Evolving Thoughts

Evolution, culture, philosophy and chocolate! John Wilkins' continuing struggle to come to terms with impermanence... "Humanus sum, nihil humanum a me alienum puto" - Terence

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Tom the Dancing Bug on nature

Recently, conservatives have claimed that the monogamy of Penguins is a lesson in morality from nature (never mind they change partners each mating season). Tom the Dancing Bug has gleaned other lessons from nature:

We should always heed the Bible on this, right? "Consider the ant, thou sluggard"...

Tom has picked on an old tradition in Christian treatment of nature. Ever since the classical period, there has been a tradition of drawing moral lessons from organisms. Of course, such people only read into the organisms, like the lion, the eagle or the fox, what they want to find there. It's not like they actually learn from nature or anything.