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  • Writer's pictureRob Allaert

Time for philosophical biology

When life so often oppresses man and determines his behaviour, this aspect should be included in the scientific quest. Why not ask the biologists?

The Philosophical Tree

What is this inner terror that takes place in our being? That malaise that keeps getting in the way of our short-lived sense of happiness and leading us to actions that we regret a moment later. Where does the volcanic rage that humanity has to record over and over in that great disaster book come from?

Why not ask the biologists? Biology's job is to study and explain life and human behavior. When that complex life undeniably and so often weighs down on man and co-determines his behaviour, it is in fact unacceptable that this aspect is not included in the biological quest. The shadow of man is difficult to call a detail.

Not that it leaves the biologists completely cold. There is a reason that people are eagerly looking for the depression gene. They prefer a technical-genetic cause for depression because this absolves them from touching the psychological-neural cause of the depressed person. A strictly technical answer would relieve them of the task of looking more broadly at man and offering an explanation for such wonderful things as altruism, love and the morality of our species.

A similar reason why science is very wary of touching the human condition is its unwanted association with anything that smells like religion. One remembers well the hostility of religion to any scientific challenge to mythological stories.

Too bad, because many religious scientists, mystics and philosophers have gathered more than enough insights that can be of service to the biological search. But with no technical excuse - a purely genetic explanation for the human struggle - and because global psychosis continues to increase, it is now holistic science's turn.

More specifically, Philosophical Biology, led by biologist Jeremy Griffith, has solved the puzzle and arrived at the explanation of humanity's increasing psychosis and thus offers a solution to the oppressive human condition.

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