"If evolution is true, then humans are not special at all when compared to other animals or life forms. (#C534)
In our hearts, we know that we are special and very different than animals, plants, and bacteria, not just in terms of complexity and worth, but in spiritual terms, too. This goes directly against the implications of evolution. 1
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Dawkins, R. (2004). The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
- Dawkins, 2004, p. 6: “We are not swifts nor elephants, we are people. As we wander in imagination through some long-dead epoch, it is humanly natural to reserve a special warmth and curiosity for whatever otherwise ordinary species in that ancient landscape is our ancestor (it is an intriguingly unfamiliar thought that there is always one such species). It is hard to deny our human temptation to see this one species as ‘on the main line’ of evolution, and others as supporting casts, walk-on parts, sidelined cameos. Without succombing to that error, there is one way to indulge a ligitimate human-centrism while respecting historical propriety. That way is to do our history backwards, and it is the way of this book.” ↩