Evolutionary anthropology has been the subject of endless debates for many years now. Everyone’s heard of Charles Darwin at some point in their lives. I still find it difficult to believe that some people are convinced, even in this day and age, that humans are in no way related to other primates.
However, this situation might be less surprising considering that some individuals like to think that the earth is flat and that we’re all living in a lie. I was never a big fan of conspiracy theories, although some coincidences are bizarre.
To get to the topic of my blog post, I am going to recommend you some books on evolution that I have enjoyed reading. The Selfish Gene, by Richard Dawkins, is one of the most critically acclaimed studies in this sense. Dawkins has long been considered a revolutionary biologist, and that’s because his books tackle many matters other than evolution. To some extent, many of his works are philosophical. Another great read by the same author is The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution.
Don’t get me wrong; I have nothing against creationists and people who abide by all the rules of the Bible. Nevertheless, I would like to propose an idea to all those who say that the world was created in six days and on the seventh, God took a well-deserved break. What if we thought of those days as geological eras? I believe that this theory is easier to digest, particularly by those who seem to have something against the idea that our ancestors were related to apes.
If you prefer a shorter read, and chances are that you do, given that the other two books I have mentioned are well over 400 pages long, perhaps you should try Why Evolution Is True, by Jerry A. Coyne. To put it simply, this book has helped me understand that our reality is a fact and that we should embrace the idea of evolution without any restraints.
The Third Chimpanzee, by Jared Diamond, is another critically acclaimed nonfiction read. It tells us that 98% of our genome is shared with chimpanzees. One of the problems that people who deny evolution have to deal with is the truth that we are still evolving. Perhaps this fact is easier to deny since we cannot notice it per se, but there are many diseases and germs who leave their mark on our genes, whether we like it or not.
Why is it that some people are better at recovering from an ailment while others spend weeks in bed and need medicine in order to cope with its symptoms? Many studies have shown that even we, as humans, are different amongst ourselves and that some are fitter than others, especially in terms of survival.