Posted on January 17, 2019 by Glen Aaron

“Nothing in biology makes sense,” wrote geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky, “except in light of evolution.” Today, every branch of the life sciences, from biochemistry and botany to zoology, has an evolutionary underpinning. We are so use to what the science of evolution has assisted in producing that we hardly notice: DNA “fingerprinting in the courtroom, bioengineering of livestock and plants in agriculture, medical strategies to combat resistant strains of bacteria, conservation programs for endangered species, growing awareness of planetary ecology, and more. It is all joined together by the basic, shared assumption: the idea of evolution. Only 150 years ago, it was considered unscientific and vaguely immoral.

Religious sources of Christian and Islamic have always feared this science because it may have the key, the key to where we came from, the key to where we are going, which may exclude them and erase their control over their believers.

The artist Paul Gauguin, dying in Tahiti, scrawled onto his final masterpiece: What are we? Where do we come from? Where will we go?