Friday, March 23, 2012

Humans are not apes

Anthropologist John Hawks writes:
I don't know why so many people who accept and promote evolution have such a dim view of phylogenetic systematics.

How else to explain why I so often hear the canard, "Humans are apes"?

My children can tell what an ape is. I work very hard to tell them why apes are different than monkeys. When they see a chimpanzee in a zoo, and other parents are telling their kids, "Look at the monkey!", my children say, "That's not a monkey, it's an ape!" ...

Today I read Jerry Coyne, writing about a silly column ("Washington Times denies that Richard Dawkins is an ape"): ...

Jerry is far from alone in this -- many evolutionary biologists state as if it were an unquestionable fact that humans are apes. I disagree. ...

We aren't apes. And it's OK to teach your children that chimpanzees are apes, not monkeys. Because that's what I do.
If a child can understand the difference between humans and apes, why are evolutionists so eager to deny it? They are on some ideological mission to convince everyone that we are just animals.


F said...


Nobody uses that term except Creationists. Why not just go out and deny all of biology and science whilst you're at it?

Surely the Bible can explain antibacterial resistance. It's just an act of God! We must have angered God by not praying enough, and so God made our antibiotics ineffective!

This is just a sign of the End of Days! The Day of Judgment is upon us! 2012 is the end of the world!

Roger said...

Actually the term "evolutionist" is commonly used by pro-evolution professors. Just google it. I am not denying any science.