Wednesday, May 15, 2013

An god-soaked idiot wrote "Isn't nature too beautiful and amazing to think it just came by accident?"

The idiot also wrote "Forget about human brain, eye.and so on. To me, to believe that it all came from nothing is having more faith than a religious person. Why does it look so orderely and so perfect? Dont take me to talking about nature."

The question was at Yahoo Answers where I waste a lot of time. My reply:
It's not so perfect. For example the laryngeal nerve in modern human apes is 2 feet longer than necessary and in giraffes 15 feet longer than necessary.

Nature is many times more beautiful for people who know how it really got here. It was evolution by natural selection. And by the way natural selection is not an accident. And new species don't develop from nothing. And evolution has evidence, tons of it. Magical creationism has not one shred of evidence.

Richard Feynman on the appreciation of nature:

I have a friend who's an artist and he's some times taken a view which I don't agree with very well. He'll hold up a flower and say, "look how beautiful it is," and I'll agree, I think. And he says, "you see, I as an artist can see how beautiful this is, but you as a scientist, oh, take this all apart and it becomes a dull thing." And I think he's kind of nutty.

First of all, the beauty that he sees is available to other people and to me, too, I believe, although I might not be quite as refined aesthetically as he is. But I can appreciate the beauty of a flower.

At the same time, I see much more about the flower that he sees. I could imagine the cells in there, the complicated actions inside which also have a beauty. I mean, it's not just beauty at this dimension of one centimeter: there is also beauty at a smaller dimension, the inner structure...also the processes.

The fact that the colors in the flower are evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is interesting -- it means that insects can see the color.

It adds a question -- does this aesthetic sense also exist in the lower forms that are...why is it aesthetic, all kinds of interesting questions which a science knowledge only adds to the excitement and mystery and the awe of a flower.

It only adds. I don't understand how it subtracts.

Richard Feynman - Ode on a Flower

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