Evolution is a complex and politically charged subject which lends itself for much food for thought and discussion, whether or not you accept the theory of evolution. There is much scientific content of the defense and explication of Darwin’s theory of how evolution works and on the other side there is everything from the big bang theory to creation in several days.
The Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection is a scientific theory and, as with all scientific theories it is incapable of being proved. Scientific theories must be falsifiable; that is, one must be able to propose a rational method whereby the theories can be disproved. Intelligent design, whether by a supernatural being or alien beings cannot be disproved.
The history of science may just show that a large number of great discoveries were done by adhering to the assumption that a rational and orderly Creator did exist. There are plenty of examples where good science was done as a result of assuming theological principles.
Ratzsch articulated a principle that science is not really after Truth. It’s just a game. Part of the game is to see how far you can go in explaining something without saying “God did it” because once you do, the game ends. No one can trump the God-card once played and you just are not a gentleman or lady if you stop the card game of science from going on indefinitely.
When I was in high school I just got a short flat top haircut and Mr. Adams our biology teacher had me come up in front of the class and instructed me to turn around slowly and said: “If anyone here doesn’t believe in evolution… just look at Van!”
When we were in school we were taught that our nearest relatives on the evolution chain were apes with picture descriptions in our text books showing the evolution process. Since then we have learned we have evolved from dinosaur like birds and they are our closest relatives.
Trying to use logic we resemble apes and have taught them to ride motorcycles, act in movies, use computers, wait on tables, in a famous Japanese restaurant— assist with the elderly, use tools, and raised them as our own experimental children. Aside from not having opposing thumbs and walking funny we have many similarities… including a huge brain that can develop learning skills faster than a 5-year-old child.
My first premise is: “I do not have a beak and never had one… therefore I am not a bird or closely related to one” On the birds side they can lay eggs, run fast, fly (humans can’t except with help) and make excellent pets and greeters at fancy restaurants, zoos, and Jimmy Buffett parties. In our local saloon, where I grew up, they taught a large parrot to yell out: “why don’t you buy a drink you cheap son-of a bitch.” One drunken customer killed the parrot by throwing a whiskey bottle and proclaimed a free drink for everyone.
The greatest known salesman in the world is often times referred to as P.T. Barnum circus hustler who claimed they could sell ice to Eskimos and was credited in a newspaper as saying: “there is a sucker born every minute.” Which he claimed he didn’t say, but thanked them for the free advertising. If any one knows about the writing business and getting manuscripts to actually pay for your scientific works… they either live in a dream world or are extremely lucky. My premise goes out on a limb and states writers will try anything imaginable to get published.
Let’s assume for the moment that you are Charles Darwin cruising around the world in your research boat named the “Beagle” and you land on an island totally inhabited by strange-looking animals. Is this when you determined the duck-billed platypus is actually one of us and you decide to sell such an outlandish story to the scientific community…. plus get royalty rights to all of your existing and future writings?
Why did it take Darwin over 20 years before he presented his manuscript and only then when a competitor had the same concept did he present it to the scientific community… who said: “nothing of significance was presented this year.” It’s basically because Darwin thought the scientific community would make him the laughing-stock of modern history and reject the evolution theory in its totality. He possibly didn’t believe in the theory of evolution himself.
So there you have it! Is it possible to start with an amoeba and evolve that into a human with all of our modern technology or is it still a question of how we actually arrived on this earth along with all of the plants and animals. I personally believe they had a “Universal Design Team” that gave us the zebra, the tiger, the lion, the giraffe, the mosquito, the praying mantis, all the fishes in the sea, all of the ants and birds and bees.
Then the creator would say: “we need more stripes, we need to make the kangaroo hop, we need flying fish, beautiful colored birds, how about some walruses, hippos, red striped monkies, back to the drawing board for final approval and like magic… life was created . I can hear the creator saying: “listen up we need to design the fastest running animal in the world… class dismissed. I expect everyone will work very hard and turn in their animal designs for final review.”
Cosmic seconds later a nerdy looking design engineer raises his hand and says: “how about the cheetah he has great legs, endurance, quick speed out of the blocks, and leaps in bounds and meters. The creator passes this design concept around for final drawings and changes and gives it a stamped approval. Next assignment: “I would like to see a slow animal that can hang upside down for hours upon hours.” Someone suggested the sloth which is still in committee for final approval. “Pierre could you meet me after class that animal you call the “Elephante” appears too big to co-mingle on earth and those heavy front tooths will only get in the way in the jungle.”
I only wish I could get on the The Universal Design Team so I could eliminate all harmful bacteria and disease and we continue our lifespan for ever and ever. Oh well! Maybe the creator has other plans for us humanoids.
QUOTE: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” — Charles Darwin
THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:While he was at Cambridge University, Darwin joined the “Gourmet Club,” which met once a week to eat animals not often found in menus, like hawk and bittern (a type of wading bird in the heron family). His zeal for weird food, however, broke down when he tried an old brown owl, which he found “indescribable.”
But that one episode didn’t end Darwin’s weird gastronomic proclivities. During the voyage of the Beagle, he ate armadillos and agoutis (the rodents were “best meat I ever tasted,” he said).
In Patagonia, South America, Darwin ate a puma (it tasted like veal) and an ostrich-like bird called a Rhea. Actually, Darwin had been looking for this particular species of Rhea, only to find that he had been eating one all along. He sent back the uneaten parts to the Zoological Society in London, which named the bird Rhea darwinii after him!
In the Galapagos, Darwin ate iguanas and giant tortoises. He liked it so much he loaded up 48 of them aboard the Beagle, to be eaten on the journey back!
THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Weird animals… they are kinda of neat to have around.
ZENTRAVELER SAYS:Evolve or die Grasshopper… I know you shed your skin like a snake. What’s next?
From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on.
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