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10.15.2009 – Honest Questions About Evolution

October 15, 2009 6 comments

Let me first start by saying that I believe Evolutionary Theory. I believe that the brilliant Scientists that have done the hard work of researching and testing the theory over the many years have done good work. I can see no reason that they would have to mislead people intentionally. I do trust that they are honest in their findings and in the way it is presented to the general public. 

That being said, I have a few questions. 

I have just started reading Richard Dawkins ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’. And as usual with his writing, I am enjoying it tremendously. In the first part of the book, he uses the topic of the various breeds of Dogs to support the theory of ‘artificial selection’ (since humans were the ones to develop and domesticate the various breeds of dogs). He states that it’s been determined that all dog breeds lead back and tie into the genetics of Wolfs. Not foxes, hyenas, etc like originally thought. 

Here is where things get foggy for me. I did a bit of digging separate from the book to see if I could find more information on how this actually occurred. I found one idea where it said that larger wolves would be bred with smaller, more pointy eared wolves, and would end up with a slightly smaller version. And that process was repeated to eventually develop the various breeds. I’m having trouble with this. Isn’t it correct that if you breed a large wolf, with one that may be smaller and look slightly different that you would still have a wolf? At least throughout the much smaller span of time that humans have been doing this as compared to the EONS of time that natural selection works in. This is an honest question. I am really looking to find how the process actually works and actual evidence that supports it. If anyone reads this and has links to articles or books that would explain the process, PLEASE post it in the comments. I would appreciate it greatly. 

Another thing that has been nagging me lately is this. It is theorized that all life formed in the water (or Primordial Soup if you will). Single cell life forms eventually developed into more complex life forms over billions of years. And eventually some of those life forms moved onto land. Well, how does this happen? If a creature lives in water, it has gills. If a creature lives on land, it has lungs. How do the very FIRST creatures to do this, move from water to land? I mean, a fish that wanders on to land, and maybe lays eggs, doesn’t have babies that all of a sudden are born able to breathe air. Believe me when I say, I am not trying to over-simplify the process or claim that this is a flaw in the theory. I just can’t seem to figure out in my head, how this would happen. So, as with the other question, if there’s any information out there to explain this, I would LOVE to read it. 

Maybe Dawkins will discuss this later in the book, and I’m just jumping the gun, but like I said, it’s just something that’s been nagging me and I’m curious to see what’s out there to explain these questions. 



10.5.2009 – Thoughts for today….

my grandmother passed away last night. and this is what I do when I need to sort out my mind. I write. Not well…but I write. And it helps…

I think that full-lives should be celebrated at the time of their ending. There are so many wonderful years, and wonderful things to remember about people. It’s just sad that the last few days, weeks, or months can be a so terribly painful and terribly undignified cap on an otherwise brilliant life. I realize this has more of an effect on us that are still alive, but really, that’s the thing that seems to be effecting me at the moment. I’m trying really hard to focus on the good years. The good memories. And trying to disregard all the ugliness that was recent history. It’s a challenge to be sure, but not an insurmountable challenge.

For us that remain here. I feel that we need to try SO much harder to appreciate the people that we have. To love each other unconditionally and without reservation.  Because once they are gone, we’ve lost our chance. And regret is an awful thing to have to live with.

I’m so glad that I got an afternoon to spend with my Grandmother a few weeks ago. At that time, while being confined to a wheel chair, she still seemed to full of life. She still had so much light in her eyes. I am so thankful that I was able to sit and talk with her. Give her a hug and a kiss before she left.

So, even though our families have been distant, and we can probably never feel like we’ve had enough time with our loved ones, I guess I can take some comfort in knowing that I was able to have a few ‘last moments’ with her while she was still very much alive. And I believe that she felt the same way about that day.

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