National Geographic : 2007 Mar
To both I would say, read and marvel at the beauty of evolu tion and God. JAKE McELLIGOTT Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania The article uses an analogy of a building being constructed. Viewed daily at 6 p.m ., it looks to be building itself. Viewed continuously, one notices the tools used in its construction. Would these tools be as effec tive without an architect? Science is not above God nor does it replace God. Science is simply the discovery of how he does things. MICHAEL MAGUIRE Winter Springs, Florida I cannot sign on to intelligent design. The traits that it con siders the strongest evidence of a designer-complexity, interconnectedness, adapta tions impossible to develop as a series of small steps-are shown to the most extreme degree in the life cycles of parasitic worms. What kind of a God are we talking about here? I'd rather leave it to evo lution, thank you very much. WYNN SCHAIBLE Blue Bell, Pennsylvania Origin of Childhood I would think that you would have an easier time convincing people that your 3.3 -million year-old child is a hominin if she looked a little less like a chimpanzee. Your article notes that the child has the arms and shoulders of a tree climber like a gorilla, but then an anthropologist, upon seeing her small canines and lack of a brow, concluded she was a hominin. Wouldn't it have made just as much sense to conclude that she was a chimpanzee, but one that had evolved smaller canines and a smoother brow? MARGARET ERIKSSON Fergus Falls, Minnesota Write, Email, Fax Write National Geographic Magazine PO Box 98199 Washington, DC 20090-8199 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Fax 202-828-5460 Include name, address, and daytime telephone. Letters may be edited for clarity and length. It is what makes incubators, baby bottles and car seats possible. It is chemistry.