Friday, July 10, 2015

The New Paradigm: The Physical Universe Is Mostly Machine - 3

Putting a face on machine mutation
This series is about molecular machines (see the first post The New Paradigm: The Physical Universe Is Mostly Machine for a list of Dredd Blog posts about it going back to 2009).

With all the Dredd Blog posts about molecular machines over the years, I am pleased to see it now go mainstream.

The science that we are composed mostly of molecular machines such as RNA, ribosomes, and DNA, can't be held back any longer I suppose.

So, The New Your Review of Books indicates:
Today, driven by ongoing technological innovations, the exploration of the “nanoverse,” as the realm of the minuscule is often termed, continues to gather pace. One of the field’s greatest pioneers is Paul Falkowski, a biological oceanographer who has spent much of his scientific career working at the intersection of physics, chemistry, and biology. His book Life’s Engines: How Microbes Made Earth Habitable focuses on one of the most astonishing discoveries of the twentieth century—that our cells are comprised of a series of highly sophisticated “little engines” or nanomachines that carry out life’s vital functions. It is a work full of surprises, arguing for example that all of life’s most important innovations were in existence by around 3.5 billion years ago—less than a billion years after Earth formed, and a period at which our planet was largely hostile to living things. How such mind-bending complexity could have evolved at such an early stage, and in such a hostile environment, has forced a fundamental reconsideration of the origins of life itself.
[The ribosome] is an entity so tiny that even with an electron microscope, it is hard to see it. As many as 400 million ribosomes could fit in a single period at the end of a sentence printed in The New York Review. Only with the advent of synchrotrons—machines that accelerate the movements of particles, and can be used to create very powerful X-rays—have its workings been revealed. Ribosomes use the instructions embedded in our genetic code to make complex proteins such as those found in our muscles and other organs. The manufacture of these proteins is not a straightforward process. The ribosomes have no direct contact with our DNA, so must act by reading messenger RNA, molecules that convey genetic information from the DNA. Ribosomes consist of two major complexes that work like a pair of gears: they move over the RNA, and attach amino acids to the emerging protein.

All ribosomes—whether in the most humble bacteria or in human bodies—operate at the same rate, adding just ten to twenty amino acids per second to the growing protein string. And so are our bodies built up by tiny mechanistic operations, one protein at a time, until that stupendous entity we call a human being is complete. All living things possess ribosomes, so these complex micromachines must have existed in the common ancestor of all life. Perhaps their development marks the spark of life itself. But just when they first evolved, and how they came into being, remain two of the great mysteries of science.
(How You Consist of Trillions of Tiny Machines, emphasis added). Those "mysteries of science" are still "mysterious" because we can't yet grasp that the facts of abiology are not the facts of biology.

Abiology is the absence of biology, having evolved billions of years prior to biological life forms coming into existence (e.g. cosmology).

The trance some scientists harbor, or at least the group trance that some science writers are in, is illustrated by this sentence in the piece I just quoted from:
"One of the most ancient of ... biological machines is the ribosome..."
(ibid, emphasis added). No, Tim Flannery (author of the piece) there is no such thing as a "biological machine," so that verbiage is more bad nomenclature (Good Nomenclature: A Matter of Life and Death).

Machines are all abiotic, thus, molecular machines, being machines, are abiotic, not biotic.

There is no more reason to call a ribosome "biological" than there is to call your lawn mower "biological."

Both are used by biological entities, but that does not change their abiotic machine nature (a lawnmower does not become biological merely because it is used by a biological entity).

