"The Lives Of A Cell" Analysis

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In the modern world of skyscrapers, smartphones and paved streets in easy to forget that man, despite all his technologies and adaptions, is a part of nature. The, human race has come to view itself as a separate force, something fundamentally different from the rest of life on earth, however in the short essay “The Lives of a Cell” by Lewis Thomas it is explained that this is not true. In “The Lives of a Cell” Thomas explains that humans are descended and made from the same fundamental building blocks as all other life forms teaching the reader that despite their diversity earth’s inhabitants have more than their home planet in common

In “The Lives of a Cell” Lewis Thomas states that all life on earth was, most probably “derived, originally from some single cell, fertilized in a bolt of lightning as the earth cooled” (p. 38, line 83-85). He explains that every living thing on our planet; the lark, the sparrow, the mountain lion and mule deer, next-door neighbors, stray dogs and bunches of bananas on the kitchen table, can be traced back to this simple building block of life. “The Lives of a Cell” explains that, though distantly, all of Earth’s creatures are related to one another, that “the resemblance of enzymes of grasses to those of whales is a family resemblance” (p. 38 line 87-89). By demonstrating this relation Thomas is able to better prove his point that earth is like a cell, he shows that of our planets life forms share a common ancestor in cells and are connected by their DNA much as they are connected by their existence upon the earth, that despite their diversity all species are descended from this humble origin and it is a common trait that unites them.

In his text Lewis Thomas also states that all living things are made of cells and inside those cells exist ecosystems containing living organisms such as the...

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