Kim Peart : 29 Sep 2009 5:25:03am
“Nature is Culture. We must learn from Nature. When man sees himself as separate from Nature, he is doomed.” William Takaku, PNG, Radio National, 1993.
Natural law was in full working order at the beginning of the cosmos. Life and Nature are an expression of natural law. The human species and human culture are either the outcome of a natural process or an accident in Nature.
The accident theory runs counter to what we see with natural law. If human culture is part of a natural process, then what is going on?
Life has expanded to the brim of the atmosphere and that’s the limit for life. What happens next. A conscious species emerges that has some liberty from instinct controls to develop technology that results in space development.
If this is no accident, then human culture is and expression of Nature; but we do have some choice in the matter. Accidents aside, our best bet may be to run with Nature in expanding into space to ensure human survival and life’s diversity, which would include robotics and artificial intelligence. In this natural process our future may depend on securing a sustainable presence beyond Earth as soon as we possibly can, so that we can then confidently deliver a healthier Earthly environment. In the process we may be living through the next phase in evolution, from simply being conscious, to becoming aware of our choices and work with the force of natural law that has a 13.4 billion year history and a currently undefined underlying reality, to realise our full potential. In the age of democracy, the exercise of this choice may depend on what we each become aware of and how we work together to create a future with a future for human culture, on Earth and in space. The alternative could be to see humanity become a dead-end of evolution. The stakes are very high. Nature appears to be playing a rather fierce game where her children are concerned.<br>Kim Peart</p>https://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2009/09/14/2685107.htm