Design or Darwin
Helena Blavatsky, in 1888, was the first person to use the phrase "intelligent design" to convey her understanding of evolution.
She used the phrase to convey the idea that the evolution of the species was guided by an underlying purposeful intelligence in nature. This intelligence is different from the "God" of theistic religions. Orthodox science opposes the whole notion of any intelligence design and insists on chance without any guiding direction. This makes her view a distinct alternative to both religion and science.
However, it was not just a view - it was based on knowledge. This intelligence in nature can be sensed and known through the mind by advanced seers. A body of seers have checked, tested, and mutually verified their observations on this matter over very long periods of time before accepting them as valid. In this way their observations have become knowledge.
One important conclusion of the seers is that Darwinism does explain some facts of evolution.
However, those facts are only minor details. Science does observe and record examples of those minor details of evolution. This confirms the views of the seers.
The seers are also aware that the origin of the species - as opposed to the origin of subspecies - is determined by purposeful intelligence engaged in design. New science of the last few decades shows that this view is consistent with the facts of nature. Modern science also shows that the facts of nature very strongly contradict the predictions of Darwinism when it attempts to explain the origin of the species. So the science of the last few decades again supports the views of the seers on the origin of the species.
Blavatsky brought this knowledge of the seers to the West in 1875 and recorded it pre-eminently in her book, The Secret Doctrine, published in 1888. She called this body of knowledge "Theosophy".
The material below outlines these conclusions and assertions and gives more detail.
It is seldom remembered that, in the years following publication of "The Origin of Species", HPB [Helena Blavatsky] was the first person to aggressively argue the case for a transphysical element in evolution against the rising Darwinian consensus.
Yet, buried in the sprawling bulk of her two major works (Isis Unveiled, 1877, and The Secret Doctrine, 1888) there lies, in rudimentary form, the first philosophy of psychic and spiritual evolution to appear in the modern West. Her effort, unlike that of the Christian fundamentalists, was not to reject Darwin's work, but to insist that it had, by its focus on the purely physical, wholly omitted the mental, creative, and visionary life of the human race, in short, it omitted consciousness, whose development followed a very different evolutionary path. Darwin simply did not go far enough; his was not a big enough theory to contain human nature in the round. As HPB put it: "Darwin's starting point is placed in front of an open door. We are at liberty with him to either remain within, or cross the threshold, beyond which lies the limitless and the incomprehensible." ("Unfinished Animal", by Theodore Roszak, Harper & Row Publishers, ©1975. Ch. 6. pg. 118.)
- What the sages know
- Failure of Darwinism confirms Theosophy
The whole order of nature evinces a progressive march towards a higher
life. There is design in the action of the seemingly blindest forces.
The whole process of evolution with its endless adaptations is a proof
of this. The immutable laws that weed out the weak and feeble species,
to make room for the strong, and which ensure the "survival of the
fittest," though so cruel in their immediate action - all are working
toward the grand end. (Helena Blavatsky 1888 The Secret Doctrine Vol I p. 277).
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