Link? The “Seven Deadly Sins” and the seven biological reasons we die of old age

By | November 17, 2008

Here is a speculation you may enjoy. It is based on two facts: A) that many of our beliefs result from a historical game of “telephone” where stories get twisted over the years as they are passed on (particularly before people could read and write), and B. that Plato’s story of Atlantis says advanced civilizations have risen and have been destroyed many times on Earth.

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The following are the seven biological causes of aging, for which Dr. Aubrey de Grey believes we can engineer practical solutions:

(1) The loss of cells that we need;
(2) The accumulation of cells that we don’t need;
(3) DNA mutations inside the cell nucleus;
(4) DNA mutations inside the cell’s mitochondria;
(5) The accumulation of “junk” inside of cells;
(6) The accumulation of “junk” outside of cells; and
(7) The formation of cross-linked proteins outside cells.

If the seven deadly sins could be traced to some ancient writing (they don’t appear in the bible), then we could speculate that a previous technologically advanced race (“the gods”) knew about these biological reasons and put them into writing in a coded form long ago. Here are how the Seven Deadly sins might map to the seven things above that make us die of old age:

(1) Sloth         – The loss of cells that we need;
(2) Greed        – The accumulation of cells that we don’t need;
(3) Pride         – DNA mutations inside the cell nucleus;
(4) Anger        – DNA mutations inside the cell’s mitochondria;
(5) Gluttony    – The accumulation of “junk” inside of cells;
(6) Envy          – The accumulation of “junk” outside of cells; and
(7) Lust           – The formation of cross-linked proteins outside cells.

Bonus: “Sins” and “SENS” are synonyms.  SENS is de Grey’s term for his method of curing aging: “Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence“.  Senescence just means aging. So in English, this is “ways to use engineering to make the effects of aging unnoticeable.”

The link between the two occurred to me after noticing that in the ancient Mesopotamian traditions the dead dwell in a sealed fortress, typically of seven gates, barred against invasion or escape. There are also, I’ve heard, seven gates of hell in the Qur’an, the Islamic bible.

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The Qur’an describes the seven gates of hell as al-ghayb, “something that is beyond the reach of human perception” according to this post. “For each of those Gates Is a (special) class (Of sinners) held.” — Qur’an 15:44 (Abdullah Yusuf Ali’s translation).  Hell translates to “the grave” in the earliest writings according to my research. I don’t understand Islam so I don’t know how each of these might map to the seven deadly Christian sins or to the seven biological causes of aging.  Anyone?

nar (fire, which is the general term)
jahannam (“hell”)
jahim (“blazing fire”)
sa’ir (“blazing flame”)
saqar (“hell-fire”)
laza (“raging flame”)
hutamah (“crushing torment”)

There is a human tendency to force things to relate when they actually do not, and I may simply be a victim of this mental distortion in considering the above. However, I do find it an interesting idea.

0 thoughts on “Link? The “Seven Deadly Sins” and the seven biological reasons we die of old age

  1. Rania

    Reference to the Quran explanation, you call it mental distortion, trust me there is a reason why we were created and existed. But the problem is, if you are given the reason behind our existence your brain will enter a loop and you will turn crazy. But you have plenty of evidence around you and within you that we were created by higher power.
    Believe it or not i know a cursed angle, which has been transformed into a human being for arguing the lord. Yes, angles don’t obey the lord, just like Azazel didn’t kneel before Adam as the lord ordered him to.

    And the cursed angle confirmed Islam is the true religion.

    you think i am crazy, wait till you hear the rest. If you contact me I will give you more info. I don’t share this with a lot of people. But knowledge is a curse, and when i spoke to those around me they didn’t believe me.

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