reconjshWell, yeah, there's that, but that's more of jumping off into a different direction. You could make inferences from evolution, if you could solidify enough of a lineage. But then you'd have to go elsewhere and apply that context to the paleontological record, where you can start to observe how early hominids lived and make some fairly good suppositions about how social structure, morality, and language came to be. And that's fascinating stuff, and of course humans are curious and want to know.
I think it matters where we came from for 2 reasons:
1) The pursuit of understanding where we came from is an excercise for your mind and our collective intelligence as a species. For this single point, the pursuit is more important than the conclusion. The more delve, the more we may perhaps discover about ourselves and life itself beyond simply “where we started”.
2) The final conclusion/truth of “where we came from” can have a significant impact on our society regarding the importance of life on Earth and how people on the opposite side of the truth live. If there is a God, I'm guessing alot of atheists would like to know. If there isn't, alot of religiouis folks would probably rethink some of the things they do as well.
I suppose, to the average person, all of that is part and parcel of evolution, whereas I tend to stay within the context of how scientists talk about it. And by sticking to that context, I refer to evolution as not only something that we'd like to know but stuff that we SHOULD know. Understanding genetics is becoming increasingly important to the field of healtcare. The ability to predict a diversification is very important, especially in relation to dangerous microbes.
And this sort of thing is completely lost on creationists, like the ones in these videos. They don't see it as that. They think it's a cultural war, and so they unwittingly attempt to sabotage good science over what I consider to be one of the lesser important implications of evolution.
I mean, I'm as curious as anyone, but I don't really have a preference as to where we came from. I stick up for the hominid origin of man, not because I want to be related to Lucy, but because I think that the science it comes from is good and beneficial to our survival.