The Evolutionary Reason Babies Are Born So Helpless


The first few months with a newborn baby are terrifying — we’re a horribly designed species. Our babies are born with soft spots on their heads, necks so fragile that they can die if they aren’t supported, and tiny fingers that can’t even use Snapchat. Evolution was kinder to other animals. Reptiles, for example, don’t even need to take care of their babies. When a lizard gives birth, it expects its one-day-old child to go out on its own, fend for itself, and stop coming to it with every little problem. Their babies can already walk and hunt. Ours can’t even see.

How did we, as a species, ever survive? University of Rochester professors Celeste Kidd and Steve Piantadosi who just published a new theory in the Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences about why babies aren’t born to run: It makes for smarter parents. Good news! But, the most fascinating part of their theory is the one they cut out of their research paper. (Hint: It would make for an excellent Netflix series.)

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One thought on “The Evolutionary Reason Babies Are Born So Helpless”

  1. Mr Oliver, your accounts of different versions of the bible truths, are ridiculous at best to all true Christians. We believe God cannot tell a lie! All of your so called ‘other accounts’ of the stories in the bible in essence, are calling God a liar! We believe the bible is the inerrant, exact word of God! Are we to believe these other accounts that were written by mortal men, subject to errors, lies, hatred, or misinformation? Or do we believe a Holy and perfect God? For all true believers, the choice is simple! We either believe ALL of

    Or do we believe the word of a Holy, devine, perfect God? For true believers, there is no choice! We either believe ALL of Gods word, or you believe NONE of it! Thank You,–L/O

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