As I child I was presented with two explanations for the origin of life and the human race: Evolution and Creationism. I quite happily chose Evolution, since it made at least some sense, and I hated everything related to Christianity. On a quick glance Evolution seems reasonable, not a bad idea really. It’s when you try to understand what the concept actually is and what it claims about reality you get into problems.
In my early- to mid-twenties my first proper doubts about Evolution began. I saw a nature documentary on TV. In it were insects that looked like sticks, and another species of bugs that looked like bird shit. Both apparently had this look in order to protect them from predators. I couldn’t understand how such abilities could have developed randomly. It seemed quite deliberate to me. It even got me trying to develop my own theory I’d later call Purposeful Design. That was before I had heard of Intelligent Design. However, I sort of dropped my theory, partially because of Intelligent Design. If the Christian Right was having similar ideas as me, I must have been wrong.
The first problem I have with both Evolution and Intelligent Design is their name. I’m a language student first and foremost, not certainly a biologist nor an ontologist. The term Evolution has the innate assumption that biological lifeforms change over time for the better. Supposedly even Darwin didn’t like the term Evolution, he preferred Descent with Modification, i.e. lifeforms descend from their parents, but the new lifeforms are modified in some way. Even the word evolution is wrong for unconscious random processes that main stream science claims is behind everything natural. For the same reason I dislike the term Intelligent Design, as intelligent, or having intelligence, is usually regarded as something very positive and admirable. Both terms are oozing with values of those who support them. Had Evolution been called Descent with Modification, and had it merely been stated that lifeforms tend to develop from simple to more complex ones, I’d have no problem with it. However if it is claimed lifeforms evolve from simple to complex. One might say the the word “develop” also contains inherent value judgments, but I don’t think so.
I don’t know much about biology, so I cannot say much about the details of it, however the influence of Evolution can be seen almost everywhere in modern Western society. Everything is assumed to evolve. Be it societies (from tribal to monarchy to democracy), technology (which in a sense can be said to have evolved), or even values and ideas (superstition and religion has “evolved” into atheistic scienticism). One simplified way of looking at this ideology is to say that based on the modern idea of everything constantly evolving is that whatever that happens is good as it things have evolved. For example development of atom bombs, mass produced popular culture of hi-tech tyranny is by definition a good thing, because it has evolved from something simpler. The Theory of Evolution, according to my knowledge, makes no such claims. It is solely concerned with the development of biological lifeforms, yet it has had this side effect, or possibly the main effect if we look at it from a conspiratorial standpoint.
The main problem with Evolution is the nonsensical notion that it has happened by accident. Random forces have created all of these highly specialized functions lifeforms have, from eyes, to wings, to sonar, to various ways of protecting themselves, to consciousness. Lets say there was a the primordial goo with amino acids and stuff. Somehow they developed into amoebas, gradually they developed into marine animals, then to amphibious animals, to land based animals, birds, lizards, mammals and so on. Humans included. That could very well be, but in no way was it accidental. I’d rather say there already was consciousness in non-material form in existence. It existed, yet not as a physical entity. What that consciousness or consciousnesses were is another question. However for some reason it wanted to experience itself in matter in various forms. Thus somehow it helped lifelessness develop into life so it could possess these material forms and experience life in myriad physical creatures and plants.
One could say it’s a merger of both Evolution and Creationism. Yet, it’s still just an idea. I’m not saying I believe it. I don’t know what we as humanity even know or can know about the origin of life, or of various species. I believe in empirical experience rather than theories. If life somehow started on this planet billions of years ago, no-one was there to see it. If humanity somehow evolved from apes, none of us were there to see it. Regarding Evolution all we have is circumstantial evidence. Bunch of bones and fossils that only tell the story of different kinds of human-like creatures which had lived a long time ago. The scientists choose to interpret the existence of those remains to mean that first there apes, they evolved into Australopithecus, Paranthropus and countless other fancy names until they evolved into Cro-Magnon and modern humans. That raises new questions as well like what are the Neanderthals, as supposedly they are not the ancestors of humanity? How about Annunaki genetic engineering? It sounds like a reasonable possibility to me.
I digress. Back to accidental evolution. If animals and plants randomly develop from simple to complex ones with better abilities to survive, then there should be countless failed experiments. I don’t mean just species that went extinct. Rather our depository of ancient species should look something like a mad scientist’s laboratory with monkeys with four asses, canines with no eyes, snakes that kill themselves with their own venom, one-legged hamsters… If nature is an insane and inane inventor that combines different things, with no understanding of its actions, until the creations manage to take care of themselves, there should be countless of failed experiments littered all over. Trial and error produces a lot of errors, especially when the scientist has no intelligence at all. If it’s all random, there should have been even animals, countless animals, that did not even know how to eat. To program the instinct to eat when hungry is not a simple thing. It must have taken a lot of accidents to get it right. We may take it for granted, but if there was no consciousness at all how did the first animals know how to eat, hide from predators, or copulate? Would they have even known how to rest? They could not have had the instinct to rest when tired, since it too is a programmed reaction. A lot of animals must have killed themselves due to overwork simply because they did not know how to sleep. How about animals with no asshole? They eat until they bloat and explode. If nature works like this, as the scientists presume, nature looks a lot like H.P. Lovecraft or Giger, but much more gruesome and with even less purpose than Lovecraft’s meaningless universe.