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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Perhaps the atavism of the Church of England weighs heavily in Morris' subconscious mind

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Re: Convergent evolution ned Tue 02 Jun 2009 12:17 PM PDT Kepler, I agree with your assessment of Conway Morris. I liked his ideas but I also felt he was crippled by this sort of orthodox Christianity.

Convergent evolution Kepler Mon 01 Jun 2009 07:04 PM PDT I didn’t know much about Simon Conway Morris prior to reading his essay reproduced in the current AntiMatters, but I’ve since learned. He has impeccable scientific credentials and is known for the concept of convergent evolution, which demonstrates that biological evolution has repeatedly and wholly independently “converged” to the same solutions (the camera-like eye, complex vocalizations, and many other examples he has carefully documented) in ways that would be outrageously improbable via purely “contingent” evolution, which asserts that meaningless random mutations naturally selected (a so-called “drunkard’s walk”), produce all biological structure. Very interesting stuff, detailed in his 2003 book Life's Solution.

In this essay, from 2005, he talks about his ideas on evolution in the context of religious thought. He sees in convergent evolution the signs of purpose and intention (quite unlike Stephen J Gould who apparently believed fully in contingent evolution – notwithstanding his disputes with ultra-Darwinists over punctuated equilibrium), and he makes other interesting observations like the plausibility of dimensions of reality “orthogonal” to the material world, and the suggestive nature of song and music.

He also strongly distances himself from the Intelligent Design movement, seemingly because its scientific claims (even the best from Berlinski and Behe) have been plausibly countered, and Conway Morris is utterly convinced humans are indeed a product of evolution.

Unfortunately, at the end of the day his chosen interpretive framework for all this meaning and intention in evolution is, to use his own phrase, “orthodox Christianity”. I assume he’s not conversant with (or not interested in) more modern and fruitful approachs to attributing spiritual meaning to evolution’s convergence on mentally conscious physical beings. Reading his build-up to what it all might mean, it's striking how well Sri Aurobindo's views seem to explain the phenomena Conway Morris has been studying; but instead he wants to find some way to work Jesus, sin, and salvation into the picture. Perhaps the atavism of the Church of England weighs heavily in his subconscious mind? Kepler

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RYD has posted in Mirror of Tomorrow, separately, a short compilation (in my last book there is much more) that I have put together quoting from The Mother on Atavism. Have you read it? This is where the divide is, a psychological divide. Not between Indians and not Indians, but between a certain fringe of Indian mentality versus a certain fringe of Western (but also Indian) mentality, i.e. in Auroville. A comment has been posted in reference to an article titled: Archetypal Images and Symbols—by Paulette Comment posted by: Paulette

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