Is it me or is this the ridiculous comment ever made regarding evolution? And what is "Nature's Solution" anyway? How did 'nature' decide that this would be the best way for babies to develop? Why didn't nature simply make the birth canal larger? I mean, wouldn't it make more sense to allow for larger more developed brains earlier on rather than settle for smaller brains that have to develop over a long period of time? Amazing!
Quote of the Week
Human evolution, of course, is responsible for our very long period of childhood, during much of which we are almost completely dependent on our parents. As Ashley Montagu first pointed out decades ago, evolution encouraged the development of larger and larger human brains, but our origins in the primate family placed a limit on the ability of the birth canal to accommodate babies with ever-larger heads. NatureÂs solution was to encourage an extremely long period of dependence on the nurturing parent during infancy and childhood, allowing both mind and body to continue developing in an almost gestational way long after birth.
Al Gore, Earth in the Balance, p. 229.
And to think this man used to be our vice-president, not only that but ran for president of the United States as well! Whew!! Boy did we dodge a big one there.