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|0||00 - Introduction||About the Name||
On the Origin of Species was first published by Charles Darwin in 1859.
Later editions were renamed The Origin of Species.
At theora.com, this section - On the Origin of Species - is semi-scientific semi-surreal commentary.
|0||00 - Introduction||Introduction||
Treating Evolution as a proven theory,
within which, the knowledge that our brain is a
composition of independent structures,
each individually created and improved gradually over time,
with each improvement beneficial to its owner,
can yield powerful research and deduction tools.
Not only one can learn about the psychology
of animals from that of humans,
like we naturally do with our pets,
and researchers do with nature,
but the psychology of animals can teach us
about that of ours, with surprising accuracy,
much like evolution is teaching science
human anatomy through that of animals.
"In the distant future I see open fields for far more important researches.
Psychology will be based on a new foundation,
that of the necessary aquirement of each mental power
and capacity by gradation" - Charles Darwin
|5||01 - Variations Under Domestication||Douglas Adams||
in Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy tells that
Evolution can create suicidal behavior in living foods
distant in the future.
Such is not the case with ants and bees,
as is sometimes misconceived.
we did train the genes of our cows and sheep to walk
indifferently into the slaughterhouse.
We trained our horses to be as agile or as massive
as we desired.
So we did with our dogs.
We even trained the genes of our cats to dig holes
for their droppings.
01 - Variations Under Domestication
|163||02 - Variations Under Nature||Five Senses||
There are countless special senses in Nature.
Bats can see moths in the darkness with their ears.
Migrating birds can see the magnetic fields generated by the poles of the earth,
like geographic lines on a global map.
Certain fish can see the shapes of objects in the water by similar means,
some magnetic, some by the effect of their movement on the echoes of moving water.
Some water predators see their pray by sensing the electricity generated
by it operating its muscles.
Blind people can see the wall marking the edge of a swimming pool by
feeling the water becoming harder to move through.
Senses can be identified, defined as distinct, and named,
only if we can identify the organs that produce the resulting perception,
and only if the process of evolution making them distinct is complete.
Our brain is young and highly variable.
Most blind people do not see the edge of the swimming pool,
but many of them do.
We have many structures still evolving.
It is convenient to digitize the language and talk about having exactly five senses.
It is misleading to compare the vision of blind people to that of the bat,
not because one uses the sense of hearing and the other that of touch,
but because the vision qualities of the bat are distinct and perfected.
As a side note, it is implied by the D. Postulate,
applied to the development of vocabulary,
that words in the language will become distinct and well
separated, much like species and their individual attributes.
As the time scale is much denser in this case,
the language senses have in fact been perfected long ago.
02 - Variations Under Nature