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Quite extreme horizontal transmission of DNA

There is probably a Levellers reference in there somewhere, but I can't be bothered
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Anyway. Right, looking back on such things as Hapsburg Jaw, the Roman nose, it crossed my mind that there may be some extremely weird horizontal transmissions of dna.

If we follow the Darwin model, then having a damn great big jawbone would be very handy in an environment with a lot of very hard food. 18th century cuisine had already worked out how to do the soft-boiled egg, soup etc, so it was not a useful piece of dna to have in that time.

So, my theory is this. Presuming there are parallel universes, with humans that diverge marginally depending on their environments, there might be some porosity at the boundaries of the universes, allowing biological material to travel horizontally as it were.

Perhaps this explains the more unfortunate congenital birth defects, from environments which are radically different to out own.

It just puzzles me and it's just weird enough to be true.

not_morrison_rm, Jun 27 2015

Scale invariance https://en.wikipedi...ki/Scale_invariance
I understand nearly nothing of this [Ian Tindale, Jun 27 2015]

Horizontal gene transfer https://en.wikipedi...ontal_gene_transfer
[not_morrison_rm, Jun 27 2015]

(presumably) horizontal jeans exchange http://www.moneycon...taloons_285824.html
[not_morrison_rm, Jun 27 2015]


       The notion of parallel universes is a hugely flawed conceptual illusion. They cannot possibly exist. Imagine the electricity bill. No, universes are strictly serial. With huge gaps of nothing inbetween. In other words, there’s mostly not a universe.
Ian Tindale, Jun 27 2015

       Also, what you’re therefore describing is horizontal gene transfer across possibility spaces. Nature can’t work that way, it can only progress based on what came before. The ticks of time go onto a pile of existing ticks of time. The evolution of life stems from existing structures and opportunities, it can’t just plant something new in there like we can when we’re designing a solution. A possibility can afford a solution but a different possibility only might, in which case, it adds up to the same path result or outcome (but not the same actual path through the same nodes) as you already had where you already were.   

       It’s almost as daft as my idea of transmitting information from the future to the past through dreams (what else are they for?), and more specifically from your older self to your younger self, assuming you were a] transmitting a message as your older self and b] actually listening for such a message as your younger self. Of course, you can’t now go back and tell the younger you to pay attention to incoming messages in your dreams.
Ian Tindale, Jun 27 2015

       //there might be some porosity at the boundaries of the universes, allowing biological material to travel horizontally as it were.//   

       But if DNA, why not giraffes or Cessnas? And how does this DNA get into people?   

       There is not a big enough unit of wrongth for this idea.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 27 2015

       Errr...if there are no parallel universes, howcome there are two separate comments from people both calling themselves "Ian Tindale"...what could be more irrefutable evidence.   

       If there's one comment from a hegemonising culture staring with "B" and ending in "org" (which only exists on celluloid in our universe), then I shall consider that proof complete.   

       //giraffes or Cessnas? Pterodactyl would be kind of Cessna and giraffe- ish.   

       //And how does this DNA get into people? In the traditional horizontal method.
not_morrison_rm, Jun 27 2015

       But if it’s doggy style, one of them is vertical. You’re suggesting that some people’s cocks reach from the boundaries of one universe all the way into another? Penises are not scale-invariant. (Well, mine isn’t).
Ian Tindale, Jun 27 2015

       That's it, 3 comments from entity entitled "Ian Tindale". Proof positive that at least 2 parallel universes are chipping in with annos here.
not_morrison_rm, Jun 27 2015

       Can't be, halfbakery.com is region-blocked in all universes except this one. Just try going to another universe and accessing the site, see for yourself.
tatterdemalion, Jun 27 2015

       There are work-arounds.
pocmloc, Jun 27 2015

       Let me see if I can reach it [sound of unzipping]
Ian Tindale, Jun 27 2015


       As soon as the multi-universe idea comes into existence, the definition of Universe changes to one unit with a whole lot of independent subunits. The whole structure that keeps those subunits separate would be the fundamentals of the Universe.
wjt, Jun 27 2015

       //those with non-symmetrical features can have inherited diseases like the same surname   

       So, to get more symmetrical features one needs only to change surnames...deed polls on the NHS?   

       But anyway, if we presume there is porosity between the universes, then it's likely to be bit teeny, as there doesn't seem to a history of people popping over to the next parallel universe to take advantage of 50p off teabags bargains over there.   

       So, if the porosity is microscopic, then only microscopic beings (such as viruses) would be passing through them.
not_morrison_rm, Jun 29 2015

       //there doesn't seem to a history of people popping over to the next parallel universe //   

       Sure there is. What else could possibly explain Donald Trump?
RayfordSteele, Jun 29 2015


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