I occasionally have really weird thoughts. Today, I had one. The human body is very flawed… Meaning if we were created in the image of God, either God is flawed or he was incredibly drunk when he started designing the human body. However, the image of a drunken omnipotent being trying to figure out how to mold dirt into humans is rather entertaining.
Back on topic, the human body is flawed. Most animals have the ability to regenerate teeth. Humans got “wisdom teeth.” Wisdom teeth are about the most pointless part of the human condition. There are a varying number of them in everyone’s head from a big fat zero to as many as four. Those that are unlikely enough to have more than zero, usually require oral surgery to remove them.
It seems that since we have “baby teeth” and “adult teeth,” we should be granted a full set of chompers that we could affectionately name “elderly teeth” or continue with the misnomer that they are “wisdom teeth.” They should come in as we lose our “adult teeth,” not randomly attempt to sprout from our gums while our “adult teeth” are still firmly attached to our jaw bones.
They say that “wisdom teeth” are an evolutionary throw-back; like having a tail or an overly pronounced brow-ridge. It was meant to be weeded out of the gene pool… In this sense, I and my mother, are ahead of the evolutionary game as neither of us have “wisdom teeth.” Oddly, I could use four new teeth in the back, the one time being ahead in the genetics game is actually a hindrance… Go figure.
NOTE: I am an evolutionist, not a creationist. It doesn’t make sense that some supreme being actually designed us this way… It isn’t just teeth, there are a lot of things that make me shake my head – tails, asymmetry, the maxillary sinus system (the ones in our cheek have to drain up before they can drain down), the pharynx (why should we breath out of the same hole where we eat? when was the last time you heard of a whale or dolphin choking to death?) , the fact that we have 26 movable bones in our feet – surely we don’t need that many small, breakable parts to walk, and finally, the process of giving birth – if someone intelligent had created us, giving birth would be more efficient; who in their right mind decides that something 8 pounds and 20 inches long should come out a six inch passageway that is roughly three inches around? Although, giving birth through the chest cavity creates all sorts of different issues.