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The Greatest Evolution Trait?
Recently, I had an injury on my hand. It was nothing serious and it put my right thumb out of commission for a few days. During which, I had a realization just how necessary is the thumb.
- Dec. 2016
After injuring my thumb, I had to put a bandage on it and some iodine to prevent infection. My thumb was hurting a bit and it was sensitive to touch. As I go about my day, I found it so inconvenient to do the simple tasks. I could not tear scotch tape to wrap presents. I could not open a package. I could not open a bottle or button my shirt or tie my shoe. The lists go on...
It got me thinking. The greatest evolution trait must be the thumb. It is the one advantage we have over most other animals. It is the trait that allow us to build tools and advance society in a way that lead to our domination of the earth. That is if you believe in the theory of evolution.
It lead to my next question. If the thumb is so important and provide such advantage, over billions of years of evolution, why has it not been adapted by all life forms?
I hope you follow my line of thinking. In the Darwin theory of evolution, the survival of the fittest, why does some traits not dominate? If one thing like the opposable thumb is so crutial to our success, why has it not been adapted by all animals? They all have the capabilities to adapt. What makes one adaptation more likely than the next? Is there a bias or defect in this theory?
I always had some doubt about the theory of evolution as presented by scientists. It did not make sense in the way I understand how energy is conserved and preserved. The laws of conservation of energy and entrophy. How does a simple organism become more complex and develop skills and traits that were non existant before? What is the mechanism that allows for a DNA to add features and functions that are many time more complex? The laws of probability is also in play. It just seems to take an extraordinary chance of luck to be able to evolve from a simple cell to a full grown human in a few billion years...