Talking about Evolution today i.e. 10th July, seems quite apt, given that this day in 1925, the Trial of Century, TheScope’s trial also dubbed as The Monkey Trial began, which brought the controversies surrounding around Theory of Evolution, in the forefront of public interest. This trial set Modernists, who said evolution was not inconsistent with religion against Fundamentalists, who said the word of God as revealed in the Bible took priority over all human knowledge.
|As "Darwinism" became widely accepted in |
the 1870s, caricatures of Charles Darwin
with an ape or monkeybody
IMAGE Curtsy Wikipedia
For quiet sometime, I have been thinking about the Darwinism - The theory of Evolution, as it has put some serious question mark to the idea of GOD. Some of the top scientists of the world have denied it and the most celebrated scientist of the century, Stephen Hawking has said, "The God Does Not Exist" (Click here to read my thoughts about the statement). So here are some of my thoughts about why I feel that Evolution will eventually bring us face to face with the Universal Consciousness, which some of us believe is the direct representation of the Word ‘God’.
To begin with, there has always been some question about the many sharp turns evolution took on it’s own as well as through some quirks of fate, e.g. almost 70,000 years ago, a super volcano erupted in Indonesia, which brought the human population at the time to 3,000 -10,000 across the planet. What if the things would have happened slightly different at each turn of Evolution, lucky or not?
The professor of Paleobiology, Conway Morris of the Cambridge University says that Evolution is not random but strongly constrained. Wherever any environmental niches existed, evolution found a way to fill them with the appropriate creatures. So to my mind that brings Nature into focus that creates a space for something to flourish. Richard Dawkins of the God Delusion fame says that the eyes have evolved over 40 times, whereas the intelligence was given the short shrift by Evolution, as if it was not a good idea at all.
|A reconstruction of "Lucy," |
a female Australopithecus afarensis
Darwin, what he called as ‘descent with modification’, proclaimed that over the long period of evolution, brains changed too. Process of natural selections was modifying the old versions of brain and we became the product of brains that survived the survival game and in turn passed on the bigger and better brains to the next generation. This passing on phenomenon was probably one of the reasons, Darwin did not publish his manuscript for 17 years, since he was not sure about the process of this handover. However, as Prof. Daniel M Ogilvie says in one of his lecture, Darwin somehow understood what was happening and talked about the invisible characters in the sperm and the egg.
|Reconstruction of Homo heidelbergensis|
which may be the direct ancestor of both
Homo neanderthalensis and Homo sapiens.
IMAGE Curtsy Wikipedia
|A Guide in Shanghai @ Shashi|
Which brings us to the modern man of the 21st century. But the evolution has not stopped in its track. It is still working on evolving, in it’s own languid pace, as we zip around in our own day to day business and information over drive of cyber space.
|IMAGE : Vagamon Kerala @ Shashi|
We have shed our physical prowess as more and more we used our intellect to survive, coupled with the growth of our brains. In my opinion, the next logical step of evolution should be to free us from the constraints of the physicality of the brain itself. Which leads me to believe that we are on the path to be further evolved at the higher planes of existence and eventually as pure consciousness, where seeing and information dissemination will be not be done at physical level but at the energy level. At that stage of evolution, we would be able to communicate at far greater speed with far wider reach within that evolved form of being. Eventually the evolution will lead to the formation of a collective consciousness, which sometimes is called the Supreme Being – which I would love to call ‘GOD’.
ॐ नमः शिवाय