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I'm frequently amazed by what Mandelbulbers are able to extract from this particular set of fractals. Whenever I see a well rendered ar...

Geometric Intermezzo (Part 3) by Einsilbig

This work sits comfortably in its square format with not a trace of tilt or skew, a thing of right angles, muted colours and beauty. It...

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What was 'The Excession'? Nobody knew. That was the problem. It was a Galactic scale black swan event, certainly. Seemingly connected t...

Discourse of the analytic by Maurice-Le-Coq

The difficulty in writing a critic is knowing where to begin. This is a grand tribute to the whole history of modern art from cubism to...

Why Worship Evolution?

Evolution is the new understanding of how we view our existence on this earth and has been for 150 years. Many people have been taught it at school. Many of us tend to see it as a diorama of life on earth. First there was a big explosion, then the nascent universe inflated. After that a great many gases came into existence and then huge massive planets bashed each other until we came, 13 billion years later to a settled earth in orbiting one yellow dwarf star in a galaxy full of stars of all kinds, in a solar system in which one neighbour, Venus, a biotically unfriendly one, has toppled upside down, and is spinning in the opposite direction to that in which it orbits the sun (www.universetoday.com/36123/ax…. Another neighbour is red Mars.

Meanwhile on earth a whole string of organisms emerged and evolved. Amphibians and mud fish walked out on land and the newts or frogs eventually developed into a huge number of species, including the dinosaurs, which were then wiped out, perhaps by asteroids or more likely changing climates on earth, and were replaced by tiny mammals, some of them shrew like insectivores, which eventually diversified into primates, including apes and chimps and then one day we came along and rode the whole evolutionary wave to the present day, when with our science and understanding we may at last be in a position to stake out a permanent place for our descendants as top species on Earth and the pinnacle of evolution for ever more. Hooray! The geeks win at last!

Really? Is evolution really our friend, our replacement for God, just because it's the mechanism that brought us to where we are today? Can we accelerate its progress or exert any meaningful control over it, or determine outcomes in any practical way? Can we even trust that the facts of evolution imply continued, ineluctable progress for life in general towards something 'better'?

To democratise both religion and science and to demand that people in general take opposing views on one or the other is extremely counter-productive. Today  so called atheists are supposed to attack so called theists because atheism is superior. In what way is atheism superior? Well because of evolution of course! Dim witted theists just cannot accept the scientific proof that evolution has given us.

Unfortunately this is a scientific fantasy.  Evolution is not our friend. nor are we necessarily the be all and end all of it. Evolution favours the survivors, whatever works. It does not have to favour intelligence or beauty or virtue or complexity unless they work. The idea that we can exert meaningful control over it that would not be destructive will remain a fantasy until we can predict what newly mutated proteins will do. The overwhelming majority of mutations are harmful. The whole point of natural selection is to weed them out. If hypertrophied intelligence proves harmful we will be weeded out. The only way to avoid this fate is to find a foundation for moral action. Evolution provides no such thing. It gives no warrant for moral behaviour at all. Immoral behaviour works then that is what will be favoured. Real evolution takes place at a pace too slow for the 'brights' of this world. They want it to speed up and yet the only way we humans know how to accelerate the progress of evolution is to cause mass extinctions which is exactly what we are doing. But is this the right kind of progress?

Should people commenting of the internet about important subjects like evolution and religion, who know nothing about science or theology or even history or maths or any of the other foundations for human cultural evolution, be given the vote on which way the human enterprise will lurch next? 

 

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Posts as aegiandyad on NotTheTalk, the successor to Guardian Unlimited Talk
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We are passionate artists and art lovers with wide ranging tastes and interests. Our long range project is the creation of 'aegian' as an aesthetic hermaphrodite, trying to express the many facets of their being.

While his better half prefers to remain mysterious until she has decided how to start our journal, Mr A admits to having a London degree in Botany & Zoology and owning a succession of film and digital cameras. I am the man behind the lens, so there may not be many images of me submitted. We love beauty and I search for it amongst the mundane backgrounds of everyday reality as well as at fabulous gardens like the ones seen in some gallery pictures.

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Chronophontes Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, welcome to Stereograms!
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thank you very much for the favs my friend
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Thanks for the fav!    Love 
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theaschebloodprince Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That album by Touch you showed me was great!! Thank you very much for sharing it :love:
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aegiandyad Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
If you hadn't heard TOUCH you may not have heard High Tide either Saneonymous Blankman Cries Again by aegiandyad , Saneonymous and Mr Blankman are linked to from that dev. Nor will you have heard Mr Blank by The FOX Mr Blank by aegiandyad .
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theaschebloodprince Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE Mr. Blank by The Fox now!! Thank you!!!
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theaschebloodprince Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh cool thanks! I will check those out too!
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Thank you for watching WITNESSING THE TRUTH!

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Thanks  !!!
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Thanks for the llama in return!! :iconahehplz:
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