This same confusion about what is "bio" (life) and what is "abio" (non-life) has been perpetuated about viruses for a century:
For about 100 years, the scientific community has repeatedly changed its collective mind over what viruses are. First seen as poisons, then as life-forms, then biological chemicals, viruses today are thought of as being in a gray area between living and nonliving: they cannot replicate on their own but can do so in truly living cells and can also affect the behavior of their hosts profoundly. The categorization of viruses as nonliving during much of the modern era of biological science has had an unintended consequence: it has led most researchers to ignore viruses in the study of evolution. Finally, however, scientists are beginning to appreciate viruses as fundamental players in the history of life.
(On The Origin of the Genes of Viruses). I also hypothesized that viruses are candidates for being the first abiotic molecular machine entities to morph or evolve into cyborgs, i.e., the first to become composed of both abiotic and biotic components (compare The Uncertain Gene - 9 with On the Origin of the Genes of Viruses - 2).

Thus, I have also advocated for a discipline called "Abiology 101," so that the confusion and cacophony about these two opposite realms can begin to go away:
The subtitle of today's post could be "The Abiology Rebellion."

That is because, in today's post, I am going to talk about Abiology, a subject that is not yet in some of our parent's dictionaries.

Abiology is an area of science that is like Rodney "I don't get no respect" Dangerfield when it comes to the entirety of evolution.

Regular readers know that in various and sundry posts on the Dredd Blog System we have bemoaned the dearth of research within evolutionary circles concerning the subject of abiotic evolution or Abiology.

I have even done so to the point that I now encourage more scientific textbooks with the title "Abiology 101" in addition to and in contrast with "Biology 101" (see e.g. Did Abiotic Intelligence Precede Biotic Intelligence?, Putting A Face On Machine Mutation - 3).

A fair definition of Biology is:
... the science of life or living matter in all its forms and phenomena, especially with reference to origin, growth, reproduction, structure, and behavior.
(Dictionary, emphasis added). A fair definition of Abiology, then, ought to be:
... the science of non-life or non-living matter in all its forms and phenomena, especially with reference to origin, growth, reproduction, structure, and behavior.
(see e.g. abiological).
(Weekend Rebel Science Excursion - 27). I have also done two series which look closely at the evolutionary "abio" events that took place billions of years prior to the advent of carbon based "bio" (life).

Those two series are: On the Origin of the Genes of Viruses, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and The Uncertain Gene, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.

The first proto-ribosomes (which I call robosomes in On the Origin of the Genes of Viruses - 6) were abiotic molecular replication machines prior to the existence of biological life.

My guess is that one of the next areas of discovery to make it to Mainstreamville will be to realize that wireless communication is done by molecular machines, and also by biological entities using those molecular machines.

Whether done by exclusively abiotic dynamics or by cyborgs (symbiotic combos of both abiotic and biotic entities), it is a reality:
It is well accepted that all objects, whether living or nonliving, are continuously generating electromagnetic fields (EMFs) due to the thermal agitation of their particles that possess charges. Interest in EMFs as alternative forms of cell-to-cell communication can be traced back to at least the second decade of the 20th century. Interactions between EMFs and biosystems have been intensively studied for over a century and a quantitative understanding of many interaction mechanisms exists, There is much evidence that biological processes can be induced or modulated by induction of light of characteristic frequencies.

Recently, distant interactions between mammalian cells through EMF coupling have been shown. Distant (non-chemical) interaction in biosystems is not limited to interactions at the cellular level. Biosystem interaction has been reported at the level of plants, insects and other biosystems.

In 1997 Cosic proposed that there is a resonant interaction between macromolecules that plays an essential role in their bioactivity. The key point of Cosic's finding is the assignment of specific spectral electromagnetic (EM) characteristics of proteins to their specific biological function. Proteins with common biological functionality are known to share one significant peak, called the Consensus Frequency, which is acknowledged to represent the region responsible for the biological functionality. Bio-molecules with the same biological characteristics recognize and bio-attach to themselves when their valence electrons oscillate and then reverberate in an electromagnetic field. Protein interactions can be considered as resonant energy transfer between the interacting molecules. In simple words each protein and biomolecule has its fingerprint electromagnetic characteristics that can be used for its identification. In living systems long-range electromagnetic fields exchange messages across a distance because of matching emissions and absorption spectra. Non-resonating, unwanted random signals are excluded simply because they do not resonate.
(On the Origin of the Genes of Viruses - 11). An interesting candidate for analysis was written about recently in National Geographic (With Sonar-Reflecting Leaves, Plant Lures Bats to Poo in it).

