Does Nature Wear Spurs?

Nature wears spurs. Nature spurs us with bacteria and viruses, in the service of natural selection. Nature uses earthquakes and floods to spur us. Nature spurs animals of all sorts with a relentless pressing, prodding–it winnows with the turning lottery ticket barrel of genetics. It spurs evolution. Some say evolution isn’t going in any particular direction. It seems as if it is, but some insist that’s an illusion. I’m not clever enough to know for certain.

Animal evolution does seem to lead to greater species efficiency. And if a species is badly “designed”, doesn’t that predicate extinction? Isn’t the movement away from extinction a kind of direction? …

But what direction? Where is nature riding us to? Where is it going with its relentless spurring?

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