What Came First, The Chicken or the Egg?

It has often been questioned, what came first, the chicken or the egg? How did life originate? What caused the big bang? How does evolution come in to play?

All of these are questions that science has attempted to answer for years. And after reading chapter 14 of Darwin’s The Origin of the Species, I must admit that answers are given to many questions concerning the origin of life.

In this work Darwin predicts futures for an array of disciplines: biology, psychology, etc. His “findings” have even created new disciplines dedicated to validating his studies: branches of anthropology, ecology, and archaeology: “the search for the missing link”.

Many good things have developed from Darwin’s work: the discovery of natural selection,  speciation, etc. However, one cannot ignore all of the evil that has developed and/or grew because of Darwinin views: racism, classism, sexism, eugenics, social Darwinism… One can argue that Darwin was so keen to find a way to justify him, as a European aristocratic male, as the highest life form, that he created this explanation for life, placing himself and his peers at the top of the food chain. In this way science doesn’t discover fact, it creates it.

For example, for years anthropology was not the discipline it is today. It was a search to find a way to rank human beings racially as superior or inferior. This can be seen by the term Caucasian, discovered by the father of Anthropology, Blumenbach, who discovered a large skull in the caucus mountains and deemed it to be the superior more attractive, intelligent race. Because of the size of the skull in comparison to other skulls he found,   he concluded that Caucus skull was the most evolved life form. And gave it the name Caucasian. Blumenbach took science to create fact, not the opposite way, and this has been repeated for centuries to justify racism, classism, and sexism. Science creating fact: “Blacks are inherently inferior beast so we must enslave them to prevent them from harming us” not discovering fact: there is no biological basis for race, in fact people of different races may have more similiarities in genetic makeup than those of the same racial class….

So again I ask, does science attempt to discover fact or create it? What came first, the chicken or the egg?

 

Lindsey

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~ by ricela1 on February 23, 2014.

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