posted on Oct, 11 2009 @ 08:14 PM
I'm not fully sure if you posting about intelligence over wisdom, or wisdom over intelligence. So let us for now place whatever issue you are not
fully articulating aside, and simply ask the question...what is evolution?
For my own part, I answer the question for it to mean the process by which life forms adapt through time to remain in sync with their environment and
thus maintain advantageous ability to remain alive long enough so that they can pass on their genes. Even this thought in itself does not fully
encapsulate the whole idea of evolution, because even the idea itself is evolving as and when new discoveries are made that change the fundamental
idea put forward by Darwin. The idea of evolution today is far more complex, yet better understood than it was when Darwin first postulated what was
then just a theory. Today, the mass of ever-accumulating evidence makes the theory no longer a theory, but fact.
Evolution, however, does not just pertain to physical characteristics, of cells, of organic structural forms, but is also equally pertinent to our
psychology, our mental life, in which our ideas are formed. I think there is a argument to be put forward that our species' (human) evolution is a
triptych process that is not evolving in sync with each other. Physically, our bodies are always adjusting and adapting to the ever-changing
environments, but at a very slow, unobservable rate. Everytime we catch a cold or flu, the body's immune system sets about to create antigens
specific to each cold and flu virus, so that the same cold or flu virus does not make us ill in the future. This is a simple step in the evolutionary
I would say that for human beings, we are also evolving psychologically, away from innate natural instincts, and at a much faster speed than the
evolutionary process of that of our bodies. Our psychological development, which essentially includes intelligence and wisdom, is the process that is
'humanizing' the ancestral ape-gene which we share with our closest animal descendent...the Chimpanzee. Of course, we did not descend from the
Chimpanzee, but from a common ancestral gene link, whose evolutionary chain of being provided for adaptation of the brain, leading to the powerful
tool we have as attribute...intelligence.
In itself, one's capacity for intelligence does not make one wise, for wisdom in its functioning requires a moral outlook, but not necessarily
leading to an unabsurd result. Intelligence requires a functioning memory system, by which references to both present and past experiences can be made
and such cross-referenced to provide a sense of foresight, which is where wisdom comes in. We can be wise, but still make errors in judgement.
Intelligence and wisdom are two-sides of the same coin (so to speak), but we must remember that it is the coin itself that joins them together...that
coin we can call 'discernment'. In life, we are like bees flitting about from one flower to the next collecting pollen, but in our case, we are
collecting knowledge from experience, but knowledge itself comes in all manner of forms, true and untrue, real and unreal. without the attribute of
discernment, we would be unable to realise what is fact from fiction. The pre-Copernican concept that the earth is flat and is orbited by the sun, has
been supplanted by the earth is roundish, and it itself orbits the sun. From the self-evidency of our visual experience, this does not seem to be the
case, but from empirical study, we know that science has establised it to be the case. Science discerned fact from fiction by following the empirical
method of analysis.
Darwin didn't set out to eject God from the universe, but from his study and analysis of fossils and living animals, he discerned the natural process
by which biological life adapts and changes over time that gives us the vast variety of forms we see on our planet, including ourselves. He was not
alone in discerning this, another victorian scientist, Alfred Wallace, also uncovered the process, which a letter from Wallace to Darwin forced his
hand to present the concept of the process 'natural selection' to the public, leading Darwin to write his opus...The Origin of Species'. Uncovering
the fact that the universe is and always was 'God-less' was incidental to his understanding of the process.