This post is getting a bit long, so I will get more into the world of molecular machines, which make up the foundation upon which biological life is based, in future posts of this series.

The previous post in this series is here.

Enjoy the paradigm shift Hue.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Criminally Insane Epoch Arises - 4

The Private Empire
Regular readers know that Dredd Blog has been advocating the prosecution of Oil-Qaeda for many moons (Oil-Qaeda: The Indictment).

Among other things, they are mass-murderers who are white-hot active in a murder-suicide campaign, which is the largest of all time (e.g. The Criminally Insane Epoch Arises, 2, 3; Is 'Insanity' A Valid Defense To Ecocide?, 2, 3; MOMCOM's Mass Suicide & Murder Pact, 2, 3, 4, 5; Oil-Qaeda & MOMCOM Conspire To Commit Depraved-Heart Murder).

The gist of the Dredd Blog complaint has been expressed as:
Recently Dredd Blog has criticized the dialogue that characterizes the deniers of climate change, who have been deceived by oil company operatives.

That characterization, which I have complained of, has been one of using financial analysis to fathom their motives, instead of using an analysis based on principles of psychoanalysis.

Psychoanalysis of both the deniers, as well as those who misinform the deniers about the consequences of their "the Earth is our bitch to do with as we please" state of mind and philosophy.
(When You Are Governed By Psychopaths). The complaint has also been described as:
The fact that human extinction can only come about via choices made by segments of humanity, who do not care enough about their fellow sojourners on this planet to allow them to live on, is perplexing.

Obviously the notion that there are those who have caused the deaths of millions of people is not a fantasy; no, in fact it is well documented in history.

The notion that it is the result of criminally insane cognition has also been considered.

At any rate, there needs to be a term we can use to describe the times we live in.
(The Criminally Insane Epoch Arises). But the kid gloves came of with the Dredd Blog series MOMCOM's Mass Suicide & Murder Pact, 2, 3, 4, 5.

One might tend to think that Dredd Blog would be on its own to hold such positions and opinions.

But a distinguished group has joined the complaint:
D. Promoting Murder by Deception Is Also Illegal

The Private Empire, like many businesses (The Deceit Business), incessantly carries on a campaign of deliberate deception:
Internal fossil fuel industry memos reveal decades of disinformation — a deliberate campaign to deceive the public that continues even today.

For nearly three decades, many of the world's largest fossil fuel companies have knowingly worked to deceive the public about the realities and risks of climate change.

Their deceptive tactics are now highlighted in this set of seven "deception dossiers"—collections of internal company and trade association documents that have either been leaked to the public, come to light through lawsuits, or been disclosed through Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests.

Each collection provides an illuminating inside look at this coordinated campaign of deception, an effort underwritten by ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, BP, Shell, Peabody Energy, and other members of the fossil fuel industry.
(Union of Concerned Scientists: The climate deception dossiers). It is the essence of depraved heart murder (Oil-Qaeda & MOMCOM Conspire To Commit Depraved-Heart Murder).
(The Private Empire's Social Media Hit Squads). None other than the Union of Concerned Scientists points out:
As the picture of fossil fuel companies' efforts to deceive the public comes into clear view, the time is ripe to hold these companies accountable for their actions and responsible for the harm they have caused.
These documents build a case for why these companies must stop sowing doubt and must be held accountable for their share of responsibility for global warming. [Dossier, PDF]
(Union of Concerned Scientists: The climate deception dossiers). Accountability is the only way, if there is one, to deal with these heinous criminals for their depraved-heart murder (Oil-Qaeda & MOMCOM Conspire To Commit Depraved-Heart Murder).

The next post in this series is here, the previous post in this series is here.

