Here is an example of why you should be wary of news that sounds bizarre. And, also, why you should be wary of sources like the Daily Mail. They picked up a satirical blog post and took it at face value. Oh, Daily Mail, how silly you are.
Dr Dean Burnett muses that humans could evolve surreal new features to cope with our modern environment.
His bizarre suggestions include colour-changing skin to allow humans to stand out or blend in as well as tentacles to help us use computers better.
The neuroscientist’s humorous ideas come after a researcher at the University of Sheffield predicted that humans will evolve beaks and regenerating teeth.
The Daily Mail took Burnett’s blog post at The Guardian as serious (since it’s written by a scientist) without grasping that it was a joke at the expense of those who are ignorant about nature and how it works.
Check out the last paragraph of Burnett’s piece:
I once spoke with someone who said he didn’t believe in evolution. When asked why, his main argument was that people don’t have wings. While this is definitely the case, I asked how this relates to evolution. His response was that “evolution is survival of the fittest, and wings are the best”. So there’s that. I don’t know how much research this person had done to arrive at this conclusion, so I’m putting it here just in case. Even if it is based on some half-baked observations and a very limited understanding of how evolution works, it’ll fit right in.
In a hilarious display, the Daily Mail proved his point by reporting his half-baked observations and displaying their very limited understand of how evolution works. Unbelievable. Literally.
We normally do not link to the Daily Mail but this was just too good of an example not to post.