Evolution v. Creation Watch: What are Goose Bumps for?

It turns out that goose bumps are an evolutionary holdover from when we had fur. Here’s Harvard’s Steven Pinker:

Our own bodies are riddled with quirks that no competent engineer would have planned but that disclose a history of trial-and-error tinkering: a retina installed backward, a seminal duct that hooks over the ureter like a garden hose snagged on a tree, goose bumps that uselessly try to warm us by fluffing up long-gone fur.

My wife says Steven Pinker has a lewd name.

Oh, and Thomas Jefferson had a fur coat (to replace the one that he lost from evolution):

thomas jefferson

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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