Wednesday, September 06, 2006

The Complex Traits Just Poof Into Existence, And Natural Selection Then Does All The Heavy Lifting

Gil Dodgen:

Denyse just alerted me to this latest gem of wisdom in the evolutionary psychology arena, concerning the origin of musical ability and appreciation:


The one thing that always amazes me is that Darwinists concentrate on the survival value of a certain trait (why natural selection would select that trait), while assuming that the trait can be had on the cheap and for the asking. Do any of them ever ask, What random mutations would it take to genetically rewire a non-musical brain so that it could appreciate and create music, and what are the probabilities that these mutations could have arisen by chance and been fixed in the population in the time available, with the number of generations available in that time frame, and with the number of individuals in the population?

These quintessential questions are never asked because the answer is obvious: There is no chance that this could have happened, and most people with a modicum of common sense figure this out. One needs a Ph.D. in evolutionary theory to not figure this out.

Is it incomprehensible that the human penchant for music and the arts was programmed into us, just like the machinery of life?

1 comment:

Michael Poole said...

What a sad failure of imagination. Why is it that people who look for divine influence or provenance so often fall back to -- as I think Kenneth Miller put it -- the kind of sad, limited little god who has to constantly tweak and fix things?

The one thing that always amazes me is that Creationists concentrate on stupidly bad probability arguments, while assuming that their target audience is dumb enough to fall for them. It seems clear, though, that both the evolutionary and creationist assumptions are good ones...