Bare Bones Biology 088 – Evolution and Creation

Until the corposystem started making up fake debates, almost everyone knew that evolution is real, whether or not they knew the word. Everyone still knows it, really, it’s common sense. I mean, we have been using the process of evolution for several hundred years to make domestic animals. What is the difference between a wolf and a pug dog? The pug dog was not created 6000 years ago, it is a product of evolution. Controlled evolution. Monsanto is actively evolving our food supplies. If evolution were not a real thing, life on earth would not keep changing.

The evolution argument is about human political power. It’s a fake debate generated by people who think that evolution is about survival of whoever has the most power. These people think survival of the fittest means working out in the gym until you can kick sand in your neighbors’ faces. Evolution is no such thing.

Ask a dinosaur.

For BBB blogs about evolution, see or listen to Bare Bones Biology 010 through 019. Also BBB 046.

So what I want to talk about today is, what is fitness really? Because what we can do to help the earth today is to give a gift of fitness to our future human generations. And nothing we do could be more important. But as long as we continue to believe that fitness is defined by some kind of competition, we will fail. Biologically, fitness is the ability to survive, as a species, not as individuals.

Fitness really is pretty much the same as sustainability. Fitness is something about how the universe evolved from whatever it was, when everything was subatomic, to what it is now, with step by step levels of increasing complexity in all its parts. Fitness is a component of the process of increasing complexity that is and was the evolution that created the levels of organization of our universe and life and our living world.

There is a wonderful book (Linked, by Baribashi) entitled Linked that describes networks in terms of mathematics. I don’t understand it mathematically, but it must be talking about evolution. The changes of evolution are the increasingly complex networks. Every “advance” in evolution involves the formation of a more complex set of interacting networks. For example, you are a network of interacting organs (kidney, heart, etc), and each organ is a network of interacting cells and the cells are each networks of interacting molecules. That IS how the universe is organized, by networks interacting with other networks, and this book talks about the mathematics of the way networks form. For example:

“Each node is different. Each has some intrinsic quality compelling it to the head of the pack . . . Each node has a different fitness . . .”

I know this insight is very important, because when he says nodes, and I say species, and Buddhists say “emptiness,” we are all talking about the networks of which all of reality is composed. And when he says “fitness” he is not talking about competition. He’s talking about competence. It’s not the same thing at all.

I believe compassion has genetic roots in people, and that it is a component of our fitness on this earth, but compassion is not enough. If we only rely on our compassion, or only our spirituality, or only our technology or our power, we will be the node that fails to survive. Because the entire gigantic ticking clock of the creation is built of networks of networks of networks (that biologists refer to as levels of organization that I have discussed many times). (for example, BBB-051, 052, 056, 057, and more recently 070.

Any newly arising network — that would be us. If it does not FIT into the systems and the processes that have been the source of our creation – it will not survive, no matter how much power and glory it believes itself to have.

Bare Bones Biology 088 – Evolution and Creation
KEOS FM 89.1, Bryan, Texas
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Bare Bones Biology 087 – What Can We Do?

There is a great deal that all of us can do to give humans of the future, our grandchildren, a better life than they will have if we continue on as we are. Especially those of us in the United States. If we learn to connect the dots between what we do right now – all of our actions — and what happens in the future. In other words, if we pay close attention to causes and effects.

I learned to do this when I became one of the earlier women working in the field of science (Not technology. Science itself actually is the study of causes and effects. Technology is about making things.) So here I was trying to succeed, while the well-meaning men scientists were trying to help by telling me how to succeed. The problem for me was, at that time, what worked for the men did not work for women to succeed in science. Especially unmarried women. And the men scientists were firmly convinced it would work for women. You would think a bunch of scientists would be more logical about this, wouldn’t you, but they wouldn’t discuss anyone else’s causes and effects because they believed there weren’t any – and they “knew best.”

First I blamed myself. I watched what I did. I started to notice correlations: I do this; that happens. So I change this; something else happens. If it happens enough times, then I begin to believe it’s not my mistakes that cause something to happen – it’s just the way things are. It was how the law of cause and effect worked in that culture at that time, and the more I know about this cause and effect thing, the more power I have in my life. Not the power to change unchangeable things. The power to know what will happen, or what is most likely to happen, according to what I choose to do.

So I am a pretty good scientist. I experimented on the men, and the employer, and have been doing it ever since. It’s not perfect, but it’s a lot better than believing in the powers that be and it’s very much better than just doing what looks like it might be good, or other people think it’s good, without studying what is likely to be the result of whatever I do.

So, in terms of politics for example. We collect the things that make good sense (to us, not to our “leaders”) and the things that people are doing that are working, and those that are not working and we try to understand why — and the things that we physically can not do because of the laws of nature.

