Evolution and humans: all over Africa (Evolution)

by David Turell @, Tuesday, October 03, 2017, 14:02 (1044 days ago) @ dhw

dhw: I am not denying that the human brain has more abilities than the monkey brain. I am asking if your God allowed monkeys to do their own bursting, or did he have to organize a burst of monkeys in order to fulfil his purpose of producing the human brain? As for God at work, I’m pleased to see a little note of caution now, in the shape of a “perhaps”. And as for why the difference, yes indeed, why the difference between the weaverbird’s nest (which apparently only God could design) and the robin’s?

DAVID: As usual you ask lots of questions for which there are no answers. All species (here monkeys) have radiations of varieties, a pattern of evolution in general. My 'perhaps' is a softened way of presenting God to you. As for birds nests they all differ in design by species. Our bluebird nests do not look like robin's nests, but in my view God may have helped in all the designs by helping with a simple pattern to start with. The weaver is beyond simple.

dhw: There are no answers if you keep insisting that God did it all, even though his prime purpose was to produce the brain of Homo sapiens. If you allow for the possibility that instead he gave organisms the ability to do things for themselves, you have an answer to all my questions. (See “Evolution: survival and adaptation")

That takes us back to God-lite, His giving a mechanism to organisms to change to newer (better?) forms, through their own action. But do you seriously think God would offer a free-style mechanism after producing the universe to support life, starting life, and then let organisms go it on their own? So He could watch the fun as they stupidly create all sorts of weird objects. That has been your approach. If I invested as much effort as God did, I'd at least guide the process. I'll stick with my thoughts.

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