1. RHYTHMS IN HUMAN NATURE
25The sun’s rays play on the great mirror of the world’s ocean surface. The H2O molecules and their hydration complexes are its first receivers. The thermal oscillations of H2O in water influence the delivery times and reaction rates of biochemicals in solution.
Sun on Water
Song of Praise, pastel -- Laura Rose
The action of sunlight on water is crucial to life. One can see it impressing its daily rhythms on the movements of plankton. It warms and cools them rhythmically, draws them up and down into darkness and light, induces them to float or sink, to photosynthesize or respire, to get active or rest, even to align themselves along the shining wave crests where the solar radiance is strongest (or away from it when it is too intense).
Surely the direct influences of sun on water must have acted on emergent life. These radiative and thermal rhythms set up agitations and movements that would have influenced molecular combinations in the microscopic realms where life originated in the sea.
Motility itself may have found its rhythmic pulses in the frequencies generated at the water/solar interface. The first living things that learned to swim by their own power must have had to adjust themselves to patterns of fluid motion through water. By evolutionary selection, the rhythms of water must have been carried into their swimming motions. The whipping tails, the screw-like turning of single celled organisms and the biochemical motors that drove them must all reflect the frequency spectra of sunlight on water. Daily warming and cooling, windowing the fast ultradian solar radiance rhythms running in the five to 160 minute range, as mediated by the fluid characteristics of water, must have gotten into the tissue of life early on. The smaller the proto-cells from which the first life emerged, the larger the influence of the radiation hitting it. The rhodopsin molecule in the visual purple of the eye can register the presence of single photons. So too with the influence of hydrogen bonding in water molecules on nucleotides and amino acids. If creatures swam in oil, they would have different motion frequencies.
On the reasonable assumption that life started in the waters, and biological organisms are made mostly of water, and seeing that cellular motility has adapted itself to aqueous rhythms, watery wave motions inside cells very likely play a part in intra-cellular processes. In the fluid medium of the cytosol, materials move in vesicles or as free molecules. They gather and combine or disperse around docking sites in the organelles of cells. Charged molecules with electromotive potentials move in wavelike patterns through the
Protoplasmic streaming shows the movement of currents in the cytosol, often channeled along microtubules and microfilaments -- the tiny cytoskeletal and cytokinetic elements visible under the electron microscope that are themselves responsive to watery currents, temperature and radiation.
Further, the wave motion in the cytosol itself travels from cell to cell through gap junctions in their membranes. Typical diffraction patterns may form around each opening. Does the cell water in the cytosol serve as an information transfer medium?
Do the radiative energies of the sun, passing through these nearly transparent cells, slightly bent by the wave patterns in the cytosol, inscribe a holographic design on the apical face of the opposing membrane? We can conduct experiments to explore these possibilities by showing first that water itself can pick up and transmit frequencies capable of carrying detailed information. By applying pitched sounds to a water drop, we can show that water picks up auditory frequencies and dances to them in symmetrical standing wave designs. 23 If we add salts or other basic chemicals of life to the water, the wave traffic, though perhaps changed in frequency and amplitude, persists.
Microscopic examination of living cells will show that the cytosol does carry waves in a variety of frequencies and that these have AM and FM characteristics. Further, we know that these vibrations touch the anchoring points of microtubules.
conjecture, then, that the microtubule and microfilament networks, especially as they ramify along the inner surface of the cell membrane and as their single fibers stretch across the cell, may work as water harps, sensing the movements of the cytosol and transducing them at the cell or organelle membrane end of the strand. Further research might show that thermal influences generate rhythms in the cytosol. The microfilaments could pick up these rhythms in the wave motions hitting the cell harps and transmit them to organelles. It follows that the docking sites along the microtubule/microfilament mesh to which signaling substances attach would be occupied and vacated in ways reflecting the tempo of the waves pushing on them.