Hiccups

Humans hiccup because of evolution! Or at least that’s what some Darwinists are saying.

A group of French scientists, led by Christian Straus at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, believe the reason humans hiccup is because of evolution.

Why am I not surprised that they’ve already decided it was evolution without fully studying it?

Well, they decided this because tadpoles exhibit a similar function. Tadpoles, however, do this for a specific reason and they outgrow it when they become frogs. Also, other critters hiccup (like puppies and kittens) although they too outgrow it when they get older. So, why do human adults get hiccups? Why don’t all animals in the evolutionary line between amphibians and homo-sapiens get hiccups? Why is is constrained to young members of all animals that exhibit this trait except humans? Just because tadpoles exhibit a similar movement, does that make it a hiccup and demonstrate undeniable evidence for the evolution of hiccups in humans?

A design inference would suggest that it is more likely that hiccups are a bug detection indicator; something to indicate to us that something is wrong with our system. This would make much more sense than some vestige from amphibians that manifests itself in some animals but not others and somehow has decided to happen in adults of the human species only. This is too “just-so” for my tastes. Again, the design explanation makes more sense and is more parsimonious.

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2 responses to “Hiccups

  1. Well, you know, not everyone who ascribes great powers to “evolution” (especially if he’s French) is necessarily a “Darwinist.”

    And, just because the (Canadian?) author of the article mentioned Darwin, it doesn’t follow that the French fellow is a “Darwinist.”

  2. It’s a typical thing for Darwinists to assume evolution and then proceed from there, which is what is happening here. In fact, I know of no others who simply assume their conclusion is evolution before looking at the facts.

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