Exxon of Oil-Qaeda:

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Peak of Sanity - 10

Peak of light
I. Sanity Is

This series does not concern "intelligence" nor its antonym "stupidity."

Both intelligent people and stupid people can lose their sanity.

The same goes for groups, nations, and civilizations.

So, this series about the peak of sanity concerns the peak of the ability of groups, nations, and civilizations, to grasp reality and deal with it (whether that group, nation, or civilization is intelligent or is stupid).

I thought I would mention that distinction first off, because sanity is sometimes confused with intelligence.

By the same token, a lack of sanity is sometimes confused with stupidity.

II. Ignorance Is 

Likewise, "ignorance" is not the opposite of either sanity, intelligence, or stupidity.

Actually, ignorance is an aspect of ignoring elements of knowledge or awareness which a person, group, nation, or civilization could otherwise attain, whether that person, group, nation, or civilization is intelligent or is stupid .

Ignorance, in my opinion, is a seed that grows to eventually diminish sanity and thereby increase insanity in either intelligent or stupid persons, groups, nations, or civilizations.

And so, in today's post, I want to focus on the cultural circuitry that is used to propel the components that diminish sanity, thereby creating the down-slope of the peak of sanity.

III. Agnotology Is

Which brings us to "agnotology," which is "the study of culturally induced ignorance or doubt, particularly the publication of inaccurate or misleading scientific data" (Agnotology: The Surge, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17).

An example of a book that would be placed within the realm of agnotology, is "The Merchants of Doubt" (see The Private Empire's Social Media Hit Squads).

One thing we are doing, when we study ignorance generators, is to search for some of what ends up being the origin of some of the dementia in society.

That is, in one sense dementia can be a loss of the sense of who, what, when, where, how, and/or why we are (You Are Here).

In other words, agnotology is in a very real sense, the study of designed disorientation.

IV. Dementia Is

Regular readers know that Dredd Blog has taken a look at several aspects of some origins of some social dementia (Etiology of Social Dementia, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13).

That exercise, like the book mentioned in Section III above, is an exercise within the parameters of the discipline of agnotology.

Since, in this hypothesis, ignorance can lead to dementia, when we look for the origins of some social dementia, we "follow the money," that is, we follow the immunity (Follow The Immunity, 2, 3).

We do so because the king of the ignorance which leads to dementia "can do no wrong" (Sovereign Immunity Source: Toxins of Power?, Sovereign Impunity: A Child of the Supreme People).

V. Reality Is

Reality begins with the environment a person, group, nation, or civilization lives in.

In the overall sense, we live in the Earth environment, and so our reality begins there.

Whatever we do to our environment we do to ourselves.

Destroy it and we are destroying ourselves:
Guy McPherson is a professor emeritus of evolutionary biology, natural resources and ecology at the University of Arizona, and has been a climate change expert for 30 years. He has also become a controversial figure, due to the fact that he does not shy away from talking about the possibility of near-term human extinction.

While McPherson's perspective might sound like the stuff of science fiction, there is historical precedent for his predictions. Fifty-five million years ago, a 5-degree Celsius rise in average global temperatures seems to have occurred in just 13 years, according to a study published in the October 2013 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A report in the August 2013 issue of Science revealed that in the near term, earth's climate will change 10 times faster than during any other moment in the last 65 million years.
Prior to that, the Permian mass extinction that occurred 250 million years ago, also known as the "Great Dying," was triggered by a massive lava flow in an area of Siberia that led to an increase in global temperatures of 6 degrees Celsius. That, in turn, caused the melting of frozen methane deposits under the seas. Released into the atmosphere, those gases caused temperatures to skyrocket further. All of this occurred over a period of approximately 80,000 years. The change in climate is thought to be the key to what caused the extinction of most species on the planet. In that extinction episode, it is estimated that 95 percent of all species were wiped out.

Today's current scientific and observable evidence strongly suggests we are in the midst of the same process - only this time it is anthropogenic, and happening exponentially faster than even the Permian mass extinction did.
(Truthout End of the World ). Additionally, one might consider the bizarre reality that perpetuates the dilemma (When the End of Human Civilization Is Your Day Job).

