Called Kohlenstoff (coal-stuff) by the Germans, Carbo by the latin Ancients, Carbono by the Spaniards, and Carbon by the Americans - The element is what allows your body to walk, move, stand upright, and take your 1/8th inch eye goggles from "place to place". It is in all the DNA in your cells (how she's built is the reason why your DNA looks like a staircase anyway)- and she composes the structure of the very nerve-cell-rod which just got excited in your eye this instant when you saw this period - .
She's hidden in you everywhere. Well what is she?
She is mathematical I argue. Look at this.
Ah, wonderful pattern. (Click the pic) See each 'lobe' one by one, and how
they form the overall structure. So what does that mean?
It means the carbons in your body are like patterned electron flowers -
and how each of these orbital tentacles makes love to the tentacles
of other orbits is the subject of Organic Chemistry.
Moreover, she, when with her pals, dances and grooves to her own beat.
She is a writheing, moving, 'alive', dancing thingy that we've never
noticed until video of her in a chain surfaced in the Journal Nature in 2008.
Basically how she interacts (or gets messed with) other molecules, which can wack out her orbitals (steal her electrons), is a theory of why me and you age.
Though I don't know if this is right - it's an idea.
One teacher said this to me about carbon and aging.
I think overall what destroys us is the inability to keep up with genetic abnormalities in making new enzymes, proteins, etc., as we age. We are good at it when young, but the body get worse at as we age. If we don’t tax the body (eat less calories) we live longer because there is less for our body to process (excrete)"and I sent the response to another teacher, whom replied (he's my favorite)
It's plausible. Somehow there is a balance between longevity and reduced caloric intake. I've wondered if it somehow involves cell proliferation and telomerase. Possibly an issue between simply cell turnover time and telomerase losing function over decades -- but that also is a wild guess.The general idea is it's up for grabs - but keep in mind authority means nothing in regards to truth - "Nature doesn't care what we think, she just keeps working the way she does whether we believe it or not". The idea is the child in the playground making a wild guess has as good a chance as mine (search google for the 11 year old that pointed out some discrepancy in a Nasa report on mars). Either way, we are aging now by some mechanism, and here I am typing about what humans alive today think it's doing, all the while it operates and ignores our petty opinions.
The question for your teacher is, what are the things that are being excreted that are so dangerous to cells in the first place? Carbon dioxide is a major one, urea is another, etc. Oxygen and oxidation fits in there somewhere.
For fun quotes
No element is more essential to life than carbon..
only carbon forms strong single bonds to itself that are
stable enough to resist chemical attack under ambient
conditions.. forming long chains and rings of atoms,
and these are the structurual basis for the compounds that
comprise the living cell, of which the most important is DNA.
- John Emsley, Nature's Building Blocks: An A-Z guide
No one would have believed in the last years of the 19th
century this world was being watched keenly and closely
by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own;
that as men busied themselves about their various concerns
they were scrutinized and studied...
- Orson Wells, (First paragraph to the War of the Worlds)
When we look at the outside world, the primary event
is that light is focued on an array of
125 million receptors in the retina of each eye.
- David Hubel, Eye, Brain and Vision