August 8, 2014

NO ONE BELIEVES IN eVOLUTION:

What makes us human? (JOHN LLOYD, 1 AUGUST, 2014, New Statesman)

This is a big question, but one answer covers it all: we ask questions. There are quite a few human languages - Latin and Irish among them - that don't have words for "yes" or "no" - but every language on earth has a word for "why".

Why is this? Why are we the only species on earth that is concerned about things that don't directly concern our survival or that of our offspring? Porcupines do not look up at the night sky and wonder what all the sparkly bits are; weasels don't worry about what other weasels think of them; lobsters really don't enjoy pub quizzes.
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