Christina Sarich, Staff Writer
You’ve heard of ‘survival of the fittest’, the Darwinian paradigm that has shaped at least the last 1000 years or more of civilization? It turns out, that though Darwin had some interesting observations of the natural world, he was gravely mistaken about human nature, and its ability to evolve in what is defined as an overly competitive world.
Since at least the 1850s Darwin created a world view that was based on concepts like transmutation of the species and an evolutionary construct detailed in his greatest work, On the Origin of Species, which included concepts on natural selection, the Weismann barrier (the principle that hereditary information moves only from genes to the body cells, and never in reverse) and dogmatic definitions of molecular biology. His concepts were against a ‘divine’ design, or the possibilities of other influences like extraterrestrial interference in our bloodlines and DNA.
Arguably, no one has a hard-and-fast grasp on the way life forms and is created and sustained in this world, but there are at least three solid reasons why Darwinism is an outdated, dusty paradigm which we can make a leap from in order to shape a better future.
1. We are a cooperative species.
In Darwinistic terms animals, especially human beings, will always act in their own best interest, as part of the ‘survival of the fittest’ impetus to propel biologically the genes that are fastest, smartest, and strongest. English biologist Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895), who popularized Charles Darwin’s ideas of evolution, once said, “The animal world is about on a level of a gladiator’s show… whereby the strongest, the swiftest, and the cunningest (sic) live to fight another day.” Hollywood and the mass media has perpetuated these ideas. They give us the same plot lines, the same convoluted news about aggression and violence repeatedly, brainwashing us into believing it is our very nature to fight one another.
Conversely, there is mounting evidence that the biological world actually exists in altruism and cooperation instead. The theory of natural selection proposed that an ape, for example, would always look to gain his own reproductive advantage, and even steal food from his own mother if it meant he could outlive her. Darwin himself started to explore this interesting phenomenon – of animals and people actually putting the needs of others ahead of their own in The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, but did not follow it to its logical conclusions. In 1902, the Russian zoologist, Peter Kroptokin, picked up where Darwin left off in his anarchist book Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution.
“The mutual-aid tendency in man has so remote an origin, and is so deeply interwoven with all the past evolution of the human race, that is has been maintained by mankind up to the present time, notwithstanding all vicissitudes of history.” ~ Peter Kroptokin
In an argument against Darwinism, Robert Augros and George Stanciu, published The New Biology: Discovering the Wisdom of Nature, which points out that cooperation, not competition, is the norm in nature, because it is energy-efficient and because predators and their prey maintain a kind of balanced coexistence. They found that “nature uses extraordinarily ingenious techniques to avoid conflict and competition, and that cooperation is extraordinarily widespread throughout all of nature.”
Example in nature abound – and for some reason we have forgotten to look right under our noses for this evidence of cooperation instead of competition. Look at bees and flowers, and how they interact with the human food supply, ant colonies and how they work together tirelessly to build a home, the long-eared owl and her blind-snake that acts as a housekeeper to keep away flies, ticks and other nuisances from baby owl chicks. There are literally thousands of demonstrations of our cooperative nature in Mother nature. Human beings are no different.
Some may ask if a truly selfless act exists, since it inherently boosts our own well-being when we help others – but this just might be the genius behind cooperation in evolution. When you do something for someone else, you can’t help but do something for yourself.
2. Darwinism can’t explain the presence of ‘human’ life-forms in ancient times even though archeological evidence is showing up all over the planet that extremely ancient intelligent civilizations existed.
There is evidence that humans were on this planet before, during and after the dinosaurs even. Darwin would say that evolution is the process of inherited characteristics of a biological set of parents over successive generations. This includes everything from human beings to DNA and proteins. He also argued that evolution happened via three primary processes: the more offspring that are created, the more that there is likelihood of some surviving, traits will vary among said offspring and vary future generations’ abilities to create more offspring, and all traits come from inheritable genes.
We now have multiple theories that human beings developed traits which their parents, and ancestors did not possess. We’ve experienced quantum leaps in evolution many times in our history. Our human DNA can ‘mutate’ at any time to become super human – spiritual beings, you could say – without any understandable reference to Darwinism. There are even documented cases of children being born now with three strands of DNA. Doctors can’t explain this, and Darwin certainly couldn’t. Medical science calls it a ‘faulty’ gene, but might not this toddler be an example of our greater capacity as a spiritually evolved species, and not animals fighting over a singular meal or mate?
3. Science is now proving we can change our genes with our diet, with sound, with light and with thoughts and feelings.
We are not relegated to the singular set of genes our parents gives us. There is research in multiple countries which proves we can reprogram ourselves, and that 90% of our DNA is not ‘junk DNA’ at all. A pioneer of this work is Russian biophysicist and molecular biologist Pjotr Garjajev who explored the DNA under vibrational frequency changes. He has basically proven what yogis and adepts, shaman and wise men from Indian tribes have known for millennia – that “Living chromosomes function just like solitonic/holographic computers using the endogenous DNA laser radiation.” This means they can be programmed – at any point in their life cycle. Simply using things like affirmations, autogenous training, hypnosis, and positive sound energy can transmute gene sequences.
There are of course, multiple other reasons we need to shift from this erroneous thinking – that life is based on the survival of the fittest and that natural selection determines our lot in life and as a species. While the elite few running the mind games at the top of the pyramid would have us believe we are groveling, violent animals, they are dead wrong, and quite possibly delusional. We are infinite. We are cooperative, and evolution is a lot more fascinating than Darwin would have ever expected.
About the Author
Christina Sarich is a musician, yogi, humanitarian and freelance writer who channels many hours of studying Lao Tzu, Paramahansa Yogananda, Rob Brezny, Miles Davis, and Tom Robbins into interesting tidbits to help you Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.
– Gilbert Gottlieb, Individual Development and Evolution: The Genesis of Novel Behavior (Hove, East Sussex, UK: Psychology Press, 2001).
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