Bare Bones Biology 034 – Year-End Review

Today is Thanksgiving and, well I don’t suppose it’s Thanksgiving for you, but for me it is, and I decided to take a deep breath and think back over the history of Bare Bones Biology. So I opened up my computer and I looked at the basic outline of what we’ve talked about so far, beginning with purely background information, like what is life. We define living things as having the ability: to flow food energy through themselves; to recycle the matter, the atoms and molecules of which they are composed: and to do these things using information that is contained within themselves, that is their genetics.

Then I expressed my belief that the capacity for good logic is one of the defining characteristics that is hard wired into human animals. We in Texas have a special need to understand the logical base of evolution, so then I did a series on that subject, BBB 009 through 019. These are all on my web site if you want to go back and find them. Then we did a series of three on the subject of population (020 through 022). The bottom line here is that you can’t keep 10 horses on a one-acre pasture unless you have a neighbor who grows hay. Because, as we already knew about all living things, we all eat food continuously to provide the energy to do all these functions –all our food comes ultimately from plants or from something that eats plants.

Having defined the nature of nature, I then got carried away describing the various problem-solving methods that humans use as we try to function within the ecosystem. The point of carefully planned problem-solving is to give ourselves the option to solve our problems for ourselves, rather than just wait until evolution solves them for us. Because nature’s problem solving can be quite unpleasant.

In the course of all this, I’ve had some very helpful feedback. Most of the feedback is — what shall we do? Most people don’t like the answer, but here’s what you can do. First you can make sure first that you really understand the problem. I bet you don’t – and if you do? PLEASE do a guest editorial on this program. I think I’ve introduced all the Bare Bones Facts we need to define the problem – here on the program and also in my book Bare Bones Ecology Energy Handbook, that is available at Brazos Natural Foods and the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History. Except we need one more concept and that is limiting factors, I’ll talk about it next time. The point of limiting factors is that there is ALWAYS another one, no matter what we do.

The second thing we all need to do is continually evaluate the difference between measurable facts and personal opinions that we hear so plentifully and casually bandied about in our propagandist media. Fairy tales never solved a real, physical problem, but measurable facts are extremely useful, because you don’t have to guess whether or not they belong in your logic. If you want your logic to more or less relate to physical reality – then you need to relate it to measurable facts. Otherwise, you end up believing everything – or nothing — and neither of those extremes is helpful.

Third, you need to define your goal and make certain it’s not conflicting with the goals of other people who have the same goal. Yes – that does make sense. Just try it. Mine, by the way, is to live on this earth without causing more harm than good.

You don’t have to DO anything more than that, but if you really want to start a revolution, imagi ne what would happen if we all get together and decide to evaluate all the propaganda we hear and – if it isn’t factually true or it couldn’t work in a world of real measurable facts – we refuse to believe it. We even bother about personal beliefs that can’t be evaluated – only the facts that can be measured and proven. We simply require the proof. We would shake this fake culture to its roots far more effectively than by participating in fake demonstrations. I can see it now, we

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