktor Schauberger, the Austrian water wizard, as they called him, had it right, in the 1920s.
    Masaru Emoto, in a different way, does today.

  2. Gerald Pollack and Gilbert Ling have written about this kind of stuff – haven’t seen you post anything about them – curious what you think of their work–

    Pollack wrote Cells Gels and the engines of life. His training is in electrical engineering.
    Also Kolata might be another example of your non existent science journalists -as relates to them – I believe Ling felt she did him wrong.

  3. I am a scientist working in the area of liquid crystalline materials. I would like to spread the role of liquid crystalline phase functions in our body govering all activiies, behavioral aspects among the students of universtiies

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