|Natural History Museum|
On Thursday I travelled a few miles to Kensington to the fantastic Natural History Museum, mainly to pay homage to Charles Darwin but in the event found out much much more.
You might have heard in the news about Alfred Wallace who ploughed much the same furrow as Darwin in terms of work around the theory of evolution, for long overlooked his contribution is currently being reassessed.
|Darwin - evolution theory man|
I visited the Darwin centre and saw some of the imaginative ways that the natural world is being explained to visitors NaturePlus was just one of the great tools used at the centre.
The facts that I picked up (I think) were things like there are something like 450,000 types of beetle - which helps me realise how important and significant the work around describing the living world is.
Some of the 'treasures' are pretty mind blowing too, like the illustration from the most expensive book in the world (Birds of America).
But what really got me thinking was the display showing the evolution of man from Apes/monkeys to what we are today - I'm not too sure how those who take the bible as a literal work view this but the evolution for me raises so many questions about what we (the human race) were, what we are now and how we might further evolve.
Big Idea Number 42 Category ErrorsA Category Error or Category Mistake is defined by the British Philosopher Gilbert Ryle. (He also coined the memorable phrase Ghost in the machine)
A Category error occurs when someone acts as though some object had properties which it does not or cannot have. The reason why it cannot have those properties is because the properties belong to objects in some other category or class.
In Ryle's 1949 book the concept of mind he gives the example of Category mistake which details a student at Oxford where he had seen the library, the classrooms and various facilities, then asking, "But where is the university?", illustrating that it is a different place. The student fails to see that "university" and "library" are terms that belong to different categories.