One of the biggest mysteries (to me) about my past has been why I accepted the truth of Darwinian evolution long before I went to college or even studied O Level biology. Until very recently, my only solution to this mystery was found in a flight I took from London to Lusaka at age 12. At the beginning of this trip, I vividly saw lots of very white people; at the end of it, I vividly saw lots of very black people. Clearly, the dramatic change in location had something to do with this dramatic change in skin color. The two races were different because their environments were different: cold and cloudy regions selected humans with light skin; hot and sunny ones for humans with black skin. What other explanation could there be? That trip made Darwinism clear to me at 12. I was certain of this answer until I recently chanced upon this video...


YouTube is so good at transmitting the deepest parts of your past to the present. I recalled watching that old BBC documentary on peppered moths when I was 9 (my parents only allowed me to watch educational channels) and realizing right away that animals not just adapt to their environments but, more importantly, the process is totally random. (I'm completely ignoring the controversy surrounding the doc because it's dumb.) The trip I took a few years later only confirmed what I learned from the documentary: The dark moths of Britain became the dark skins of African humans; the chance of the factory smoke became the chance of location and the sun. How else could it be? Darwinism stares it at everyone in the face.