Life in Poetry: The Evolutionary Garden of Eden Feliciano T Bantilan Jr

ISBN: 9781497489158

Published: April 8th 2014

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146 pages


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Life in Poetry: The Evolutionary Garden of Eden  by  Feliciano T Bantilan Jr

Life in Poetry: The Evolutionary Garden of Eden by Feliciano T Bantilan Jr
April 8th 2014 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 146 pages | ISBN: 9781497489158 | 3.73 Mb

The insights from Science on aspects of our day-to-day living expressed in poetry-make this book uniquely different. Human nature, lived, is the subject matter of this book of poems. I have drawn ideas from Science-mainly Evolutionary Biology-toMoreThe insights from Science on aspects of our day-to-day living expressed in poetry-make this book uniquely different.

Human nature, lived, is the subject matter of this book of poems. I have drawn ideas from Science-mainly Evolutionary Biology-to illumine facets of human life, articulated in the rhymes and rhythms of verse. On death, for example, I attempt to provide insights from new physics notions on nothingness. Poems are my way of making sense of the human condition we all share and we all are in. In moments of silence, the big questions come to the surface and tug at our hearts for answers. Paul Dirac, a renowned British physicist, famously remarked that poets write not to be understood, while scientists write just the opposite.

With the aim of being fully understood, I offer my word compositions, arising from reflections on a lifetime. Each poem in this collection tells a little story which draws illumination mainly from the widely under-appreciated, real Story of our Creation in the evolutionary Garden of Eden, in the savannahs in Africa. Our Creation story was not generated by pure inspiration and a rich imagination of a handful of ancient sages- but by the pyramid of facts and theories built over centuries, not by a few modern sages but literally by millions of individuals in various specific disciplines, exploring what is about us.

The particular story of our creation-the theory of Evolution by Natural Selection-is just one layer in the pyramid we are ever building. The knowledge pyramid is ever expanding, undergoing continuous updates, checks and cross-checks. The poems in this book are my attempts at integrating my knowledge in Science to enrich my understanding on aspects of life as experienced in daily living. The main light comes from evolutionary biology- with complementary illuminations coming from physics, chemistry, cosmology, financial markets, genetics, and evolutionary psychology.

The underlying question each poem asks is: what it is to be human. The approach of integrating Science to gain insights into daily living may be fine for non-believers. However, if you are a believer, should you not fear the possibility of your beliefs being undermined? If your belief is undermined by Science, then it seems to me that the belief in question is not worth keeping.

In a process that is personal, you may succeed in aligning your beliefs and the ideas from science. Or, you may fail. In the latter case-you either reject science- or reject or modify your beliefs. It is a personal decision. What is important is that both believers and non-believers get the science right. I can assure the would-be reader that three poems will present occasions for a re-examination of the readers beliefs.

I hope that you welcome this opportunity. The outcome totally depends on you. Either way, I sincerely wish that the occasion will have provided you with the opportunity for a richer personal perspective on life. This book is not about the theory of Evolution, nor the building of the knowledge pyramid. Rather, it uses the fact of Evolution by Natural and Sexual Selection, to shed light on the human condition experienced in our daily lives. Each poem in this book centers on an experience, which finds illumination from the fact that we humans are just a twig among the millions of other twigs of the One Tree of Life.

Our brain is a mirror enabling us to see the reality about us. The reflections I see in my mirror-on Nature, our place in Nature, the meaning of life, or what it is to be human-I express in the verbal music of ideas. I hope you find the ideas meaningful and helpful- the music, pleasant and enjoyable.

Let us begin by celebrating the diversity, the exquisite design and beauty of life around us: Life is ubiquitous- its forms, multifarious- Its richness, enormous- its designs, wondrous- In the air- on land- and in the ocean depths- Life ever cycles thru births and deaths.



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