March 9th, 2015

From "Animal Wisdom."

"The natural sciences have traditionally proceeded from a premise that has its roots in medieval theology.  The premise is that nature is a hierarchy, a sort of ladder of evolutionary achievement with one celled organisms on the bottom rung and human beings at the top.  Even scientists who profess to be atheists seem to take it on faith that humanity is the pinnacle of Creation and enjoys dominion over all other creatures.  This assumption can be a blind spot on the scientific level as well as the spiritual one.

"Characteristics such a large complex brain,  the use of tools, linquistic sophistication, and the ability to transmit knowledge through culture are considered the hallmarks of species superiority, because they happen to be human characteristics.  For humans to come out the winners in a competition for which we have made up the rules is hardly surprising.  But the more we learn about other creatures the more we discover that nature isn't following the human rule book."  -- Linda Bender, Animal Wisdom. p96.

Science was supposed to "think God's thoughts after him."
Well, good luck with that.
good science is based on good theory.
Theory makes certain a priori assumptions.
What assumptions should those be?
What assumptions can they be?
Even the Socratic assumption seems too broad and wrong.

And, that material events have material causes
seems to be receding into the infinitessimalinity
of the  subatomic universe.
Aboriginal legends appear sophisticated by comparison.
To the theories we have to explain our visible universe.