The ‘because of’ syndrome

Asking ‘why’ is an important trait we have. An equally common trait is answering that question with a ‘because of’ reason. This ‘because of’ answer is, I assume, is a typical homocentric way of thinking.

As important as this way of thinking is, when it comes to our origins, it is a syndrome we all, including evolutionary scientists should a best avoid without propper qualification.


When it comes to evolution, we can never say something developed BECAUSE OF this or that reason unless the explanation is on cell level. Evolution has no mind with which to decide which way to turn. Some deviation developed, peculiar to a specific conception. Perhaps due to some random intercellular process. Happened. Full stop. The reason why something exists in this particular timeframe is because it survived to be here. Countless may not have made it. As luck has it, it found a niche in time and space to occupy within to survive and procreate.

Because of our proclivity to answer complex questions in simple one-liner terms we do not create a truer understanding of evolution. That is why the lay person keeps on being baffled by the chicken-and-egg ‘mystery’, the complexity of the eye, why the giraffe has a long neck etc. Why misconceptions persists.

The process of evolution as we understand it today is a complex concept, just as the interstellar space within we exists. We need to internalize these concepts in order to take the next step in understanding evolution just as stepping on the moon is reality..


This piece is by no means complete. Will continue for a deeper understanding if queried. servaas de kock 2015

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