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In this beautiful short film “Conception to Birth” in this TED talk we see a new, digitally enhanced view of the marvel of human gestation.

That cells divide, multiply, and specialize to form such complicated structures, systems and organs without direction and with such complexity is simply staggering.

Speaker Alexander Tsiaras says, “even though I am a mathematician, I look at [fetal development] with marvel: How do these instruction sets not make mistakes as they build what is us?”

The film is however frustratingly misleading because it stops at birth as if that’s when human growth stops. Brain and skeletal structures continue to form for years after birth.  Muscles and bones elongate for decades after that. We tend to think that we are finished growing in early adulthood, but what if, because of technological limitations, we haven’t yet discovered what sort of growth occurs in adulthood?

The relatively new academic study of Adult Development maintains that physical growth slows in adulthood, but cognitive complexities, self-actualization and consciousness growth begin to develop.

The physical development never stops. Our cells are constantly renewing and rearranging even when we are well out of the womb.

This is a reminder that our bodies of divine origin, that the Creator does not make mistakes and that all living beings are pure, physical miracles.

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