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15-07-2012, 07:24 PM
The Intelligent Design of Sneezing
Again, I'm very lazy and can't be bothered with Google searches. Where does sneezing fit into the evolutionary explanation? It's convenient for clearing the debris, but not at all necessary for survival, and therefore not included in the natural selection process. At what point did our species (and some animals) start reflexively blowing air out of their nose? Why is this passed on from generation to generation? Same question could apply to blinking (why didn't we evolve an eye that doesn't need the action?) or yawning. Why and how did most mammals start doing these helpful things that don't apply to survival?

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15-07-2012, 07:29 PM
RE: The Intelligent Design of Sneezing
(15-07-2012 07:24 PM)Buddy Christ Wrote:  Again, I'm very lazy and can't be bothered with Google searches. Where does sneezing fit into the evolutionary explanation? It's convenient for clearing the debris, but not at all necessary for survival, and therefore not included in the natural selection process. At what point did our species (and some animals) start reflexively blowing air out of their nose? Why is this passed on from generation to generation? Same question could apply to blinking (why didn't we evolve an eye that doesn't need the action?) or yawning. Why and how did most mammals start doing these helpful things that don't apply to survival?
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15-07-2012, 07:30 PM
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For yawning, here is a good article http://scienceblogs.com/grrlscientist/20...ulation-i/
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15-07-2012, 07:33 PM
RE: The Intelligent Design of Sneezing
sorry for making several posts per query. But for blinking, we blink because "We have to blink to cleanse and moisten the eye. Each time the eyelids close, salty secretions from the tear glands are swept over the surface of the eye, flushing away small dust particles and lubricating the exposed portion of the eyeball. Normally we blink every four to six seconds, but in irritating conditions such as a smoke-filled room, we blink more frequently to keep the eyes clean and moist." (MSNBC)
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15-07-2012, 07:58 PM
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Well... I know what blinking IS. But wouldn't natural selection have favored, say, an eye that doesn't need constant cleaning? For instance, snakes have a non moving membrane to keep their eyes moist, so they don't have to blink. I guess I'm just curious why humans aren't a mixed bag, some who blink and some with membranes, etc. Since the the act is not a key to survival, it shouldn't have to be the same in all members of the species.

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15-07-2012, 08:18 PM
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(15-07-2012 07:58 PM)Buddy Christ Wrote:  Well... I know what blinking IS. But wouldn't natural selection have favored, say, an eye that doesn't need constant cleaning? For instance, snakes have a non moving membrane to keep their eyes moist, so they don't have to blink. I guess I'm just curious why humans aren't a mixed bag, some who blink and some with membranes, etc. Since the the act is not a key to survival, it shouldn't have to be the same in all members of the species.
Natural selection works with what it's got. There is no favoring of direction; what works, works.

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15-07-2012, 08:56 PM
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There is no evolutionary benefit. Sneezing was created by God so people would be required to say, "God Bless You" and thus be remInded of our Creator on a regular basis.

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15-07-2012, 11:20 PM
RE: The Intelligent Design of Sneezing
(15-07-2012 08:56 PM)Erxomai Wrote:  There is no evolutionary benefit. Sneezing was created by God so people would be required to say, "God Bless You" and thus be remInded of our Creator on a regular basis.

And eyelids were given to us so that we could close them when we're bowing our heads in reverence. That is what I assumed when I made the thread.


Btw, your post count still frightens me. You make spam bots jealous with your relentless verbosity.

"Ain't got no last words to say, yellow streak right up my spine. The gun in my mouth was real and the taste blew my mind."

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16-07-2012, 12:36 AM
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What about the intelligent design of the orgasm? Consider Just sayin...

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16-07-2012, 08:14 AM
RE: The Intelligent Design of Sneezing
(15-07-2012 11:20 PM)Buddy Christ Wrote:  
(15-07-2012 08:56 PM)Erxomai Wrote:  There is no evolutionary benefit. Sneezing was created by God so people would be required to say, "God Bless You" and thus be remInded of our Creator on a regular basis.

And eyelids were given to us so that we could close them when we're bowing our heads in reverence. That is what I assumed when I made the thread.


Btw, your post count still frightens me. You make spam bots jealous with your relentless verbosity.
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