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Cthris

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I'm not a fan of linking godhood and genetics.

Some quick 101 genetic science. In each cell you have chromosomes. Different species of animals have different numbers of chromosomes. Most humans have 46 fyi. When cells replicate, they also replicate the chromosomes so that every cell has chromosomes. All living organisms come from a single cells that was created through either sexual or asexual reproduction. Let's just ignore asexual reproduction for now because it's probably not relevant. In the case of sexual reproduction, the chromosomes your original cell has comes from two haploid cells from each parent organism. These are half cells in the sense that they contain half the chromosomes from each parent. Chromosomes contain dna, which are complex chemical structures containing genes. Genes release specialized proteins which contain information to tell the cell to build further proteins in a special way, which then are used as building blocks to build individual bodies. Now this part is important. Genes perform a function, and as such they contain information. This information is stored in their structure, and as such they take up space. For the record, not all genes actually do anything. Some have to receive special instructions from epigenetic proteins to turn on.

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08-Dec-2016 22:16:08

Cthris

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Now in regards to RS gods. One attribute of Godhood is the ability to shapeshift. This ability cannot be contained within a gene. Gods can shapeshift into near anything. If we link the shapeshifting ability to a genetic capacity and claim that the genes are capable of telling the cells to produce an infinite, or near infinite amount of different kinds of proteins used to create the various forms they take, this must mean that the genetic information must be contained in some or all of the genes. But information takes up space, thus the individual gene bands must be massive, possibly even infinitely big. (Since we haven't actually seen any limit in the types of materials a god could shift shape into) Infinitely big or even massive (and I'm talking massive genes like at least one being as big as a house taking into consideration all the types of materials their cells would have to make, including metal) wouldn't even work because there is no way the gods could take on forms as small as they have taken. Of course you could suggest they just have massive amounts of normal size genes, but then there's the problem with massive sized dna strands and we are stuck with the same problem.

Further problems would include that the one haploid would dwarf the other haploid making reproduction hard... if not impossible. Not to mention, that if a diploid cell was even created, it would be near impossible for it to sustain itself through normal cell replication since it would have to replicate massive amounts of genetic information.

there would be no way mortal cells would be able to replicate

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08-Dec-2016 22:27:46 - Last edited on 08-Dec-2016 22:28:17 by Cthris

Cthris

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Personally for me, I think it is far more believable that godhood does not lie in the dn. Instead I think all the information for godhood is contained within the divine energy. That would make Gods beings of pure energy.

The mahjarrat are a good example of this. In Children of Mah, when Mah was draining the mahjarrat of their energy, one at least was forced to revert to skeletal form. this indicates that mahjarrat flesh is not made of proteins. (Because flesh proteins wouldn' decay that quickly due to an outside force.) Instead, it seems like their flesh is made from pure energy, which also explains why they can shapeshift.

Now if Godhood is separate from dna, which it has too as shown above, then godhood would not be passed down through breeding.


Now you might raise the point about Elidness. You might say, "But Cthris, Elidniss passed down godhood through birth, doesn't this prove your point wrong?"

No it doesn't. See we don't know how Elidness gave birth. My own personal belief is she ascended while pregnant, and the energy transfer partly went to her unborn twins making them demi-gods. Thematically it makes sense, seeing as she is the god of fertility.

So yeah, that's why I don't think Gods can pass on godhood through genetics.

08-Dec-2016 22:36:59

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