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Should Math Be Taught in Schools?



((Sad to say, this parody is hardly exaggerated at all. A few of the answers are almost verbatim to the actual answers of the Miss USA contestants to "Should Evolution Be Taught in Schools." Go watch that video on YouTube and see for yourself)).

(((There are days I think I am living in the world of Kornbluth's "Marching Morons." Just look at reality TV, and remember the hit show in his story)))

(((I am vastly pleased that the eventual Miss USA winner, and GAME OF THRONES fan, does "believe in evolution." And presuambly in math as well))).

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monksp
Jul. 5th, 2011 06:09 am (UTC)
The Theory of Evolution has precisely zero to do with the origin of life. It concerns itself entirely with the development of life once said life has arrived. We could in fact have been sneezed out of the Great Green Arkleseizure and it would make no bones to evolutionary science.

Human evolution is an extremely large, complex subject and more than a little counter-intuitive. A very simple way of putting it is that intelligence isn't something that is typically selected for by evolutionary pressures. Not the way that claws and the like are. Evolution is about immediacy rather than long term planning. Extremely simple intelligence like tool use helped early Ape species survive against stronger predators and also helped them band together into groups. Once their survival depended on those social groups, intelligence started to be something that evolution would select for, since intelligence helps people create social structures. We were, essentially, lucky. We evolved in a situation where intelligence managed to become a good thing to select for while in bodies that were suited to make use of that intelligence, in that we were bipedal and capable of actually using the tools that we were able to make.

You also have to realize that there is no conclusive answer to how some of the various strains of prehumans related to each other. Neanderthals share common ancestors with humans, but it is entirely possible that they were a separate species. Really, it's possible that at one time there were multiple closely related but distinct species of tool using beings all living. Homo sapien sapien just happened to win out as the populations spread.

The jump from rock thrower to nuclear weapon thrower isn't an evolutionary change, it's pretty much just an extremely long term accumulation of knowledge.
vikjha
Jul. 13th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
Neandrathals
i'm pretty sure they've totally proven that neandrathals (10% larger brained savages lol) were, in fact, a different species (species= ability to reproduce and create fertile offspring, lions and tigers can have offspring but they cannot have offspring of their own so they are different species). not cuz they were so damn oogly (ew, but there prolly woulda been someone out there who woulda hit that), but 'cuz the length of pregnancy for a neandrathal was 12 months where we are 10. i'm sure i don't have to say anymore... offspring would never make it alive specially not then.

fantastic book (and source of information) the 3rd Chimpanzee by Jared Diamond (more famously known for Guns, Germs and Steel as well as Collapse(most recent)).

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