There is a grandeur in this view of life...while this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a begining endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved
Charles Darwin

Politics as if Evolution Mattered–Darwin, Ecology and Social Justice by Lorna Salzman

Lorna Salzman is a professional environmentalist who formerly has worked with Friends of the Earth and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. In 2002, she was the Green Party’s candidate for President. In her svelte book, Politics as if Evolution Mattered, ATP charged, Hemingway simple prose, promotes the concept that Evolution is the foundation where, all 21 Century institutions and cultures super-structures of our society are built upon. She suggest, if properly interpreted and wielded, Evolutionary thought has the capacity of shaping public discourse in a rational, ethical beneficiary venue, more so, than the mass media, pop culture trends and political ideologies.

“The central dilemma of modern humanity is the failure to adapt our behaviors, institutions and objectives to certain realities which we ignore or defy through our faith in technology and religion. This defiance is at the root of our ecological crisis along with the delusion that the human species or society can be perfected”

She points an accusatory finger at four institutional perpetrators that rebuff juxtaposing ecological and evolutionary strategies for a safe, resource management: Intransigent ideology, technology, social justice and human ethics.

“Neither nature nor evolution can provide a moral guide for human behavior or technological and ethical choices. What they can provide is an impartial, scientific explanation of which choices are most likely to enhance welfare and survival, and which ones are more conducive to societal collapse or species extinction.”

It is no exaggeration to exclaim that the disciplines of biology, ecology, modern medicine and agriculture, etc., could not exist without Darwin. Without him, these would be forced to rely on random observations and anecdotal experience, mere trial and error, with all the inherent handicaps

The New Science of Evo Devo

Sean Carroll’s “THE NEW SCIENCE OF EVO DEVO” ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL completes the one long argument of Evolution trilogy, starting with the iconic On the Origin of Species, 1859 (Charles Darwin) and the genetic base sequel, Evolution the Modern Synthesis, 1942 (Julian Huxley). The Origin describes evolution through a selective process of favorable traits endowing its possessor a reproductive advantage called natural selection; the Synthesis defines the favorable traits as genes, specifically, Deoxyribonucleic acid, DNA; and, EVO DEVO cogently explicates the molecular mechanics of evolution in terms of genetic tool kits and switches, the simple components imperative to build all organisms. Simply put, there is a tool kit of genes for appendages; the same gene that forms an arm for a human, a wing for a bird, a fin for a fish are one in the same. So, the philosophical question begs to be asked, if there is such simple genetic similarity between all organisms: the euglena and elephant, what evoked the immense diversity of critters. The Holy Grail lies within the switches, which lever the tool kit into operation on when and what to do: molding animal forms into size, shape and colors. ”The new understanding of tool kit genes and genetic switches explains how, from so simple a beginning, the endless forms of nature have evolved.”

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