Tim Allen's Evolution Tweet

Tim Allen's Evolution Tweet

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Tim Allen's Evolution Tweet refers to a series of parody tweets mocking a post by comedian and actor Tim Allen, questioning the fundamental tenets of evolutionary science.

Origin

On August 16th, 2017, comedian and actor Tim Allen tweeted[1] "If we evolved from apes why are there still apes." The tweet (shown below) received more than 14,500 retweets and 48,600 likes in less than 48 hours.


Tim Allen @ofctimallen If we evolved from apes why are there still apes.

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Shortly after Allen posted his tweet, Twitter[2] user @michaelaranger answered question. In a series of tweets, he said:

"Us & today's "apes" evolved from a common ancestor, different from both of us. Technically we split once, came together again & split again. That last common ancestor looked & acted more like what we think of as ape than us, but it wasn't an ape of today.Why are we balder/smarter? In short, evolution is driven by environment & death. Our ancestor's environments caused the weaker ones to die & stronger to propagate. If a species' environment is less difficult, it might change less- less "fit" traits don't die out as quick. Among other reasons, this is why species with a common ancestor can diverge from that ancestor at different rates. Also, humans are considered apes too👍."

The tweets (shown below) received more than 275 retweets and 4,500 likes.


Michael Ranger @michaelaranger-Aug 16 Replying to eofctimallen Us & today's "apes" evolved from a common ancestor, different from both of us Technically we split once, came together again & split again 112 ti 279 9.1K Michael Ranger @michaelaranger-Aug 16 That last common ancestor looked & acted more like what we think of as ape than us, but it wasn't an ape of today.Why are we balder/smarter? 19t 4.7K Michael Ranger @michaelaranger-Aug 16 In short, evolution is driven by environment & death. Our ancestor's environments caused the weaker ones to die & stronger to propagate 27t 122 4.5K Michael Ranger @michaelaranger-Aug 16 If a species' environment is less difficult, it might change less- less "fit" traits don't die out as quick. Among other reasons, this is 14ti 96 3.7K Michael Ranger @michaelaranger-Aug 16 why species with a common ancestor can diverge from that ancestor at different rates. Also, humans are considered apes too 98 t 129 4.5K


People on Twitter also joked that Tim Allen could ask Wilson, his fictional neighbor from the television series Home Improvement that his character Tim Taylor would ask questions about the universe. That day, Twitter[3] user @sirmitchel, tweeted "You are so fucking lost without Wilson." The tweet (shown below) received more than 420 retweets and 5,000 likes.


You are so f------ lost without Wilson.

Additionally, people started parodying Allen's tweet by using the same structure as the comedian's tweet. They would ask If x is true, why is "Y" true too?. These were the prevailing joke used in defining the meme.

That day, Twitter[4] published a Moments page to archive the response to Allen's tweet. Additionally, several media outlets covered the response to the tweet, including Inverse,[5] Maxim,[6] AV Club[7] and more.


If God hand-crafted us in His own image why is there Tim Allern If we evolved from some kind of slow-witted, knuckle-dragging, hunch-backed, ape-like ancestor, why is there Tim Allen? If Last Man Standing was successful, then why was it cancelled?

On August 17th, Redditor [8] Not-Patrick posted a picture of Allen's tweet with a stock photo of a man smashing his hands on the ground with a black and white picture of the founder of evolutionary science Charles Darwin photoshopped over the man's face. The picture was captioned "Dammit! What a fool I was." The post (shown below) received more than 2,100 points (97% upvoted) and 35 comments.


Tim Allen @ofctimallen 1d If we evolved from apes why are there still apes. 12.1K 11.9K 38.1 K DAMMIT! WHAT A FOOL I WAS!

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Better question: if evolution is survival of the fittest, why is Tim Allen? if evolution is true, then how is tim allen dumb? think about it If there is evolution, then how is there Tim Allen?

If Tim Allen evolved from being a cocaine dealer to being a comedian, why are there still cocaine dealers? if there are orangutangs why are there also gorillas you're right, makes ZERO sense if there are lions why are there tigers If Pizzas are round, why are Pizza boxes square?


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Basilius
Basilius

I wanna clear up some points I've heard about evolution.

1. The phrase "Survival of the fittest" Does not mean "Fit" as in strong. It means whoever fits in their environment the best. Evolution does not imply that only those who are strong should survive. 100 humans working together will always have a better chance of survival vs 100 humans who try to do it all themselves no matter if those humans are super strong or not.

2. Evolution does not prove/disprove the existence of a god or gods. Evolution solely exists to explain how life diversified and changes over time. Evolution can be true regardless of the origins of the universe. (I am saying this as an Atheist).

3. Modern evolutionary science is so accurate they can predict within a reasonable margin of error where a specific evolutionary species may have existed and when. This has enabled them to find fossils for species that may have gone unfound because they were buried so deep.

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