If evolution is true, why have we stopped evolving?

Its me again, retaliating to creationists stupid arguments. This is one that comes up momentarily in debates and discussions. "why have we stopped evolving?" I will now arm you on how to respond.

 

First of all, we must understand evolution. Evolution is the change within a specie, due to adaptation of its environment. Precisely why it is documented that people that live in high altitudes literally have bigger hearts.

 

Now there's a simple answer, we did not STOP evolving. Our life spans are way too short to observe the development of species over millions of years. Micro-evolution has been been proven, and is very much observed due to the short time it takes. Now magnifying micro-evolution over millions of years, then evolution has become real. The essence is, if our life span was millions and millions of years, we would indeed see the evolutionary process at work. As long as a specie needs to adapt to its environment, it will continue to evolve.

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Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on June 7, 2011 at 7:09am
Comment by booklover on June 6, 2011 at 7:16pm

Actually I read, I THINK it was in either Newsweek or National Geographic, that Neaderthals and modern humans interbred while we were both on Earth at the same time at some point and that we don't have 100% modern-human genes.  I'm probably saying this all wrong and I don't remember the percentage, but we or some of us, have some Neanderthal genes in us.  Don't ask me the particulars, I have a really bad memory! lol.  I know it wasn't very long ago I read it, and I'm pretty sure it was National Geographic.  So maybe some of us are more Neanderthal than others! lol

 

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on June 6, 2011 at 5:41pm

We do not have a 'Neanderthal past'. The Neanderthals evolved in Europe from an earlier bipedal species called Homo-erectus which left Africa much earlier and populated Eurasia as far as Java. The Neanderthal are therefore cousins and not ancestors.

Comment by SOVEREIGNJOHN on June 6, 2011 at 4:22pm
I live in a rural setting but I don't know any sheep herders. I don't know anyone who still lives in mountain caves nor do I know anyone who uses a bow and arrow to catch their dinner. Most of our species evolution that we can observe has been in our thinking. Except for Christians most of us don't believe God is pissed just because it thunders. We don't believe God is mad at us just because the sun doesn't shine on us everyday. It's called Weather. Thank Science our thinking is evolving. We can see our neanderthal past every time a Christian is among us.
Comment by Antonio Chambers on June 6, 2011 at 1:04pm
yes napoleon, the "fittest"
Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on June 6, 2011 at 1:01pm
It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.
Charles Darwin



Comment by Yusuf Said on June 6, 2011 at 11:19am
I feel as though evolution when it comes to natural selection and survival of the fittest has in a way stopped in humans. Medical science has extended the life of so many who should have through natural selection been weeded out of the gene pool. Superior phenotypes like better vision, or better hearing have been made obsolete through the use of technology (ie glasses or hearing aids). Science and technology have somewhat put an end to superior genetic traits being amplified over inferior traits. Even people who are not fit to breed (ie they have some sort of infertility problem) in our society breed through medical science breakthroughs in fertility treatments. Some traits are obviously favored such as intelligence and strength, however, our social construct has even made those traits equal to inferior ones. The society we live in has nullified these traits by glorifying people like Britney Spears, professional wrestlers, and people who are extremely educated are often called "nerds" or "geeks" and do not have the chance to mate. In our society I could actually argue that we follow a theme of survival of the un-fittest. In a society built around science and technology the most fit people should be the scientist and engineers, however, they are not. Instead traits such as breast size, penis size, hair style, and brute strength seem to serve as the traits for attracting a mate. In the United States the popular culture has made it unpopular to be smart, and popular to be athletic. While athletics might have served our ancestors well to run away from predators or catch prey such traits no longer are necessary. The same applies to women, as our ancestors would have wanted a woman with large breasts to be capable of feeding offspring better than a woman with small breasts. Breast size is no longer an issue as medical science has provided us with a plethora of baby foods and most women do not even breast feed. In order for evolution to actually move forward we need to move beyond our ancient concepts of what "fitness" means in a mate. Intelligence has been the driving force in our evolution as with each generation IQ slowly increased. The first humans build better spears, arrows, shelters, clothing, and societies than other homo species because of our intelligence. Just as the wing was the driving factor in the evolution of birds, our brains were the driving force of our evolution. The creation museum and Ark park is proof that we at least as Americans abandoned our fundamental evolutionary driving force.
Comment by booklover on June 6, 2011 at 4:54am
I like that one too Antonio :)  I have a sticker on my car that says "Got Science?".  It was really intended to be for people who don't believe that global-warming is true, but I think it can apply to religion as well!
Comment by Lorryslorrys on June 5, 2011 at 9:32pm

@Johnsky. No no no, that's not evolution. That's genetics certainly: the children are inheriting genes from their father and mother, but there isn't nessecerily any change to those genes. Evolution is basically about mutation of genes and the propagation of the successful mutations, the shuffling of the deck between generations being on incidental.

However, it think you might be trying to be ironic, so well done.

Comment by Antonio Chambers on June 5, 2011 at 5:45pm
I have several atheist/evolution shirts. I have a supplier on ebay. One of my favourite one is "In science we trust"

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