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

Monday, February 25, 2013

Evolutionist, if evolution was true, why hasn't everything evolved into a human?

The question (from Yahoo Answers at Evolutionist, if evolution was true, why hasn't everything evolved into a human?) was written by a normal person pretending to be a Christian retard.

I answered the question:

The question is of course satire. But most likely a real Christian would ask the same stupid question.

Evolution is a branching process. One species becomes separated into two groups which sometimes evolve (it can take millions of years) into two different species, for example modern chimpanzee apes and modern human apes. It's called speciation.

Definition from Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True:

speciation: The evolution of new populations that are reproductively isolated from other populations.

Human apes are not the big deal Christians think we are.

Some important quotes:

"You know, there’s this pervasive idea in biology that I think is wrong. It goes: we humans are at the pinnacle of the evolutionary tree, and as you get up that tree, brain size must get bigger. But a fly is just as evolved as a human. It’s just evolved to a different niche."
-- Jeremy Niven

"Humans aren't high on the evolutionary scale…there is no evolutionary scale. We aren't the pinnacle of anything."
-- PZ Myers

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