posted on May, 13 2004 @ 11:59 AM
Please take the time to read this:
There are a lot of people in this world today that continually attack science. These people have been doing this for thousands of years. Early
scientists were often in conflict with the church, and some were put to death for putting forth outrageous "theories". Just a couple examples of
these insane theories could be "The Earth is not the center of the universe", and "the Earth is round rather than flat".
Evolution is right in line with scientific principals that are attacked by the church as many have been over the years. If someone takes the time to
look into evolutionary principals and examples, and keeps an objective mind (not biased by a religion or fear of being related to other animals),
there can be no refuting the evolution DOES occur right in front of our eyes. It has been occurring since life formed on this planet.
Lets get a very general idea of what evolution is. There are many different ideas of how and why it has been occurring. This is because there are
many different factors that need to be considered when dealing with evolution. The most basic way I feel it can be put is like this. Evolution is
the adaptation of any given species to its environment over time in order to survive. Evolution occurs slowly over time with gradual changes. It
also occurs quickly in some cases (relatively speaking) when large scale disasters or severe climate changes occur.
There are more examples to this that can be seen with your eyes than most people think. Take the Beagle, or the Pug for example. Both of these dogs
were "man made". I have heard plenty of arguments that human interference means that evolution is not occuring. That argument is not logical. To
the Pug or the Beagle, humans are part of the environment. For whatever reason applicable at the time, we encouraged certain traits of the Pug to
reproduce. Just as cold weather could encourage certain traits to reproduce.
Humans have forced many animals to evolve. This fact alone is PROOF that evolution exists. We may not understand it fully as of now, but it occurs.
Humans have forced many types of plants to evolve. Another example of evolution caused by humans deals with the Samurai Crab (Heike Crab).
The Heike Crab, as we know it today bears a 3d human face on its back. Its actually pretty cool to see. Whats even more interesting is how it got
there. A little short of 1000 years ago, this crab did not bear a face on its back. I am going to explain now how it got there.
To start this off, I will make a point. When humans have a child, he/she usually bears some traits from the father and some traits from the mother.
The child will also bear SOME TRAITS UNIQUE TO ITSELF.
With that point being made, I will get back to the Heike Crab. Due to some superstitions. People of Japan feel that there are souls of dead samurai
fighters wondering the bottom of the ocean. As there evidence, they can provide crabs bearing what appears to be a human face. It resembles a
samurai. What we know now is that people put these faces on the crab....without even knowing it. When I made the reference to human children having
unique traits of their own above, I was making a point. Crabs reproduce and their offspring have their own unique traits as well. Somewhere along
the line, one of these crabs had something that more than likely, ever so slightly, resembled a human face. Due to the superstitions, the people
would not eat it, and consequently, it was thrown back in the water. Now, crabs that had similar markings to this one were also thrown in. These
crabs, were now, more likely to survive because people would not eat them. Therefore, they were more likely to reproduce, and pass on genes that
enabled them to survive. Though each individual crab will have its own traits, it will also bear traits of the parent crabs (the face). These crabs
developed a tool, that better prepared them to survive in the environment that they lived in. The people were this environment, and it was not forced
intentionally like the Pug or Beagle. Now the face is very apparent on these crabs, due to the many years of unintended favoratism. It is nearly
mystical if you do not know how it occured.
Other examples of evolution are more subtle. People try to explain these away by changing the name of it from evolution to "micro evolution" and
other such things. Call it what you want, it is still evolution. Has anyone reading this ever had a flu shot, or known someone who has? Why take
the flu shot if the white blood cells in your body will not adapt and evolve to fight the new virus? If the cells cannot evolve, then the shot is
worthless. Has anyone reading this ever taken an anti-biotic? If you are taking the anti-biotic for a bacterial infection, you are often told to
maintain your daily doses even if the symptoms disapear. Why would this be? It is because, in some instances, though rare, when you stop taking the
anti-biotic (which is killing the bacteria), there are still a few bacteria left even if the symptoms are gone. These bacteria though have something
special going on. They were able to withstand the anti-biotic for a long time. Now, they are the only ones left alive and to reproduce. When they
do reproduce, you have a super strain of bacteria that has a built in immunity to the anti-biotic.
Now to tie this into religion more, there are plenty of occurrances in the Bible that can't be logical without evolution. There are many aspects of
faith that can't be valid without it. None of it, in any way negates the existence of God. It does attack the creation story in the Bible.
There are many things I want to say, but this is getting far too long. In closing, I hear arguments all the time about evolution. Arguments about
how it cannot exist. The problem is that it does exist at least on some level. We use it to our benefit as humans. We can force it, we can
indirectly cause it, and we can watch it happen on its own. The people who cannot at least accept this are lying to themselves. They are lying to
others, and doing an injustice to their ability to think rationally as most human beings can.
My thanks to the late Carl Sagan and his Book the Cosmos.
[Edited on 5/13/2004 by Seapeople]