|Lake Whatcom during my walk.|
I am tired today of the politics of waiting for the other shoe to drop or simply disappear mid-air. And I cannot gin up interest in the current war of words between Eric Trump and George Conway. How can this really be of interest? So I will cause trouble, offend, and affect controversy elsewhere. But not because Facebook is bullying me to do so. I write because ear bud cords are on my mind.
I will preface all of this by saying that I have spent time over the past two weeks talking with mathematicians and we have invariably talked about quantum mechanics. I say this so you'll know the lands which I travel. Which beings me back to this cord that often tethers me to my i-Phone and also to the concept of intelligent design. Whew. (Yeah, hold on.)
So there are people who argue and argue strenuously that there must be some intelligent, guiding force behind what has happened biologically on this planet. I suspect that they believe that Genesis in the Bible alludes to this either literally or allegorically. The logic apparently is that nothing as complex as our species and all the life around us could have evolved without some serious intervention regardless of the several billion year time frame involved. They reject fossil evidence or explain it away. These evolution doubters disregard genetic evidence and observations such as the change in moth color from white to black in England during the Industrial Revolution when the tree bark became darker with coal soot.
I thought about this some this morning as I pulled my ear bud cord from my pocket only to find it tied in a complex series of knots including a square know which I cannot always tie correctly on my first attempt. I had put this cord in my right front jeans pocket yesterday when going on a six-mile hike around the north shore of Lake Whatcom near Bellingham, Washington. The jeans rested over a chair while I slept so this complex knot (and others) was tied into the cord in an infinitesimally short, geologically, period of time without much in terms of external inputs and no apparent intelligent intervention.
I suspect that there are two conclusions that can be drawn here. The first is that some being or entity tied the knot perhaps to fool me into thinking that evolution was real and intelligent design not so much. I suppose you could argue too that intelligent design and associated forces only applies to the big and important stuff like football games, golf shots, or whether or not your job survives these trade skirmishes, but that seems a selectively corrupt approach. Kind of like believing in the Ten Commandments unless this really hot model or actor crosses your path and you think your spouse won't find out.
The second option is the simple notion that stuff happens and given enough time and enough elements lots of improbable stuff happens in wondrous ways. I am in that camp. I don't feel a huge compunction to thank some deity for tying a square knot in my ear bud cord. The only true mystery here, if there is any at all, is why my square knot is not a miracle while an image of Jesus on toast or a pizza is. Something to ponder when trying not to burn up brain cells trying to figure whether we will emerge from all of this with our country intact and not run by those who would worship my knot.