Saturday, January 17, 2009

Some thoughts on evolution and pudding

Evolution is to life, as time is to the day. Evolution is both the vehicle and the passenger. This message brought to you by our sponsors water, carbon and silicon. Evidence? Like life itself, the scientific method is a continuous process. Evidence is either in support of or in opposition to a hypothesis. Period! Evidence need not be directly experimental in nature. Evidence can be purely observational. Proof is as fleeting as those who tout it. The idea of someone who presents a religious text as "Truth" speaking on the nature of evidence and proof is completely ridiculous. Take as example, the correlative evidence between smoking and lung cancer. The concept of proof is subjective in nature and quite misleading. The only thing you really need to know about proof is that it's in the pudding. It's tasteless though, you might not even know it was there at all. Hypotheses are tested and if they can be supported by studies over time then they graduate to the status of theory. Theories are descriptions of observable existence. Science is observation. Truth? Good versus evil? Apparently it can be quite difficult to elevate beyond absolutes and begin to understand perspective. Religion is like mental retardation in this respect. “We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.” - Richard Dawkins. Societies and their religions have evolved throughout history. Unless you are satisfied with ignorance and bloodshed, the next step in this evolution urgently awaits. Tolerance and understanding of different perspectives is paramount for society as a whole to advance. We will have taken a giant leap for humankind once we come to understand the nature of observation and embrace the concept of perspective. Many of the struggles we are witnessing in our world today stem from absolutism and the failure to understand or even consider perspective. Well... this emerged in a context of religious beliefs and the basic struggle for pudding itself. Irrespective of religion, the struggles of our past and of our present will only be escalated in the future if we continue on our current course of complete disregard for issues such as the sustainability of pudding and it's carrying capacity. Meanwhile, the old cliche of walking a mile in someone else's shoes becomes more relevant with every passing day. Practically impossible? Take the old imagination out for a spin and give it try. EVOLVE!

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