Monday, April 5, 2010
Humans: More than just social apes?
Homo sapiens, like all other modern species, make up a branch of the evolutionary tree that can goes back to the first living organism to exist. However, humans stand apart from all other species; human intelligence allows for social achievements. This is a major argument of the intelligent design proponents. Propose some ideas on how human social behavior is selectively adaptive. On page 225, Coyne points out that we are simply "evolved mammals, (therefore) there will be nothing to prevent us from acting like beasts". He goes on to relate this to the incident at Columbine. Explain some modern human behavior and current theories on where the behavior comes from such as "The Selfish Gene" and "The Cooperative Gene" (226). In which ways can modern human behavior be traced back to the basic behaviors we discussed in Chapter 51 of Campbell? And are these behaviors even genetically based adaptations or something else that have arisen in recent history?