THE HUMAN SPECIES… AN EVOLUTIONARY MISTAKE?
In 1925 a school teacher in Tennessee named John Scopes was arrested, prosecuted and fined for teaching Darwin’s evolutionary theories in school. “Inherit the Wind” is a fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial, which resulted in John T. Scopes’s conviction for teaching Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution to a high school science class, contrary to a Tennessee state law. Today even though evolution is a scientific fact many of us are not comfortable with the thought of humans as having origins linked to our closet relative chimpanzees. After all, they are “just animals”. We are creations of God made in the image of him. Science has shown that we are connected to all living things as we have evolved with the same DNA blueprint. It is ironic that Homo sapiens evolved in Africa and our skin pigmentation was dark; which was an evolutionary feature to protect them from vitamin D poisoning from the strong rays of the sun at the equator. The European white man enslaved and persecuted peoples of color for thousands of years as they were considered inferior. England, France. Spain and Portugal colonized most of the world for resources and cheap or slave labor. Yet skin pigmentation and other physical differences were merely evolutionary adaptations to better survive different environments. The reality is that all European Homo sapiens were decedents of dark-skinned Africans. All Homo sapiens evolved from Africa.
When we evolved from being hunter-gathers and began to domesticate animals, grow food and form small villages. We grew away from being part of nature. We became so evolved that we were no longer a part of nature. We became the top of the food chain and no longer fit into nature’s eloquent symbiotic plan where all living species were somehow interdependent to insure survival. No longer would we serve a purpose in nature. Humans began to destroy habitats, pollute the environment, murder animals for sport, and drain the oceans for our own preservation. We became nature’s enemy. So I ask the question, if we no longer serve any purpose to the natural evolution of nature…. were we a mistake or blunder so to speak of nature’s evolutionary process.
65.5 million years ago an asteroid 7.5 miles wide plummeted towards earth at the speed of 40,000 miles per hour (about 64,000 km per hour). It hit the Gulf of Mexico and partially on the Yucatan peninsula. The explosive energy was the equivalent of 10 billion atomic bombs (the first bomb that hit Hiroshima). It created heat to the tune of 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit (5538 degrees Celsius). 75% of all species on earth became extinct. It was one of several mass extinctions in earth’s 4.5 billion year history. It was a global disaster that led to the entire extinction of one of the most adaptive species in history. It killed all of them in a very short time. For 165 million years the dinosaurs roamed every part of the earth except for the poles. For thousands of years, the Earth’s atmosphere was darkened with dust and pollution with sulfuric acid stopping all photosynthesis. It also may have triggered massive volcanic eruptions releasing melted Gypsum into the air (sulfuric acid). It took 30,000 years for plankton to re-establish itself in the oceans. As you move about the planet you will notice that the Earth healed itself from every mass extinctions and ice ages.
Compared to dinosaurs we have been here for a mere fraction of a second. When you ponder the role we have played in nature’s history we have done an incalculable amount of damage to nature and to ourselves. And we have been here for just a moment. I guess you are now beginning to understand the title of this short essay. Was the advent of humans evolving an evolutionary blunder that backfired?
A word on the earth’s current crisis; the earth is not in a state of crisis. The earth has been through several mass extinctions and tens of thousands of climate changes, both up and down. The earth’s last ice age was about 2.5 million years ago. In fact, the last ice age hasn’t ended yet. The curious thing about ice ages is that the temperature of Earth’s atmosphere doesn’t stay cold the entire time. Instead, the climate flip-flops between what scientists call “glacial periods” and “interglacial periods.” and last tens of thousands of years.
Let us assume humans are contributing to a warming climate. From what I have learned the politics of “the sky I falling” is nothing more than work as usual. It’s about control money and power. Yes, we may have contributed, but the politically correct solutions are laughable. First of all, you can see that humans are not a threat to the planet. The earth will shake us off to extinction like an annoying flea on an elephant back….. And the PLANET WILL HEAL ITSELF. Our giant forests, rain forests, ocean kelp, and seagrass has been on our kill list for a while now. What we need to is leave them the hell alone and they will restore themselves. Save the earth, a threat to the planet, “you have got to be kidding”.
