Popular portrayals of human evolution reveal subjective interpretations not adequately supported by the available evidence.
Actually, in recent years, researchers have found evidence of a rich Neanderthal culture, belying the stereotypes we have incorporated into our culture. So when did human evolution actually take place?
There’s more to understanding than acquiring knowledge.
“Human’s ability to talk may depend, in part, on our having lost a part of the larynx that dozens of other primate species have, new research suggests.”
The human brain reaches 95% of adult size at six years of age. Interestingly seven years of age is commonly held to be the “age of reason.”
Differences in Humans and Neanderthals: evolution or design?
How much can we rely on casts from fossil skulls when the relationship between the mind and the brain is unclear even in currently living human beings?
Genetic engineering probably wouldn’t make humans smarter because, as biochemist Michael Denton notes in Miracle of Man, our brains seem to be optimally organized now. That would seem to support a design hypothesis.
When tested, human noses turned out be pretty sensitive -but humans also rely heavily on symbolic information to which other life forms do not have access.
A machine mind didn’t “just evolve” in this experiment; it was programmed in — even if its output was a surprise. The same is likely true of the human mind.
“Neuroscientists have gained new insight into how our brain evolved into a language-ready brain. Compared to chimpanzee brains, the pattern of connections of language areas in our brain has expanded more than previously thought. “
Material processes cannot, for example, account for the power to grasp infinity or perfection — which are not material ideas.
Why did humans — and nearly all other land animals, for that matter —evolve to drink freshwater when saltwater is so much more plentiful?
Researchers: The archaeological site of Fordwich in northeast Kent, England, reveals the presence of Acheulean hominins — possibly Homo erectus or Homo heidelbergensis — in what is now southeast Britain between 620,000 and 560,000 years ago.
Thomas Aquinas (1225– 1274) was instrumental in organizing Christian theology along Aristotelian lines. Here, a priest who is familiar with his thought, offers some comments.