When you look at the above phylogenetic chart you can see how the species are differentiated. However, there is another thing you should recognize. There is both an evolutionary tree and a chain of being. Left wing scientists tirelessly try to deny the chain of being, right wing scientists relentlessly try to deny the evolutionary tree. Every phylia that is alive today is alive because it is fit to be alive today. We are all the latest innovation at the end of our branch of the single evolutionary tree we all belong to. A bacterium is just as evolved as you are. It has taken just as many billions of years for it to be fit to survive in today’s environment as you. However, humans are the most evolved beings. And evolution is continuing, we are not the end product, just the current version. Our offspring, irregardless of species are better adapted than we are to deal with whatever the environment throws at us. Our children are not our descendants they are our ascendants.
The biggest mistake the Chinese ever made was to worship their ancestors. This destroyed the creativity of the Chinese people. We, the entire world must worship our children and apologize to our children for the mistakes we make. We must not burn our money to provide for our ancestors in heaven. We must invest our money into the future of our children. We must not hold elaborate funerals, we must celebrate every birth. Not our place in death in the past, but the place of our children in the future must be our goal and our heaven.
As Desiderata says, “You are a child of the Universe. No less than the stars and the trees, you have a right to be here.”
Our responsibility is to recognize everyone and everything else has a right to be here, too.
Happy Mother’s Day.
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When Plato was teaching his students he was often frustrated by their note taking and reference to written records. Plato was of the opinion that the new technology of literacy was creating a generation that was unable to think and meditate on what they were learning because of their dependency on the written word.
Today, technology is providing us with a broad array of new media with which we record, replay, produce, publish, communicate and collaborate without using literacy or numeracy. Academics, publishers and governments are alarmed at declines in the reading of printed publications and student’s declining performance in the classroom. They are claiming that “computeracy” is creating a generation that cannot read, write or perform mathematical operations because of their dependency on digital communication.
The truth is literacy and numeracy are simply primitive techniques for encoding information. Composition and mathematics are just a bag of mental tricks for processing information. And most of us do most of it poorly anyway.
Grieving over the loss of literacy and numeracy is like grieving over the inability to weave cloth or tailor one’s own clothes. Computers have made literacy and numeracy very much like the mechanization of textile production.
What is happening in classrooms, to publisher’s sales and bureaucracy is not a decline in the intelligence of our next generation. It is an increasing obsolescence of traditional literacy and numeracy.
Our children are not thinking at lower levels. Instead, they are not wasting time with the mental effort required to mechanically process at the level of traditional literacy and numeracy and applying themselves to higher level thought.
The current method of submitting papers for peer review is completely obsolete. HTML was an attempt to take the primitive technology of the printed page, reference and citation and emulate it with the small addition of hyperlinks.
The yet to be fully realized method of academic publication will be the publication of databases containing problem and hypothesis, subjects and researchers, schemas and forms, data and queries, measures and units, amounts and currencies, results and conclusions all available for peer review and public consumption–research databases and white databases. And beyond that entire models in common formats which we are seeing in Computer Assisted Design Systems and Geographic Information Systems, for example.
This new generation using new media is modeling the universe in ways and at scales that were impossible with pen, paper and chalkboard. They are even beyond printing press, radio, television, recorded audio, recorded video and most physical storage. And the new generation can already interact globally in all of these new media.
Where are the people that are supposedly preparing them for life in this new world? Complaining that their students are not interested in reading text books. Even pumping normal children full of Ritalin to deny they as educators are not worthy of their students’ attention.
We have lived in “exponential times” since the big bang (if there was one)