Re: The joys of being the villain
Firstly, I was expecting this thread to be about the joys of being a villain. XD I adore being the bad guy.
Secondly, I have to point out how I feel about evolution first by stating that there are two separate forms of it. Micro evolution, being one, is a fact. Genetic variation occurs within a species and mutations happen on a regular, and observable basis. Macro evolution, the second, is a theory. For this, I have three (I think) points.
1. A theory is a hypothesis that has undergone tests, revisions and has turned out to be mostly correct as far as we are able to observe. It has not been successfully disproved over time.
2. There is a great deal of biological evidence to suggest that some species may have evolved into other species over long periods of time. Darwin himself observed that certain species of animals on the Galapagos islands appeared to have common ancestor species with animals in other parts of the world, and that these (now different) species often had adaptations that allowed their populations to better survive in their environment.
3. Since we have become able to study the genetic differences between species, as well as obvious physical, we also have a better understanding of the connections and possible connections between them. Many people claimed that our sharing of a common ancestor with apes and monkeys was impossible, but ceased to do so when we discovered that we share a great deal of genetic similarity with chimpanzees and other primates.
I'm not completely sold on it either way, but it does seem fairly reasonable and I can see some signs of it, myself. I don't think that we all necessarily came about as a result of a few single-celled organisms, though it could be true. And there are plenty of things that we don't yet understand.
Ooh, and a fourth point!
4. If micro evolution does exist (you can definitely witness it in micro organisms, to say the least), it seems somehow "harmonious" to me that this same system of DNA, mutation, and natural selection would be the natural, true, "elegant" solution to the presented puzzle, though there are a few discrepancies (which I feel I don't have enough information to validate).
As far as the conflicts between evolution and religion, I see the allegorical validity and choose not to interpret most religious beliefs or writings as literal. Thus, I do not believe that the Judeo-Christian God had to literally create the Earth and all it's creatures within seven 24 hour cycles for that creation myth to be perfectly valid, if that God does actually exist.
*wanted to talk about villainy* =[