This is the story of the Universe and Life… of origins and history… arranged in Three Testaments to honour the supreme achievements of the talented men and women who have been unravelling the mysteries of the cosmos and evolution.
The book has the essence of a new bible—not a Holy Bible, not a sacred text, but a scientific one presenting facts without fables, and history without distortion. These Testaments bear witness to truths gained by observation, instrumentation, insight, intelligence, reason, and the application of physical laws and the formulation of harmonious, logical models. In defining the latest wisdom, they spell out the fundamentals of the physics of the wonders of the Universe—all the while acquiring ever-better perfection in scientific detail. It is testimony and eulogy, in praise of high scholarship and logic—the ultimate Enlightenment.
The Third Testament is the story of humanity as it proceeds to the present-day—humans enriched with high intelligence and a genetically promising future. And yet, despite all the successes here narrated, the volume draws to a close by sadly asking (Epilogue page 305) “How did it come about that Homo sapiens in the course of its 160,000 years of progress got itself into the current mess”—referring to the amalgam of authoritarian religions, undemocratic governments, reckless overpopulation, and irresponsible worldwide waste on land and ocean?
Excerpt from the book:
- “Darwin’s work is one of the finest contributions demonstrative of human intelligence in the history of science.
- His book is one of the greatest scientific books ever written. Yet unlike most others it is easily understandable by educated non-specialist readers because there are no graphs, mathematics, or deeply specialized language and the subject matter is of the profoundest concern to everybody.
- On The Origin of Species was revolutionary because it properly explained what had previously been treated only by religious allegory.
- “Along with Newton and Shakespeare, Darwin is Britain’s greatest gift to the world. His guiding genius hovers over all of modern biology”, as expressed by Richard Dawkins, prior to the opening of the Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum, London, in 2002.
- Evolution explained the life sciences and human origins without recourse to divine intervention. With it, archaeology came of age. The Antiquity of Man by Charles Lyell was published in 1863 and Charles Darwin’s The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex in 1871.
- The study of archaeology soared to a high profile.
- “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science”. Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man. “
- “We must acknowledge, as it seems to me, that man with all his noble qualities, with sympathy which feels for the most debased, with benevolence which extends not only to other men but to the humblest living creature, with his god-like intellect which has penetrated into the movements and constitution of the solar system – with all these exalted powers – Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.” Charles Darwin, Descent of Man.
- Darwin famously wrote in a letter to botanist Joseph Hooker in February 1871 that life had perhaps begun in “some warm little pond” somewhere on Earth if it were full of “ammonia, phosphoric salts, light, heat and electricity.”
- The latest research into origins of life announced in 2017 may support the idea. Tara Djokic and colleagues reported in Nature Communications that new fossil finds of organic life in rocks containing geyserites in Western Australia were dateable to 3.48 billion years ago. This mineral could only have formed in hot springs on land. The organisms were hollowed-out tubular structures called stromatolites—and the site is in the Dresser Formation in Pilbara.”
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