A last thought. If the giant asteroid hit the earth a minute sooner or later it may have landed in the Pacific or the Atlantic Ocean due to the Earth’s rotation not doing nearly as much damage, the dinosaurs may not have gone extinct and the evolution of mammals may never have occurred. And you and me my friend would not be here today.
My college education consisted of psychology, sociology, and anthropology. The content of this book evolved over a lifetime of thought, experience, and introspection. However, since the writing of this book, I have discovered and understood so much more about the existence of all things including the universe itself. I believe I have now a fundamental understanding of it all. But it still leaves me with the feeling that the existence of life and the universe is a paradox that can never be resolved. Recently I have wondered if the evolution of the human species was some sort of evolutionary blunder. We are the only species that have separated ourselves from nature. Since we left the hunter-gather lifestyle we do not contribute to the magical balance of nature but choose to destroy it.
— Nathan Shasho
“To live in the world without becoming aware of the meaning of the world is like wandering about in a great library without touching the books.”
“Man’s enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself”
-Lao Tzu (604-531BC) Co-founder of Taoism-
Since the beginning of our evolutionary history, humans have proven to be the most aggressive and violent of all species on this planet. The historical evidence, which is in no way complete in spite of the many examples in my book, clearly illustrates man’s ability to set aside his compassion and empathy not just for other humans but all living things, including environments necessary for other living species to survive. Yet with all the history of conquerors, world wars, civil wars, genocides, massacres, ethnic cleansing, colonialism, slavery, human trafficking, domestic violence, crime, corruption, terrorism, racism, human sacrifices, religious wars, and the likes of Stalin, Hitler, and Mao Zedong murdering well over a hundred million humans in the 20th century…. most people we come in contact in our everyday lives don’t seem like vicious warmongers and killers. How do we explain all the horrific history humans are responsible for and continue into the 21st century!!! This is precisely the purpose of this thesis I have written… the how and why of human history.
The main thesis of my book concerns what I believe is the most crucial element we can teach ourselves….. “critical thinking”.
An important book that everyone needs to read.
Includes various sciences, history, evolution, psychology and more.
Important ideas include the need for critical thinking, an informed individual, and an understanding of the power of indoctrination, and propaganda with the intention of controlling us.
A view of the “dark side” of human nature and how and why it evolved.
A Closer Look at Pharmaceutical Companies – author of “Perspective” quoted in an independent article posted on Vision Launch.com
“If the pharmaceutical industry is not to blame, then where do we look? It would not be in their own best interests to address the safety or effectiveness of any of their products beyond what is required by law and regulation or to spend any money beyond the inescapable costs of doing business. We could take a clue from Nathan Shasho, who wrote the history book Perspective: Making Sense of it All: “Indoctrination and propaganda, coupled with an uninformed public, are powerful tools that have been used throughout history by those who would make us their pawns. Critical thinking, along with a well-informed public, is the only way to combat this indoctrination.”
Shasho quotes Albert Einstein: “Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.” In reality, if I’m pointing one finger of blame at the pharmaceutical industry, I have to be pointing three others back at myself. If I choose to accept their brilliantly simple and oft-repeated ‘safe and effective’ slogan and I am content to skim the news for information about vaccines without looking any further, my consent cannot be very informed. In this scenario, I consent by default, out of a misguided trust, dangerous respect for authority and complacency born out of comfort. Having given our uninformed consent to vaccines for so long puts us in a bad position to object to vaccines as they become increasingly numerous and legally mandatory. The less we know, the less we know.” -Posted by Speed The Shift on Vision Launch. com
Outskirts Press Review
“Drawing on his numerous degrees in the sciences, Perspective author Nathan Shasho offers a new perspective on the nature and history of humans. Through lenses as diverse as anthropology and chemistry, neuropsychology and astronomy, geology and physics, readers delve into the evolution of the universe, earth, and humans. This includes humanity’s “dark side” of conflict, war, genocide, massacres, slavery, and human trafficking. Rather than leaving readers grasping at the pieces, Shasho then puts all this history into perspective and formulates a way of making sense of it all. He offers a light along the path to critical thinking.”
