Monday, February 16, 2009
Happy Belated Birthday Charlie!
Last Thursday was Charles Darwin's 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his famous book "On the Origin of Species".
Through his curiosity and scientific mind, Darwin reasoned that people, animals and plants evolved by genetic variation and natural selection. Now if you are reading this you may just be getting to that point where you are about to head off to read your next blog of interest. But, STOP! If Prof/Dr/Mr Darwin was alive today I would ask him this question. Why, after the 150 years that his theory came into being, moreover, after the core of all biological study and research has come to view natural selection as being at its very core, why, oh why do we still have the following:
Men with hairy ears and over-grown eyebrows?
Women with hairy ears and over-grown eyebrows??
That crooked first toe on most women (and some men!)?
Crooked second toe?
GREY HAIR (personal matter?)
The ability for garlic odour to linger for days on end?
Addiction to chocolate?
Addiction to coffee?
Did I mention shopping addiction?
The necessity to wear glasses?
The fact that you want to sleep in on a weekday but rise before the birds at the weekend?
I could go on, and on.
If you abide by Darwin's theories then you would also believe that we are in the process of a continuing evolution. Maybe these minor nuisances to some (afflications to others!) will be weeded out in generations to come!
P.S. Can you add to my list?? In a few days I will publish those suggestions with a link to your blog, if you don't mind, of course!
P.P.S. Don't you think that the bird looks less menacing than the ear?