Teleological ballistics is the ability of human consciousness that continues to ask “Who are we?” and “Where did we come from?”
If true, then we have been aiming at our own end, even before the appearance of those two ancient fellows above. I can’t offer an opinion whether this teleology is good or bad; it all remains to be seen.
I will define TELEOLOGY a little better in a minute or two.
The TELEOLOGY is the continued questioning of “who” and “where.” I believe that one element of teleology is the human ability to think and ask “WHY.”
The BALLISTIC path is the continued discoveries that have been made through science and philosophy.
This, historically, HAD been answered by religion; which appears to be on the decline.
Teleology is conscious and aimed; although we may not have realized it.
The ballistics are far from the ballistics of mass, energy and gravitational pull. This is evidenced by the following chart.
The teleological path is not a perfect straight line as shown. It has had its leveling off at times. For instance, the Dark Ages deterred its rise and the Renaissance restarted it. Then religious belligerence once again slowed its trajectory.
Thank you Averroes for translating Aristotle and then having someone spirit it up to Europe so that they could give birth to the Renaissance.
At other times science and philosophy have negatively impacted teleological advancement through false excursions; losing decades, if not centuries.
One definition of teleology is the character attributed to nature or natural processes as being directed toward an end or shaped by a purpose; having a goal.
Another similar term is vitalism; “A doctrine that the processes of life are not explicable by the laws of physics and chemistry alone and that life is in some part self-determining.”
I should be quick to point out that these two definitions are not related to “Theism”; the belief in the existence of a god or gods; specifically :
“belief in the existence of one God viewed as the creative source of the human race and the world who transcends yet is immanent in the world.”
Others have stated their opinion that neither theism nor science has exactly proven where the origins of life started or how it has evolved:
Francis Crick, one of the discoverers of DNA stated; “An honest man, armed with all the knowledge available to us now, could only state that in some sense, the origin of life appears at the moment to be almost a miracle, so many are the conditions which would have had to have been satisfied to get it going. But this should not be taken to imply that there are good reasons to believe that it could not have started on the earth by a perfectly reasonable sequence of fairly ordinary chemical reactions. The plain fact is that the time available was too long, the many microenvironments on the earth’s surface too diverse, the various chemical possibilities too numerous and our own knowledge and imagination too feeble to allow us to be able to unravel exactly how it might or might not have happened such a long time ago, especially as we have no experimental evidence from that era to check our ideas against.” Life Itself: Its Origin and Nature; Simon & Schuster, 1981, p. 88.
Therefore teleology appears to say that there is something in this world that advances human life, and quite possibly other forms of life such as animal and plant. Some researchers believe that there is, possibly, something like RNA or DNA that we have yet to discover. If that is true, as I have already stated, then it could also exist in animals and even plants. This would make one think of Darwin’s “Descent of Man”; however, researchers often find holes in the theory that “survival of the fittest” is the main driver of Darwinism. On the other hand natural “mutations” and their survival could possibly have a teleological component.
I wish that I could offer a satisfying conclusion to this post; but I can not. My goal for this post was only to suggest that there is something else in the cosmogonies, and specifically on this earth, that we have yet to define.
I believe that more discovery is needed, and then – – – we are sure to have more questions.
It is our nature.