If you look at the universe and study the universe, what you find is that there is no evidence that we need anything other than the laws of physics and the other laws of science to explain everything we see. There's absolutely no evidence that we need any supernatural hand of god. -- Lawrence Krauss, World-Renowned Physicist
There is probably no other notion in any field of science that has been as extensively tested and as thoroughly corroborated as the evolutionary origin of living organisms. -- Encyclopedia Britannica
FAITH. No one word personifies the absolute worst and most wicked properties of religion better than that. Faith is mind-rot. It’s the poison that destroys critical thinking, undermines evidence, and leads people into lives dedicated to absurdity. It’s a parasite regarded as a virtue. -- PZ Myers
Religion is the antithesis of science, an anesthetic for the mind that disables critical thought and encourages the acceptance of inanity as fact, and wishful thinking as evidence. -- PZ Myers

Friday, July 29, 2011

Evolution deniers can't explain why their god fairy would use its magic wand to create the giraffe's laryngeal nerve 15 feet longer than necessary.

Mammals are descendants of fish. One difference is the longer neck of mammals (fish have no necks). Evolution, unlike the imaginary magic fairy the evolution deniers believe in, can't start from scratch when a new species develops. Evolution by natural selection has to work with what it has. And that's why the laryngeal nerve in modern human apes is 2 feet longer than necessary and in giraffes 15 feet longer than necessary.

For the details (I'm not explaining what's already been explained in several books about biology) please see page 82 of Why Evolution is True and pages 360 to 364 in The Greatest Show on Earth.

There are thousands more facts of nature that can only be explained if evolution is true. There is nothing in nature that conflicts with the basic fact that there's an evolutionary relationship between every creature on earth.

This by the way is the 600th post of this blog and my 63rd post about the evidence for evolution.

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