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, May 6, 2013

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

At Yahoo Answers I answered a good question:
If God gave man dominion over the animals, why did he give many of them better eyes, ears, and noses?

As you probably already know a magic god fairy had absolutely nothing to do with the development of new species. But you made an interesting observation. Eagles can see better than we can. Mice can smell better than we can. Cheetahs can run faster. Other creatures can hold their breath longer under water. Our closest cousins, the chimpanzee apes, are many times stronger than human apes. Squirrels can climb trees faster than we can. There are countless more examples of other species being superior to human apes. We are not even on top of the food chain as anyone who has encountered a Great White Shark or Grizzly Bear knows.

But according to the Christian myths we are god's chosen species. We were magically created to be separate from the rest of nature and we are suppose to be superior to all other creatures.

Of course that's bullshit. We are not anywhere near as good as any other species in their environments. And we are just one small twig on the vast tree of life. There is nothing special about us. And we are part of nature, not separate from it. It's interesting that chimpanzees are more closely related to human apes than any other ape species. This shows that we are just apes ourselves. Our only advantage is a bigger brain, but not larger and not more complex than the brain of a dolphin.

Science is many thousands of times more interesting than religious fantasies. And scientific facts like evolution have another big advantage. They are true facts supported by tons of evidence.

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