Monday, April 7, 2014
Today we didn't get much time to talk amongst ourselves. We had a double lecture today in order to catch up. We did talk a little about evolution, and what the catholic church's stance on deep time is.
I think you guys probably don't know this, but I studied biology for several years before switching majors! (Ecology, not biochem stuff..) One of the things I did study pretty in-depth was the theory of evolution, how animal behavior coincides with this theory, and also what some of the holes are.
Have you guys heard of a bullet shrimp? This is one animal that cannot really be explained using this method. One of this species' claws is perfectly shaped so that when it snaps it creates a violent shockwave capable of killing its prey from a distance. If the claw is even slightly out of shape, it is useless. Not even unable to shoot "bullets" but actually useless as it is too big to be used normally.
This to me just means we cannot fully understand the way things work and it is possible there are forces at work that cannot be explained using strictly science. Having said that, I personally have no doubt that in general nature is always struggling and changing and that natural selection is true. I just think there is room for the mysterious force some would call God's hand. Schopenhouer's beliefs were, on a whole, too negative for me to put much stock in, but his idea that we are all part of a "World as Will" was not too much of a stretch for me. I don't think it is an evil force feeding off of our goals, but there is an unexplainable driving force in all life!