Evolution and humans (Evolution)

by David Turell @, Friday, May 22, 2015, 18:35 (1954 days ago) @ dhw

DAVID: 2) No, they didn't develop the powerful intellect we have.

dhw: Recent research suggests that they were far more sophisticated than had previously been believed, but 3) makes this response very confusing.

Yes more sophisticated than we had previously thought, but they did not become as advanced as we did and we won the competition.

DAVID: 3) Evolutionary attempts at advancement produced different types of Homo under God's guidance all probably branched from H. Erectus. I don't see why, except sapiens were the target and that was achieved.

dhw: Here are three theistic alternatives: 1) God knew what he wanted, but couldn't work out how to do it; 2) God didn't know what he wanted, and made it up as he went along; 3) God left the inventive mechanism to do its own thing. (This would also explain the rest of the higgledy-piggledy process, including the weaverbird's nest.) Would you accept that all three hypotheses provide a rational explanation of the four groups?

You've left out a fourth possibility: God knew exactly what He wanted, but set up competition just to be sure He had the right formula for a human species survivorship of the type He preferred. I agree with you that your three are possible scenarios. I stick with my thesis that God worked through evolution (I don't know why) to achieve our species. Mine is a third way form of creationism, as I've said all along.

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