Look, here is a tree in the garden and every summer it produces apples, and we call it an apple tree because the tree ‘apples.’ That’s what it does. All right, now here is a solar system inside a galaxy, and one of the peculiarities of this solar system is that at least on the planet earth, the thing peoples! In just the same way that an apple tree apples!
Now maybe two million years ago somebody came from another galaxy in a flying saucer and had a look at this solar system, and they looked it over, shrugged their shoulders and said, ‘Just a bunch of rocks’, and they went away.
Later on, two million years later, they came around and they looked at it again, and they said, ‘Excuse me, we thought it was a bunch of rocks but it’s peopled, and it’s alive after all, it’s done something intelligent.
Because you see, we grow out of this World in exactly the same way that the apples grow on the apple tree. If evolution means anything, it means that.
But you see, we curiously twist it. We say, first of all in the beginning, there was nothing but gas and rock. And then intelligence happened to arise in it, like a sort of fungus or slime on top of the whole thing. Ah, but we’re thinking in a way, you see, that disconnects the intelligence from the rocks.
Where there are rocks, watch out!! Watch out! Because the rocks are going eventually to come alive.