Monday, May 29, 2017

Evolution Misconception #1: Why Are There Still Monkeys?

Over the next couple of weeks I'm going to write about a few of the many, many misconceptions regarding evolution.  The science of evolution is rock solid and there's no controversy.  Sure, there are some questions on some things, but that is science.  If there weren't questions, there'd be no science!!!  There is, however, no question whatsoever on evolution itself as to how humans and other species came to be.  NO QUESTION!  If scientists disagree on a few details, that doesn't throw under the bus the entire concept of evolution, nor does it give you a valid reason to declare the Earth is 6,000 years old and humans were created by a deity as is.  Today let's look at the following misconception.

Misconception #1:  If humans came from monkeys, why are there still monkeys?

Sigh.  This shows a complete lack of understanding on evolution and an unwillingness to learn.  Let me make this very simple.  Evolution does NOT say that humans came from monkeys.  That is a made up argument evolution deniers use to make themselves sound smart.  They don't sound smart.  They sound the exact opposite of smart because they made up an argument that doesn't exist.

So what does evolution say?  Evolution states, and is backed up by tons of actual evidence, that today's monkeys and today's humans evolved from a common ancestor.  A common ancestor.  Humans did not evolve from monkeys.  They evolved from a common ancestor.  Here's a great article from Scientific American on this very topic.

Why are there still monkeys?

So let's be clear one more time.  Evolution is real.  There is a ton of evidence for evolution.  Yes, there are still questions.  No, those questions don't give you free reign to make up your own explanation for humans that has no evidence.  Do humans come from modern monkeys?  No.  To say otherwise is to completely ignore what evolution says.  It shows that you have no interest in understanding the basics of evolution and frankly, it makes you look silly.

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