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Views on the Theories of Evolution

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The most fundamental and final analysis on the theory of evolution may be rendered thus: Human beings are the children of monkeys destined to perpetual struggle, conflict, and war leading to complete and total annihilation of the species. Now, because the preparation of the heart belongs to man, and the answer of the tongue is from the Lord; God says, I create the fruit of the lips; and, the mouth confesses the abundance of the heart, God himself renders to me his view of the people who subscribe to Charles Darwin's religious deist philosophy, viz., they are nothing more than caged monkeys who like to sling feces as monkeys are wont to do when annoyed.


Habits and skills are Plans that were originally voluntary but that have become relatively inflexible, involuntary, automatic. Once the Plan that controls a sequence of skilled actions becomes fixed through overlearning, it will function in much the same way as an innate Plan in instinctive behavior. The description of the conditions under which various skilled components will be triggered, or released, is much the same in both cases. The new problem that we must consider when we move from instincts to habits and skills concerns how learned Plans become automatized. Miller, Galanter, Pribram, PLANS AND THE STRUCTURE OF BEHAVIOR, Chapter 1

We turn now to more complicated behaviors in which the manipulation of symbols, especially verbal symbols, becomes critically important, though often covert, component. PLANS, Chapter 6

But since the invention of printing, the reading habit has steadily grown upon the whole civilized world; and furthered by modern laws for compulsory education, this habit has become the most striking and important artificial activity to which the human race has ever been moulded. Edmund Burke Huey, THE PSYCHOLOGY AND PEDAGOGY OF READING, Introduction

Judging from the past, we may safely infer that not one living species will transmit its unaltered likeness to a distant futurity; for the manner in which all organic beings are grouped, shows that the greater number of species of each genus, and all the species of many genera, have left no descendants, but have become utterly extinct. We can take a prophetic glance into futurity as to foretel [sic] that it will be the common and widely spread species, which will ultimately prevail and procreate new dominant species. Charles Darwin, ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES, Chapter XIV

People are reasonably precise in their use of "intent" in ordinary conversation. And they do not use it to mean something is temporarily valuable or that they have a particular needs, either real or quasi. The term is used to refer to the uncompleted parts of a Plan whose execution has already begun. PLANS, Chapter 4

Today I feel no wish to demonstrate that sanity is impossible. On the contrary, though I remain no less sadly certain that in the past that sanity is a rather rare phenomenon, I am convinced that it can be achieved and would like to see more of it. For having said so in several recent books and, above all, for having compiled an anthology of what the sane have said about sanity and the means whereby it can be achieved, I have been told by an eminent academic critic that I am a sad symptom of the failure of an intellectual class in time of crisis. The implication being, I suppose, that the professors and his colleagues are hilarious symptoms of success. The benefactors of humanity deserve due honor and commemoration. Let us build a Pantheon for professors. It should be located among the ruins of one of the gutted cities of Europe or Japan, and over the entrance of the ossuary I would inscribe, in letters six or seven feet high, the simple words: SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF THE WORLD'S EDUCATORS. SI MONUMENTUM REQUIRIS CIRCUMSPICE. Aldous Huxley, Introduction to BRAVE NEW WORLD

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