I had the privilege, with colleague Johnny Lin, of welcoming friend Randy Isaac (the executive director of ASA) in for a talk this past Wednesday. He spoke on Science and the Question of God and the students responded well. I was very glad to have him at North Park.
At the end of his talk, he mentioned in passing an idea he had come across recently. The idea: Death entered the world (or was caused) by sex. The point was that in asexual reproduction, the “being” never really dies because every progeny is a clone of the parent. During sexual reproduction, the offspring becomes different from the parents and thus, when the parents die, their “beings” die. Or at least their collection of genes do.
It’s an interesting thought. What’s your response?