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Lions Roar : September 2005
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2005 69 paths that couldn’t be taken, the paths that had to be taken—scientists may be able to enunciate principles of how you get from a single-celled organism to something like a lion. Probably not with the same certainty that physics can now describe how the early universe ends up generating stars and planets, but with orders of magnitude more precision than we can say today. And again, not just announce the patterns but show how to test for it in nature. And, if this new biology works even half as predictably as physics, then who knows, maybe we will be able to predict in a rude way what the future of life on earth will look like. Not exactly or precisely, but accurately enough to finally integrate biology’s past, present, and future. All of which would redefine the arenas where science and religion now contend in the United States. Showing quite defi- nitely how and why evolution evolves may not make all those with a creationist worldview change their mind, but it is going to be very, very, very much harder for them to ignore the lead of the Dalai Lama and not bend belief to fit science. Conversely, if there is any evidence of inevitability in the movement of evolu- tion—if DNA says a lioness was always there waiting to be expressed, if human consciousness was a natural conse- quence of the appearance of the first cell—it will be very much harder for atheistic scientists to argue against design and a designer. Thus, when we actually know the true principles by which DNA operates, it may well be that both Buddhist philosophy, and non-Buddhist philosophy, and sci- ence philosophy too, will have to change. And it may well be that Stephen Strauss will have to arrive at another conclusion about his missed appointment with God while on LSD so many years ago. If there is an instinct to meet a god of one sort or another curled up in our biol- ogy, maybe the meaning of my failed trip is that I just didn’t take enough acid. © Testing for God continued from page 55