I know you have been wondering whence pathogens came

wonder no more. The good people of AiG have the answers.

I particularly like this part

First, we must restate that God created all microorganisms. Even though the word germ does not appear in Scripture, that does not mean that God didn’t create them. Many other modern words such as trinity, dinosaur, or Pixar are not in the Bible but we know that they exist. Bacteria were created early in Creation Week and were part of what was pronounced “very good” . Due to Adam’s sin, all of creation was cursed to varying degrees; the genomic deterioration of microbes began at that time. We cannot know for certain that microbes immediately became pathogenic and began to kill living things right after the Fall, but we do know that the origin of “molecular” thorns and thistles could have happened at that time because of the thorns and thistles on plants.

Must the universe have a beginning? 

Many if not all human societies have origin myths and they differ greatly.


Several years ago a San Francisco-born-and-raised woman told me she is a materialist.

An hour ago a woman who was raised a Jehovah Witness and has left that faith told me the Big Bang story grew from a human need for a beginning. I agreed.

Can you wholeheartedly accept that the universe had no beginning, that it has always existed?(copied from AU) 

Race, genes and intelligence

In my previous post, we were discussing why there are no stable black nations. These black nations include those in Africa and the Caribbean.

One of the comments got me scouring the net on what has been said on race, genes and intelligence. The comment in part reads

There is (controversial but true) proof that Africans have a lower average IQ than most other groups of people on Earth (only the Aboriginal Australians have a lower average IQ) – although this is true, I find it hard to believe that a slightly lower IQ leads to horrible countries in Africa and such. But then again – the European Jews have the highest average IQ of all peoples on Earth, and they seem to have done very well for themselves.

Since we are trying to find an explanation for the seeming instability in black populations, lack of technological advancement and so on, this becomes a very interesting thing to look at.

To start us off, the statement of the US declaration of independence that

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

is untrue. We can agree on this because even at that particular point, there were slaves in America. They couldn’t have been equal.

Now to the more juicy stuff.

It’s time to prepare for the possibility that equality of intelligence, in the sense of racial averages on tests, will turn out not to be true. 

“I am apt to suspect the Negroes and in general all the other species of men … to be naturally inferior to whites. There never was a civilised nation of any other complexion than white … a position held by Hume and many other philosophers of the 18th century.

Estimating the average IQ of Sub-Saharan Africa

Low IQs are Africa’s curse

The black-white test score gap

Now that we have a few things to look at, I want to encourage my readers that all is not gloom.

The industrial revolution and technological advances we have seen in the last hundred years or so have made a lot of difference to our lives. Through advances in medicine, we now live longer. This means we have a larger ecological foot print. We destroy our environments to feed the growing population. Our weapons of war are very advanced, we can kill remotely. Communication is much easier now and we have thousands of friends. Industrial revolution has helped us to pollute our environment so well that in some places seeing the sun is a great pleasure.

And to cap it all, we have a short video

 

Conclusions of the Territorial Imperative

Usually, at the end of a good book, I prefer to write my thoughts about what I have read. In this case, however, you will allow me to be lazy and let Ardrey talk for himself.

He writes towards the end, and I think the conclusions make sense;
1. We must know that man, while the alpha fish among species, is unique only in his capacity for getting himself into troubles that for other species nature would be compelled to provide
2. We must know that as body and behaviour evolve as a collective enterprise,  so human behaviour like the human body is governed by evolutionary laws comparable to those of any other species
3. We must know that while the human brain exceeds by far the potentialities of that possessed by any other animal species, its psychological processes probably differ not at all from those of other higher animals, and from those of lower animals perhaps as well
4. While granting that the varying cultural achievements of human populations set man apart from other animals, still we must know that such cultures, however complex, simply serve to fill out behavioural patterns, some as ancient as recorded life
5. Man no different from any other animal is a complex of expressions, frequently conflicting, in which no single determinant- territory, society, dominance, sex, economic necessity or single innate need for identity, stimulation or security – holds exclusive or permanent domain.
6. Our capacities for sacrifice, for altruism, for sympathy, for trust, for responsibilities to other than self interest, for honesty, for charity, for friendship and love, for social amity and mutual interdependence have evolved just as surely as the flatness of our feet, the muscularity of our buttocks, and the enlargement of our brains, out of the encounter on ancient African savannahs between the primate potential and the hominid circumstance. Whether morality without territory is possible in man must remain as our final, unanswerable question.

I will add here, contrary to Jean Jacques Rousseau, the capacity for violence is innate but the tools is what we must learn.

I hope this summary doesn’t disappoint all those who were expecting more, Victoria I am pointing at you😀