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The God Gene

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Do We Have The Potential To Be Gods?

By James Donahue

There is a twisted irony in the fact that at about the time researchers are discovering that humans may have the potential of living very long lives . . . and possibly forever . . . we also appear to be on the brink of destroying our planet.

Since the research team successfully mapped the human genome more and more information has been discovered.

For example, a large portion of the DNA code was originally labeled "junk DNA" because researchers could not find any use for it. But after a team of scientists at University of California discovered that the same "junk DNA" exists in all species of animals on the planet, there was a change in thinking. The information strongly suggests an evolutionary connection and perhaps we all possess a built-in technology to continue evolving into something far superior to what we presently are.

Anthropologist Dr. John Hawks, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, discovered in 2007 that a rapid acceleration of human evolution appears to have been happening, especially during the last 5,000 years. In an article published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Hawks noted that positive selection within humans has occurred at a rate 100 times higher than at any other time in human history.

Proof in Hawks’ report can be found in the fact that he found long blocks of DNA base pairs showing evidence of mutations that have been passed throughout the population. The conclusion is that the population increase in humans has contributed to the chances for such mutations to occur and become an adaptation.

Examples of such evolution can be found in the general intelligence of humans, which has risen steadily, and subtle things like genetic alterations that help us adapt to various diseases. We have moved from tribal to agricultural and then community living, and since the industrial age, we have quickly adapted to the printing press, the computer, music and arts.

J. R. Flynn, a political science professor at the University of Otago, New Zealand, found that IQ scores all over the world have gone up an average of three points every decade for as long as IQ test scores were first recorded in 1910.

Children appear to be learning faster than average. They are linking quickly via the Internet and their text message devices, and are developing a type of universal intelligence that may be an indication of something remarkable occurring before our eyes.

For some years now we have had a phenomenon among children known as attention deficit disorder or autism. Children are not behaving normally, so they are being treated with drugs designed to force them to conform. But are these behavior patterns merely a sign of boredom? Usually these same children test at very high IQ levels.

A few years ago Authors Lee Carroll and Jan Tober published The Indigo Children, which describes children displaying "a new and unusual set of psychological attributes revealing a pattern of behavior generally undocumented before."

These children, the authors said, were called Indigo Children because their aura was usually found to be an indigo shade. They suggested that they were bringing a new form of human consciousness into the world in preparation for a dynamic new stage of evolution.

An essay on this subject by Keith Luke suggested that the so-called disorderly children of today "come remembering that which you have forgotten. They have no patience for everyday smallness as it exists in your reality . . . It is that they are able to see what is truth within and around all things, and these children are not accepting untruths."

Is there a chance that humans are capable of achieving a state of godliness? Remember that after Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge, the Creator expressed alarm. Speaking to the other gods around him he said: "See, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil."

Are we not still evolving to become like the god that created all things? As a fragment of the entire creation, are we not already gods but we haven’t realized our potential?