Good. Honesty is a key prerequisite for success in science. One simply won't be able to b.s. his way thru when it comes to science for every single word of his will be put under the microscope for examination.rhinoceroshorn wrote:I understand your point, santa, and no, I didn't understand what he said.
Ever heard of that scientific theory called Panspermia? It it's true, we might be direct descendants evolved from the "frozen sperms" of beings from very advanced civilizations in the cosmos transported to earth in those nooks and crannies of space asteroids. So, never say never.I hold this same position about Aggañña sutta. I believe in Darwin's evolution but I don't know how it connects with the devolution of the sutta (Brahma god> ethereal deva> human> (?) animal (?)). It's a quite difficult topic.
One of the most useful words of wisdom my engineering professor told me which I still memorize by heart til this day: when you're stuck with a difficult problem which you've exhausted all possible pathways to get to a solution, it might be a good time to revisit all your assumptions about the given premises. They might be wrong! So, the problem with your premature conclusion about the text's explanation is due to your premature assumptions about the scope of what earth, water, air, and fire is. Their context is much broader than you thought.Though, it's now quite obvious that earthquakes are a product of tectonic plates. It has nothing to do with wind or water. Period.