1. The remaining links needed to complete the picture of biology are close to the bone. Understanding the role of wildness and seeing its value requires self change, because humans are biological themselves. The wildness requires that final plunge into nature and self-knowledge that humans 'instinctively' avoid when they see possible disruption to their current frame of mind. Humans have gained control over their lives, and will not again release that control to the call of the wild.

2. The other reason for failing to explore such an obvious component of biology as the wildness, is the barrier to innovation put up by the mistaken implications of evolution. Evolution was a major advancement for biology, but unfortunately, the first few human attempts at understanding evolution met with their jumping to a number of distasteful conclusions. So rather than getting over evolution to find its 'master' (wildness), biologists have set themselves to defend their prized possession (evolution) against those seeking higher and more absorbing meanings or poetries to their lives (spirituality).

The face of biology will change when it incorporates an understanding of the wildness into its structure. Some of the possible findings will be:

> The most important force in nature is 'the wildness'. Proof is that all creatures in nature are wild, whereas not all of them are evolving. The wildness is a daily force, while evolution occurs at such a modest rate that it usually needs millions of years to produce even a slightly new species. Some creatures such as the crocodile and lungfish have been relatively uninfluenced by evolution for hundreds of millions of years. The wildness is a far more active and accountable force on their daily lives, to which they have to adjust.

> Evolution produces species by natural selection. What is natural is determined by the wildness. Species develop from the sum of a wide range of wild interactions within an ecosystem. No matter how they evolve, a species will still have to be wild to succeed, or it will become obsolete. Human (and the domesticated species it controls) is the only species to deviate from this rule, but it is still changing rapidly because its current species category cannot last without wildness.

> Creatures must be natural to survive and evolve. There are a number of ways to become natural. If a creature can find an easier way or adaptation to do something, it will become more natural and efficient within its environment. A natural species will be most relaxed and suited to the conditions at hand. Over millions of years, a natural creature will live more easily than one that must extend or train itself to be althetic, aggressive, selfish, or defensive. The most parsimonious or energy efficient creature will survive (more beetle). This means that over the test of time, those creatures most natural or true will survive. Anything phony, artificial or indirect (like a human) is not wild or natural (more beetle).

> The other key to survival and evolution is to become attuned to your surroundings. Those creatures that can sense and respond to their environment quickly and wisely will survive. Speed and relevance of response is very important in nature. Ignorant blunders can mean death. One way to improve attunement is through instincts .(more beetle) These are simple codes of behavior that animals can use to bind themselves directly to their surroundings. If button A is pushed in their environment, they can give reliable response B with little effort. Attunement also spreads your connection with other species and the elements. It will make you feel a part of the land. You will become more open to what it has to say. The need for attunement actually drives the motivations of an animal away from being selfish towards being motivated by the broader reasons within an ecosystem. You cannot be selfish if you are attuned to the core. An attuned creature becomes environment serving rather than self-serving (more beetle).

> A creature that is natural and attuned is wild. Evolution is survival of the wildest, not survival of the fittest. In one sense, fit can mean wild, but more often than not, the word fit is misconstrued to mean a drive towards creatures that are more aggressive, athletic, or self-serving. Whereas, the real vehicles for evolutionary success are naturalness and attunement.

> The true nature of an animal is to be wild, natural, attuned and free. Unfortunately, humans regularly interpret animal behaviors and adaptations that build upon these foundations as self-serving, aggressive or selfish. However, the real reason behind any wild behavior is environment serving. The problem here for a human is that they do not know how selfless the wildness feels and what it means, so assume that animals share their mind in acting out of self identity and isolation. A wild animal may do something that seems selfish, when really they are still doing something that directly or indirectly serves the webs of interaction developed within the environment. As long as animals act out of wildness, they will always do what they do for a stronger reason than just to make themselves endure and survive. They will act in a way that is required of them by the ecology and environment of which they are an integral part. They are too plugged in to behave any other way. They have good reason behind them.

> It is this quality of reason that humans miss in their own lives, and fail to be gracious enough to see in other animals. Therefore, rather than see the good behind animals, and learn how to become natural themselves, humans shun animal methods as shallow or bad. The human lesson becomes 'stay away from the natural and wild way'. The major point that humans miss is that the wildness asks each animal to do different things. The only thing humans need learn from nature, as far as it applies to their own behavior, is how to link with the wildness more directly. Then humans will learn how to become natural and attuned. They do not have to take on any animal behavior or instinct that makes them feel uncomfortable. The key to further cultural evolution, as with any evolution, is to become as natural as possible. That means getting to the source of why certain behaviors do not seem appropriate for humans, and learning how to develop the human animal the way the human wants. The wildness is there to guide you through this natural process. It does not make you do something you do not want. To be wild is to do what you want, but more importantly, to learn what it is that you want. (Posted December 2000)

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Dr Beetle's Biology Lesson

Biologists have cataloged a great deal of information about nature and its various species. They have worked out the basis of heredity, how species evolve, and some of the important factors needed to produce a healthy ecology. The major holes remaining in biology relate to its understanding of wildness, the role of wildness in humans, and how to take biology that one step further into the leading science that humans want to explore for their own development. There are two reasons why biology cannot progress.
Wildness is the reality where humans do not have the right of veto