We, as a civilization, are not taking it seriously:
If you only focused on the United States, you might think coal's days were numbered.

The dirtiest of all fossil fuels once provided more than half of America's electricity. That has since dropped to 39 percent, thanks to competition from cheap natural gas, a tireless campaign by the Sierra Club to shutter old coal plants, and strict new air pollution regulations. Add in the Obama administration's upcoming crackdown on carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants, and US coal will keep waning in the future.

But that's not true globally. Far from it. According to data from BP's Statistical Review of Energy, coal consumption has actually been accelerating worldwide since the end of the 1990s:
(The most important climate story today is the global coal renaissance). One nation's progress is outweighed by another nations backwardness.


VI. Analysis

At some point in time, way back in past decades, the fatal choice was made, by those who steer the direction of civilization (The Private Empire's Social Media Hit Squads).
The Peak of Sanity / Criminal Epoch

Their decision (not yours), was that the lifeblood energies of civilization, being used then, would be replaced with a different lifeblood, oil, and civilization would thus become addicted to it.

That was the peak of sanity and the beginning of the final epoch (The Criminally Insane Epoch Arises, 2, 3).

The venerable Freud saw this coming, and hypothesised that a group-psychoanalysis discipline was needed to treat groups that were losing it:
If the evolution of civilization has such a far reaching similarity with the development of an individual, and if the same methods are employed in both, would not the diagnosis be justified that many systems of civilization——or epochs of it——possibly even the whole of humanity——have become neurotic under the pressure of the civilizing trends? To analytic dissection of these neuroses, therapeutic recommendations might follow which could claim a great practical interest. I would not say that such an attempt to apply psychoanalysis to civilized society would be fanciful or doomed to fruitlessness. But it behooves us to be very careful, not to forget that after all we are dealing only with analogies, and that it is dangerous, not only with men but also with concepts, to drag them out of the region where they originated and have matured. The diagnosis of collective neuroses, moreover, will be confronted by a special difficulty. In the neurosis of an individual we can use as a starting point the contrast presented to us between the patient and his environment which we assume to be normal. No such background as this would be available for any society similarly affected; it would have to be supplied in some other way. And with regard to any therapeutic application of our knowledge, what would be the use of the most acute analysis of social neuroses, since no one possesses power to compel the community to adopt the therapy? In spite of all these difficulties, we may expect that one day someone will venture upon this research into the pathology of civilized communities. [p. 39]
Men have brought their powers of subduing the forces of nature
to such a pitch that by using them they could now very easily exterminate one another to the last man. They know this——hence arises a great part of their current unrest, their dejection, their mood of apprehension. [p. 40]
(MOMCOM's Mass Suicide & Murder Pact - 5). We failed to develop such a discipline within psychiatry, preferring to stick with personal, individual psychoanalysis instead.

We have been going down hill ever since.

Now, as criminal addicts, our governments talk an empty narrative as they addict civilization to more and more of the oil-drug that will lead to yet another civilization that will have committed suicide.

VII. Conclusion

Religionists may call it the epoch of sin, scientists may call it the Anthropocene, and Dredd Blog may call it the criminally insane epoch, but it all translates into extinction.

The next post in this series is here, the previous post in this series is here.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

When Dredd Blog Was Young - 3

On this date in 2009, the young whipper snapper Dredd Blog featured two posts, not just one.

Ah, the energy of youth.

Anyway, one is called The Science Police, the other is called Independence From What?

After those, you might like some Animalistic music in the video at the bottom of those posts.