We then project everything into the future, what we want the future to be like. We do not listen to opinions but only to cause and effect realities. If we don’t understand the realities, we ask people who are qualified. Or mostly we can simply use good common sense. For example, population. How many people can be supported by one acre of our earth? The answer is we don’t know. We can research the question, but that would be a displacement activity. To avoid doing what needs to be done. We do know there is a limit. It’s only good common sense. Therefore we should factor population into all of our planning.

Nobody can work for now, because the now I just wrote is already gone. Everybody really wants to live a worthwhile life, and that means doing something that will benefit others. And we all have a responsibility to work for the future. Especially now we have the responsibility, because our problem is going to get a lot worse before it gets better – no matter what anyone does.

So our gifts are needed. They are badly needed.

Bare Bones Biology 087 – What can we Do?
KEOS FM 89.1, Bryan, Texas
Audio download available later this week
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Post Carbon Institute

Photography by GarthLenz.com

Alberta Tar Sands

http://www.garthlenz.com/#/touring-exhibit–%14tar-nation/tar_sands_ex_-37

Please go to the web site of the photographer GarthLenz and click on his touring exhibit, Tar Nation. Don’t forget to click on the captions. For example this one.

“To date, 4500 square kilometers have been directly impacted by the mines. Alberta Energy has reported that the landscape being indusrialized by rapid tar sands development could easily accommodate one Florida, two New Brunswicks, four Vancouvers and four Vancouver Islands.”

Please then think about it this way. Which is more important to life, a permanent source of food energy (produced and maintained by living organisms – look at the entire exhibit and you will see what they are tearing out) or a one-time source of energy for machines that will destroy productivity of such a large area. Which is more important, your car or your grandchildren’s children?

And you probably want to read the article at Earth Island

Bare Bones Biology 086 – What can we Do?

But then you keep asking, “What can we do?” And I keep telling you what not to do. That must be very frustrating, but how else can you be on your guard? You don’t want to waste your time, any more than I do. All humans want to contribute.

So, don’t let yourself get hooked into fake debates or any of the other corposystem games that I referred to in previous Fact Fiction Fancy podcasts. There isn’t any right answer to the games the corposystem puts up for us, whether it’s fake debates or aintitawful hand-wringing, or blame-placing something that has already happened and can’t be changed.

If I had my choice between blaming someone and fixing whatever the problem is, usually I’d rather fix, but that’s not the choice the corposystem models on their television. It’s always heads you lose or tails I win. Or some displacement activity. A displacement activity is something we do because we can’t imagine what we truly need to do. Like a tiger pacing in his cage because he can’t imagine how to get out of it. Like activists who get themselves involved with projects that are an expression of their beautiful human compassion, but their actions really make the problem worse, because they don’t understand what the ecosystem needs to be healthy.

So what can we do?

“What can we do to change how our life is now?”

That’s the real problem, isn’t it? We can not change how our life is now, because what it is now was caused by our actions in the past, and our ancestors’ actions too, and we cannot change the history. We can lie about it, but words aren’t real things, and we cannot change what real things were done. It’s the basic problem of the immutable law of cause and effect. We cannot change how our life is now because we can not go back in time.

So our real choices now are: to do something that will make the future better – or do something that will make the future worse – or not do anything. It’s easier to not do anything – nothing different from what we already are doing – but that’s how we got into this mess in the first place, isn’t it? I remember the time of the Green Revolution, what we did – what the Green Revolution did — instead of doing something that would make things better, we simply did the same thing we did before, we found just one more little technological scheme that would take us just a few more years before the shit hit the fan. Again. So, that’s what we humans have been doing, over and over again, throughout our past history. We have been challenging and overcoming “limiting factors” (that I discussed in BBB 035)

That’s why so many people believe that technologies can conquer the laws of nature. I’m sorry folks, but there are only so many limiting factors, and biologically and technologically we have hit the wall. We have hit the final limit to how many people this earth can feed without destroying itself or its ability to feed us. So doing nothing different is easy – but it’s not really that much fun, is it, or we wouldn’t have so many things to complain about. Doing something that will make the world worse in the future than it is now?

I don’t believe any of my listeners want to do that. Many people are doing it, but I don’t think it’s really what they want to do.

THE GREATEST GIFT that that we could give — we of this generation – would be to make the changes in our behaviors and our politics that will give the earth what it needs to stay healthy, so that our future generations can also stay healthy.

Bare Bones Biology 086 – What can we Do?
KEOS FM 89.1, Bryan, Texas
Audio download available later this week
here and at http://BareBonesBiology.com