I’ve asked this to a few people, but have never gotten a good answer. So I figure I’ll ask a few more, and see what you all think.
Quick question – do you think that women are closer to apes than men? Do you think that Darwinian evolution (i.e. common ancestry by happenstance mutation and selection) is consistent or inconsistent with your answer?
Now, however you answered those two questions, I want you to write it down. Yes, do it. No cheating. Put it in ink somewhere. Now read the rest.
If you are a Darwinist, you think that humans and chimps evolved from a common ancestor, correct?
Now, one of the main arguments for this is the similarity of the human genome with the chimp genome, correct? Different people may differ on the exact number, but we have very similar genomes, and because we are so close, that implies that we came from a closer common ancestor than, say, humans and bananas, right?
Perhaps you should write those answers down, too.
So, we share a common ancestor with both chimps and bananas, but are evolutionarily closer to chimps than to bananas because our genomes are more similar to chimps. Am I getting this right? Be sure to write down your answer. No cheating.
So, if we had an ancestor that was closer to a chimp than modern humans, that would mean that they had more similar DNA, correct?
Again, write this down.
I’m waiting. Really, write it down.
Now, it turns out that the part of the human genome that is most radically different than the chimp genome is the Y chromosome. Interestingly, only males have Y chromosomes. Therefore, female DNA is much more similar to chimp DNA than male DNA. If you made the argument above that the similarity between chimp DNA and human DNA means that we share a common ancestor, and that more similarity with chimp DNA meant that an organism is closer to chimps evolutionarily, I do not see how one would escape the conclusion that women are evolutionarily closer to chimps than males.
If you have an answer, I would be interested in hearing it in the comments.
Now, as someone who does not hold to either Darwinism nor the genetic basis of organismal form, I do not think that the similarity or difference of human DNA to chimp DNA counts for much at all, other than we need similar proteins to survive. But I’ve been curious what the Darwinians think of this, as I’ve never seen it addressed before.