17
Feb
09

So, books…

Well, audiobooks; my girlfriend and I are currently endeavoring to listen to all of the Discworld series of books by Terry Pratchett which we haven’t read or listened to. They are, in fact, quite good. I must admit delving into a bit of my podcasts along the way, though. (Proteomics and Cell) On the whole, though, Pratchett is a wonderful author whose linguistic skill I have come to admire. Those of you yet to discover his writings should, truth be told, at least read one or two of them (I recommend The Last Continent because of the god of evolution within it).

Speaking of evolution, the thought dripped into my mind earlier today that evolution is, in fact, a rather peculiar thing to be a god of. This god would have to be incredibly lazy. Let us consider, for a moment, yet another reason the idea of creation, or, in fact, intelligent design, fails. It is based upon the premise that a benevolent intelligence created/designed life. It is, as such, a contradiction when you consider one of the strongest mechanisms of evolution is, in fact, death at a young age. Consider, for a moment, what kind of benevolent entity would set up a system in which the death of the young is such a major force, perhaps not THE major force, but at least a very powerful player. I’d take honest malevolence over that kind of benevolence any day…

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