Alas, these days even in the funny pages it’s impossible to get away from politics. How about the Dec. 18 Doonesbury, where a doctor asks a self-described creationist patient if he should “treat the TB bug as it was before antibiotics, or as the multiple-drug-resistant strain it has since evolved into.”
Ha, ha. Good one, Garry Trudeau. Everyone in the blue states knows those foolish “intelligent design” people are so sadly behind the curve. But the problem with the debate over evolution is that we’ve evolved beyond it. Or, to be more correct, we no longer live in evolutionary times. These are revolutionary times.
Think of it this way: The theory of evolution does a good job explaining what happens in the middle. Indeed, germs like the TB bacteria featured in the Doonesbury strip are evolving. So are humans. It’s pretty clear we’re getting taller, faster and, ironically, fatter (although the last trait may be caused by something other than evolution).
But evolution can never explain what happened at the very beginning of time. No science can, since no one was there to observe it. We have theories (the Big Bang) and we have faith (the Bible). Take your pick, or create your own hybrid. There’s no provable right or wrong answer.
Evolution also fails to predict the end of time, which, in some ways, is where we are now. Consider a recent report in the British medical journal The Lancet, which explains that parents in India are choosing to have boys instead of girls. “We conservatively estimate that prenatal sex determination and selective abortion accounts for 0.5 million missing girls yearly,” author Dr. Prabhat Jha told the Toronto Globe and Mail. Meanwhile in China’s Huaiyuan County, Newsweek reports there are now an estimated 120 boys born for every 100 girls.
Those aren’t evolutionary numbers. Evolution works slowly, and across the millennia evolution decided the proper balance for the human race, for whatever reason, is to have slightly more women than men.