The repoisoning of planet earth.

and the meaning of death.

When pondering this problem it is important to remember that a long, long time ago the atmosphere of this planet was so poisonous, only the simplest and hardiest forms of life could exist. But these forms of life did exist and as they grew, they absorbed some of the poisons from the atmosphere. Then they grew old and died and most were buried taking the poisons they had absorbed with them underground.
             In this manner, the atmosphere of the planet was gradually purified and this, over time, allowed many forms of complex life to evolve.
             But alas, humans, in their craze for heat and mobility are now digging up, by the billion ton load, these deceased forms of life and burning them and, in so doing, putting back into the atmosphere all poisons they (the deceased) worked so hard to remove.
             This unfortunately, is a process which cannot be stopped so it is reasonable to assume that before long this planet will once again be unable to support any form of complex life.
             With this in mind the future isnít hard to see and so it seems that evolution, like everything else, is a cyclic circle. As far as Planet Earth is concerned, mass extinctions are just a normal part of its existence. So although God might care about humans and maybe even about you as an individual, Planet Earth clearly doesnít. It has at least three billion years in which to do the same again. Again and again and again.


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Theory of Special Evolution.

For those who seek to discover the mystery of life should remember that they are not the first. They should rememeber that since that time, long, long ago when humans first developed the power of consciousness thought, many have sought to unravel the mystery of life and find an explanation for our existence. In fact this question has always been so important that even outrageous and often only superficially plausible ideas have been enthusiastically embraced and, for a time at least, firmly believed in. (Didnít the English once firmly believe that evil women flew through the air on broomsticks?)
             However, the idea of a God and also of an afterlife in which the good are rewarded with eternal happiness has, through recent ages, given humans the most consistent reason for putting up with the many trials and tribulations of life and accepting the inevitably of death.
             But why we are here is, to the cynically minded, still a mystery and although every reasonably plausible idea deserves at least some consideration, there is one idea which never seems to receive much attention in either books or the media.
             This idea concerns evolution. Some time in the ancient past a chance chemical reaction caused life to begin on this planet and from that time, that one initial spark of life has managed to evolve into a multitude of life forms. But although the idea of the creation of life through chemical process may seem somewhat far fetched to some, it is important to remember that throughout the galaxy, and perhaps even the universe, on billions of planets over billions of years, these chemical reactions were occurring frequently, probably even at a rate of several to the hour. Therefore it is not unreasonable to believe that on at least one of these planets, exactly the right combination would occur in exactly the right situation and, from that time, life (on this planet at least) has evolved to its present situation. (Like an Olympic flame which is passed on from flaming torch to flaming torch, this organism passed on its magic spark of life to its descendants, and this ability allowed it to both live and die so that by its own life and death, it could gradually but inexorably alter the environment to suit both its own existence and continued diversification.) But like everything else, evolution has its limitations and perhaps circumstances have so far prevented it from going in the direction it has wanted or needed to and consequently, it has had to fall back on the principles of special evolution.
             Special evolution allowed for a group of primates, who had evolved from monkeys, to find themselves caught in an extremely unique situation - one which forced their consciousness to develop to a point where it far outstripped that possessed by other species and then, once they had consciousness, it automatically followed that they would also develop curiosity. In consequence, once this new species left its cradle and wandered out into the world at large, their conscious minds enabled them to become the most dominant animal species. One of the reasons was that once they learned to use weapons, their only predator became themselves. Another was that their consciousness and curiosity enabled them to both develop and use tools, and then as the time passed, they gradually and continually increased their technological, tool using capabilities.
             But for special evolution to have its way, this species had to be deprived of knowledge-of-self or wisdom and this was achieved mostly be giving each member of the species an ego or strong sense of self-importance because this always made it painful for them to look too closely at any of the unpleasant truths which concerned the their own self. Consciousness did allow for the development of a degree of wisdom, but as a back up to protect against those who, for one reason or another, didn't have or were unable to exert an ego, special evolution created something called a 'vested interest' as this ensured that if any individual got unpleasantly close to the truth, the vested interests of others would ensure they were never allowed to do much damage to the purpose with those truths. To achieve its ends special evolution wanted only the degree of wisdom which would permit the species to build the kind of stable social structure that would enable it to fulfil its purpose and no more. (For example, if a person has gone out into the world and, over a period of time and with great effort, built something for themselves, that structure becomes their vested interest and they will then feel obliged to defend it against anything which is threatening, even a truth.)
             So as peoples' knowledge of their outside world grew and developed, they discovered more and more about the nature of life. They thought themselves wonderful for this and to celebrate their own cleverness, they even built a millennium dome with money other people foolishly lost on games of supposed chance and, in consequence, the dome itself proved as foolish as the gamblers' disastrous wagers. But, despite all the ups and downs of their evolutionary state the one thing they always tended to forget were the words of one of their most hallowed historical figures which were 'They who exalt themselves shall be humbled'.
             However, as they learnt more and more, they also discovered that they could even play games with evolution itself and mix the genetic structure of various life forms. (For example, tomatoes with fish, humans with animals and perhaps even humans with plants.) But unknown to them, the plan of special evolution was being fulfilled because genes were making cross species leaps which would have been completely impossible without the interference of these primates who all were, to a greater or lesser extent, self-satisfied and greedy.
             But once they have eventually made the kind of changes special evolution seeks, they will cease to be of value to the evolutionary purpose and will then be allowed, encouraged or perhaps even forced to destroy themselves. Evolution won't need them any more and so, in evolutionary terms, what will be the point of keeping them around. It's called evolutionary rationalization.
             But although in their orgy of self-destruction it is inevitable that humans will take many species with them, to nature or evolution, there is the balance of profit and loss to be considered. Once humans have gone they will have left behind animals and plants with completely changed genetic structures and as a result, normal evolution will be able to progress in a way which, although never ordinarily possible, was the way it had always intended. Special evolution will have served its purpose and its servants will be dismissed.

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Note: With this concept in mind it is fascinating to think that every human who ever lived has, by both their positive and negative behaviour, contributed in some way to the building of an enormous, bridge like edifice which has allowed microscopic genes to pass from one species to another. That this whole occurrence is a natural phenomena goes without saying because mother earth supplied the situation needed to allow for the evolution of a larger brain and also all the ingredients that larger brain needed to make the tools which did the job. And, as the choice of these cross-species jumps are mostly determined by humans' natural inclination towards egotism, selfishness, greed and/or self-preservation, perhaps nature knows exactly which changes it actually desires.

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To get an idea you might watch this BBC documentary. (50 minutes)


Documentary 1


You might also try these three superb documentaries by
Prof: Ian Stewart titled The Climate Change Wars.

When you've watched these you'll appreciate the fact that if the global community
doesn't act, the global community will suffer. But who is going give up their cars and
winter heating? I don't think anything will happen until something terrifies the life out of
everybody on a very personal level - and that's not likely to happen until it's far too late.

Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3

---February 13, 2014---

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