Denial of an Evolutionary Past

Posted by on September 5, 2011 in Quick Note | 6 comments

You’re an animal. In fact, you’re an ape! Yes you’re an ape, your spouse is an ape, your mother and father are apes, your grandmother is an ape, and every person you know or don’t know on the planet are all apes. Megan Fox, Salman Rushdie and Sacha Baron Cohen, all apes. And some of you don’t like it. Why is this?

It’s for a few reasons. One being that you look at the other animals in the world and think of them as stupid, or dirty, or food, and you couldn’t possibly be like that, could you? Or is it because animals don’t have a soul, don’t have language, don’t have religion, or don’t brush their teeth? How could you, a perfect being, one who can appreciate music, art and architecture, a person like you whose ancestors built the Sistine Chapel, how could you possibly be “just an animal”?

Well my question to you is “How can you deny it?”

We share over 98% of our DNA with chimpanzees. No we did not evolve from chimpanzees, but both humans and chimpanzees did evolve from a common ancestor, an ape, less evolved than either species, and from that point of divergence, we both went upon our own evolutionary paths. Chimpanzees continued to live in the forests, where they developed into what we see now, a social and intelligent ape. Humans took another path and evolved on the grasslands, eventually developing cities, societies and binding societal moral contracts that we all follow.

The simple fact that you think you could not have evolved from an ape says a lot about you. It says that you think of yourself in high esteem, that you feel you are better than other animals on earth, and most likely, you think that it is God that made you special. Hey, if in fact you deny evolution, you probably think that the world is somewhere between 10,000 and 6.000 years old, and that god made the universe in 6 days.

But just take a minute, instead of looking at the world around us and seeing what makes us unique, why not look and see what makes us the same. Our chimpanzee cousins have similar body structures to us; arms and hands, heads with two eyes a nose and mouth, ears. They communicate to each other much like we do, albeit in a simplified fashion. They care for their young and the live in communities with tight-knit familial groups. The use simple tools to extract food from hard to reach places. They feel pain, stress, anger, grief. They are apes, and so are you.

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6 Comments

  1. It amazes me that words in a book with no other verifiable evidence or the shape of a banana has more chance of swaying these people than evidence such as you suggest. Facepalm. Facepalm. Facepalm. :)

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  2. Can we pick fleas now?

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  3. I think what really does it for me, is not the overall similarity in the genome- but that we share the same *mistakes* in our genome with other ape species. And these mistakes get more and more specific as we compare to the great apes, thence chimps.

    The distribution of dozens of pseudogenes like the GULO or UOX is just inexplicable in terms of either random chance or design. What’s the point of designing gorillas, chimps, orangutans and humans so they can all get scurvy and die?

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  4. Makes me think there is a good Designer.

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  5. Thank you, Marty! Great blog! Yes, we are all apes!!! Evolved apes! It’d been a really long and difficult way from a single cell to a human; too bad, not everybody kept the pace, and yes, I meant the God’s people, the deniers. So tired of hearing of God-made people, morals, and the universe. How can someone be so ignorant, closed minded, deny absolutely obvious facts, deny the Nature Herself, deny Evolution?! Just because the alternative is so easy, no knowledge is required – accept, don’t think for yourself, don’t analyze, don’t doubt, obey, be a sheep, and etc. And if you don’t – you are a heretic, a devil’s accomplice, and you are commiting blasphemy! Scared even to imagine what the world would’ve been like if there weren’t atheists in it; people with knowledge-thirsty minds, people, who aren’t satisfied with the teachings of the only one book, who looked far beyond the horizon into the universe to find the answers, and to find even more questions.

    Hope that one day sciences will prevail, leaving religions in the department of mythology, and people stop looking at themselves as kings of the world, and start treating the rest of the animal kingdom with a well deserved respect.

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  6. We are great apes-maybe the third chimpanze.
    Please support the Great Ape Project to give more protections to the other great apes!

    httplordgriggs1947.blogspot.com has articles reverberating how Christinsanity is a scam!

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