The scientist being arrested in the photo probably wonders who thought up the idea of the federal science police:
Each year, the U.S. Office of Research Integrity (ORI) investigates dozens of charges of scientific misconduct. And each year, the ORI adds a handful of names to a list of researchers found guilty of falsifying figures, fabricating data, or committing other academic infractions. As of April 1, 2009, this Administrative Actions list, presented on the ORI Web site, carried 38 names. These people are barred from receiving federal funds and/or serving on a Public Health Service committee, typically for a period of 3–5 years. Once the debarment term is up, the name disappears from the list. In theory, the punishment—and the shame — of the ordeal is over.
(The Scientist, Life After Fraud). Yet the reality is that these scientists who stuff their test tubes are treated like sex offenders:
But even then, the stain of guilt can pursue them through every aspect of their life, professional and personal.This is surely not the intention. Any system of justice worthy of the name must mete out the applicable punishment alongside opportunities for rehabilitation and measures of crime prevention.
(The Scientist, Fairness For Fraudsters). Gosh golly gee, sex guy and the science guy being put on lists, like terrorists? Whoa!

Dredd Blog has complained about the expanding universe in a tongue and cheek post, however, we did not mean to push Uncle Sam And The Pharoahs over the edge into Wooly Bully land and into ever expanding lists.

Run Climate Change Deniers, Run!!! And if Sarah Palin becomes head of this agency, Run Einstein Run!!

Wikipedia has an article on the Office of Research Integrity which focuses on scientific misconduct.

Does anyone else worry that this type of government office could become a political football to push or prevent certain scientific endeavours?

Scientists confirm that the Bush II regime suppressed science that did not agree with the regime's political platform:
Most scientists had heard at least a little about claims that government scientists were not allowed to report research findings that conflicted with the Bush administration’s point of view. And the vast majority (77%) says that these claims are true.
(Pew Research). When you combine government science police with government suppression of science the government does not agree with, you can easily have the institutionalization of propaganda.

The next post in this series is here.

Of the many grievances listed in The Unanimous Declaration, the following is a most interesting one:
He [the king] has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.
(Declaration of Independence). One of our warrior presidents warned us that this rendering of "the military independent of and superior to civil power" was a danger that was threatening to become institutionalized into our system:
Now this conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual --is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved. So is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.
(President Dwight Eisenhower, emphasis added). In other words our independence as a free nation depends on there being no rendering of "the military independent of and superior to civil power", or the nation as we have known it will perish from the face of the earth, and something else will rise in its place.

The "there is a shadow government" proponents say that what we declared our independence from, and what Eisenhower feared would happen, has happened behind the scenes; and for the most part happened so slowly as to be undetected.

There is undoubtedly behind the scenes dynamics that account for much of the strange goings on the popular TV Series Burn Notice depicts:
WEAPONS inspector David Kelly was writing a book exposing highly damaging government secrets before his ­mysterious death.

He was intending to reveal that he warned Prime Minister Tony Blair there were no weapons of mass destruction anywhere in Iraq weeks before the ­British and American invasion.
(Daily Express, UK). Whether those mysterious deaths we hear about from time to time are official or rogue operations by military commanders is only one possibility.

Michael, the burned agent on Burn Notice, recently told the Miami Police investigator "we are on the same side", which is the gist of the matter ... are we?

La musica:

Monday, July 6, 2015

On The Origin of Unnatural Selection

"We Ain't Got Nuthin' Yet"
I. Introduction

One of our cultural trances (Choose Your Trances Carefully) is propaganda (Choose Your Propaganda Carefully).

Before culture, before human civilization, propaganda existed without the bells and whistles of the billion dollar industry it is today (The Deceit Business, On the Origin of Propaganda, 2).

Both religion and business (and even science) have promulgated propaganda massively and still continue to do so today.

One thing common in all three of those realms is war, in the sense that all of them at the operational level support war, and they war among themselves as they support official wardom (e.g. religion X vs. religion Y, business X vs. business Y, and scientist X vs. scinetist Y).

And, since our "knowledge" is in general handed to us by members of those professions, the underlying dynamic for our cognitive existence is belief and/or faith (The Pillars of Knowledge: Faith and Trust?).

II. Where Are We Coming From?

The story we are told is that we are the most evolved creatures on Earth, because "natural selection" brought us here from there.

