A Unified Theory of Evolution – How Karma & Reincarnation Complete Darwinism & Intelligent Design

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Frank Huguenard, Staff Writer
Waking Times

In 1859, when Charles Darwin published his landmark manuscript on the theory of evolution, On the Origin of Species, the book generated a firestorm of controversy and still today the debate between scientists and Creationists seems to be more contentious as ever. According to Darwin’s theory, the basic mechanism of evolution consists of two major components; random mutations and natural selections. And we’re led to believe that all of the magnificent beauty and wonder we see in nature is due to random mutations. The platypus notwithstanding, Mother Nature’s exquisite precision and diversity would appear to be too fine and too staggeringly perfect to be simply relegated to random chance and survival of the fittest.

On the other hand, the original proponents of the Intelligent Design theory were typically theologians who understood that The Book of Genesis couldn’t be considered a scientifically viable explanation for the vast amount of life forms on Earth, but wanted to posit a viable Creationist’s alternative to Darwin’s theory of evolution.

And while Darwinists use science to discredit the story of Adam and Eve and how God created the Universe six thousand years ago, Creationists also have a great deal of scientific evidence that discredits many of the main tenets of Darwin’s original theory. Debunkers of Darwin’s theories are quick to point out mistakes in his overall concept without taking into account that he was a pioneer in his field 165 years ago when he published his book, and, that advances in science have filled in some of those mistakes. But what if both theories are correct, and both are incorrect? In other words, what if there was a unifying theory of evolution that satisfied both camps of thought?

Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, which was published as an entire book under the title of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life  is significantly more comprehensive than just a discourse on natural selection and random mutations. Amongst the many chapters are theories on how microbial life originated on the planet billions of years ago, how land mammals could become whales and dolphins and discussions of a Universal power behind the marriage between science and religion and how The mystery of Mysteries, evolution, follows some sort of cosmic laws.

Of the many controversies surrounding both theories, one of the biggest lingering mysteries is something that neither theory adequately addresses, which is how does the mechanism of animal and plant instincts actually work? From the smallest single celled organism to human beings, there is obviously an incredible amount of intelligence passed along from one generation to the next. Is it possible that this is something that is simply stored in the life form’s DNA or is there something beyond the physical realm that is communicating information to the plant or animal?

One of the most amazing stories about animal instincts is the 7 generation lifespan of a Monarch Butterfly family. Each spring, Monarchs begin the annual migration pattern away from a small mountain range in Mexico and begin their journey up north. Each successive generation flies 400-500 miles, lays eggs and dies. The eggs are hatched, the caterpillars mature and become butterflies, only to carry on the northward flight. Approximately the 7th generation however, eats differently and saves all of it’s energy for the 2500 mile flight back to the very exact same tree their great, great, great, great grandfather left many months earlier. How can this much information, with the precision of a GPS device, be retained after 7 generations of insects no larger than the size of a leaf?

Neither Darwinists nor Intelligent Design proponents can begin to explain the answer to this question using their respective theories. However, researchers like Bruce Lipton in the field of epigenetics and Rupert Sheldrake and his theory of morphogenic fields and many others are beginning to postulate that a component of consciousness is at play here. However, neither of these theories really begins to provide an explanation for how plants and animals have evolved on this planet. And Andre Linde, whose theories regarding the Big Bang were recently validated, has stated that he believes that consciousness will become part of Scientific Law within the next 100 years, paving the way for a unification between science and spirituality.

The bridge between Darwin’s theory of Evolution and the theory of Intelligent Design begins to be constructed when you incorporate the concepts of karma and reincarnation into the overall equation of evolution. Even if you are a non-believer in either karma or reincarnation, the inclusion of the two ideas into the overall mechanism for either theory of how life developed on this planet automatically begins to resolve the question marks. The mystery of how such an incredible amount of diverse and perfect life forms developed on this planet from primitive microbial life starts to be revealed.

According to the science of Vedanta, when a person is conceived, 50% of the impressions on their consciousness come from their parents and 50% come from their previous birth. This explains why children from the same mother and father can have such radically different physical and psychological traits. Of course, this type of equation could never be proven (or more to the point, disproven) using the Modern Scientific Method and so it’s difficult for westerners to move on from here. This intellectual obstacle could also be compared to the square root of negative one, otherwise known as an imaginary number: since no number multiplied by itself can result in a negative number, the square root of any negative number can’t exist, so they are called ‘imaginary’.

However, mathematicians and scientists commonly use imaginary numbers and irrational numbers to solve complex equations which couldn’t possibly be solved any other way. Coincidentally, Schrödinger’s famous Wave Function, which is a centerpiece of Quantum Mechanics, was resolved using the square root of negative one. In much the same way, karma and reincarnation (which some scientists would argue as being irrational) can be used to resolve the complexity of the mechanism behind evolution.  Operating under the assumption that half of an organism’s instincts (or karma) comes from their parents and half comes from their previous birth, you can begin to formulate a model that explains how all of brilliantly diverse plant and animal species on Earth has come into existence.

When you stop to consider that it wasn’t random mutations that drove evolutionary change, but rather programmed DNA modifications coming from an epigenetic blueprint based on information stored in the consciousness of the organism from both its previous birth and its parents, you mold a new paradigm of evolution that incorporates some of the Intelligent Design concepts along with Darwin’s theories.

According to Vedanta, the design, the designer and the designed are all one, which implies that there is merit to the Intelligent Design theory but what advocates for the Intelligent Design theory are not factoring in to their position is the idea that the entire cosmic dance has not been an overall design created billions of years ago, but a vibrant and dynamic river of change that is an everlasting intermingling of the seen and the unseen. Between the manifest and the un-manifest.

