Evolvement of Humans--Post #5

As promised, here I take up where I left off with my last entry covering the Big Bang.  And as you learned if you read Post #2, you know that I am an Evolutionist. I think the evidence of evolution is just too compelling to deny it. I know some disagree, and I respect that. Hope nothing here offends those people.

Most contemporary scientists believe that humans did not appear on the planet Earth until about 180,000 years ago, at the most. Some scientists believe it was less than 150,000 years ago. Pre-homo sapiens such as the Neanderthal date back to about 350,000 years ago. Neanderthals vanished about 15,000 years before the homo sapiens emerged out of Africa.

Those who follow strict religious interpretations believe that God manufactured man from handful of dirt gathered up presumably from this planet Earth. “And The Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7).

“Then The Lord God made a woman from the rib He had taken out of the man, and He brought her to the man. The man said, ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman, for she was taken out of man.’ “ (Genesis 2:21-24).

Adam and Eve were these first humans, according to the Jewish, Islamic, and Christian religions, and all humans have descended from them. I personally do not buy into this. I think God did create the first humans, but that Genesis does not accurately describe the process.

Now one might ask, if we believe in evolution, have we stopped evolving or are we going to continue to evolve into something very different from what we are today? 

Professor Steve Jones, of University College London, says the forces driving evolution ( such as natural selection and genetic mutation) no longer play an important role in our lives. He contends the people living one million years from now, should Man survive, will resemble modern-day humans. And although he has many scientists that agree with him, many support just the opposite.

Some anthropologist, studying the changes in the skulls of humans, think that we will develop very large heads.  Also, since big, hard, strong bodies seems to becoming no longer needed due to modern technology and growing physical laziness, the rest of Man's body will become smaller and less powerful. Although I do see a problem with kids getting fatter and lazier, I see plenty of exceptions where kids are getting bigger and stronger.  Could it be that there will be a split in the path of evolution, similar to what scientists think happened following the Neanderthal?

I am not all that concerned with whatever path it takes. However, I do wonder what those that cling to "Man being created in God's image" will think if the weird looking guy shown to the left is the norm of what humans will look like. You see, my personal belief is that anatomically we humans have far too many physical limitations for us to be compared to what our Creator must resemble? In fact it seems way too egotistical for us wanting to compare ourselves to God.

I don't want to get off focus here with differing religious views.  Afterall, the subject category is the Universe, and I want to stick more to the scientific side of it. My next blog entry may seem to contradict this because I will ask the reader to think about where God resides in terms of space. This will be my segway into an in-depth discussion of dimensions and ask ourselves are there dimensions outside our perceptions void of mental images in our minds? Did this play a major role with the Big Bang, and does hyperspace play a major role in the laws of nature today? These are all questions that I hope to shine more light on such that we can all come to the most logical conclusions.



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