[FoRK] Brownback defines science
<elias at soe.ucsc.edu> on
Fri Jun 1 15:53:04 PDT 2007
Lion Kimbro wrote:
> On 6/1/07, Jim Whitehead <ejw at soe.ucsc.edu> wrote:
>> > "...reflects an image and likeness unique in the created order."
>> The same can be said for almost any creature. Dolphins reflect a
>> unique image and likeness, as do ants, mosquitos, cockroaches,
>> spiders, scarab beetles, and, for that matter, dung beetles. I take
>> away from this that all living creatures are unique and amazing, in
>> their own way.
> Nope! Humans are uniquely amazing. Never saw a dolphin driving a car
> around, or writing a book, or anything like that. No ignoring the
Bzzzt! Butterflies are uniquely amazing. Never saw a human transform
themselves from a caterpillar, or subsist off of milkweed, or encode
migration details into their DNA so that they can unerringly find the
wintering sites of their ancestors, generations past, or anything like
that. No ignoring the obvious.
Bzzzt! Giant Redwoods are uniquely amazing ...
Bzzzt! Dolphins are ...
Bzzzt! Jellyfish ...
Rinse, repeat. ;)
What is uniquely amazing is the mind-bogglingly short-termed
anthropocentric view that somehow whatever makes humans different from
other animals equates to a divine right of dominion over the Earth -- to
the point of endangering our own survival as a species.
So, yes, we are uniquely amazing, but lets' not allow that fact to
somehow denigrate how uniquely amazing, and uniquely /vital/, all of
life is ... I.e., it's a fat lot of good our densely ramified
informational processing structures are going to be when the entire
ecosystem collapses around us. Positing a 'special' place for humans
above all else, and at the expense of our own survival is an especially
dangerous and stupid game to enjoin - unfortunately it is a game that
religion, writ large, both encourages and foments by its' very nature.
Food for thought,
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