posted on Apr, 22 2012 @ 01:10 AM
Winnie is following in the footsteps of the old natural philsophers. Great minds think alike! Let me choose another animal to clarify his
Consider the giraffe. Or rather, his ancestors. Is it not reasonable to assume that a group of short-necked proto-giraffes, nibbling on the lower
leaves of the trees, would want to be taller? Each proto-giraffe straining to reach leaves that are higher than their neighbors can reach? Ligaments
and muscles can be physically stretched, right? Yes, they can. So through effort, a creature can alter its physique. True.
Now we all know that a child will inherit all sorts of characterisitics from its parents. And I think this is where Winnie arrived by force of his
own intellect. The proto-giraffe, by its own effort, will have as long a neck as he can manage. Its offspring will inherit that neck, improve on it,
and pass on the improvement.
All you folks who know evolutionary theory are going " Whoa. You can't inherit yoga or weight training or,or, algebra! Physical training is like
mental training. You can't pass it on! Not genetically!"
But bear in mind that naturalists knew long before Darwin that evolution was happening. There was no science of genetics, so this kind of
thing was their best guess. That both they and Winnie thought along the same lines is no insult to either.
Winnie, consider this:
All creatures in a group exhibit minor differences.
All creatures have more offspring than their environment can support. (cold but true. Look it up.)
Any minor difference that allows one individual to have more surviving offsping than another is (naturally) selected for propagation.
That is what Darwin contributed. That's it. Now go back and read what everyone else posted.
Also, we didn't get wings, but why don't you google some animal skeleton images. Look at primate shoulders and look at every other mammal's
shoulders. Maybe we can't fly, but show me a giraffe that can bean a lion with a rock .