What Does Botany Teach Us?

I’ve written about the validity of science and how accurate it is.  However, as I began high school and started to take science classes, I didn’t have any doubts about science. It turned out that I took several science classes including botany, chemistry, and physics.  I actually took chemistry twice simply to increase my grade during the second time.  But actually I enjoyed the subject a lot.  In addition, I took a lot of math classes.  I started with algebra, followed by plane geometry, advanced algebra, trigonometry, and solid geometry.  As I started college, I took calculus too.  My focus on these subjects led me to think in very precise terms when I examined different subjects and even life.

One of the first revelations I had occurred when I took botany instead of biology.  When I was in high school, it seemed like everybody I knew wanted to take biology.  I heard the stories by students who previously had taken biology in which they described one of the requirements of the class was to dissect a frog.  It really didn’t appeal to me to cut up a frog into different pieces.  So I thought that to fulfill the science requirement I would take botany, the study of plants, instead of biology.  I did learn a lot about plants.  So it turned out to be an interesting choice for me.

The botany class taught me that all plant life is organized into seven levels of organization.  Every level of particular plants shared certain characteristics that helped classify the plants into that category.  Those classifications were kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species, with the categories ranging from the highest or most general classification down to the lowest or most specific level of organization.  It struck me how specific and how organized the different categories were.  That revelation was seared into my memory since then. Then as time wore on, it made me wonder why were plants so well organized. How did that happen?

Later, it surprised me to learn that all animal life is also organized into the same classifications that are seven levels deep just like plants are organized.  That seemed awfully coincidental.  But I did not think much more about it—until later when I started to connect the dots.  Since this started me to think that this kind of organization of plants and animals was not an accident, this led me to present this information as one of the first pieces of evidence that I presented in my new book. Did this kind of organization occur by accident? Did it occur because of random evolution? Or did this occur by design? It started me to question things. Does this make you question this too? What bigger picture does botany teach us?

If you input the link https://youtu.be/02LMlpQxbWK, you may be able to see a video interview that I had on GMAP Broadcast Network with Pastor Kevin Strawder on Tuesday, June 22.

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Author: garylindberg85

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the author’s parents moved just before his seventh birthday to Santa Maria, California. There he grew up and attended grade schools up through high school. The author is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in U. S. History. Then he volunteered to join the Peace Corps for two and a half years during which he taught primary school students and teachers various techniques in a trial school gardens program in the Ivory Coast which is located in West Africa between Liberia and Ghana. He became fluent in French during that time. After his Peace Corps service, he toured Europe and primarily visited Italy, Germany (including East Berlin then under Communist control), France, England, and the Netherlands. Since he was drafted, he volunteered for the Navy in which he served for four years. Next, he went to San Francisco State University where he earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with a concentration in Management and Personnel. After that he began his 43-year career as a Human Resources professional for a number of major companies including National Gypsum, Celotex, McCormick (spices), Del Monte, Quebecor Printing, and Micro Lithography, Inc. He retired in November, 2019 to pursue personal endeavors.