July 11, 2017 | David F. Coppedge

Darwinists Invite Laughter

Since laughter is a product of natural selection for fitness, according to Darwinists, let’s try it out on them.

According to Beth Houston, professor at the University of California, Charles Darwin lost his aesthetic sense over time by pondering the implications of his own theory. The enjoyment of music, art and poetry he had enjoyed as a young man declined in his later years. For Darwin, “life exists only to reproduce itself in an endless loop of brute survival for its own sake.”1 Poor guy. We need to cheer him up. Let’s invite him to the Darwin Comedy Show!

Laugh for fitness. Alan Mozes claims in Medical Xpress, “Laughter may be a serious evolutionary tool“. He cites work by Lauri Nummenmaa from the University of Finland to allege, “Sharing a laugh can make you feel closer to someone else, and that quick-forming social bond may have been a big evolutionary boon to human survival, a small study suggests.” Here’s a quick way to increase your fitness! LOL (laugh out loud). Remember, he said this is serious.

Why your brain evolved. Hey, meat-head! Brains evolved to increase fitness, Science Daily says. “In a new article published in the journal Trends in Neurosciences, University of Arizona researchers suggest that the link between exercise and the brain is a product of our evolutionary history and our past as hunter-gatherers,”UA anthropologist David Raichlen explains.

It’s very odd to think that moving your body should affect your brain in this way — that exercise should have some beneficial impact on brain structure and function — but if you start thinking about it from an evolutionary perspective, you can start to piece together why that system would adaptively respond to exercise challenges and stresses.

Twitter wars. Science Daily also asks, “If the early bird catches the worm, then does the smart songbird get the girl?” Evolutionists thought that complex songs signaled better brains. “However, what’s not clear is how female songbirds can judge the cognitive abilities of potential mates, which is a necessary first step if smarter mates are preferred over their not-as-smart counterparts.” It’s also not clear if females want smarter males they might not be able to control.

Clear the way for frogs. To get frogs, bring in an asteroid. Remove dinosaurs. Clear ground. There. Frogs!  Science Daily, New Scientist and PNAS are all echoing what the BBC News announced recently: “The huge diversity of frogs we see today is mainly a consequence of the asteroid strike that killed off the dinosaurs, a study suggests.”

Darwin still looks rather depressed.

Here’s why Darwin is not likely to be laughing with the crowd. All laughing does is trigger the release of endorphins in the brain that make one feel good. It’s like giving your mate a mind-altering drug before sex to reduce inhibitions, the first article says:

Endorphins are naturally occurring opioids that may produce a sense of euphoria, calmness and stress reduction, the researchers said.

And once laughter causes endorphin levels to go up, so too do feelings of closeness and connection between those “in” on the giggle.

For many animals, primates especially, mutual grooming helps boost social bonds. And humans do this, too. But laughter may work quicker.

In other words, nothing is really funny, smart, or beautiful. It’s all about sex. No—it’s worse than that. It’s all about molecules using you. Houston also wrote that Darwin,

the man most responsible, nominally at least, for the sacrifice of the human spirit on the altar of mechanistic determinism could admit nonchalantly that he had in essence willfully programmed his mind into a machine—a computer—that resulted in loss of happiness, injury to moral character, emotional enfeeblement, and, ironically, severe mental atrophy. Darwin the man created the theory that symbolizes the absurd predicament, perhaps even the tragic flaw, of modern humanity.1

Sounds like Darwinism decreases fitness [cue sound of short circuit].

1Beth Houston quotes from her book, Natural God: Deism in the Age of Intelligent Design (Florida, New Deism Press, 2012), cited from Jerry Bergman’s book, How Darwinism Corrodes Morality, ch. 14.


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