Now, no one "owns" the concept of natural selection, nor can anyone police the use of the term. But its explanatory power, it seems to me, is so distinctive and important that it should not be diluted by metaphorical, poetic, fuzzy, or allusive extensions that only serve to obscure how profound the genuine version of the mechanism really is.
That article was somewhat over my head and way TL;DR but it gave a little food for thought. To the extension that selfish vs altruist is a bit like saying republican vs liberal also.
Not sure yet if Pinker is a friend or a foe and don’t know enough to tell or care but he seemed to have some good points.
An awful lot in life, politics, and religion IS “diluted by metaphorical, poetic, fuzzy, or allusive extensions that only serve to obscure how profound the genuine version of the mechanism really is.” The deviousness of the human mind is bottomless.
I am not a scientist or an erudite and would it help me if I were? But sometimes I feel I am on the edge of the ultimate epiphany… the light bulb to light up the whole universe and the meaning of life and would I get there one day it would be only to discover that I got the answer to only ONE universe and that there are a universe of universes out there.
Our minds are so little yet wanting to be so big and to UNDERSTAND! To understand the beginning of understanding. Longing for wisdom and yet would not recognise wisdom if it hit us in the face. I don’t think the human species has what it takes to begin with.
What is called Economy seems to be one of the biggest road blocks as it is often obscured by greed and all sorts of twistedness. The lies and the bullshit scientists have to go through to get funding etc and also the way the funding is spent on whosoever has the power and his pet theory.
We all question the trillions going around in this world while half the planet is starving lacks water education and basic needs.
The only reason I would love to live forever is curiosity to SEE and HEAR what is going on in the millennium and where humankind is going is this ongoing sci-fi soap op.
I would love to see a very logical and practical planet totally free of superstition, ignorance and violence but I can’t foresee it in a million years. Something bigger and better than star wars and star trek where no death stars and photon torpedoes exist.
Ideally again a world of Eloi without the Morlocks kind of even though the drawback to this picture is that the Eloi are not interested in knowledge and education but then again knowledge and education and science today lead to better and bigger weapons of mass destruction and also to endless pointless debates.
What is the use of wasting time on things that would never happen one might say? What’s the use of wasting 40 years of life to get a gold watch? What is the use of anything? All of this will be gone, vanished, vaporise in a short time if you consider 8 billion years a short time. Our planet being entering its middle age kind of being 4 billion years out of a possible 12 billion. 8 billion being almost the middle age of the universe also if we are to believe today’s knowledge of 13.82 billion years. Maybe 13.82 billions year out of an alternate universe much older than us. Who knows?
Anyway all that to say that time is relative and short and runs fast.
Well stay put anyway when I do get that epiphany you will be the first to know. J
Even though epiphanies are doubtful and not to be trusted especially after one falls down from his horse and damages his temporal lobe. Two thousand years later we are still suffering from one’s such epiphany.
Could write more I suppose on the extremes of life, right vs left, selfish vs altruist but I too would become a TL;DR.
Will skip more waste of ones and zeros for now.