…And yet you can still benefit tremendously, just as we benefit every day from Newtons “Laws,” even though they have been found to be not precisely true in all circumstances.
I never make any bones about the fact that I don’t believe in any supreme being, and I’m as convinced of the overwhelming evidence in support for evolution as I am that the universe is heliocentric and not geocentric, as was believed by virtually everyone until only about 1,000 years ago.
And evolution is observed to happen all around us. Dr. Stephan Guyenet experiences it every day in the lab.
What many people don’t realize is that the facts point overwhelmingly toward evolution. American teachers have been tying their hands with the same wimpy anecdotes for decades. Evolution is not just about the fossil record and a few moths somewhere; it’s a dynamic process that’s happening around us at all times.
I’m constantly dealing with it in the lab. For example, sometimes by chance I’ll create a mutant strain of yeast that grows slowly. I’ll streak it out on a petri dish. Five days later, one out of twenty of the colonies growing on that plate will have mutated into faster-growing strains. These mutations are called ‘suppressors’ because they suppress slow growth. If I then take all the yeast on that plate and put them in liquid medium, by the next day, 99% of the cells will be of the faster-growing variety. The slow ones get left in the dust. That’s natural selection.
Another example is antibiotic resistant bacteria. All you need is a selective pressure, in this case an antibiotic, and over time if an organism survives it will rise to the occasion. Bacteria are frighteningly rapid at adapting because there is a huge population of them and they have an extremely short generation time. But the same process applies to all organisms, usually on a longer timescale.
Then, of course, you have all manner of fruits, vegetables and livestock that have been intelligently selected (as opposed to naturally). And how about dogs and cats? It used to be thought that dogs, for instance, were selectively bread from wolves 10-15,000 years ago (inbreeding eventually causes the vast array of breeds within species). However, the evidence now points to a quasi-natural selection with the advent of human agriculture. Dogs are the result of some wolves self-selecting to follow humans and subsist on their garbage dumps (as well as the vermin those dumps attracted). Several generations of no longer needing their keen hunting skills, we had relatively docile dogs that make for excellent human companions. That’s quick evolution.
That said, it is not my purpose to convince anyone, or even to belabor the whole point. Frankly, it doesn’t matter. What I provide is a whole range of integrated living techniques that just happen to logically conform to an evolutionary model. It works. You can benefit even while you maintain your faith in alternate origins. What would be helpful, however, it to actually put in the effort to understand natural selection and the logic behind it. That will help you in your quest for vibrant health. If that leads, ultimately, to implicit contradictions in your thinking, it’s your problem to deal with. Nonetheless, what I provide is a model based on evolution, and it really works.
You’ll never know unless you give it a try for yourself.