A Thought on Evolution

The main ideas of ‪‎evolution: adaptation via natural selection & descent with modification save lives (being at the core of all biological sciences and medicine) and promote a sense of unity with all beings.

How do we observe the knowledge that we all come from the very same thing; from one ancestor that refused to be taken down by the adversity of their circumstances; “who” by what seems like sheer, unmitigated will power survived to give rise to everyone we see today, and think it less than miraculous? Nothing in religion, myth or dogma parallels this beauty – NOTHING. The mere idea of a god that could have conceived of evolution, yet didn’t, is less creative than the worst poem ever written; it’s cheap and offensive in light of the wonders of nature. Religion – and I mean all of it – in all its forms seems like the childish lamentations of scared, confused men when compared with the great ideas of one man: Charles Darwin, and some of his contemporaries. The theory of evolution is amazing, not only in that it is true, but in the way it accesses our emotional and spiritual dispositions – it is perfect.

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  1. You are right about the beauty of Evolution. But there is a popular false dichotomy based in a misunderstanding of truth, language and science. A description that takes poetic license is no less valid than one wrapped in technical terminology. Two different people can describe the same thing using completely different language and both be right. It is unfortunate that dogmatists on both sides are unable to appreciate the beauty of the other description. I am a Christian, I believe that the Bible is true and yet not literally or in some magically infallible way. Ultimately words are just words and description is never the actual reality it describes.

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    1. This is why descriptions without evidence to support them are meaningless. We can choose to embrace any proposition about reality if it makes us happy; however, we cannot claim that said proposition is true without reliably testable proofs. Words are merely labels – as you imply – but they are also attached to objects that may exist… the existance of an object isn’t precluded by any abstract idea or description, on the contrary real objects should be the base for good ideas and conceptions.

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      1. I agree, words are meaningless without evidence to back them. If I tell you “I give you my word” but don’t deliver as claimed then my words lack credibility. Evidence is in our action and action is based in our perception of the evidence. But human perception is extremely limited even in its best form, we can only experience a small slice of the universe at any given moment and our ability to make sense of our experience hampered by endlessly by bias. And, because of realities like confirmation bias, we must find a way to look beyond the evidence we have and seek the greater truth. Science always has faith in something bigger, that is what drives forward progress and has led to our enlightenment as a species. We have gone beyond sensory evidence and can use patterns (expressed in mathematics) to predict what is beyond our reach. Quantum mechanics even reaches beyond time and causality itself, which leaves us again with a universe where anything is possible and keeps us searching for what is meaningful.

        Is there evidence for meaning in life?

        What is meaningfulness?

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