Why hasn’t one species “won” evolution? Why hasn’t one super-species outcompeted all competitors?

Humans are the dominant species based on our technology and industry intelligence, opposable and language skills. There are creatures that eat humans, but homo-sapiens as a species won’t be wiped out because of it. Most of us just avoid being in a place where we might get eaten by a shark or a crocodile or a lion.

We have our educational institutions, Internet, electricity, cities, medicine, cellphones, transportation and so on.

In that sense, we are the super-species.

But there’s nothing saying we will improve in the future. We could devolve over a few hundred thousand years time. Dependence on technology and shopping in supermarkets doesn’t advance mean we will evolve “upwards.” For example, I wear eyeglasses, but it used to be in days of yore if you couldn’t see clearly you’d die soon enough. There’s nothing saying that our eyesight, teeth and a host of other things will improve over time.

Right now, however, we’re the pinnacle, standing at the top of the hill. Like this picture that I took in Caprock Canyon State Park in Texas and then heavily modified it inside The GIMP.

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Worried about death?

In the Bhagavad-Gita, a famous Hindu scripture, Krishna says: “For the soul there is never birth nor death nor, having once been, does he ever cease to be, he is unborn, eternal, ever-existing, undying and primeval. He is not slain when the body is not slain.”

Think about it.

What will happen after 10,000,000,000,000,000 years, i.e. what will the fate of humans, the earth, technology, and everything else, be?

Well, Lee Ballentine answered this very nicely. We don’t even know if the universe will still exist in 10 quadrillion years. As far as we know, the universe is between 12 and 14 billion years old. You can fit ten million billions in 10 quadrillion. So 10,000,000,000,000,000 years from now is thousands of billions of years more than the age of the earth is now. There will be no Sun or Earth. If the present rate of expansion of the universe continues, you will no longer see stars. If mankind somehow survived that, they would likely have evolved or devolved on some distant planet into something not resembling humans of today, and would have had to jump from solar system to solar system as millions of suns came and died. However, as billions of years goes by the stars get further and further away, making hoping from one solar system to the next more difficult.

Therefore it isn’t likely humans will exist by then, what to speak of the earth, the sun or even what remains of Andromeda and Milky Way merged and then dissipated.

How would the earth and the moon react if Haley’s comet were to pass between them?

No reaction physically. Psychologically we’d be freaked out, but Haley’s comet is a small body that would have little gravitational effect on either large Moon or even larger Earth. It would zip by with no effect except to excite scientists and make headlines.

To Be or Not to Be

My wife has gone all religious on me. I’m not used to that. For years she was leaning towards atheism. I was uncomfortable with atheism even though I lean heavily toward physics.

Atheism makes sense. More sense then most evangelicals, ISIS, Catholics, Jews and so on. At least to me. I think all religions could use a dose of atheistic realism.

However, I’m mortal, like you, and I’m sixty-four, like Paul McCartney’s song. Days flow by into months which flow by into years. I’ll die. Now my fascination with science kicks in. Survival of the fittest: evolution. All species seek to live, not die. The fittest survive longer than the weakest. So I seek to live, not die. I really don’t want to die. That’s what all people feel except those who are mentally ill and want to commit suicide.

So we dream of never ending life. Religion is born and we convince ourselves we won’t die forever.

There’s glitches in that theory, I know. Science points us to galaxies, expanding universes, black holes, the possibility of life on Titan, Saturn’s moon. But is that it? Is there no mystery to life itself?

An atheist would say no. In my heart I feel otherwise. For most of my life I’ve been devoutly religious. There’s subjective as well as objective. I really don’t feel the subjective is due to chemical reactions in my brain or the brains of many people both now and the past that have had religious experiences.

And my wife is suddenly, almost inexplicably, drawn toward religion. I mean, like, it’s her only thought all of a sudden. Weirdly, I’m the best one to teach her in the direction she wants to go.

There’s probably more to this thought on this post, but that’s what I’ve got for now.

What was the smartest thing you read in your life?

“Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult — once we truly understand and accept it — then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.” —M. Scott Peck, M.D.

Why do humans experience grief? I mean, they’re already dead. They won’t even know if we don’t come to their funeral. What’s the point then? Nobody can do anything.

Grief isn’t about doing something for the person that died.

Grief is about a mixing of a feeling of loss and a realization of our own mortality.

The person that passed away may have been very integral to our lives, and now suddenly they are no longer there and, as you said, there is nothing you can do to bring them back so you can say some final, last words.

Grief has 5 different stages which you can read about all over the Internet. The website FuneralResources.com has this image to understand the process.

About the Author

Wayne Boyd

Wayne Boyd

Published novelist, physics enthusiast, programmer,

Philosopher, blogger, published author

Studied at St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX

Lives in Amarillo, TX

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