On the evolutionary scale, I would have to say that rice and human beings, while obviously separated by intermediary species such as whales and bumble-bees, have a lot in common -- Chicken fried rice, rice-cakes, Rice-a-roni, to name a few.
Image by Carey Tilden via FlickrThe family resemblance between humans and rice can be seen in the unretouched photo to the right of a man-like grain of rice found at a Chinese restaurant. (Evolutionists believe that as rice adapted, it lost the genetic code for arms, legs, head, and hat-tassle.)
Most humans probably look down their elegantly refined noses at rice. (In fact, some human beings who have just chowed down on the local Chinese all-you-can-eat lunch buffet probably have a grain or two of rice stuck on the end of their noses.)
But, they shouldn't. Did you know that in the evolutionary tooth-and-claw struggle for survival that the lowly grain of rice, lacking both tooth and claw, has managed to come up with more genes than us? I would say that's impressive. Remember Dawkins: the species with the most genes wins!
Dr Andrew George, reader in molecular immunology at the Hammersmith campus explained: Although humans are normally thought to be considerably more complex than organisms, such as plants, rice, yeast and earthworms, this is not reflected in their number of genes - humans have less [sic] than other supposedly less complex organisms. -- ICL ReporterNext time you throw rice at a wedding, remember this: you are throwing a highly evolved, highly complex life-form into the air. You might want to consider throwing your cousin George instead.
However, we get to eat rice, and no grain of rice has ever been known to fry-up and eat a human, so, I'm calling this a win for human beings!
PS -- I plan to do some further research today at the local Chinese lunch buffet. Will report back.
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