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Friday, August 26, 2005


Stupid Article, Interesting Topic

At London Zoo, Humans Are Ones on Display

Caged and barely clothed, eight men and women monkeyed around for the crowds Friday in an exhibit labeled "Humans" at the London Zoo.

"Warning: Humans in their Natural Environment" read the sign at the entrance to the exhibit, where the captives could be seen on a rock ledge in a bear enclosure, clad in bathing suits and pinned-on fig leaves. Some played with hula hoops, some waved.
"Seeing people in a different environment, among other animals ... teaches members of the public that the human is just another primate," Wills said.
"A lot of people think humans are above other animals," he told The Associated Press. "When they see humans as animals, here, it kind of reminds us that we're not that special."
The bias of the author of this piece of 'news' (and I use the term loosely) is painful. There are two types of people who would make the statement that we're "just another primate"...a total and complete atheist or one totally and completely incapable of rational thought (although the two conditions are not per se mutually exclusive).

Such statements are, in my opinion, inconsistent with the very existence of God, so we'll leave that alone and engage these atheists on their own turf. From a purely secular, naturalistic point of view we are most certainly not "just another primate". We are way smarter than any animal on the face of the earth. Hands down, no question. The purpose of any living creature (from this 100% secular standpoint) is to pass its genes on to the next generation to the greatest extent possible. This means that if a male tiger were able, he would wipe out every other male tiger and become the tiger equivalent of Adam (oh, this is supposed to be secular, sorry) that person way back when in Africa. Where he able to accomplish this ambitious task, he would be the most successful tiger ever.

Further all species seek to dominate an ecosystem. Wolves multiply as they hunt and kill deer until the deer population dwindles and the wolves start starving to death. If, however, the wolves devised a way to wipe out the deer and survive, they would have a lot more free time and wolf reality shows would not be far behind.

The point of this rambling is that humans, by virtue of our extremely large and complex brains, have become the uber-organism. We have developed (or been endowed with, depending on your POV) an organ that enables us to survive in all climates, terrains and against all other creatures (...usually). We are not, in fact, "just another primate" because we could, in principle, wipe out most other organisms and yet devise a way to survive (the fact that we do not do so is a testament to that other aspect of rational thought, morals). If we were "just another primate", then we would have to give even chances to the possibility that gorillas would wipe our out habitat before we wiped out theirs.

Anybody worried?


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