why do we exist in this world
Why are humans? Why do we exist? We all ponder this question. If youБre reading this blog right now, youБve certainly pondered this questionБand perhaps youБre hoping for some answers. When renowned evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins (1976) famously utilized this child-like question (Why are humans? ) to introduce his landmark piece, The Selfish, the answer was embedded in the context itself. You see, The Selfish Gene was clearly an expose on the
of evolution. So the question of БWhy are humans? Б was answered for readers immediately. The answer is this: Evolution. Humans, like all life forms, are products of evolutionary forces. And this fact and its implications has dramatic implications for helping us understand the world and our place in it. Evolution is why you exist, why I exist, and why all the beautiful life forms that surround us exist. So what is evolution, and how does this juggernaut of a concept help us better understand who we are and where are heading Evolution: A Synopsis Some people think that the concept of evolution is controversial,б it need not be. And others think itБs complicated. It is not. Stripped down, evolution is simply the idea that replicating entities are likely to out-exist non-replicating entities in the future.
As you can see by this broad definition, evolutionary processes, then, apply to all kinds of phenomena. Evolution applies to art. A guitar player whose playing strikes people as exciting, such as Eric Clapton, is going to create music that catches onБthat makes it into the futureБthat replicates, as it were. A guitarist who is less effective, will not create music that has such power to replicate in the future. Evolution applies to technology. A computerized application, such as a high-quality search engine (think Google), will catch on. It will spread in the population of computer users. It will replicate. Evolution applies to life. A feature of an organism that so happens to give that organism an advantage at surviving and reproducing, such as the razor-sharpness of the teeth of the predatory freshwater fish species Northern Pike, will confer advantages to members of the species with this quality (razor-sharp teeth). As such, individual pike with this quality will out-survive and ultimately out-reproduce their counterparts who happened to be born with relatively dull teeth, which are less effective at killing prey.
The guitar notes from Eric ClaptonБs Stratocaster, the extraordinarily powerful nature of the Google search engine, and the dangerously sharp teeth of the Northern Pike, thus, are all products of evolutionary forces. Evolution is the logical, mathematically true, and empirically accurate fact that replicating entities out-exist non-replicating entities in the future. With this in mind, what is a human? A human is a collection of physical, behavioral, and cultural qualities that have proven successful at facilitating reproductive success for eons. And this is a beautiful thing. Note: This content was initially written and developed as part of a book proposal for Ivy Press. Why do we exist? Why do we exist? Strange as it may seem, the answer to why we exist has always been available to us, but it has been an answer that we didnвt want to accept because it confronted us with our apparently flawed state. There is a law of physics known as negative entropy, which says that in an open system, where energy can be drawn from outside the system matter will integrate into ever greater, more complex arrangements.
This is what has happened on Earth and accounts for the complex arrangements of matter we know as вlifeв. Put simply, we exist because we are the result of matter integrating. book Janus: A Summing Up When Christ said, вAnd over all these virtues put on love, which binds them together in perfect unityв, he was making clear how integral is to the process of integration. However the problem with admitting that we exist because of matter integrating is that it implies that we should be cooperative, selfless and loving, when obviously we are competitive, selfish and aggressive the very opposite. Therefore in order to admit that we exist because of matter integrating, and that the is to be cooperative, selfless and loving, we needed first to be able to understand the human condition namely humanвs extraordinary capacity for в в, and in particular the origin of our divisive or uncooperative state. Most wonderfully, biology is now able to provide the full explanation of our contradictory behaviour. This comprehensive explanation of the origin of our divisive behaviour is available in thisВ В and Part 3 ofВ , by Jeremy Griffith.
With this first principle, biological explanation of our condition now available, we are able to see that our competitive, selfish and aggressive behaviour is the result of a two million year old, unavoidable clash between our gene-based instincts and our emerging nerve-based consciousness. It turns out that our divisive behaviour emerged when humans became fully conscious and had to set out in search of knowledge in the presence of unjustly condemning instincts. So the reason why we exist, despite our divisive behaviour, is not because of some accident or mistake: in factВ we can now see that being competitive, selfish and aggressive was actually a heroic state that we humans have had to endure in order to fulfill the potential of developing from instinctively driven animals into conscious human beings it turns out we werenвt truly at odds with negative entropy, or integration at all! This is a fabulously exciting, and indeed a longed for breakthrough; we can now rest securely in the knowledge of our goodness, and admit that negative entropy is why we exist, along with all it implies about being loving and selfless. В
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