Humans greatest attribute is curiosity. This has caused us to incur new Environments, opening up new challenges, leading to natural selection based on 'intellect' (Provision of clothing, tools...etc). Allowing us to move into more remote/different environments, opening up new.........you get the point.
Environment/Necessity/Invention/Technology/Environment/Necessity/Invention/Technology/Environment/Necessity/Invention/Technology/Environment.....more like a cycle though
Individual curiosity is better than group curiosity, big groups are less mobile/adaptable - this (plus the best sweat glands in the animal kingdom to facilitate body/brain temp regulation), is what some consider special/divine/eternal in some way?! - Curiosity compliments strong individuals that are ego driven (independent, ambitious), however curiosity also drives the weak into danger....we are no more than nosey, sweaty rock throwing hairless apes with the ability to remember and recognise patterns. Molecular self-organisation kicked it off and biological evolution has brought us this far.
All animals are limited to their senses and environment, and no-one has reliably
demonstrated it in the past 100yrs it is safe to conclude there is no significant transfer of conciousness (involving retaining previous identity, which the Buddha advised to shed asap). The mystification of rebirth and karma equates to the scientifically termed - Principle of Conservation
. With deep Implications - There is no room for Infinity in a Relativistic Universe (ie God has
to be absent), Action leads to reaction (ie no good without bad) - all measurements are on spectrum's that we cannot objectify (due to the nature of relativity) as there is nothing 'fixed/ultimate/true' (see. Uncertainty Principle). Everything, even abstract thoughts, do not escape this constraint - Hence the Middle Path. If you converse in complexities, a Master will respond simply, if you are mundane a Master will challenge your understanding. If you demand Truth, the answer is we are only potential. If you apply minimal geometric structure to the constraints/Fundamental Forces, (must maintain conservation) you have attractive and repulsive forces that intersect and create stable self organising elements-compounds, virus-bacteria.....
Accepting Nothing as the starting point (Including space time), we must tend
to infinity as a flow of connections between constraints. (String Theory)
The potential between chaos & order, we term evolution, so if you accept that it can be, then it must be. It is driven by the observer who, as a potential, does not notice nor need to become dismayed that they are not part of Infinity and better still imaginative enough to crawl out of Nothing.....potentially
I arrived at Buddhism following my pursuit for deeper scientific understanding, Relativity is the Yin-Yang, you know both when you consider where they balance....in the middle.
I think invoking mystical attributes to 'karma' & 'rebirth', is like saying if you study psychology you will become telekinetic.