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By Tom Toles




By Tom Toles  | October 31, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
Categories:  Environment  
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Did I see a comment that said nature created humans? You gotta be kidding right?? I thought that idea went out when a majority of scientists agreed that YES there is a HIGHER POWER - nothing else could create in such complexity. Nothing.

Posted by: rochatpvle | November 6, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, dave, exactly what I said. I just wasnt' so LOOOONNNGGGG winded.

Posted by: bertzel | November 1, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

On the subject of evolution and extinction...
Evolution keeps right on rolling along no matter who or what goes extinct.

There is physical evolution, social evolution and the evolution of technology. They all affect life as we know it.
There are as many causes of extinction as there are species.
As for the species, "humanus erectus"; it is obvious that we depend on both our intelligence and our technology to survive.
We all suffer "the slings and arrows of grievous fortune" but so far we have managed to survive and thrive. There is plenty of room left on the planet for our large population but our greatest threat is ourselves.
Nature is an intelligent manufacturer of physical reality which is an obvious fact of life. People are an example of intelligent creation.
People depend on their intelligence to deal with reality realistically. It is a fatal error to ignore reality.
One of those realities is the fact that nature is intelligent just like we are intelligent. It is when we ignore reality that we become victims of misjudgment.
We base many of our suppositions on axioms that are universal truths. When we discover useful information, we use it to our advantage. Our skill at manipulating reality is dependent on accurate information. We are continually in the process of dealing with nature and discovering its truths. To assume that nature is not intelligent even though it created us is arrogant and foolish.
Intelligence is a universal and essential part of reality just like gravity.
If we become a threat to nature we are in great jeopardy. Nature can and will determine who or what survives or does not survive.
Nature is the judge and jury. There is a rational reason for everything and people need to understand the ramifications of everything they do and say.
We have the freedom to choose our own destiny but not without considering and respecting the earth that is our place in the universe.

Posted by: OckamsRazor | November 1, 2010 1:46 AM | Report abuse

Ahhh billybeer6, just goes to show that if one looks close enough one can always find a connection : )

Posted by: bertzel | October 31, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Judging by all the pictures in the Post today it was all white people who attended the socialists insanity rally on the Mall yesterday. It really says something when most of the so called on stage entertainment weren't even US citizens like Ozzy Osborne and Cat Yusuf Islam Stevens, but Ozzy is the epitome of Democrat values so there is a connection.

Posted by: billybeer6 | October 31, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

This is a good presentation of a complex idea of evolution and extinction. But one has to conclude that intelligence may be a way out. However one must have the means to change the environment if one is to survive. That means knowing if we want to warm or cool the Earth and even have the ability to keep asteroids and other space objects from killing all of us. To me, that means we need a robust space flight program. It also means we take the "warming / not warming" argument to another wider level of "If it is getting warmer, is it good or bad?"

Posted by: GaryEMasters | October 31, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Yes We Can climb out of the past, if there are enough of us
rooted-progressives. The past is of the Marxists and those
who keep bringing the subject up ,... as if living in the past....
like the wild west or something... with more guns than
common sense.... more chaff than roots.

Posted by: Tony-KS | October 30, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Brilliant! But obviously over the heads of folks who are ignorant of Biology (read consequences of "Population Bomb")

Posted by: lufrank1 | October 30, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

With regard to the sketchpad, the only improvement would have included John Roberts surfing the big wave.

Posted by: JCD1978 | October 30, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse



Posted by: Rudesan | October 30, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Halloween is the opium of the democrat masses. Arrow feathers are never extinct if a Marxist is pulling the bow?

Posted by: billybeer6 | October 29, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Toles, I agree however,,mammals, etc. are not the only things which face extinction...tho your evolution cycle is noted.

Posted by: bertzel | October 29, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

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