Survived the expedition to Nawth Alibam’s Shining City on the Hill but it was still not-warm this morning. Gym was pleasingly sparse of people and evidence of its inadequate maintenance, and the mismanagement that enhances that, were blatant and almost rampant. Just goes to prove that if you’re the only game in town it doesn’t matter how crooked you are.
Speaking of crooked, I note [Link] that boffins at U Edinburgh have tracked back the mutations that made intelligence possible to some sea dude 500 MYA who ended up with a mutation that duplicated DNA. Supposedly this made vertebrates (and smarts) possible but exactly how this in empowering isn’t worthy of journalistic attention.
The intriguing part is that this not only made intelligence possible but also certain types of brain disease. This adds to the growing body of information that it is not good-or-evil but good-and-evil. Said otherwise, no benefit arrives without penalty. Puts me in mind of “better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven”.
I was reading Laura Snyder’s The Philosophical Breakfast Club last evening. Specifically the part talking about the discussions about the rise of intelligence following Darwin’s publication of The Origin of Species. I spent some time contemplating how the relationship between religion and science has so deteriorated since science became established and religion got all insecure and petty.
Of course today you can walk up to an obnoxious Alibam christianist – and yes, I have been told that is redundant – say “Darwin”, and watch them fall to the ground and foam at the mouth. A sad state of affairs but it does demonstrate that those brain disorders can have benefit to those with intelligence?