Appropriate for readers as young as seniors in high school, Perspective makes a useful complement to high school and college curricula as well as an interesting piece for adults seeking a way out of propaganda and indoctrination.
Self Publishing Review “Perspective: Making Sense of It All by Nathan Shasho aims to inform the reader about virtually everything. From the Big Bang onward, the reader is given a summation of big events, people, and ideas that make up the human experience. It’s an ambitious and comprehensive undertaking. By book’s end, you’ll have a new understanding of science, religion, war, and beyond.
Perspective includes an encyclopedia’s worth of information and if you are looking for a short primer on a lot of these issues, Perspectives does offer a lot of important info. There is an amazing breadth of research here, and Shasho is a concise and engaging writer. If you want a brief history of the world, this book is a good place to start.”
“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think” -Albert Einstein-
- Bigotry is the stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one’s own.
- Racism is the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.
- Discrimination is treatment or consideration of or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit.
- Prejudice is an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.
- Oppression is the unjust or cruel exercise of authority or power.
- None of the above behaviors can exist if we want to live a life free of conflict…..
“Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth”
“Truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it, ignorance may deride it,
malice may distort it, but there it is.”
Critical thinking is not a subject that is taught in educational systems and is the most important tool we can learn to protect our freedom and rights. Propaganda and indoctrination have been used for thousands of years to control us. It’s time to do something about it. You do not need to donate money to charity, or join any groups and go to meetings. You don’t need to write your politicians or go to rallies. What you need to do is to become an informed citizen, learn to think critically and teach your children the same. Your power to change the world is not trying to change somebody else but to simply change yourself. When you can nullify the power of propaganda and indoctrination you will be taking the power away from those who want to control us for their own personal gain. Widespread political corruption and terrible leadership is a worldwide problem. Their tools are indoctrination, propaganda and just outright lying and misinformation.
“The question: “What would you do differently?”
is not only a foolish but a costly indulgence.
The useful question is… “What will you do now?”
-The Secret Knowledge: David Mamet-
The modern world as we know it happened just moments ago. The human brain may be the most complex “thing” in the universe with almost 100 trillion neural connections but I do not believe it has yet been programmed with the proper “app” to handle the incredible complexity of our unconscious and conscious thoughts and emotions, each and every second of the day. Thousands of choices, decisions, thoughts of past, present, and imagined future are processed every minute of every day. I believe that most people on this planet are struggling to keep their emotional lives above water.
“CRITICAL THINKING IS THE MOST ESSENTIAL CONCEPT WE DESPERATELY NEED TO LEARN”
“Critical thinking is that mode of thinking about any subject, content, or problem in which the thinker improves the quality of his or her thinking by skillfully analyzing, assessing, and reconstructing it. Critical thinking is self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and self-corrective thinking. It presupposes assent to rigorous standards of excellence and mindful command of their use. It entails effective communication and problem-solving abilities, as well as a commitment to overcome our native ego-centrism and sociology-centrism.” In order to change our perspective we need to learn all of history; the beginnings of our universe, the earth, science, the evolution of all living things, the history and evolution of humans.
“Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.”
During the twentieth century over a hundred million people have been killed or murdered by just two regimes during peacetime conditions; The Stalinist Era in the USSR (1929-1953), and The Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution in China (1949-1976). The century included two World Wars, Korea, Vietnam and several other civil wars; ethnic cleansing, genocides, massacres, conflicts of all sorts in the middle east, central and south America, worldwide economic collapses, human trafficking, slavery, domestic violence, environmental destruction, species abuse and extinction, a dramatic increase in suicide rates, depression, stress and anxiety, worldwide poverty and hunger and currently a crisis in Syria which includes a refugee problem and worldwide terrorism.
“The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual’s
own reason and critical analysis”
– Dalai Lama XIV
Baraka A World Beyond Words – Ron Fricke, Director