> But you do believe in God. And like Ori, you've
> redefined him. If people keep remaking God, he'll
> be unrecognizable in a thousand years. Evolution
> in the works, the remaking of God. Or would this
> be 'natural selection' in progress?
Perhaps I do on many levels but I just don't know exactly what I believe in since the only thing all the guesses have in common is that their was something at the heart of creation. Of course I'm not married to this idea either.
> Ya know, sometimes you sound pretty smart. (ha
Funny how that works.
Most of my friends agree that I'm smarter than the average pic-i-nic basket. Those who don't agree are still my friends.
> I am an example of one not suited to the
> environment. I am "uncomfortable" and this is
> definitely related to my consciousness.
I should have been born in the 1890's or the 22nd century. This is a crazy age and comfort on any level can be hard to find.
> I think
> adapting to the environment is bunk. From what I
> see all around me, people don't stay in a region
> because it suits them, or they are able to adapt.
> They stay because they're too lazy to leave and
> hate change. We are creatures of habit. Like
> animals, we stay where our food and shelter is.
Habit is the chief activity of most individuals most of the time. There are aspects of habit in almost all activities. Even thought is largely just habit.
No doubt this applies to animals as well. We all have our own comfort zone composed of habit and what we know or believe.
> The Eskimos didn't stay in Alaska because they
> adapted or were well suited. They stayed in the
> familiar, it's the easiest choice for humans. Can
> you see it... a group of people living in frozen
> wasteland and no one says - damn it's cold here,
> why don't we look for a warmer place where there
> is more food.
A few individuals leave. No species seems very quick to abandon a niche. No doubt Eskimos are adept at staying warm and less sensitive to cold. It probably feels like home.
> I also think natural selection is bunk. Women do
> not look at the health or strength of a man, they
> look at wealth. Scrawny weakling drives a Jaguar,
> a perfect mate. It's learned behavior. If she has
> an abusive background, she finds an asshole.
> Nothing natural about it. It may apply to the
> animal kingdom, but not to humans.
There are a great numbers of differences between modern people and animals. But mate selection is an important aspect of "natural" selection in both. Generally it's the male which struts and preens and the female which selects. Women certainly seem to focus on the quality of the nest more than some species.
> Darwin was born
> to a wealthy family and I suspect he was
> influenced by the priming and prepping of the
> wealthy for selection into affluent society, so it
> may have appeared to him to be a natural process.
Indeed. And the concept of "survival of the fittest" is certainly a siren song for the elite of birth or station. It's so much easier to ride roughshod over the less fit.
> Besides, we can see in America that the weakest
> have not been culled from the population. Indeed
> they have multiplied.
It is getting pretty bad but the Handicapper General assures us no one is going to win this race. (...so it goes)
> > I might try it sometime but I tend to read it
> > backward in threaded view. I probably miss
> > good subthreads this way though.
> You miss many posts, along with the continuity and
> timing of the posts. While you're trying to
> navigate subthreads, I've already read every post
> made since yesterday.
> On the right side of your monitor, there's this
> thin bar with an arrow at the top and bottom. If
> you use this you can quickly scroll through posts.
> Or use your mouse wheel or page up/down buttons.
> Yeah, I'm a smart ass. BUT, I know what everyone
> is saying. Love you ck ;)
I got a mouse wheel. It also has all sorts of buttons that I don't dare push. My keyboards are easier because I just pry off the self destruct buttons as I find them (LIKE CAPS LOCK). I save them for when other buttons wear out.
I need a typewriter that needs constant monitoring or a printer that can detect my thoughts and correct my logic and errors. Of course Bill Gates assured computers would forever be beyond my understanding and typing was my own fault for teaching myself how to type on an ancient worn out typewriter almost before I could read. Now days I can type thirty ort forty words a minute but might turn out a whole page in caps if I've not modified the machine I'm using. As I said, I am smarter than a pic-i-nic basket no matter what some of my friends might say. ;)
...And some things just make more sense when I read them backward.