Leonardo"s Notebook by Mattheus Mei

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Evolution propelling mankind into future...

...despite the evolutionary setbacks that FitsNews says happens in Anderson County South Carolina. Now I'm not well versed on the 'Ways & Means' of the Egg-Toothed people, I'll leave that up to Sick Willie and the gang, nor am I aware of the close link between Egg-Toothers and Neanderthals and the canabalistic nature of both (whether it's fiduciarily or physically) - that's for scientists to determine.

But, I am excited about this report I read on CNN:

Granted, we're not talking about the decade scale here. Compared to your grandparents you're not some kind of advanced mutant. But anthropologist Henry Harpending of the University of Utah, a co-author of the new study, says there have been significant changes in the last 1,000 or 2,000 years.
The rate of evolution is far greater in the last few millenia, Harpending and his colleagues say, then it had been in the millions of
years before.

The scientists attribute this to a population boom. Stating that with such increases in population it has allowed for the flourishing of particular genes. This I believe is one particular causation, another one that is equally important (albeit somewhat depressing) is the fact that over the past two millenia there have been not only radical increases in population, but also decreases - as the result of disease, war, famine. True survival of the fittest. How gritty.

From the metaphysical aspect of it all, I am glad to subscribe to the notion and ontology that man is evolving and bettering himself as a part of the collective journey towards Theosis. Wikipedia has a decent explanation of Theosis. It's an underlying part of Catholic Humanism. A more concise definition, that is truly a loaded statement, is that which is attributed to St. Athanasius (De Incarnatione or On the Incarnation 54:3): God became man so that man might become a god. I may write more on the metaphysical aspects of this, it's something I'd like to flesh out more.

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