an atheistic evolutionist, Carl Sagan... points out in Dragons of Eden that there is a remarkable correlation between the evolutionary development of man and the Genesis account of the Fall. A key observation in the fossil record is that there occurred a rapid [in evolutionary time ...] increase in the cranial capacity of hominids [per the scientific timeline, this increase occurs in mere hundreds of thousands of years among BILLIONS of years]. This increase represents the development of that portion of the brain used for abstract and analytical thought. For the first time, hominids could grasp the concept of a God and of right and wrong. A simple clear way of describing it is that man ate the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. The consequences are direct: the increased cranial capacity led to a skull too large for the female pelvic structure and, therefore, inevitable pain at childbirth. No other mammal experiences such a pain. With the analytical mind, the struggle for survival meant a switch from brute-force food gathering to cunning and skill in cultivating food- the sweat of the brow. Above all, abstract thought led to the awareness of death and its inevitability and finality. Here, too, came the recognition of God and the beginning notions of what it meant to communicate with him. Some of the earliest signs of civilization are burial grounds with crude items of worship

From the website Bible and Science
Visited 3/15/03

The "Creation" short topic (on the homepage/more menu) has more on interpreting Genesis, and the "Menu of other comments" under "Creation" has some comments on how science and the Genesis account have been seen in harmony by some thinkers.