I had a very funny conversation with a group of people the other evening. It started with the idea of why some mothers feel the urge to bite their babies or have that “I’m gonna eat you up” feeling. That conversation turned into an evolution conversation. One person piped up and stated she had one creator and says that evolution is a lie. No one was debating Religion or God. My problem is this person completely denies that ANY evolution has occurred. I suppose fossils are not enough “proof” for her. She went on to tell me her truth is the only way and if I need guidance to ask her, but I should stop praying upon the weak minded with my talk of science and lies…. I just said thanks for the offer (who is the one pushing their views on whom?) I, like her have my own free will and I would thank her to not push her truth on me.
Whatever your religious belief is one can not deny the human body has several organs that don’t make sense. The two most obvious are the appendix and the sacral bone. The appendix, as you may or may not know, is a “pocket” at the end of your large intestine. Stuff accumulates in it. If you’re lucky, you never know it’s there. If you’re unlucky, doctors have to take it out, because it becomes inflamed. If you’re very unlucky, it explodes, and you die. So what is it good for? In cows, it helps with digestion. In humans, it is mostly good for interns who need to practice simple operations. It has no useful function. It is proof humans evolved from cows. (Kidding). The sacrum, or tail bone, is just what it is. It’s what really hurts what you bang the top of your bum. It serves no purpose, other than looking funny on X-rays. Unless you are a devout non-believer in evolution, you’ll agree it’s a remnant of a tail. Proof humans evolved from lemurs. (Kidding again). The palmaris longus muscle. This is a muscle in your forearm. Actually, it’s a muscle that 75% of people have in both forearms. It’s a flexor muscle for the hand. It lies just under the flexor carpi radialis. Bunch your hand up into a fist. Now flex your hand (this means that, palm up, bring your hand towards you). How many tendons do you see? If you see just one, that’s the flexor carpi radoalis. If you see two, that’s the fcr and the palmaris longus. We don’t need it. It’s a weak muscle that is not useful. Less and less people have it every generation. Like I said, 25% of the population has it missing in one or both arms. There is also a similar muscle in the leg. And the foot has too many muscles for its function. The foot has about as many muscles as the hand. See what you can do with your hand, compared to what you can do with your foot. It doesn’t make sense. Unless we developed from creatures who use their feet much like they use their hands. Proof humans evolved from koala bears. (I’m kidding, again). And now to my personal favorite: Goose bumps The reflex of producing goose bumps is known as horripilation, piloerection, or the pilomotor reflex. It occurs not only in humans but also in many other mammals; a prominent example are porcupines which raise their quills when threatened. Goose bumps are created when tiny muscles at the base of each hair, known as arrectores pilorum, contract and pull the hair erect. The reflex is started by the sympathetic nervous system, which is in general responsible for many fight-or-flight responses. Piloerection as a response to cold or fear is vestigial in humans; as humans retain only very little body hair, the reflex now serves no known purpose. Vestigial structures are anatomical structures of organisms in a species which are considered to have lost much or all of their original function through evolution. These structures are typically in a degenerate, atrophied, or rudimentary condition or form. Vestigial structures are often referred to as vestigial organs, though not all of them are actually organs. Although the structures most commonly referred to as “vestigial” tend to be largely or entirely functionless, a vestigial structure need not necessarily be without use or function for the organism. Vestigial structures have lost their original main purpose, but they may retain lesser functionalities, or develop entirely new ones. Thus, a “vestigial wing” need only be useless for flight to be vestigial; it may still serve some other purpose than that of a wing. *noted from Wilipedia.Let’s not forget the scientific proof that Chimps and humans share 99 percent of their DNA, and are closer related to each other than they are to any other living primates. There is also Lucy to consider. “It is time for students of the evolutionary process, especially those who have been misquoted and used by the creationists, to state clearly that evolution is a fact, not theory, and that what is at issue within biology are questions of details of the process and the relative importance of different mechanisms of evolution. It is a fact that the earth with liquid water is more than 3.6 billion years old. It is a fact that cellular life has been around for at least half of that period and that organized multicellular life is at least 800 million years old. It is a fact that major life forms now on earth were not at all represented in the past. There were no birds or mammals 250 million years ago. It is a fact that major life forms of the past are no longer living. There used to be dinosaurs and Pithecanthropus, and there are none now. It is a fact that all living forms come from previous living forms. Therefore, all present forms of life arose from ancestral forms that were different. Birds arose from nonbirds and humans from nonhumans. No person who pretends to any understanding of the natural world can deny these facts any more than she or he can deny that the earth is round, rotates on its axis, and revolves around the sun. “ – R. C. Lewontin “Evolution/Creation Debate: A Time for Truth” Bioscience 31, 559 (1981) reprinted in Evolution versus Creationism, op cit.
And I’ll leave you with two of my favorite quotes:
“We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.”
“Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.” — Chapman Cohen
For the record I am agnostic. I was rasied in a catholic home. But I do believe we (humans in general) are free to practice whatever we choose. I do enojoy this blog.
**An agnostic thinks (in a nutshell) it impossible to know the truth in matters such as God and the future life with which Christianity and other religions are concerned. Or, if not impossible, at least impossible at the present time.***
So who’s up to discuss politics now?