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Creation’s Taxonomy

Saint Thomas Aquinas set the thing rolling very clearly with the question: ‘How many sorts of created things are there?’

“The answer is four. There are those which just are as stones; those which are and live as plants; those which are and live and move as animals; and those which are and live and move and think as man.

“The changing order of complexity between the stone and virus is just one monstrous step. The other steps are not just changes in complexity, but are changes in the order of complexity.

“The gross initial step is the ability to use information at all. On the whole, the physical universe is without information.”

~ Gregory Bateson
1975

Between Religion and Science, Possibility

Neuroscientist Dr. David Eagleman suggests that there is room in one’s life between basing one’s beliefs on either faith without evidence, or empirically-based proof. The alternative, Eagleman suggests, is to make space for possibility.

He explains how possibility can sit between certainty and doubt in this 20-minute presentation that melds contemporary scientific exploration with world history and cultural tradition.