Wednesday, 5 April 2017
-SM Stirling, A Meeting At Corvallis (New York, 2007), Chapter Twelve, p. 307.
I think that wheels have to be circular but I still do not understand what is going on in Poul Anderson's "The Three-Cornered Wheel" (see here).
When starting University, I still did not understand natural selection. I thought that a biological organ could perform a function only if it had been designed to do so. Evolution and design are different and intelligent organisms had to evolve before they became able to design anything.
Sight and flight are so useful that they have evolved separately several times on Earth and are bound to exist elsewhere - assuming that there is indeed multi-cellular life elsewhere.
"...the Change shot scientific rationalism through the head." (ibid.)
Did it? The Change is a new datum that is not yet understood. A scientific approach is the only way to comprehend such data.