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About half a million miles

 

Consider: (1) The FIRST HUMAN AIR/SPACE TRAVEL¹

 

WHEN   TRAVELERS   DISTANCE   DESTINATION    COMMENT

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before 1903    0                   0 ft.           Earthbound        no powered flight

1903                1                852 ft.          Earth to Earth    1st powered flight

1969                3          240,000 mi.       Earth to Moon    safe round-trip

 

   In fewer than 65 years, curious “wingless” humans got significantly off the ground.

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   Think of a man who turned 80 in 1969. No one would have left Earth’s surface by motorized power when he was a teenager. But as an 80-year-old, he would have seen (through TV) people safely travel to another heavenly body and back…

 

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Or consider the human mental work that went into the world of gathering information:

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(2) STORAGE OF INFORMATION

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   Humans, who previously depended upon libraries made of concrete and steel, and (paper) “card catalogs” listing thousands of hardbound paper records stored on hundreds of shelves, now can quickly store and access information previously found in these records electronically on devices the size of a package of gum. Or in a “cloud” that is “up or out there,” tethered by the hands of a talented few (often difficult to identify and locate).

   Birds and animals have minds, too. And it’s hard sometimes to explain how human minds are qualitatively different from nonhuman creatures that can observe, think, and react in the same general way as people. And with unusual abilities humans don’t have: ability to fly without mechanical machines, ability to instinctively build nests, migrate, locate food, etc.

   A secular naturalist would say that mental ability must have evolved “upward” allowing humans to become higher animals that can accomplish these advanced tasks (number 1 and 2 above).

   I contend that the birds overhead, the chimps at the zoo, and the cat² at my feet are pretty effective thinkers and problem solvers, but never in their wildest imaginings could they, or the thousands of generations that follow them do anything to come remotely close to achieving the two things I’ve described.

   Perhaps they are evolutionary dead ends.

   If so, then whatever–convincing evidence is there that previous–life (on its own) evolved into people?

   Somewhere along the line a tremendous amount of faith has to be exercised about the way humans came to exist.

   Yet here we are.

   And serious science doesn’t offer much help in explaining how such giant leaps in ability–on their own–came about.

   Given that, many step beyond science to consider other information.

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   ¹ Some material adapted from an earlier post.

   ² I made sure my 17-year-old cat (who still chases his tail when he thinks I’m not looking) is an “evolutionary dead end.”