How small is SMALL? Our 21st Family Survival Guide takes a look at very small things. We used to think that an atom was the smallest thing but it is not.
As science gets better ways to see small, we are finding more and more smaller objects. But there are somethings that we can’t see yet! For example, the design information on how to make a human is contained in two very small things.
This easy to read source of knowledge to be published in 2020, contains information on human reproduction where we see that a very small egg joining with a smaller sperm starts to build a human all by itself. How do these very small things know what to do? The sperm starts by swimming to find an egg and when they find one, they get inside and then the egg seals itself to stop any more. How do they know what to do? Do they have information inside, that is a plan, a survival guide? This sealed cell with the egg and sperm inside then set out to find everything it needs to live and to grow. It gets everything it needs by attaching itself to its mother taking everything it needs from its mother's blood.
Some of a baby's parts are so small we can't see them
The first cell doesn't need to know how to grow because it contains the details of thousands of interrelated parts; some are very small, but still very important. For example, the 10 billion Capillaries, that are the smallest, thinnest-walled blood vessels in the body, connect veins and arteries. They can be as small as 5-10 micrometres wide (50 times thinner than hair). The body takes shape and parts like the brain and lungs etc are made. To grow the cell splits into two parts and then each part splits until millions of them keep doubling to make the baby bigger.
This means that the details of how to make an ear or an eye is passed on to each cell. Wow! That is small
It is also almost unbelievable. It even builds a survival guide with an immune system Everything takes time to make all of the parts. Some parts start up earlier to help and when it is finished and everything is ready after approximately 9 months, the baby decides to leave its mother and become a separate person. In just a few moments it loses its oxygen supply from its mother's blood and it takes its first breathe of air.
What else has such amazing abilities to grow?
We don't study everything for our 21st Family Survival Guide but it helps to compare various forms of life. In Nature, seeds are blown about by the wind and automatically grow into plants and trees. We see butterflies, birds, salmon. whales and turtles etc., taking incredibly long trips every year and return to the same spot. The butterflies actually die on such long trips but their reproduction cycle creates more butterflies and due to this amazingly small bits of information, know exactly where they and where they have to go. Almost like a never-ending relay race.
We also know that Spring has arrived when Nature starts early defying our human designed calendar. What sets up this autonomous system that enables them to all to move together. Nobody knows how this all happens and scientists believe there was one giant explosion called the big bang that created everything from nothing! Small?