The knowledge producer, Darwin, intimated about a "natural hike" from already living things into better living things.

This was happening, Darwin opined, because some force, power, energy, or whatever ("nature"), was making natural selections for us and everyone else, way before we personally were born.

He expected that it did not stop with us personally, did not stop with just making species, but went on to continually perfect existing species as "it" made new ones.

One way that was done, in the human species, was by getting rid of defective "lower" races.

Sarcastically I ask, was that type evolution done just to make us realize how much higher our race is over theirs?

It was not a foggy concept to Darwin:
"Lastly, I could show fight on natural selection having done and doing more for the progress of civilisation than you seem inclined to admit. Remember what risks nations of Europe ran, not so many centuries ago, of being overwhelmed by the Turks, and how ridiculous such an idea now is! The more civilized so-called Caucasian races have beaten the Turkish hollow in the struggle for existence. Looking to the world at no very distant date, what an endless number of the lower races [Chuck was a tad-bit racist eh?] will have been eliminated by the higher civilized races throughout the world." - Charles Darwin (1881)
(The Evolution of Anthropogenic Extinction by Catastrophe, quoting Human evolution: Darwinism, by Jan Anthony Sapp, emphasis added). Evidently, "there are many here among us," still, who are the eyes of Darwinian evolution.

I say that because "natural selection" energies seem to be tapping old Sir Survival of The Fittest on the shoulder and pointing out that there are some "natural selection" events still needing to be done (Symbolic Racism: A Look At The Science - 3).

Back to the history ...

Sir Darwin heavily persecuted even his peer scientist Lamarck, according to two well known scientists (Ward and Kirschvink).

They authored a book that Dredd Blog recently took a look at:
Charles Darwin's theories, first published more than 150 years ago, still set the paradigm of how we understand the evolution of life-but scientific advances of recent decades have radically altered that understanding. In fact the currently accepted history of life on Earth is flawed and out of date. Now two pioneering scientists, one already an award-winning popular author, deliver an eye-opening narrative that synthesizes a generation's worth of insights from new research.

Writing with zest, humor, and clarity, Ward and Kirschvink show that many of our long-held beliefs about the history of life are wrong.
(Weekend Rebel Science Excursion - 42). There is a video at the bottom of that quoted post where, among many other interesting things, the persecution of Lamarck by Darwin et. al. is discussed.

III. Natural Selection vs. Unnatural Selection

If we look around human civilization, to me two statements stand out in the context of today's post.

First, the evolutionary scientist Ernst Mayr was convinced that human intelligence was, and is, a lethal mutation (What Kind of Intelligence Is A Lethal Mutation?).

Second, another person, historian Arnold Toynbee, pointed out that a high percentage of civilizations commit suicide (Civilization Is Now On Suicide Watch).

Suicide seems like a poor selection for perpetuating one's survival, especially if one is the fittest civilization.

So, I feel that we slander nature when we improperly identify that type of unnatural selection with a wrong description: "natural selection."

I am reminded of the Vietnam warmonger ideology "destroy in order to save."

I think we should refine our nomenclature and begin to use the term "unnatural selection" to identify the points along the way when civilizations commit suicide, a.k.a. ecocide (Good Nomenclature: A Matter of Life and Death).

Thus, I would call that part of human evolution, which is brought about by lethal mutation, a process of unnatural selection.

We should sharply contrast unnatural selection, because is anathema to natural selection, which for an advanced civilization is the selection of staying alive beautifully.

Natural selection would pass The Test, while unnatural selection will not (The Tenets of Ecocosmology).

