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  •  I like what you said about our evolutionary (0+ / 0-)

    history in our DNA.  I think one of the most convincing ways to
    explain evolution is only now being explored, i.e., the genetic markers that reinforce the fossil record.

    A few years ago I attended a Darwin Day lecture at a local university.  One of the speakers was a genetic researcher from the University of Chicago who was able to explain in layman's terms how we know within a few thousand years when the hominid brain underwent a sudden (in evolutionary terms) increase in size that precipitated the rapid increase in intelligence that eventually led to modern man and permitted our amazing (considering where we came from) acquisition of knowledge and skills.

    Fascinating lecture that made a lasting impression.

    Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed. --Herman Melville

    by ZedMont on Mon May 06, 2013 at 03:16:45 PM PDT

    •  Actually, come to think of it, I'm a pretty good (2+ / 0-)
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      example of how that increase in brain size has enabled us over time to compensate for some of the unintelligent aspects of our design.

      I was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer.  Prostate cancer is the second most deadly cancer men face, and one in six men will eventually get it.

      Why is it so common?  Because biologically, the prostate is only needed for procreation.  Once you reach an age where procreation is either impossible or ill-advised, the prostate becomes unnecessary (and frankly, so do you).  So it behaves itself fairly well - those with prostatitis will legitimately argue on that point - until it gets the genetic signal to do itself (and you) in.

      Now, here's where that large brain comes into play.  Without it,
      this amazing contraption would not exist.

      This robot performed a radical prostatectomy on me, with the actual surgeon operating it across the operating room from me.  It was so precise that the surgeon was able to spare a nerve that runs alongside the prostate and controls continence.  Now this is rare, but I have not had even a temporary bout of incontinence.

      Evolution has by natural selection produced a creature that is in fact capable of intelligent design.  The ID believers are not only wrong, they got it backwards.

      Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed. --Herman Melville

      by ZedMont on Mon May 06, 2013 at 03:36:12 PM PDT

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      •  I.D got it backwards (1+ / 0-)
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        Evolution created us then we created gods.

        +++ The law is a weapon used to bludgeon us peasants into submission. It is not to be applied to the monied elite.

        by cybersaur on Tue May 07, 2013 at 08:54:10 AM PDT

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