Let us think of evolution in its scientifically accepted terms, where evolution is an objective ontological force which causes and creates, governs and guides objects hither and thither along their existential timelines. Let us think of evolution as an actual thing—objective, distinct, and wholly outside of man’s consciousness. Let us imagine that it possesses its own unique essence. Let us imagine that evolution is not a product of human consciousness but the other way around.
And let us never mind that defining a “process” (or “force”, such as gravity) as being distinct, objective, and possessing its own essence is fraught with rational errors…because a process qua process, like a force qua force, can never be directly observed. Which means that empirically it possesses no existential distinction—it is made manifest only via something else. It possesses no independent ontological value…no meaning or relevance on its own, removed from the objects it is said to guide and govern. Which makes it merely a relative expression of those objects—how object A is observed relative to object B; how object X is observed relative to object.Y, and so on. Which makes its existence purely subjective—subject to the objects it “guides” and “governs”—which means it, itself, does not objectively exist at all.
Evolution qua evolution can never be directly observed; its “objective” existence which is “outside of man’s consciousness” can only be validated implicitly, which makes describing it in such terms, or even implying that this is its nature, a very curious approach to say the least. It’s more than a little ironic to claim that evolution objectively exists outside of man’s consciousness whilst evolution’s existential relevance requires man’s conscious ability to create meaning beyond what his senses merely deliver. So yes, let us ignore the rational errors inherent to claims of “objectivity” with regards to evolution. Let us pretend that all of the rational errors made by evolutionary apologists who conflate science with philosophy and vice versa can be waved away with a magic scientistic wand, and that, despite all logical and rational evidence to the contrary, evolution is indeed its own distinct thing.
In this case, then, my argument is that evolution, when considered as something existing beyond the confines of man’s mind—beyond the purely conceptual—is wholly redundant and thus wholly irrelevant, and thus cannot actually exist and, of course, has no actual causal nor creative power.
I will break down my argument in parts.
Forgive me, but I must warn you that this could get a little confusing—-not because you will necessarily have trouble understanding the material, but because of my poor writing. I’m aware that my scatterbrained, disorganized writing style is a problem…I’m just not aware of how to fix it yet. Apologies…to you and to myself. Anyway, here we go:
1. No object can evolve beyond the boundaries of evolution—this is a contradiction. The snake cannot outgrow the confines of its terrarium, so to speak. This means that no matter the degree to which a given object evolves, it’s evolutionary stage (the degree to which it has evolved) is always a manifestation of the law of evolution—the source of the process—which, among other laws, is said to govern reality; and since evolution is immutable and constant, and thus absolute, all manifestations of evolution are full manifestations of evolution—that is, an object in any given stage of evolution is manifesting evolution utterly so.
In other words. from the frame of reference of evolution, the root source of the evolutionary process, and the only objective evolutionary reference—the evolutionary constant—all stages of evolution are absolute expressions of evolution. Following the logic, we see that all objects are thus already fully evolved as far as evolution is concerned. Evolutionary stages then are perfectly redundant, objectively speaking, reflecting evolution back to evolution; so really, the entire evolutionary process is merely evolution circling back onto itself. As far as evolution is concerned, no evolution outside of itself ever objectively occurs, All stages of evolution fundamentally imply the singular immutable source, as they are direct functions of it, and thus all stages of evolution imply the fullness of evolution.
To recap: The objective source—the root cause—of all evolutionary stages is evolution, itself, which is the evolutionary constant because it is immutable—that is, it does not itself evolve (because this is a contradiction); and evolutionary stages are only objective when they are referenced to the constant.
Now, are you ready for this?
Given everything above, we can see that all stages of evolution then are at root expressions of non-evolution.
Let that little bit of irony sink in.
Evolutionary stages are objectively referenced to what amounts to the fundamental absence of evolution—which is evolution, itself, because evolution does not evolve. Evolutionary stages then of course can only be purely subjective, never objective.
I hope that makes sense. Evolution, you see, is the singular constant from which all stages of evolution equally proceed, making all stages equal expressions of evolution. This means that from the objective frame of reference of evolution, no object has actually evolved more than any other object; and further it means that evolution hasn’t objectively taken place, because as far as evolution is concerned, all stages are utter expressions of itself; all stages mean simply “evolution”. In other words, there is no distinction between evolution and its expression in a given evolutionary stage. Distinctions between evolutionary stages only exist relatively—between objects which are said to be evolving; and this only when the observer conceptually uncouples the stages from the constant—from evolution. This makes every claim that a given object is actually evolving (or has evolved) purely a subjective claim, not an objective one. Such a claim is always and only relative to something other than the objective constant—evolution. (This “other” is, I submit, the observer.) Thus, there are no objective evolutionary distinctions, only subjective ones.
So, is evolution objectively occurring, then?
Obviously not. If we accept that evolution is a distinct, immutable, governing force of reality itself, then no, there is no such objective thing as evolutionary stages, or an evolutionary process, and therefore no such thing as evolution, period. It is only the observer perceiving and conceptualizing certain unique relative distinctions between objects in the environment he perceives. Evolution only finds any meaning when inside the consciousness of man. It is entirely conceptual.
Wrapping up this section, I refer you to the following summarizing points: That nothing can evolve beyond evolution, itself; evolution, itself, cannot evolve—it is immutable and absolute (it cannot be subject to itself…this is a contradiction of evolution); evolution, itself, is the constant to which any stage of evolution must be referenced if the stage is to be considered objective, because evolution, being immutable, is the only objective reference possible; thus no such objective stages of evolution exist since all of them are equal and categorical expressions of evolution. Evolutionary stages—comprising the evolutionary process—are purely subjective…and further, are entirely conceptual, which means entirely a function of man’s consciousness. In short, if evolution is the non-evolving constant from which proceeds all stages and states of evolution, then all stages and states are equal and full expressions of evolution, making evolutionary distinctions between objects purely relative, and thus purely subjective, and thus no object at any given moment is objectively evolving, making evolution entirely circular, redundant, and self-contradicting. Evolution is either a concept in the observer’s (man’s) mind which he uses to describe and organize his environment and his place in it, or it is nonsense.
Finally, to summarize the entirely of my argument in one relatively simple question: From the frame of reference of evolution, itself, which is the objective non-evolving constant from which evolutionary stages proceed, what stage of any given object’s evolutionary journey expresses evolution more so or less so than any other stage?
The answer to that question is precisely why there is no such thing as evolution…at least, no such thing outside of the conceptual realm of man’s consciousness.
END part One