From From the Trees to the Stars

How did it get so complicated?

The universe is a spontaneous, undirected experiment in physics.

Following the Big Bang, sub-atomic interactions led to the formation of electrons, protons, neutrons and atoms.

Chemical reactions between atoms have produced ever larger atoms and ever more complex molecules.

The organic molecular language, DNA and the ecosystem of enzymes that process, decode and replicate it, form the basis of biology.

Millions of years of biological evolution have resulted in organisms sufficiently sentient to develop languages to describe the universe, sciences to study it and the necessary technology to explore it.

Technology has allowed us to diminish or overcome most external threats, to the point where our own actions pose the greatest risk to our survival and prosperity.

Social, political and economic systems based on the Naive Theory of Competition encourage practices that continually threaten our existence.