Monday, April 21, 2008

Life (continued)

Thus, the dinosaurs passed into history and the mammal debuted.
The mechanism of change has been assigned to a collision with an asteroid. What does an asteroid explain? Nothing! The dinosaurs, and a whole bunch of life, disappeared and science has no explanation. As a result, science extends its hands skyward and mummers the holy words, asteroids. To science, history is merely a series of random events held together with the notion that the fittest survive, which I guess means those most adaptable to their environment. But the dinosaurs had, if their numbers and types were any indication, adapted well to their environment. Why didn’t they just come back when the Earth stopped vibrating, and repopulated the Earth? Where did the mammals come from? If they were so adapted to their environment, why didn’t they make their appearance earlier? The answer is dinosaurs couldn’t survive in cooler temperatures and species didn’t have to regulate their temperature in warmer climates.
The defense of species evolution, in which one species, say a bird, morphs into another, say a dinosaur, has devolved in recent years, to the claim that there’s no other way to explain the progression of life on this planet. Science has another favorite statement, acquired characteristics are not inheritable. But acquired characteristics are clearly inheritable. Get on the bad side of a mutating strain where antibiotics are not keeping up with a strains' ability to survive the antibiotics effectiveness to understand this. Darwin’s finches are an example, not of species evolution, but rather characteristic evolution. Beak thickness in finches alters according to food source which depends on the weather which goes back and forth, leading Darwin, witnessing one of the cycles, to think the his finch had evolved from another.
Rather than engage in a religious argument, which species evolution is (its co-founder, Wallace, became a mystic), I’m going to move on to the evolution of life on Earth, which is not even suspected by our screed obsessed science. Evolution is not the progression of different entities, but rather the progression of categories. At the end, reviewing just what evolution has accomplished, indicates that there is indeed a purpose, a direction, to evolution.
(To be continued)