Wednesday, June 4, 2008
I was talking with Sheryl earlier about how much I enjoy watching birds. Down at the wharf there's a seagull nesting in a very inappropriate place, but you know what? It worked just fine last year. If it works again this year, it probably becomes a tradition. Some of my favorite birds are common birds like crows, seagulls and pelicans, those little blackbirds, starlings. They're so successful. I don't know how many thousands of years got invested in that success, so many small mutations and variations on a theme. They just keep going and going. Sometimes I wonder what the next evolutionary steps will be for humans. I've wondered and been interested in that since I was a kid. "The Human Potential Movement," somebody coined that phrase. We seem to undergo evolution in a single lifetime, not connected to the standard darwinian concept as it relates to reproduction and handing down genetic material. What are we capable of, what can we transform into?