Review: Why Evolution Is True

9. Evolution Redux

  • Some people still don’t believe despite overwhelming evidence
    • Fossil record
    • Biogeography
    • Embryology
    • Vestigial structures
    • Suboptimal design
  • Evolutionary biology makes testable predictions
    • Despite innumerable possible observations that could prove evolution untrue, we don’t have a single one.”
  • There is still stuff left to explain
    • That doesn’t mean the theory of evolution is wrong
  • Opponents of evolution argue that it implies no morality
    • But there is also a huge scientific literature on how evolution can favour genes that lead to cooperation, altruism, and even morality.”
    • EO Wilson: human behaviour has evolutionary explanations
    • Environment of Evolutionary Adaptedness (EEA)
  • There is no reason, then, to see ourselves as marionettes dancing on the strings of evolution.”
  • Richard Feynman:
    • I don’t have to know an answer. I don’t feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without any purpose, which is the way it really is as far as I can tell, possibly. It doesn’t frighten me.”
  • But there is something even more wondrous. We are the one creature to whom natural selection has bequeathed a brain complex enough to comprehend the laws that govern the universe. And we should be proud that we are the only species that has figured out how we came to be.”

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