How natural are natural laws?

One of the most interesting subjects I’ve come across in my research is the idea of “natural laws”.  The premise behind them is that these laws exist inherently in the universe, some branch of academia uncovers them (often philosophy) but man never creates them.  Well that’s the premise at least.  But how can you prove beyond any doubt a law exists outside of any human influence? The answer so far seems to be rigorous philosophical scrutiny.  Some historical claims of “natural laws”, like the equality of men under the Declaration of Independence seem to hold up under closer inspection.  However other instances of “natural laws” being asserted are obviously just a means of justifying inequality and hierarchies of power.  The institution of slavery was once argued for using “natural” rhetoric.  Women’s suffrage was blocked using “natural” rhetoric.  The Holocaust was supported through “natural” rhetoric.

“Natural laws” seem to exist in All Over Creation and I plan to get to the bottom of their origin.  A standout example is the Terminator gene.  It seems like the book basically rejects the idea that life should self-terminate.  Certain characters can reject the idea for specific reasons: Lloyd because it goes against God’s will, the Seeds because it conflicts with their Deep Ecology based philosophy.  This idea however, is also conflicting with a thematic element beyond the individual characters that deals with continuity between generations and the circle of life.  I believe that by establishing overarching themes, Ozeki can suggest “natural laws” in the world she’s written.

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