Homo Sapiens: From Whence We Came

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INTRODUCTION

     When I was a, teenager I would lie awake at night and think about the universe.  In particular I questioned the theory of the Big Bang that scientists believe created the universe.  I recently found out that the Big Bang is not an explosion in space, but rather an expansion of space. According to the Big Bang theory, the universe at the beginning was very hot and very compact, and since then it has been expanding and cooling down. There was no “bang”. The time that has passed since that event—known as the “age of the universe”—is 13.8 billion years.  The one question that haunted me back in early 1960’s was the origin of the mass of energy that created the big bang in the first place.  As I pondered this question, I soon realized that the answer to my question was a paradox.  If it were possible for scientists to somehow learn where and how the initial mass that created the universe came from, they would still have to ask where that came from and continue infinitely asking the same question over and over.  It seemed to me that it was impossible to get back to the beginning, the very beginning, unless something can be created from nothing.  I understand that this is a bizarre thought, and it always seemed to lead me to the same conclusion, which was the eerie feeling and answer that the existence of the universe could not have happened. But it did… and trying to imagine nothingness was… well, impossible.

Subjectivity: the fact that an experience is only observable by the person having it.

The “purpose of life” for all living organisms from the perspective of evolutionary science is to survive and create more life. Any other purpose suggested by humans is purely subjective. The question “what is the meaning of life” is also a subjective question that may be answered as “there is no meaning to life, it simply exists”. It is a construct that only exists as a subjective human experience.

The day the world changed

66 million years ago an asteroid 7.5 miles wide traveling at 45,000 mph hit the earth, (that’s 40,000 times faster than the average bullet). The resulting explosion was equal to the power of a billion atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima. The massive impact left a crater more than 120 miles wide. We know of five mass extinctions over the last 3.5 billion years. 99% of the species that evolved over the last 3.5 billion years have become extinct being replaced by new life. However, this last extinction 66 million years ago was the most significant. Dinosaurs evolved about 230 million years ago and dominated almost every part of the planet. They ruled the earth for an amazing 165 million years. On this day every dinosaur species would soon be gone… every single one of them. The most significant consequence of this mass extinction would occur about 60 million years later with the appearance of a new species we call hominids which began to evolve in Africa about four or five million years ago. They were upright walking mammals from the great ape species.

Discussions 

  • Preface
  • Fast Forward 9.3 Billion Years
  • Stardust
  • Who am I, what am I?
  • The Day the World Changed
  • Our Inheritance
  • Human Ignorance and Territoriality
  • The Rise of Empires
  • Great Conquerors
  • Massacres / Genocide / Ethnic Cleansing/ World Wars
  • Nationalism – A Disease of Mankind
  • The Natural World
  • Prologue

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 has 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. 

Nationalism: Identification with one’s own nation and support for its interests, especially to the exclusion or detriment of the interests of other nations.                                                                                Patriotism: Feeling of attachment and commitment to a country, nation, or political community.

“It is sweet, fitting and honorable to die for one’s country.”  -Exterminate All the Brutes-

“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country”   -Nathan Hale-

 


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“He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.”      -Thomas Jefferson-

“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.” – Albert Einstein-