Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Replacing Adam and Eve with Adam and heave is not the road to understanding human psychology

53 percent of Americans think the Universe is 6,000 years old and we have
no genetic precursors in the natural world apart from Adam and Eve.

- atheist neurocientist Sam Harris, in a 10/02/06 Talk of the Nation interview
So, Sam, their alternative is what, exactly?

Believe in the Big Bazooms theory of human evolution? The ridiculous hagiography around the old Brit toff Darwin? The Ida fossil carnival?

How about the rat droppings theory of human evolution? Didn't I, leaving, just bump into a woman coming in, proudly bearing her latest paper and samples about ... ugh! Please! No! I'll be sick!

Look, I don't believe the Universe is 6000 years old, but Adam and Eve remind me of people in a way that evolutionary psychology and its accompanying road show do not.