When Mother Nature got life started on Earth, 4.7 billion years ago, her formula was beautifully simple – she made life self-replicating according to a ‘recipe’ encoded within the cell. Her masterstroke was to make the recipe copying process almost error-proof. A very high degree of copying accuracy was needed – otherwise life would forever… Read more Is this the beginning of the end – or the end of the beginning?
We think of ourselves as civilized – but what does that mean? The Romans who entertained themselves by watching Christians being thrown to lions thought that they were civilized. So did the English colonialists who kidnapped Africans to sell as slaves. And are the practitioners of female genital mutilation (partial or total removal of the clitoris… Read more Future Man – and Civilization
Man’s closest relative on Earth is the chimpanzee. Our DNA is 98.5% identical. Small as it is, that difference sets us worlds apart — and evolution is widening the gap at an accelerating pace. From an evolutionary standpoint, the critical difference between us and our primate cousins is that we have achieved a level of… Read more The Future of Man – by Evolution
The earliest records of man, in the form of cave drawings, show that our ancestors believed in gods over 50,000 years ago. Psychologists and theologians have theorized that the principal drivers were a desire to find meaning for the awesome natural forces that wreaked havoc on their world from time to time and anxiety as… Read more The God Hypothesis revisited
Armstrong’s famous words as he stepped on to the moon’s surface were historic for many reasons. Above all, it was the first time in the history of our species that the world’s human population was united in pride. It was a ‘we’ event of enormous proportions. Although an American expedition, inspired in large part by the… Read more One small step for Man….
When you look at the front page of the newspapers or turn on the TV news to learn the headlines, how do you feel? Do you feel good? Do you feel secure? Do you think that we, humanity, “have it made”? I don’t think so… And yet, in a sense, we are a “success story”.… Read more The end of the world, as we know it, is at hand…
There are a few good “isms” (altruism being the slam-dunk winner) but, let’s face it, most of them are bad. Cannibalism, nepotism, alcoholism, fanaticism and terrorism are examples – and in the “prejudice/bias” category we have racism, sexism, and (newly invented) ageism and weightism. But the worst ism of all is tribalism. Tribalism, in fact,… Read more Tribalism – our fatal flaw?