This is a topic that I intended to offer at the meeting of the Psi Phi Society but it never made it to the get together…..I decided it would be a good weekend post……
It is widely accepted that Charles Darwin’s work of 1859, Origin of the Species was the first work to establish the theory of evolution…..or as some would like to believe…..”Intelligent Design”…..
Sorry but about 500 years before Darwin’s ground breaking work…..another scholar, ibn Khaldun……made a profound observation….
“One notices how these elements are arranged gradually and continually in an ascending order, from earth to water, to air, and to fire. Each one of the elements is prepared to be transformed into the next higher or lower one, and sometimes is transformed. The higher one always finer than the one preceding it. Eventually, the world of the sphere is reached. They are finer than anything else.”
Then, concerning what he called “the world of creation”, he wrote:
“It started out from the minerals and progressed, in an ingenious, gradual manner, to plants and animals. The last stage of minerals is connected with the first stage of plants, such as herbs and seedless plants. The last stage of plants, such as palms and vines, is connected with the first stage of animals, such as snails and shellfish which have only the power of touch. The word ‘connection’ with regard to these created things means that the last stage of each group is fully prepared to become the first stage of the next group.
“The animal world then widens, its species become numerous, and, in a gradual process of creation, it finally leads to man, who is able to think and reflect. The higher stage of man is reached from the world of the monkeys, in which both sagacity and perception are found, but which has not reached the stage of actual reflection and thinking. At this stage we come to the first stage of man.”
I Read, I Write, You Know
“lego ergo scribo”