Wednesday, September 3, 2014
A god-soaked anti-science dipshit wrote "As a Christian, why do you like the theory of Evolution? I like it because it's just a theory why do you like it?"
As a normal person, aka atheist, I love evolutionary biology. Evolution, which is the strongest and most important fact of science, explains the entire Four Billion year history of life. It explains who we are and how we got here, and that story is fantastically interesting. How new species develop, the mechanisms of evolution, the evidence for evolution, are all very interesting.
Most interesting of all are the predictions made that test evolution, predictions which must be correct or else evolution is false, predictions which have always been spectacularly correct.
One of the most famous predictions about evolution:
Human apes (we are one of the ape species) have 23 pairs of chromosomes, but chimpanzee apes have 24 pairs of chromosomes. That looked like a problem for evolution so molecular biologists made two predictions which absolutely had to be true or else evolution would have to be thrown out. This is what biologists do all the time, they test evolution.
The first prediction would be one of the human chromosomes would be two chromosomes fused together. They found that chromosome so the first test was successful. The 2nd prediction was they would be able to find two chromosomes in chimpanzees that matched the human chromosome they found.
The 2nd prediction was spectacularly correct. A biologist wrote:
"Once the chimpanzee genome was sequenced, things got even more interesting. One of the chimpanzee's chromosomes was pretty much identical to the top half of the human Chromosome 2. Another chimpanzee chromosome was nearly identical to the bottom half of Chromosome 2. On top of this, the banding pattern of these two chromosomes (as well as the same chromosomes in many other species of primates) was a complete match to the banding pattern of Chromosome 2."
Evolution passed the test. We most definitely share an ancestor with the other ape species.
Of course the religion industry has organizations that spread lies about this evidence. They of course are not scientists and they don't know what they're talking about.
I encourage science deniers to consider the possibility their uneducated preachers are wrong and the world's brilliant scientists are right. The scientists have all the evidence. The professional science deniers have nothing but their total ignorance of science and their dishonesty.
My point is the science deniers don't know what they're missing. Science is many thousands of times more interesting than the boring and ridiculous "god-did-it".
Everything you wanted to know about Chromosome 2 and evolution but were afraid to ask.