Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy birthday, our dead Lord!

In honour of the 200th anniversary of the coming of the Messiah*, Charles Darwin, I have put together some of my recent thoughts about the relationship between humans, animals and gods.

*It's a joke, creationists! We don't worship the guy! I wish I didn't have to actually point that out, but I know that it's necessary.

1. Why do some people get so offended to hear that we're related to monkeys and apes? They're so cute, I love them!

2. If your god created humans in its own image, then does that mean eagles can see better than it, dogs can smell better than it, cheetahs can run faster than it, gorillas are stronger than it, dolphins swim faster than it, and monkeys climb trees better than it?

3. If your god created humans, would it have been too much to ask for us to be given infrared vision? This would help ensure that we don't fall prey to predators of the night (such as wild animals and Catholic priests), or don't literally fall into holes at night. Wouldn't infrared vision have been a great advantage to our well-being, as the most important creatures on Earth?

4. An argument that is often used by the IDiot and creationist crowd, is to say that humans are the only animals capable of appreciating music, therefore we couldn't have evolved and must be special creations. So I started wondering, would that same argument apply to dogs? They are able to perceive a rich world of scents that humans cannot. As smell is a sense, like hearing, I can only imagine that dogs must perceive a 'symphony of smells' in the world around them. With these smells, they are able to communicate with each other, as well as to identify individual creatures and objects. None of us can possibly understand how a dog interprets the scents all around it, and dogs might be left thinking they are special creations because of it.

The bottom line is that when you really think about it (thinking being the only thing humans are better than animals at, with some of us being better at it than others), there really isn't much reason to believe that there is anything all that special about humans. We have our strengths and our weaknesses relative to animals, just as each animal has its own strengths and weaknesses relative to other animals. We even have design flaws that one would have to think an omnipotent and omniscient god could have designed around.


Anonymous said...

It is clear from your post there is no real education behind what you speak, only misguided personal ideas. Try actually studying, and reading about the realities of Darwinism and you may come up with a different point of view, and maybe if you can show me the evolutionary link between and elephant and a star fish.

Admin said...

Hmmmm.... what kind of science degree do you have?

I do study and read, and I see thousands and thousands of peer-reviewed papers supporting evolution, and none that are against it.

Do you have any research you'd like to share with us, or are you just shooting your keyboard off?

There is no reason to believe there is an evolutionary link between an elephant and a starfish. You don't even understand the theory that you criticise.

Admin said...

I should clarify.... not a direct link between them, as in one evolved into the other. But they would have to share a common ancestor. That would be long, long ago.

Piyonugget said...

Hey Admin,

With what you're saying in this post I was wondering if you've ever read in Mind, Language, Society by John Searle. It pretty much comes to the conclusion that yes Humans have a first person ontological view, but really there is nothing special about it. If you are a human you just happen to have a first person consciousness.

I think you'd like it.