Astrophysicists think the universe was created around thirteen thousand million years ago. Man has been around for arguably one million of those years. At the point when it all started, the laws of physics were already in place. There are probably many more than we know. All that has happened, all that will happen, is governed by them. The hydrogen atom is the key. Its elegant simplicity is the basis of all matter & energy. A single positive electro-magnetic wave, with a matching negative wave in orbit. I suggest that the entirety of existence is governed by an elegant, unchanging, formula. The course of evolution, every action of every creature, every thought, is inevitable.
Pre-ordained, presumably at the instant of the 'big bang', possibly much earlier. If anyone can establish that formula, they will be able to explain everything, past, present and future. Who knows, it may be 42? This is a challenge, who will take it up? John presumably had at least a pretty good idea, nearly two thousand years ago.
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Three Questions: The Word, does this refer to that cosmic plan? The laws of physics created & control everything (In the beginning was the Word) who wrote them? Is God those laws (The Word was God) or are they his creation (The Word was with God)? This is a matter for everyone's individual beliefs, or lack of them. One thing is certain, the more that is discovered about the universe, the more an inherent symmetry & predictability is found. According to Albert Einstein the sum of matter & energy is fixed. None is created or lost. Was this always so, back through infinity? Energy & matter are interchangeable. One can become the other. Due to that symmetry this process is reversible, although we have not yet been able to do this conversion. The relationship with time, the 'fourth dimension', is still a matter of much debate. We have not got far with this. The prospect of time travel still seems inconceivable, but so once was much that we take for granted. Obviously it will never be possible to go to the future, since it does not yet exist, this leaves some questions. Equally it is not possible to travel to the past, since this no longer exists. Again, with our current state of knowledge this is purely a matter of belief. It can not be proven, one way or the other. Albert Einstein had a theory regarding this, it has stood the test of time. Experiments with an atomic clock apparently suggest that rapid travel may slow down time measurably, just as he postulated. What is less certain is what would happen to a traveller. If the resources were somehow available to reach a high enough speed to almost stop time, would the traveller cease to age? Is this a way to the future? We simply do not know, many put forward theories. These are mere supposition, regardless of how authoritative they may sound.
Definition of Evolution.In biology: A process by which a species or taxonomic group of organisms develops over time. Usually to a higher or more advanced level. Generally: An alternative word to development. A gradual change of something into another form, in particular a more advanced or suitable form. As in: The evolution of motor cars in the 20th century; The evolution of language. In Darwinian terms: The development of all species from a common ancestor, by small haphazard changes over time. The mechanism controlling this is 'natural selection' A.K.A. 'the survival of the fittest'. Each tiny change is beneficial, harmful or makes no difference. A beneficial change gives the new version a competitive or survival advantage. Eventually it takes over & the earlier version dies out. As with finches on the Galapagos Islands, many of these islands have different food sources. The birds evolved different beak shapes , to best take advantage of what is available on each. Environmental evolution: This is my definition of changes within a species, to suit varying environments, such changes are usually small & reversible. There are many examples all around us, later I will list some more of these. I consider the Galapagos finches to be one such example. In other words, if some strangely modified finches went back to their original island, they would probably change back gradually to their earlier form. Such adaptation, as seen by Darwin, is unlikely to result in the range of life on our planet. Domestic cats have, over years of selective breeding, changed to suit human preferences. Such as pure white or pure black. Left to their own devices, in the wild, such cats eventually mostly become the native tabby, within a few generations. This reversion is commonly seen in feral animals. In the past, before we had developed basic technology such as clothes, humans adapted to different climates, as populations migrated to different parts of Africa &am[; further afield. This is clearly seen in the indigenous peoples of widely separated regions, uniquely suited to local conditions. In more modern times technology has almost eliminated the need for such environmental adaptations. However, cultural prejudice, a uniquely human characteristic, serves to maintain distinctive genetic 'pools'.