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Darwin wrote "On the Origin of Species," but he didn't copyright reality.







"For the first time, Tufts University biologists have reported that
bioelectrical signals are necessary for normal head and facial formation in an organism and have captured that process in a time-lapse video that reveals never-before-seen patterns of visible bioelectrical signals outlining where eyes, nose, mouth, and other features will appear in an embryonic tadpole."

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Darwinian evolution (understood as materialism-evolutionism-mechanism) is bottom-up ateleology; i.e., Darwinism is a Weltanschauung that perceives reality to be the product of ultimately unguided, undirected material processes -- but is evolutionism the only viable Weltanschauung? One possible alternative is teleological evolution (vitalism), which is perhaps best understood as cosmic self-organization whereby the visible universe -- comprised of nested hierarchies, planes, and dimensions -- emerged from a seed-like singularity and appears to be undergoing an unfolding expansion and self-integration, so as to coalesce and become capable of inducing ever more complexity, e.g., life, sentience, and consciousness. Teleological evolution (cosmic self-organization) is a process permeated by, immersed in, and teeming with meaning and purpose. The universe is best perceived as a living organism (and if there is a multiverse, it is perhaps best perceived as a living super-organism). The radiation and subatomic particles engendered by the Big Bang (Big Seed) underwent a cosmic process of what might be termed "evolutionary transubstantiation"; the universe self-organized (though at the expense of an overall increase in the entropy of the universe): matter transformed into ever greater order, until eventually it became self-aware, and it is submitted that this complex, specified transformational ordering might be capable of progressing until consciousness detaches from its material vessels as Spirit/Geist (or until some or all material vessels become extinct) to join with whatever entity/force "planted" the Big Seed. It is in this sense that the hypothesized Creator might best be conceived of as a spiritual gardener. Perhaps consciousness is not an epiphenomenon; instead, matter might be a kind of "way station" that houses awareness as awareness moves along the matter-body-brain-mind-consciousness-Spirit continuum; from this perspective, it is submitted that the purpose of the universe is to evolve disembodied/free will Consciousness. Hegel was essentially right side up all along; it was Marx who turned Hegel upside-down.

Any attempt to interpret a sacred text (e.g., the Bible), so as to wed it to the nihilistic, reductionist acid of atheist metaphysics (ateleological  evolutionism-materialism), seems doomed and irrational. Darwinism qua Darwinism is meaninglessness and purposelessness. Christianity as espoused by its adherents purports to represent meaning and purpose. Simultaneously advocating evolutionism-mechanism-ateleology-materialism and Christianity therefore seems to be oxymoronic, akin to claiming to be a carnivorous vegetarian. Darwinism qua Darwinism denies immanency and transcendency: for ateleological evolutionism, reality is but matter in motion -- there is nothing but matter and the forces that act on matter; but what is Christianity (or any expression of spirituality) once immanency and transcendency are stripped away? Of Aristotle's four causes, evolutionism accepts two: the material and the efficient, hence the proposition that there is nothing but matter and the forces that act on matter. But if there is a matter-body-brain-mind-consciousness-Spirit continuum, material causes and efficient causes are incomplete; also required are formal causes, represented perhaps by the specific forms living entities assume over time, e.g., species, subspecies, etc., and final causes, speculatively, the point at which some sort of "bioelectrical ascension transudation" occurs, i.e., when matter-encapsulated consciousness crosses the threshold to disembodied Spirit, developmentally analogous to the point at which insentient matter transforms to sentient life.

 

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Kyle McDermott is a commentator and essayist. He advocates self-determination, freedom, and independence for all of the Peoples of mankind and respect and empathy for all living things, and he therefore believes in the cosmic Brotherhood of (more...)
 

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