Nature of Humanity. A Personal View. Darwin matters because evolution matters. Evolution matters because science matters. Science matters because it is the preeminent story of our age, an epic saga about who we are, where we came from, and where we are going. Michael Shermer (2006).
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A Personal View
Darwin matters because evolution matters. Evolution matters because science matters. Science matters because it is the preeminent story of our age, an epic saga about who we are, where we came from, and where we are going.
Michael Shermer (2006)
Genus now designated Paranthropus
Figure 1 from Richmond, B. G., D. R. Begun, and D. S. Strait. 2001. Origin of human bipedalism: The knuckle-walking hypothesis revisited. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology. 44:70-105.
Zorba the Greek
God Save the QueenGod save our gracious Queen,Long live our noble Queen,God save the Queen!Send her victorious,Happy and glorious,Long to reign over us,God save the Queen!
A meme is … anything that infects itself from brain to brain.
Dawkins. 1998. Unweaving the Rainbow.
Then the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
The moving finger writes;
and having writ,
Moves on: nor all your
Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel
half a Line,
Nor all your Tears wash
out a Word of it.
Humans are not the end result of predictable evolutionary progress, but rather a fortuitous cosmic afterthought, a tiny little twig on the enormously arborescent bush of life, which if replanted from seed, would almost surely not grow this twig again.
If I remember the sunflower forest it is because from its hidden reaches man arose. The green world is his sacred center. In moments of sanity he must still seek refuge there. — Loren Eiseley
The human species can change its own nature. What will it choose?
Wilson. 1978. On Human Nature.
A day will come, one day in the unending succession of days, when beings, beings who are latent in our thoughts and hidden in our loins, shall stand upon this earth as one stands upon a footstool, and shall laugh and reach out their hands amidst the stars.
Wells. 1902. The Discovery of the Future. Nature 65 (326).