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Evolution vs. I.D.-- Free Audio Book
Proclaimed by: Ezra the Cosmic Prankster
Proclaimed from: Tempe, Arizona
I am one of a very small number of people in the world who fully fathoms how much is at stake in the debate over evolution versus intelligent design. Now I've self published a book on evolutionary science and its uses in everyday life, personal empowerment, civil rights, and world peace. I've also recorded the entire book as an audio book and posted it on my website for free download.
About 20 years ago, during the height of the Cold War, scientists began compiling all the discoveries of human sciences to try to create as complete an understanding of human evolution and behavior as possible, to try to figure out why self destruction seems to make so much sense to so many of our species. (You can find out all about it at The Club of Budapest at www.cobusa.org or The Darwin Project at www.thedarwinproject.com.) Their goal was to identify the origins of problems facing humanity and find possible solutions. The scientists have been making monumental discoveries into the origins of cultures, the courses of civilization, the origins and effects of emotion, interpersonal interaction, gender differences, child development, and even the origins of religion. The uses of evolutionary science are literally infinite as far as people are concerned, because everything people ever do, think, feel, or say is a product of human evolution one way or another.
The field of human evolutionary science is vast, but its ultimate conclusions are not hard to understand. The fact that everyone on Earth is an evolutionarily equal member of the same species proves that evolution has affected all of us equally. The fact that evolution has affected all of us equally proves that everyone on Earth has equally valid reasons for being who they are. Since evolutionary science studies what everyone in the world has in common and where their differences originated, and does it in a way that’s unbiased to any culture or religion, that makes it the ultimate weapon for civil rights activists and interational peace activists.
Here are three examples of discoveries made in the field of human evolution that have pretty obvious social and political implications:
Every person in the world is guaranteed (or at least, can be expected) to want to survive, be safe, feel safe, have relationships, have sex, have a family, make friends, be respected, feel good, use their abilities to make lives for themselves, and use their abilities as much as possible to make lives for themselves. Any group of people, from a romantic partnership up to the global community, that doesn't make all of those things available to all of its members can't possibly remain a cooperative group indefinitely, because someone will be forced to fight back against the social structure in some way or another to get what they need to make their life feel complete. Any government or other social structure that denies some of its people basic opportunities to make their lives feel complete, oppresses its people by definition.
In his book Guns, Germs, and Steel, Dr. Jared Diamond studies the origins of cultures and the course of civilization. Every culture in the world is made up of humans who are evolutionarily equal. The resources available in each part of the world are different. The people in each part of the world have figured out how to make lives for themselves by making the best use of whatever resources they have to work with. Cultures are different as a result of evolutionarily equal humans making use of different combinations of resources. In Mesopotamia about 10, 000 years ago, the people lived in the most favorable climate in the world. That enabled them to develop agriculture before anyone else in the world, and it enabled them to use that agriculture to produce food more efficiently than anyone else in the world (which can be measured in calories of work energy expended to calories of food energy produced) . Producing food more efficiently than anyone else allowed them to support the largest population of any civilization in the world, and that allowed them build the largest and most physically powerful civilization in the world. European and American civilization are the direct descendants of the civilization built on Mesopotamian agriculture. Contrary to what a lot of people believe, Europeans and their descendants are not inherently superior to anyone else; their ancestors just happened to live in the right place at the right time.
In their book Why God Won't Go Away, Dr. Andrew Newberg and Dr. Eugene D'Aquill study the evolutionary origins of religion. (Rather than try to explain how it's possible for scientists to know more about religion than religious leaders do, I'll let their conclusions speak for themselves.) Every religion in the world was created to serve the needs of humans who are evolutionarily equal, and therefore, capable of asking the same questions about life. Beneath their aesthetic differences, every religion in the world is exactly the same as every other religion in the world. Every religion in the world (and every sort of philosophy that serves in the place of religion, including atheism) offers its people an explanation for how the universe works, some way for people to escape their physical mortality, ways to build strong families and healthy communities, and some way to give their lives a sense of purpose. Those four universal characteristics of religion can be said to be direct products of human evolution, because in every part of the world where human DNA exists, these things also exist. Therefore, regardless of where you believe religion came from, any argument over whose religion is better than whose is impossible for anyone to win, because the two parties are not arguing about observable evidence. There is no religion in the world that's inherently better than any other because there is no religion that’s inherently different from any other. (There are, however, some religions whose members aspire to salvation through world-wide mass suicide, and others whose members believe they don't need to take responsibility for their actions because supernatural powers will save the day, and based on observable evidence, those people are a serious threat to everyone—and they better not be surprised if other people see them that way.)
If we are ever going to build a peaceful, sustainable global civilization, we are going to build it on what everyone in the world has in common, and not on the continued misperception that one group of people is inherently better than all the others. The one most fundamental thing everyone in the world is guaranteed to have in common is human evolution.
I could’ve been a doctor of human evolutionary science easily enough, if only the field had existed as a cohesive field of study back when I was in college. Instead I work in theatre and write fiction, which are two of the oldest studies of human behavior in the world. For 2, 500 years, actors, directors, and writers have been making their livings by figuring out how to replicate human behavior well enough to make it believable to human audiences (or at least, the best artists have done that) . Thanks to Hollywood, everyone in the industrialized world is already familiar with a working understanding of human behavior, even though they don’t realize it.
When I learned about the field of human evolutionary science, I quickly realized that I could teach the entire field of science in terms of movies, song lyrics, history, legends, religion, philosophy, art, and everyday life—terms that non-scientifically-minded people understand.
So I wrote my own book on evolutionary science and its uses in everyday life, personal empowerment, civil rights, and world peace. I titled my reference book to life 42, just because anyone who can truly fathom my sense of humor is already a Douglass Adams fan anyway. Then I recorded the entire book as an audio book, and posted it on my website for free download. It’s a huge file—almost 600 megs—but it’s basically a free two-semester college course that doesn’t require anyone to know anything about evolution other than a basic understanding that children inherit their genes from their parents. And in mp3 format, it all fits onto one CD.
If the most controversial book in the world starts showing up on college campuses all over the free world, a lot of people are bound to start asking a lot of questions to try to find some real answers. And of course, that’s the whole point of science anyway.
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