Dear Tofiq sahib
It was a great pleasure for me to read your letter
reproduced below. I was delighted to note that at least one
soul read the essay so critically. I am attempting to
explain some of the points you have highlighted. I hope to
meet you in person and exchange ideas across the table. Do
let me know if this would be possible.
My comments are in italics and in a different shade of ink
for your easy reference.
Dear Ziauddin Ahmed,
fully regret to have missed the opportunity to meet you in
person and listen to your presentation live on July 24th.
Nevertheless, I fully enjoyed reading your thought provoking
paper titled “Evolution – The inevitable phenomenon”,
on the FOTH website. However, I have come to a different
conclusion regarding one of your statements about thinking
being linear. I will try to present my thoughts on this
topic best as I can.
You write, “This is an example of exponential growth.
This is the way knowledge grows in its content.
However, thinking is usually a linear advancement.”
I believe thinking to be linear in the following sense:
Reflect on the triad of thought, word and
deed. A thoughts may come as a flash or take an
instantaneous birth in the mind, perhaps even quicker than
the speed of light, as the speed of the thought is immense.
A thought may jump from one subject to another
instantaneously. However for a thought to become a sensible
expressive idea it has to go through a process of layout and
planning into expressible words and sentences to be
communicated to another person or individual. Now, this
process then has to be laboriously acted upon to establish
it as a tangible deed. To express this in another way we may
say that thoughts grow at an exponentially exponential
rate, whereas ideas may grow exponentially. But
deeds, on a comparative scale, would then grow linearly.
Now, what I mean by the linear growth or advancement of
thinking is just that each individual has to perform the
whole process of linking thoughts one by one and in an
ordered sequence to make thinking viable.
Further in your article you write, “This holon of the
animal by some process of ‘natural selection and
nurture’ has then been upgraded to the holon of the thinking
and conscious mind.”
The consciously conscious mind is the trait of humans alone,
and is a holon higher than just the holon of the animal.
Though man may have evolved from the holon of the animal,
but this development of the consciously conscious trait is
his distinguishing factor from the animal.
This statement shows that thinking has evolved in humans.
Although some may argue that animals also have thinking
process but that thinking is subjective and does not
contribute to change in environment. Where as human thought
is both subjective and objective and directly influences the
Very true, human thought is both subjective and objective
and by this he can influence the environment. To extend the
thought further, humans may then either be constructively
influential or destructively influential, depending upon
whether they act in conjunction with the Natural design or
in detriment to it. If they act in harmony with Nature they
will promote the progress of both themselves and the
environment, but if their acts are in conflict with the
Natural design then, according to the theory of Gaia, the
self- preservative forces of nature will promote their own
Lastly I quote, “Knowledge, which in the last millennium
used to compound in centuries, is at the present time
reduced to a few years span instead. This type of growth
would be exponential in comparison to the rate of the
evolution of phenomena before the stage to the time of
believe that knowledge is a consequence of experience that
translates itself into memory which in return produces
thought. In the end knowledge and thought become cause and
effect and it is hard to distinguish which is cause and
which is effect.
Once again, I fully agree with what you say about the idea
of ‘cause and effect’, only that in my own way of thinking
‘thought’ is the ‘first’ cause and the rest is the outcome
or the effect of that ‘first’ cause.
the growth is exponential since the time of humans and
thinking is exclusive to humans, it is not hard to conclude
that thinking is not linear but exponential.
looking forward to your feedback in my understanding of this
July 28th 2011