Re: [asa] Wright's editorial

From: Dick Fischer <>
Date: Sun Aug 23 2009 - 10:45:45 EDT
Just grabbing onto one of his thoughts: "Even now, if chimps are gradually evolving toward greater intelligence, their evolutionary trajectory may be slowly converging on the same moral intuitions that human evolution long ago converged on."
Humans are born with soft skulls that expand to accommodate brain growth.  Apes have hard skulls that can't expand and thus it is unlikely that chimps could ever develop the intelligence necessary to "evolve" to a higher state of conciousness.  Furthermore, chimps in six million years of evolution have not done a thing to alter or improve their environment - something essential for social growth and development.  Eliminate humans and give chimps another ten million years and they will still be living in the forest sucking up temites off of twigs.

Dick Fischer


Aug 23, 2009 08:01:16 AM, wrote:

I'm not sure if this link is restricted to subscribers or not, but here is Robert Wright's editorial in the NYTimes today.
Interesting comments on CS Lewis and the argument from moral law as well as on Simon Conway Morris. His book "Evolution of God" hasn't been that well received in our circles as far as I can tell but it's an interesting discussion.
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