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Dawkins, Tyson, on Alien Evolution

Dawkins & Tyson

Here’s a drinking game I haven’t thought about before:

Take a drink every time these two gentlemen hit the point where a divine designer would be the only intellectually satisfying conclusion from their discussion—but they quickly veer away from it.

Richard Dawkins, especially, would rather believe in a magical, unproven evolution, where our own human intelligence is proven to be useless in evolutionary terms, because Evolution has never picked it again for survival anywhere in the planet’s history—than believe in the supremacy of humans, endowed by their Creator.

As always, assign a designated driver first, if you’re playing in a group.


About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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7 Responses to “Dawkins, Tyson, on Alien Evolution”

  1. Yes because a simple-minded journalist like you are obviously qualified to even poke fun at two of the highest acedemic scientists regarding a scientific field you clearly know little about.

  2. Yori Yanover says:

    Otherwise, how's your day been so far?

  3. Joe Cogan says:

    "..our own human intelligence is proven to be useless in evolutionary terms, because Evolution has never picked it again for survival anywhere in the planet’s history…"

    Um, what? That's so confused that I don't even know how to begin to respond. Can the author provide examples of human intelligence developing in another species and not being selected? Is he implying that our intelligence doesn't aid in our own survival as a species? Has he ever taken a class on what evolution actually entails?

  4. Jay Clemons says:

    Yeah, Joe, a breathtakingly shallow and ill-informed musing on the topic, by a guy who seems to specialize in having fun. Although I am appreciative for the link, as I had not seen it and found it rather entertaining. And Dawkins got the better of it, I thought. He even managed, in just a few minutes, to provide the suggestion of the rudiments of something like a human intelligence in bats. But of course, many of the constituents of human intelligence have arisen in other species, (memory, pattern recognition, tool use, etc.) and generally have proven useful for survival – spectacularly so in the case of humans.

  5. It was my pleasure to listen to such brilliant men.How wonderful they made me think about things I never did before although I didn't understand everything.

  6. I like how they don't pretend to know anything and their conversation sounds a bit like one I might have with a friend. Why can't we just admit that the systems of the universe (sub-atomic, atomic, cellular, as well as the ways they are arranged, which require the laws of physics) are so adaptable that evolution may have been part of the plan from the beginning. Even if you're not a Deistic evolutionists (Adam was formed from the dust of the earth afterall), you surely would admit that man shares many similarities in design with animals that were created before him. This is a sort of evolution in design, where the designer implements some of the better features of previous creations in the newer models. At the very least, we can look at all the systems that make up the universe and all the life within it and we have to admit that this system is so adaptable and amazing in its ability to interact with other elements within the system. I'm still waiting for somebody to tell me how animal instincts are passed on through DNA…every living thing seems to have pre-written code in them which allows them to survive. As amazing as it may be for snake to develop syringe-like teeth, it's almost more amazing that, out of the egg, that snake has the instincts to use them. Evolution has yet to explain how organisms develop instincts…the cuddle-fish has no parents to teach them, yet they're able to use some rather sophisticated survival techniques right out of the egg. Don't ask me why it's important to say there is no God…I just don't know why people who think they're so smart are able to look at the Big-Bang theory as if that's the beginning of the story…nothing begets nothing, so starting with a mass of matter is not the start.

  7. Aaron Monse says:

    Yori Yanover is, sadly to say, blatantly unqualified to comment on the topic.

    The author conflates his own lack of understanding as being the fault of the (laboratory observed, globally-accepted by the credible scientific community) theory of evolution. I suspect the author is probably the kind of person who would say "it's just a theory after all!"

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