IV. Has It Has All Come To This?

We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet
(by The Blues Magoos)

One day you're up and the next day you're down
You can't face the world with your head to the ground
The grass is always greener on the other side, they say
So don't worry, boys, life will be sweet some day
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
We made enough mistakes
But you know we got what it takes

Oh, we ain't got nothin' yet
No, we ain't got nothin' yet

Nothin' can hold us and nothin' can keep us down
And someday our names will be spread all over town
We can get in while the getting is good
So make it on your own, yeah, you know that you could
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
We got to make the break
'Cause we got too much at stake

We made enough mistakes
But you know we got what it takes

V. Natural Genetics

Sir. Darwin knew nothing of genes, RNA, or DNA, because they were discovered long after him (e.g. The Double Helix).

But, we came to find out that neither did the scientists who glorified human DNA:
Some would say that genomics has been able to distil some humility into humankind. The finalised version of the human genome deprived us of the illusion that we are one of the most complex creatures on Earth — an illusion that was at the basis of some guesses that Homo sapiens was expected to have at least 100,000 genes. When we look at a table of genomes by species, and specifically at the number of genes that have been counted or estimated for each species, we notice that humans are surpassed by several plants and invertebrates.
... some 90 percent of the protein-encoding cells in our body are microbes ... 99 percent of the functional genes in the body are microbial ... exchanging messages with genes inside human cells ... microbes cohabitating our body outnumber human cells by a factor of 10, making us actually “superorganisms” that use our own genetic repertoire as well as those of our microbial symbionts ... We just happen to look human because our human cells are much larger than bacterial cells ... no matter how you look at it, it’s high time we acknowledge that part of being human is being microbial ...
(The Human Microbiome Congress). Those who discovered the first "human" DNA bloviated a bit too much while we were not yet aware of our microbiome (The Human Microbiome Congress).

The geneticists once actually thought all "that other stuff" was literally junk:
More problematic is the reality that the human genome is still a vast catalogue of the unknown and scarcely known. The Human Genome Project’s most startling finding was that human genes, as currently defined, make up less than 2 percent of all the DNA on the genome, and that the total number of genes is relatively small. Scientists had predicted there might be 80,000 to 140,000 human genes, but the current tally is fewer than 25,000 — as one scientific paper put it, somewhere between that of a chicken and a grape. The remaining 98 percent of our DNA, once dismissed as “junk DNA,” is now taken more seriously. Researchers have focused on introns, in the gaps between the coding segments of genes, which may play a crucial role in regulating gene expression, by switching them on and off in response to environmental stimuli.
If not for a virus, none of us would ever be born.

In 2000, a team of Boston scientists discovered a peculiar gene in the human genome. It encoded a protein made only by cells in the placenta. They called it syncytin.
What made syncytin peculiar was that it was not a human gene. It bore all the hallmarks of a gene from a virus.

Viruses have insinuated themselves into the genome of our ancestors for hundreds of millions of years.
It turned out that syncytin was not unique to humans. Chimpanzees had the same virus gene at the same spot in their genome. So did gorillas. So did monkeys. What’s more, the gene was strikingly similar from one species to the next.
(One Man's Junk Gene Is Another Man's Treasure Gene?). That really pisses off those who spent countless hours in college studying how human genes determine everything.

Some of them (who are reactionary) choose denial, refusing to believe current scientific discoveries which are more sound than previous erroneous ones.

That denial is typical (Global Warming / Climate Change Will Generate Dangerous Religion).

VI. Genieology Is The Opiate of Unnatural Selection

Thus, unnatural selection is the proverbial square peg in the round hole of natural selection within a certain pop-hybrid science-religion (On The Origin of Genieology).

I am sure you remember one of the incarnations of that heavily evangelized and maladjusted cognition, a.k.a. the selfish gene ideology (The Uncertain Gene, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10).

VII. Conclusion

The evolution of something that destroys anything and everything it can is not done by natural selection, it is done by unnatural selection.

There is a day and night difference (You Are Here).

It is well past the time we figured that out,

So that we can stop being predators on life itself, rather than living within life (The Psychology of the Notion of Collective Guilt).

Life itself is not short, it is many billions of years old, so dig it Oil-Qaeda (Oil-Qaeda: The Indictment).

The lyrics are in Section IV above.