Expelled: No Intelligence allowed: Something hot in the west. I sure would like to see the show. It must be a great, like some Spielberg’s. Aside from entertainment, one might draw some good lessons from it. With all the controversy created, the movie must be box office hit – is not that what everything is all about to its producers? But, oh yeah, this is a free world.
About the noise around Intelligent Design (ID) and Expelled, I don’t see any critical point why man should question, like for example, why hair grows on head and not on back. Or, why a dog has four feet with no hands, or why man has two hands and two feet… But the noise, I think, is more of a clash of religion and science rather than the subject matters themselves. This has been a nagging issue that I guess stretches back since the time of Galileo or even before that.
General Science and General Evolution: Everything in this world is there and that’s reality. Everything by their own right must be good, too good, or they’re not there today (after billions of years of existence of planet Earth). Could not man just look at things, see them as they are, in out and all sides, learn all about them and circumstances surrounding them? For future reference of course… Materialism.
Biology: If we look back at history, the average height of Americans is not the same since white men first came to that land hundreds of years ago. This was attributed to modern diet. Filipinos have been to four corners of the world but I did not see any report about that regarding Filipinos. My personal observations of Filipinos of the countrysides and of urban areas, there indeed are notable differences. I would attribute them to diet and inter-racial breeding, the Philippines being known as the Melting pot of Asia.
Some 50 or 100 thousand years from now, because of inter-racial cross breeding, average man will probably have a different profile and color of skin. Pure, like black, white, brown and yellow would probably be spectacles and weirdos.
Man still keeps on evolving whatever, wherever. My guess is, Mother Nature has been at work silently and we don’t even have to think about it. The air today is very dirty compared to yesterday. It is killing everybody. I’m sure nature is already working with dirty air so man and animals do not become extinct even if man does not do anything to clean his air. If genetically I don’t belong to the fit, then sorry for me and my likes, we are headed for extinction. But we are Sapiens, let’s make it safe for all.
About Genesis: It did not mention about the Dinosaurs that existed hundreds of millions of years before man appeared. Its originators were not even aware about the existence of the Negroes, the Chinese, the Asians, the Native Australians, the Native Americans and others. They were not aware of all the species of animals that, collected in pairs, wont fit Noah’s Ark.
Of religion versus Science: Galileo himself did not intend to clash science with religion. He simply persisted with his facts and theories that the Earth is round and not flat, that it revolves, and revolves around the Sun and not the other way around, and that it is the Sun and not the Earth that is the center of the Universe (which itself was short from true because as seen by time, our Solar system is nowhere at the center of the galaxy). These facts were viewed by church then as head-on conflicts with Revelations.
Two thousand years ago, people who disagreed with established religions were crucified or put to death. Christ himself was a victim of Judaism. Christ, the man, was a Judaic freak that caused a branch out. Christianity shares common limb, trunk and roots with Judaism – Abraham and Moses. The Romans had their own religion and they used to feed Christians to the lions. It was in the time of Constantine of Rome when Christians came to the vantage of whispering into ears of emperors, kings and queens. Christianity then came to be known as The Holy Roman Catholic Church. The Church caused the death and persecution of many people for heresy, witchcraft and atheism. Galileo must have been lucky he was not one of those burned. [He is the greatest symbol of Intellectual freedom from religion, Folks. The world of Religion, the general world itself, has not been the same since Galileo.]
Social evolution: In the aspect of religion, institutions that are not evolving are headed for extinction. They will whither down naturally, become obsolete, replaced by those that are more consistent with time. The Roman Catholic Church has become the most fragmented or branched out so that most from there today simply say they are Christians.
Since the beginning of deity and since the beginning of State, Church and State has always been entwined. Separation has progressed since then. Watching evolution is boring. It would be like watching a seed sprout and sprout its first leaves until one gets bored because no progress can be noted at all. It could be Like watching micro-transformation in video recording. Making assessment from time to time is better. It could be like watching a slide show. Notable changes, where any, is called quantitative-qualitative leap. Debates in Quantity-Quality pointed more to them as peculiar specifics but are inseparables, or simply stated – Quantum as in quantum leap.
We are in the Philippines. Our public educational system was developed by the Americans. It has been patterned after the western system of education. Children learn about Galileo, Darwin, Mendel, Einstein and the rest [except Marx, social-political science, shelved by politics and economics]. So, I guess it’s all the same – objectivity, truths, facts, and norms. Its all Sciences in there. When my first born, Janice went to college we had a hard time deciding which of them. I tried selling Civil Engineering to her, but she bought Electronics & Communications (ECE) from a long list of Engineerings. Myth has no place in there. No fairy tale allowed.
Mythology is mythology and will always be with man as he also needs it at the side. In fact it is also objectively taught in schools, in Philosophical Science.
For those fighting, and fighting established religions head-on out out there, solve all mystery in this cosmos and religion and God is dead.
But, ah, this must be bad time for any static religious mind. People no longer can burn people at the stakes for disbelief in another man’s belief.
Well, For those who think that this planet has been overrun by the Devil who has invented science which is gradually killing God, maybe its time to pack up, create a retreat and a last stand for God somewhere in the deep jungle of South America, or maybe join those who have holed up in a tunnel in Russia to wait Armageddon they say will happen this April. What do you think, Folks?