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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