On the 206th birthday of the famous scientist Charles Darwin, Pugwash attended a Humanist League Lecture where Chip Walter discussed about the evolution of humans. During Darwin’s time, evolution was a very controversial topic and hence the theory of evolution by Darwin offended many people, particularly those with religious beliefs that believe in creationism.
The first question answered by Walter was “Why are we here?” According to science, Walter answered that ever since the creation of this planet, there have been 27 species, only one of which survived this long, homo sapiens, or simply us humans.
What fascinated the people even more is that humans were neither the strongest nor the smartest beings on that time where others existed. There is lots of evidence that suggested that species in the Netherlands had much bigger brans. However, due to the social nature, humans grouped together and started communicating, meaning that they could survive as a whole.
Walter then continued with the importance of the study of evolution and its discovery. Apart from allowing us to learn about our past, it can also help in advances for the coming years. Knowing about the development of emotions, creativity and communications is vital in understanding our future. According to Walter, humans are capable of complex thoughts, which can be harnessed to improve the entire human community.
Despite hundreds of years of research into evolution, creationism and anti-evolution theories are taught in public schools. Walter stressed that learning about the history of evolution is important in understanding who we are today.