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preternat

I'm "preternat"

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My moniker "preternat" is not a brag about how preternatural I am (because I'm not, compared to other humans), but it's a reflection of my belief that we humans are "preternaturally" distant from our evolutionary origins. Obviously Mother Nature never planned for us to become so powerful a culture, so in a sense, imo, we're evolutionarily in uncharted and often dangerous territory... which (again imo) can probably help explain our current diseases, successes, psychology, optimistic vs dark natures, and so on.

Personally, I'm in my mid-60s, keenly interested in all sciences, but especially interested in evolution. And interested in politics, as in searching for how we can improve on (e.g.) the current state of two-party power and corruption in USA, and how it distracts us from progress in scientific, social issues, and so many other positive endeavors. I'm also a mod at an atheist website, which I would mention here if it weren't for the fact that I'm still rather anonymous as an atheist. I once even considered "infiltrating" Scientology as a member, but fortunately didn't follow through. Perhaps someday I'll get over this handicap of keeping a low, personal profile. (I have kids, too. I've already admitted more than I feel totally comfortable with.)

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Nuts, I'm rarely able to write, edit and re-edit enough before edit time expires. Just wanted to add, my main interest here is to find new ways to communicate evolution to people, even those people who "just don't get it" while believing in other strange things.

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Hi Preternat.

So, I’m just trying to establish a couple of things. By being a preternaturalist, do you mean that you consider us (humans) to be outside or above nature or outside of the rest of evolution or something?  I’m not aware that, ‘mother nature’ planned/plans anything and so if evolution develops intelligence enough to manipulate or alter genes, then that is an extension of the natural, isn’t it? You also mention that you are an atheist, so can you explain or reconcile these or show where I have misunderstood you?

You want to communicate evolution to a wider audience. Great. There is lots of stuff available on the internet for this and that’s what the Phylogeny Explorer Project will do, too.

The Phylogeny Explorer Project itself is not involved in religion or politics, but there are threads in the forums of this site that you can explore things a little more off the beaten path.

Do you have any specific questions? Feel free, if you haven’t already, to join the Facebook group.

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