About the Author

Frank Huguenard is an author, teacher and documentary film producer, specializing in films on Science and Spirituality. You can see all three of his films, Beyond MeBeyond Belief and Beyond Reason at his website www.beyondmefilm.com.

Please tune in this weekend for an exclusive documentary film screening webcast and global meditation event, hosted by Frank Huguenard:

Boone, NC (April 24th, 2014) – The Award Winning documentary film Beyond Me will be broadcast live during a Google Hangout event on Sunday April 27th at 5:00 p.m. EST with Producer Frank Huguenard taking live questions during intermission as well as after the film. Following the Q & A Frank will be guiding a 30 minute global meditation. Beyond Me is a film that draws a direct link between human suffering and the instinctive behaviors of plants and animals. Not only does this film provide an interesting new theory that bridges the gap between Intelligent Design and Darwinism, but it also offers a practical solution for helping people break out of their unwanted traits and tendencies.

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  • Antonietta Francini

    “…..the entire cosmic dance has not been an overall design created billions of years ago, but a vibrant and dynamic river of change that is an everlasting intermingling of the seen and the unseen. Between the manifest and the un-manifest….”


  • You have written –
    “According to the science of Vedanta, when a person is conceived, 50% of the impressions on their consciousness come from their parents and 50% come from their previous birth.”
    I am not sure if this is correct. I would like to see a reference of this idea.

    Theory of creation is given in Veda in the document called Samkhya Karika, and is briefly described in chapter-10 of the book at above site. Here is the URL again:

    Briefly, this theory is like this: The entire universe is filled with souls and root material of nature. They are both of atomic size and unmanifested or invisible to human senses. But it is visible to intelligence only if you can acquire the Yogic Power, via Yogic Meditation.

    Soul is conscious but not active. The root material is active but not conscious. They are joined together like lame and blind person to serve each other. The combined object is called the subtle body. The subtle body consists of Intelligence, I-Principle, and Mind, in addition to five sense organs and five action organs. This subtle body is also invisible and is so subtle that it can pass through the mountains.

    An object or a human is created, when the subtle body takes a gross body. At death gross body dies, but subtle body lives for eternity. It is the subtle body that reincarnates. Soul does not reincarnate, but it retains the knowledge of all experiences of all incarnations.

    There is another important theory that is discussed in the book that says that the memory is not in the brain but in the nature. Anything and everything that happens in this universe is stored in the nature. Anyone will be able to see these facts from nature if you acquire the Yogic Power via yogic meditation. This will explain the Monarch Butterfly example.

    All souls of all objects, living and non-living, are equally intelligent. It is the subtle bodies that are different. Remember soul is like the root material of the universe.

    If you read the book, you will learn more. It presents a scientific theory of our world. The book is free.

  • J

    Well it seems a well written article. Personally I do not believe a single word that has been written here, albeit a fair account of “a seeming story in time/space”.
    A belief is just a belief, it is not fact. It seems as in a recent article on this website “http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/24/metaphysics-world-collapse/” Consciousness is the predominating Factor, without such there would be no Existence. Starting with this Fact and staying with this One Alone Fact, One’s seeming individuality seems to open to a State that seems only to hold time/space as a dream state with no Absolute Reality in it, almost like a dream one seems to have a nighttime. What is Present is Life, Love, One. Out of the world of “I-Thou” that Jesus discovered on the cross, to I AM.
    The Scriptures tell of this written between the lines, “one has to loose one’s life to gain Life”. In fact there is no loss of life just a re-focusing one may say. That was a Paul/Saul thing about seeing the world through a glass darkly.
    Love J

  • In my book, The Spiritual Theory we actually present a coherent model to explain how spirit and matter come together to create everything known.The Spiritual Theory seeks to explain spiritual phenomena and their relationship to the material world, in addition to providing a coherent explanation of the spiritual origin of matter in the universe. It also explains evolution through the intelligent action of the incarnated spiritual elements and proposes accurate models to explain the origin and composition of the perispirit, the peribody, the fluidic link, the mind, and mediumship, among others. This theory presents a model in which the intelligence associated to matter does not emerge form the matter itself but from the spiritual components incarnated in it. Base on this theory information like the one needle by this butterflys to travel back to their original place is stored in the spiritual particles associated to its DNA. Information that can be preserved when after every division each cell (and each individual) retain about half of the original DNA. When the double strand is reconstituted, information is then passed to the spiritual particles that come with the newly builded DNA ready to be spreaded again.

  • leon

    One needs to understand the Akashic Records before one can even grasp at the Physics of TIME !

  • Frank, your case can be strengthened by reference to the surprisingly robust evidence for reincarnation. I summarize some of this information in a free e-book available at http://bobswriting.com/ascending.html

    However, I am not convinced by this 50% concept. As far as I can see, 100% of the genetic makeup of an organism is inherited from the parents. This defines the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle is 100% shaped by past life influences.


  • FlanObrien

    Frank, Thanks for this article.
    Regarding the Monarch’s and the 2500 mile flight back to the very exact same tree – do you recommend any source to read the details on how this information was gathered? It would seem difficult to track the return of specific butterflies, seven generations later, without DNA analysis. Tagging of butterflies would seem not possible.

  • adam

    Oh but that Conciousness pervades everything. That oneness. That interconnection. However the animals do not possess the ability to observe that oneness. It is creations peak. It’s ultimate manifestation when that interconnection can be fully experienced. How wonderful that we should move to conscious oneness. It would seem a design without a conclusion to those who are in the book. In the pattern. But to read the book and view the pattern the perspective changes. Endings are numerous as beginnings. And I am only here as such because of the direction we are heading.♡

    • Anonymous

      Adam that is beautiful, almost poetic. 🙂

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