Thursday, March 30, 2006

This Week in Science News

There is an article in a recent Nature journal about chimpanzees and how they are so different from humans.

Like we didn't know this already.

The interesting concept of this article is not that we're different, but how we're different. They have discovered that when you give a chimp a banana and place with that chimp another friendly chimp or even a chimp that is new to the chimp with the banana, that chimp will not share his banana. Now, change those banana-less chimps to a very hungry banana-less chimps. The (non-hungry) chimp with the banana will still not share. So, these scientists, as smart as they are, decided that this was the key to the humans' evolutionary development over chimps. We're willing to share our bananas.

I really don't want to get on a rant about evolution and about my stand on evolution. Contrary to what you may think, I am neither pro-evolution nor anti-evolution. I really am somewhere in the middle, and, if I had a lot of time, I could go into science and biblical text to show why I stand where I do on the issue.

Anyway, I am facinated that these scientist think that our human desire to be altruistic is due to an evolutionary change in our DNA. I personally believe that this is just another example of how humans (and only humans) are created in God's image. God wishes none to perish, and because we are created in His image, we want to help others in our own way. We cannot save souls, but we can feed the hungry and help out a friend or loved one when they find themselves in a tough spot. Even a greater stretch, we are willing to reach out and help people whom we do not even know. If you think about the amount of money that Christians and non-Christians gave to the victims of the September 11th attacks, to the victims of the tsunami, and to the victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, these are people whom we do not know and may never meet, but the piece of God in us shines through, even in those who do not accept Him or His Son.

Just another way that science is (in my opinion) proving that we are the Created.


At 2:28 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

Precisely why I'm thankful that people like YOU (intelligent, godly people) are science-type people, as well.

I've missed you! :-)

At 7:11 AM, Blogger Tony Arnold said...

In all my years of studying chemistry, physics, math, and engineering, I have found nothing that challenged my belief in God and that He created this universe. In fact, the study has only reinforced my belief.


At 11:46 AM, Blogger Andrea said...

You are so right, Amanda. It seems like the more science I learn, the more I see our Creator behind it all.

It's good to hear from you again. You've been missed!


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