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Comment author: thrawnca 31 October 2016 02:18:26AM 0 points [-]

Well, humans can build calculators. That they can't be the calculators that they create doesn't demand an unusual explanation.

Yes, but don't these articles emphasise how evolution doesn't do miracles, doesn't get everything right at once, and takes a very long time to do anything awesome? The fact that humans can do so much more than the normal evolutionary processes can marks us as a rather significant anomaly.

Comment author: hairyfigment 31 October 2016 05:55:27AM 0 points [-]

Not really. Birds can fly better than evolution can. As far as intelligence goes, we're far from the only animals who can make tools. Since this typically takes less than a year, they're already faster than most versions of the mindless process called evolution.