A Guide to Hinduism (Faith Guides for Higher Education) by Maya Warrier, Gary Bunt

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S. Bach, forty-six were professional musicians, and among these seventeen were composers of varying degrees of distinction. Granted that in many parts of the world it is customary for members of a family to seek their livelihood in the same profession; granted also that growing up in a family of musicians is propitious for becoming a musician; it is still quite unlikely that the genetic equipment of the Bachs had nothing to do with their musicianship. The recurrence of marked musical ability among the relatives of great musicians is so general a rule that exceptions are worthy of notice.

Heredity is all-or-none. That’s digital. But what neither Mendel nor anyone else before 1953 knew was that genes themselves are digital, within themselves. A gene is a sequence of code letters, drawn from an alphabet of precisely four letters, and the genetic code is universal throughout all known living things. Life is the execution of programs written using a small digital alphabet in a single, universal machine language. This realization was the hammer blow that knocked the last nail into the coffin of vitalism and, by extension, of dualism.

The naturalness of the tendency of energy to spread can be appreciated by thinking of a crowd of atoms jostling. Localized energy, energy in a circumscribed region, corresponds to vigorous motion in a corner of the crowd. As the atoms jostle, they hand on their energy and induce their neighbours to jostle too, and soon the jostling disperses like the order of a shuffled pack. There is very little chance that the original corner of the crowd will ever again be found jostled back into its original activity with all the rest at rest.

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