by Andrea Elizabeth
In listening to lectures on cognitive science or origins of life, I am hearing an emphasis on predictability. Experiments are performed to see if predicted results occur and then we can say we know something. When we reach for a doorknob, sit, or take a step, we are predicting the floor, etc, will be where our senses previously told us it would be. For a truth claim to be made about the creation account in the Bible, you have to be able to predict a future outcome in order to convince objective scientists. Hugh Ross says that God quit making new creatures on the seventh day so evolutionists must explain why there are no new creatures forming. Of course imperceptible slowness is their magic wand. But objectively, extinct creatures that lived for millions of years show remarkable stability during their respective tenures. It’s weird that the various hominid skeletons show the most morphological staging. Ross has an explanation for that too, but still says we’re done. I’ve even heard an evolutionist say humans won’t change either, and that we’ll be the ones creating the next generation through technology. Elon Musk says a person with a cell phone is already enhanced with greater connectivity and information. I’ll say creationists draw harder lines between adaptation and species change. We also think Adam had as much potential as modern people, but a lot of work has to be done to mature into Godliness.
Back to predictability. We are geared towards reaching desirable outcomes. The fearful, wounded person looks for signs of upcoming danger to be avoided. The ambitious person sniffs out signs for future success to be pounced on. Animals have a keen sense of how physics works, along with memory and immediate reflexive action to intercept prey in the future.
Meditative people seek to be more oriented to the here and now, but a lot of preparation and evaluation has to go into that, depending on one’s responsibilities and commitments to others. But once the trajectories intersect, one will become more but less selectively aware of their environment. So how does one become less fearful without being naive? Or less greedy without neglecting their work and becoming lazy? Inspiration I suppose.