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One from the archives for all those sleep deprived parents with teething babies prompted by this tweet by @eske.
Sometimes I look at the human race and I despair. Is this really the result of millions of years of evolution?
Charles Darwin must have got something fundamentally wrong when he came up with his “survival of the fittest” theory. Homo sapiens is perhaps the biggest pro-creationist argument anyone could ever make… because surely a process like natural selection couldn’t get something this wrong!
We wouldn’t even have made it out of the trees way back when if we’d been relying on natural selection. How can I possibly know this? I’ve got a new baby in the house, that’s how.Adorable as they are human babies are pretty feckless.
They can’t feed themselves, they can’t walk for a year or more, they are so fragile that without constant attention from their parents they wouldn’t last five minutes. Compare that with, say, an alligator… fully functional right out of the egg: swimming, hunting its own food and generally getting on with it.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me start at the beginning: with childbirth. I recently witnessed a completely natural home-birth… no drugs, no gas and air, nothing but a pool of warm water, my wife, the midwife, and myself. Now while I can certainly vouch for the fact that birth in all its natural glory is a wondrous and humbling thing to experience, it’s neither a quick nor quiet process.