Joined: Oct. 2005
HazelNovember 15, 2019 at 8:20 am
Three quick points:
To Marfin, who writes, “Please explain in detail how the ability to drive a car is not a product of evolution”:
Huh? Our physical abilities to perceive and coordinate our bodies as we do evolved thousands of years ago, but driving a car was not part of the environment which helped select for those skills. Driving a car is a “derived skill”, so to speak: we put to use the skills that had evolved much earlier and have applied them to situations that were not at all present at that time.
The general point, as I made above, is that not everything that humans do were “selected for”: once we became able to use such things as language, abstract thinking, and tools, and became more flexibly dependent on learning and socially communicated knowledge, all of which were in part “selected for”, we’ve been able to expand beyond purely physical evolutionary processes and develop large amounts of knowledge and skills.
To ba: I am not a “Darwinist” and I’m not talking about how such things as language evolved. But I accept the conclusion that there has been a progression of creatures over the last some hundreds of thousands of years that slowly acquired what we now consider fully human capabilities.
About (but not to) Barry: all he can do in response to my posts is claim “hand waving” and “special pleading” without any further explanation, so I’ll not bother to expect any more from him.