The truthful biology: the real story of the development of life, including humans

Chart showing the integration of matter
Scientist shunning the word ‘Truth’
Diagram showing development of an organism (a child) from an atom
Author’s picture of three triangles in varying states of completion
Integrative Meaning is such an obvious truth that if you’re not having to live in fearful denial of it, as denial-free thinkers like Jeremy Griffith haven’t had to do, they can recognise and acknowledge it, as Jeremy did when, in 1977 (which was before he knew of others’ acknowledgment of it), he drew this drawing that summarised his recognition of this underlying integrative process he could see was operating in nature.
Three blindfolded scientists in a laboratory

The denial-free history of the development of matter on Earth

In commencing this denial-free analysis of the development of matter from a perspective that takes into account the truth of Integrative Meaning, we first need to replace the word ‘evolution’ with the word ‘development’, for while evolution implies that organisms do change or evolve it avoids acknowledging that there is a direction and purpose to that change, which is to develop the order of matter.

Single elements developing into compounds
Side by side images of graphics illustrating a DNA molecule, and the DNA replication
DNA molecule (L); DNA replication (R)
Mating pair of Darwin finches
Sexual reproduction allows maximum variety and thus stability, making it the most effective form of reproduction
Sailboat coursing through water at speed
As Arthur Koestler wrote of the “purposiveness” of life, “there is a wind which makes the sails move”.
Three monkeys grooming each other; a group of five meerkats with two standing upright
Grivet monkeys engage in mutual grooming; meerkats on sentry duty
Group of chickens on a grassy lawn
Microscopic view of skin cells
Human skin cells
Close-up of a Queen bee, surrounded by worker bees, within a colony
Bees within a colony
Oil portrait of Charles Darwin
Detail from portrait of Charles Darwin by John Collier (1883). Darwin was right when he originally termed his concept ‘natural selection’ rather than the human-condition-avoiding, mechanistic term ‘survival of the fittest’ that he was later persuaded to use.

Elaborating the sexually reproducing individual

As stated, while sexually reproducing individuals cannot normally be integrated, the sexually reproducing individual itself could be elaborated, made bigger, which, as will now be explained, is how single-celled organisms developed into multicellular organisms, and how multicellular colonial ants and bees integrated into their fully cooperative colonies. Struggling to find a way to develop greater order of matter by integrating sexually reproducing individuals, it was as if Negative Entropy (or God) decided, ‘Well, what I’ll do is develop greater order of matter within each genetically reproducing individual, making it bigger.’

Close-up of a Volvox
A Volvox
A siphonophore
A siphonophore
Close-up of a colony of bees with its Queen in the centre
Diagram of the elements that make up the human body
Trees shedding deciduous autumn leaves
Left: Termite mounds in a natural parkland; Right: Feral Asian Buffaloes grazing by a waterhole
Magnetic Termite Mounds, Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory, Australia; and feral Asian Buffalo, Northern Territory, Australia.

Temporary elaboration of the sexually reproducing individual

Quite a number of species that are much larger than ants and bees are attempting to create the integrated society of members by temporarily elaborating the sexually reproducing individual. Many bird species, such as the Australian kookaburra, delay their sexual maturation for a few years after they fledge, during which time they selflessly help raise their parents’ subsequent offspring. Wolves, African wild dogs and meerkats do the same thing. However, what these species have obviously found is that to delay their sexual maturation permanently leads to too great a loss of variability in their species.

Pack of wolves interacting in the snow

Permanent elaboration of the sexually reproducing individual

Underground-living colonial naked mole rats form fully integrated colonies of up to 300members comprising a single queen who uses hormones to inhibit the sexual maturation of nearly all the others who then act as ‘workers’ and ‘soldiers’. A few ‘sexual disperser caste’ are allowed to reach sexual maturity and these periodically leave their natal burrow to access other colonies and, in doing so, help maintain the genetic variety of the mole rat species. Significantly, like colonial ants and bees, and the dozen or so other varieties of multicellular organisms (including the termite) that have been able to permanently elaborate the sexually reproducing individual, mole rats are relatively small; individuals typically measure only 8 to 10 centimetres (3 to 4 inches) long.

Collection of sleeping infant mole rats
A naked mole rate colony

Humans too large to integrate by elaborating the sexually reproducing individual

What has been explained here is very significant for humans because it means, as large animals, we could not have employed the integrating device of elaborating the sexually reproducing individual to create the pre-conscious and pre-human-condition-afflicted, fully cooperative, completely integrated, ‘Golden’, ‘Garden of Eden’-like state that our distant ancestors lived in. Further, during that fully integrated, idyllic past our instinctive orientation was not to reciprocity’s subtle form of selfishness that the parts of multicellular organisms and bee/​ant colonies practise, as the theory of Sociobiology/​Evolutionary Psychology claims, but to being truly altruistic, genuinely unconditionally selflessly orientated towards all of life. Thus, even if we could have employed the device of elaborating the sexually reproducing individual it would not even begin to account for our unconditionally selfless moral soul. I italicised ‘all of life’ because while ant and bee colonies have members who are dedicated to supporting each other, each colony is, in fact, engaged in fierce competition with other colonies. Worker ants and bees are not interested in behaving selflessly towards all of life, which our moral self is interested in. Again, Video/​F. Essay 14 & F. Essay 40 explain the main dishonest theories for human behaviour in detail.

Negative Entropy found a way to form the Specie Individual

In conclusion, while elaborating the sexually reproducing individual does allow greater order of matter to be developed, it doesn’t achieve the next level of integration, which is the coming together or integration of sexually reproducing individual members of a species to form the Specie Individual or whole. The question, therefore, is, could Negative Entropy or God find a way to overcome the impasse of integrating sexually reproducing members of a species into a Specie Individual — or had the limit to the amount of order of matter that could be developed on Earth finally been reached?

Adult female bonobo cradling an infant bonobo
Bonobos evidence our own nurturing origins (photograph by Manny Rubio)
A group of bonobos relaxing close to each other on green grass
Bonobos are on the verge of achieving the fully integrated state (photograph by Fiona Rogers / shahrogersphotography.com)
Line drawing depicting the journey our species has taken from its ‘childhood’ to ‘adulthood’

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The World Transformation Movement is a non-profit dedicated to bringing biological understanding to the human condition. See more at www.humancondition.com