There’s not too much we can say about this new post at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog. It’s by Michael Egnor — that’s his writeup at the Encyclopedia of American Loons. His article is: The “Not Tonight Dear Because I’ve Got an Impacted Third Molar” Theory of Natural Selection.
Egnor quotes from a newspaper interview with with Professor Alan Mann of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science. Mann is discussing our crowded jaws as a consequence of evolution. You know — big skull, not enough room in the jaw for all our teeth. Then he gives a rather jocular example of why it may be that 25% of the human population no longer grow all their wisdom teeth:
Although lacking wisdom teeth does not provide a survival advantage in the modern world, Prof Mann suggested that the trait may one day die out because people with aching jaws might be marginally less likely to have children.
He said: “One plausible scenario might be as follows: one evening, a partner in a relationship suggests a bout of reproduction.
“The other partner, plagued by an impacted third molar which is painful enough to be distracting, says: ‘not tonight dear, my jaw is killing me.’
As you might expect, the utterly humorless Discoveroids take that remark and run amok. Here’s what Egnor says, with bold font added by us:
Another plausible scenario is that Darwinism is witless pseudoscience too bizarre even to parody effectively. It is a parody of itself.
Any reputable science journalist would have been so convulsed with laughter that he couldn’t have finished conducting the interview. Yet this swill is what passes for evolutionary biology in the 21st century.
We don’t need to say anything — but we will mention something that Egnor didn’t mention. He doesn’t offer any reason why the Discoveroids’ magical, mystical designer — blessed be he! — designed us with so many dental defects.
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