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Sunday, August 07, 2005

SPECIES TRANSFER: As the Intelligent Design vs. Natural Selection debate rolls on, I'm pleased to report that a major issue related to endangered species has been resolved. My son (age 6) and I were watching a movie featuring a talented skateboarding chimp. The flick was hilarious, heart-warming — all that good stuff. I turned to him and said, "Did you know that humans and chimps are closely related?" He gave me a look that made it clear there's more to the story than I realize. "Daddy, we used to be chimps." I paused and smiled. Before I knew what to say, he continued: "Hey, now I know why chimps are becoming endangered — they're all becoming humans!" Most the time I sense the opposite. That's probably species chauvinism, though it's an open question which species is being dissed.