The link

 

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This amazingly complete 47 million year old fossil was revealed to the public today. It was found in Germany in the 80s, wasy aquired by the University of Oslo two years ago, and is a link in the early evolution of primates. (See official site and BBC.) 

Exploring our evolutionary past helps us understand who we are today, and this has many practical benefits. Our evolutionary story informs a wide range of fields, including medicine, sociology and psychology. And through the epic of evolution, we can find and a deep sense of connection, belonging and meaning, which in turn influences our views and actions and may even help us survive as a species. 

There is also another side to our desire to fill in our past through genealogy, history, archaeology, evolutionary past, cosmology and more. We can use it to give ourselves a false sense that we understand and know who we are as a species and individuals. We can use it to get a sense of having ground under our feet, a base to stand on, stories that helps us solidify and flesh out our identities. 

These stories can be used as material to solidify our identity as a species, culture and individual, and also as an object in the world – a me, a doer and an observer. 

This is where inquiry can be very helpful. Do I know that any of these stories are really true? Do I know that they define who and what I really am? What happens when I take them as true? Who would I be  without those stories? What are the truth in their turnarounds? (The Work.) 

So while all of these stories from genealogy, history, evolution and cosmology can be very helpful in a practical sense, and may even help us survive as a species, it is good to notice how we hold these stories, what happens when take them as true, and find what is more true for us -including that we really don’t know. 

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Outline….

  • link between primates and earlier mammals
    • exploring evolutionary past
      • informs many fields
      • gives us a sense of beloning, connection, all in same boat, may inform choices and actions
    • also, can be used to give a sense of a base to stand on, substance to identities
      • take a look at through inquiry

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Initial outline….

  • missing link between primates and earlier mammals
    • sense of connection w. past generations + all life
      • geneaology, universe story etc. similar appeal
    • open up for sense of connection, all in same boat etc. 
    • but also, can be used to get ground under the feet, a base to stand on, solidify identity (notice, inquire into)

Draft…..

This amazingly complete 47 million year old fossil was revealed to the public today and is a link between primates and other mammals. (See official site and BBC.)

Exploring our evolutionary past helps us understand ourselves as we are today and this can be helpful in practical ways, for instance through informing medicine, sociology and psychology.

Equally important it our desire to fill in our history, to feel that we understand where are are coming from in an evolutionary sense, going all the way back to the Big Bang and even before if our universe is infinitely cyclical.

Filling in the story of our evolutionary past helps us feel connected with our ancestors and all life and even the universe as a whole. (The Universe Story.) And that not only gives us a sense of belonging and of all life being in the same boat, but also – to the extent this is alive for us – impacts our choices and actions. (These stories is how we allow ourselves to experience the connection that is already here.)

There is also another side of our desire to fill in our past through geneaology, history, archaology, evolutionary past, cosmololgy and more. We can use it to give ourselves a false sense that we understand and know who we are as a species and individuals. We can use it to get a sense of having ground under our feet, a base to stand on, stories that helps us solidify and flesh out our identities.

In this way, these stories can be used as material to solidify our identity as a species, culture and individual, and also as an object in the world – a me, a doer and an observer.

This is where inquiry can be very helpful. Do I know that any of these stories are really true? Do I know that they define who and what I really am? What happens when I take them as true? Who would I be without those stories? What are the truth in their turnarounds? (The Work.)

So while all of these stories from geneaology, history, evolution and cosmology can be very helpful in a practical sense, and may even help us survive as a species, it is good to notice how we hold these stories and what happens when take them as true or realize that we truly don’t know.

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Exploring our evolutionary past helps us understand who we are today. This informs fields such as medicine, sociology, ecology and psychology, and has a very pragmatic function. 

 

Exploring our evolutionary past helps us understand who we are today, and this has a practical function through informing fields such as medicine, sociology, ecology and psychology. 

Equally important is our desire to fill in our history, to feel that we understand where are are coming from in an evolutionary sense, going all the way back to the Big Bang and even before if our universe is infinitely cyclical.

 

Filling in the story of our evolutionary past helps us feel connected with our ancestors and all life and even the universe as a whole. (The Universe Story.) And that not only gives us a sense of belonging and of all life being in the same boat, but also – to the extent this is alive for us – impacts our choices and actions. (These stories is how we allow ourselves to experience the connection that is already here.)

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