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Nature of Humanity. A Personal View. Darwin matters because evolution matters. Evolution matters because science matters. Science matters because it is the preeminent story of our age, an epic saga about who we are, where we came from, and where we are going. Michael Shermer (2006).

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Nature of Humanity

A Personal View


Darwin matters because evolution matters. Evolution matters because science matters. Science matters because it is the preeminent story of our age, an epic saga about who we are, where we came from, and where we are going.

Michael Shermer (2006)


Mt-DNA Primate Tree


Our Living Sisters

Pan

Gorilla

http://www.mnh.si.edu/anthro/humanorigins/ha/a_tree.html


Australopithecus species

Genus now designated Paranthropus

http://www.mnh.si.edu/anthro/humanorigins/ha/a_tree.html

http://www.wsu.edu:8001/vwsu/gened/learn-modules/top_longfor/timeline/afarensis/afarensis-a.html


Homo species

http://www.mnh.si.edu/anthro/humanorigins/ha/a_tree.html

http://www.wsu.edu:8001/vwsu/gened/learn-modules/top_longfor/timeline/timeline.html


http://www.mnh.si.edu/anthro/humanorigins/ha/a_tree.html

http://www.wsu.edu:8001/vwsu/gened/learn-modules/top_longfor/timeline/africanus/africanus-a.html


Features that distinguish our species from other apes

  • Bipedal Locomotion


  • Figure 1 from Richmond, B. G., D. R. Begun, and D. S. Strait. 2001. Origin of human bipedalism: The knuckle-walking hypothesis revisited. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology. 44:70-105.


http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/homs/species.html


Features that distinguish our species from other apes

  • Neoteny

    • Nakedness

    • Large Brain Size

    • Reduced Dentition


The Neotenic Ape


Features that distinguish our species from other apes

  • Vocal Communication


http://www.voice.northwestern.edu/VOICEBOX/Larynx.htm


Humans are not proud of their ancestors and never invite them ‘round to dinner.Hitchhiker’s Guideto the Galaxy.

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Paintings of Lascaux

http://www.culture.fr/culture/arcnat/lascaux/en/


http://mexplaza.udg.mx/wm/paint/auth/vinci/joconde/


http://www.artchive.com/artchive/G/greek/venus_de_milo.jpg.html


Nikos Kasantzakis

Zorba the Greek

http://www.ffolio.com/abarchive/film/zorba.html


Agincourt Song

http://battlefieldvacations.com/france/aginco.htm


God Save the QueenGod save our gracious Queen,Long live our noble Queen,God save the Queen!Send her victorious,Happy and glorious,Long to reign over us,God save the Queen!

http://www.emulateme.com/anthems/unitedkingtexte.htm


Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro(Premiered May 1, 1786 in Vienna)

http://w3.rz-berlin.mpg.de/cmp/mozart.html


Sgt. Pepper


Richard Dawkins

A meme is … anything that infects itself from brain to brain.

Dawkins. 1998. Unweaving the Rainbow.


Written Language

http://www.gutenberg.de/english/erfindun.htm


Then the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

-Genesis 2:7

http://prodigi.bl.uk/gutenbg/background.asp


Rig-Veda

http://phoenicia.org/rigveda.html


Ovid’s Metamorphoses

http://larryavisbrown.homestead.com/files/xeno.ovid1.htm


Assyro-Babylonian cuneiform >7,000 years ago

http://www.upenn.edu/museum/Games/cuneiform.html


Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

The moving finger writes;

and having writ,

Moves on: nor all your

Piety nor Wit

Shall lure it back to cancel

half a Line,

Nor all your Tears wash

out a Word of it.

-LXXI

http://www.okonlife.com/pics/index.htm


http://www.twainquotes.com/


Stephen Jay Gould

Humans are not the end result of predictable evolutionary progress, but rather a fortuitous cosmic afterthought, a tiny little twig on the enormously arborescent bush of life, which if replanted from seed, would almost surely not grow this twig again.

http://www.annonline.com/interviews/961009/biography.html


What a piece of work is man.

http://www.chemicool.com/Shakespeare/


Tycho's Supernova Remnant in X-ray

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap960623.html


Footprints at Laetoli

http://www.humanevolution.f2s.com/laetolifoot.html


Loren Eiseley

If I remember the sunflower forest it is because from its hidden reaches man arose. The green world is his sacred center. In moments of sanity he must still seek refuge there. — Loren Eiseley

http://www.geocities.com/Athens/4189/


E. O. Wilson

The human species can change its own nature. What will it choose?

Wilson. 1978. On Human Nature.


H. G. Wells

A day will come, one day in the unending succession of days, when beings, beings who are latent in our thoughts and hidden in our loins, shall stand upon this earth as one stands upon a footstool, and shall laugh and reach out their hands amidst the stars.

Wells. 1902. The Discovery of the Future. Nature 65 (326).

http://www.rdg.ac.uk/~lhsjamse/wells/wells.htm


Man is a small thing, but the night is large and full of wonders. -The Laughter of the Gods.


Man thinks and God laughs.


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