Our brains have vastly more ability than is needed for survival, most notably the capacity for language and abstract thought.
The origin and nature of man should be important to any thoughtful human being, of any religion or none.
A participant did not like that I called his origins model “idiosyncratic,” or that I characterized the reaction to it as “cautious.” Oh well.
I asked fairly innocuous questions, realizing that I was being allowed to participate as long as I didn’t cause strife.
Following Darwin, with an assist from Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Lewontin, Ken Miller proposes that human reason, consciousness, etc. are exaptations, or “spandrels.”