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Posted by A. Souza on June 23, 2003 15:05:20 UTC

It seems a basic premise of "intelligent" people that feeling and emotion are weaknesses of the intellect, things to be overcome. But nature and the whole cosmos are full of exuberance as well as dread.

One day I was puzzling about why flowers are so beautiful. And the thought came to my mind that there is an evolutionary explanation for it: flowers are beautiful so that they may attract insects. But no evolutionist will say such a thing in those terms; they can't conceive of a mosquite having a refined sense of aesthetics. They would rather turn the explanation around and say that it is us, in fact, who share something primitive with the mosquito which makes us attracted to flowers.

And so they go on and on, turning everything that is marvellous about nature into a boring, purposeless machinery. Their explanation of life ultimately leads one to conclude that life does not exist. And, in their blindness, they see absolutely nothing wrong with it!

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