Having legs because we need to walk, or Walking because we have legs?


The evolution of various organs of the human body is an essential part of the Theory of Evolution and a beloved theme for discussion among biologists.

We have many organs which seem evolved in exactly the way needed so as to allow them to perform their important mission.

We have legs which have evolved so as to support our walking.

It seems logical, but it may be not. Strangely enough, an idea which is lost in the abyss of time may shed new light to that notion.

It was Epicurus who postulated it: The organs ARE NOT evolved so as to support their functions, but the other way around! The functions are evolved BASED ON the organs we have available!

We do not have feet SO AS to walk!

We are walking BECAUSE we have feet.

Simple. And “liberating” in many ways…

Author: skakos

Spiros Kakos is a thinker located in Greece. He has been Chief Editor of Harmonia Philosophica since its inception. In the past he has worked as a senior technical advisor for many years. In his free time he develops software solutions and contributes to the open source community. He has also worked as a phD researcher in the Advanced Materials sector related to the PCB industry. He likes reading and writting, not only philosophy but also in general. He believes that science and religion are two sides of the same coin and is profoundly interested in Religion and Science philosophy. His philosophical work is mainly concentrated on an effort to free thinking of "logic" and reconcile all philosophical opinions under the umbrella of the "One" that Parmenides - one of the first thinkers - visualized. The "Harmonia Philosophica" articles program is the tool that will accomplish that. Life's purpose is to be defeated by greater things. And the most important things in life are illogical. We must fight the dogmatic belief in "logic" if we are to stay humans... Credo quia absurdum!

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