“How” evolution works: Axioms and arrogance in today’s science… [OR: Why we need a philosophical tsunami to break the tea cup]

Research led by the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and the University of Washington has shown that the biological diversity needed for evolution can be generated by changes in protein modifications. The findings, published in Science, provide valuable insights into how different species adapt to different environments and could shed light on how pathogens evolve and become resistant to drugs.

“This study is about understanding how evolution works, which tells you how species adapt to changing environments over many generations,” says Pedro Beltrao, a research group leader at EMBL-EBI. “For example, when you compare humans and chimps, they are obviously different, even though a good part of their genetic makeup is more or less the same. Our task is to figure out how diversity is generated, so that we can see in detail how life evolves. That helps us understand how plants and animals adapt and change, and how cancers or bacteria find their way around drugs”. (1)

Interesting.

And revealing.

A scientific research trying to find out how a specific (theoretical) mechanism works. Typical stuff in science, right? Right. But few truly understand the implications and the meaning of such a simple research.

Notice that subtle but crucial detail?

Notice how we “know” that evolution works and we are now trying to find HOW it works? But… if we do not know how it works how do we know that it works in the first place?

Science is all about stating the axioms and then building the theories on them. Today’s science is much more arrogant: Today we start by stating the truthiness of the theories themselves and then we work on these theories to build the “little details”, like for example… “how it works”.

A philosophical tsunami is what we need. Because it is not that we have the cup full, so that we cannot fill it with anything else. It is that we have broken all other cups as well.

Break that last cup you hold and go up the mountains.

You must start gathering tea leafs again.

But there are no leafs.

You have to believe in them…

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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