Re: Evolution. Were we really envolve from monkeys?
There were other Hominid species that co-existed with Homo Sapiens. One of these were Neanderthals. We, however, out-competed them and they went extinct (with some inter-breeding as well). Animals in nature fit into niches, they have specific roles within their habitats in regards to the foods they eat, the areas they occupy, the time they're active, etc. The reason why monkeys exist, and why other animals haven't evolved long similar lines as humans, is because they all fit into different niches, and their evolutionary path was determined by the selective pressures put on them within that niche. So its not entirely "random" in the sense that the mutations selected for, are selected for because of selective pressures (i.e. weather, food, mating, etc.).
Originally Posted by Mante
The tiger didn't evolve human like traits because if it did, it would no longer be able to catch its prey, and it would starve to death. Its built for its life style, and its life style is determined by its environment.
Evolution isn't directional. It isn't moving towards becoming more "advanced". It simply shapes animals to be best fit for their environment. Adaptations don't make animals better, it simply gives them a better chance to survive and reproduce.
Again, as seen throughout this thread, it seems part of the disbelief in evolution is simply from an ignorance of what evolution is.