November 30, 2009

Take that, Darwin!

Somebody made a comment today that I hadn't really thought of before. We've all heard statistics about how little of our brains we use. In fact, the percentage seems lower every time they publish a new study. He (the commenter) basically said that how much (or more accurately, how little) of our brain we use disproves evolution. Well, disproving is probably the wrong word as I don't consider it ever having been proven, but you know what I mean. To me, the idea makes sense because an evolutionary process should result in exactly what's needed, and nothing more. Assuming evolution to be a logical process, where's the logic in "over-evolving" a brain that is capable of much more than we can possibly throw at it? Assuming evolution is (to some degree) a response to environment, how is it possible to "over-respond" so drastically? In almost every way, we're capable of much more than could ever be considered necessary. That's just not how evolution works.

2 comments:

  1. i thought of that too when i heard that comment. there are just so many theories about evolution that it's hard to explain which one you're talking about.

    for example, a person can evolve emotionally. but from what i've understood in your post, that's not what your are talking about...

    it'd be funny if both answers were right. that God uses evolution to create life. like when a sperm cell and an egg form into a single celled organism, but then evolves into something much more complex.

    i think our imagination has warped our understanding of evolution. like as if we're all gonna grow wings and fly or see threw walls. i feel that evolution is the process of transforming one's self into something much greater.

    but hey, i'm only using less than 5% here and i'm sure i have no idea what i'm talking about.

    great post, bee tee dubs!

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  2. Emotional maturing and the development of a single cell into a multi-celled organism is not the same algorithmic process that the scientific community uses to explain the diversity of life.

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