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Are Human Beings a part of Nature? (continued)

Just walk through a jungle, and you begin to marvel at the beauty and complexity of nature. If you come across a huge spider web, or a beautiful bird's nest, any person of thought and understanding will pause for a moment and ponder about it. You may glorify God, or appreciate nature, and for a few of us it is a very sentimental emotion.

But once you get out of the jungle, to the luster of human hands, it is usually on  the other extreme. Some people curse the artificial development, others may feel a kind of regret from deep inside their hearts - 'Where are we leading to?, 'just think about the harm it causes to the environment', 'development at what cost?', at least I feel that way some times. All the great business men, and the lords of the capitalistic society have something in common, they were pioneers in development. Some made money selling oil, others constructing bridges, or building computers, and in all the cases they were utilizing nature and exploiting the natural resources.

But there is a very genuine question in between all these pragmatic thoughts. Aren't human beings also a part of nature? You glorify the beauty of a bird's nest, but why there is a hint of guilt when glorifying the marvelous structures human beings have built? If nest is natural, the laptop that we use is also natural. Whatever man makes is also natural. There is nothing artificial in this whole world. It is a part of evolution. From a tiny inorganic molecule, the evolution has progressed through billions of years, and we stand here with a complex  link of neural networks. And with the help of the same neural network we build robots and spacecrafts. It may be a part of evolution, the way evolution progresses in an exponential scale, leading to more and more complex systems.

In future, it is quite possible that we make a robot that is self configured to sustain itself and intelligent enough to build its progeny. For example, if a robot is programmed to, fetch energy when its energy is low, and programmed to procure and construct a similar robot, then the generations of that robot will be continued. And in the unavoidable circumstance of mutation, there are chances of eventually evolving into better robots. And, at that time robots will be seen as a very integral part of nature.

"And His are the Ships sailing smoothly through the seas lofty as mountains" - 55:24, Quran






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