Paleonet: creationist ignorance

Jere LIPPS jlipps at berkeley.edu
Tue Jun 5 18:44:42 GMT 2018


Like the Dirt answer, David.  Thanks.

Jere

Jere H. Lipps
jlipps at berkeley.edu

On Tue, Jun 5, 2018 at 10:34 AM, Dave Godfrey <dgodfrey9189 at aol.co.uk>
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> If you're descended from your grandparents, how come you have cousins?
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> David Godfrey
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> *From: *David Campbell <pleuronaia at gmail.com>
> *Sent: *05 June 2018 15:53
> *To: *PaleoNet <paleonet at paleonet.org>
> *Subject: *Re: Paleonet: creationist ignorance
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> The fundamental problem is that they believe the people who tell them
> that's a good argument, but it is true that such a progressive view of
> evolution was widespread in scientific circles in the 1800's and first half
> or so of the 1900's.  Evolution as "progress" also underlies all claims to
> use evolution to justify a particular social agenda as supposedly advancing
> humanity, e.g. Marxism, eugenics, social Darwinism...
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> One reply is "how can there be British people if Australians are descended
> from them?"  Or, "if people are created from the dust of the ground, why is
> there still dirt?"
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> Greater technical insight might be conveyed by noting that both modern
> apes and modern humans are descended with modifications from a common
> ancestor.  Evolution exemplifies the saying "if it ain't broke, don't fix
> it!"  Selection will favor keeping something that works rather than
> changing it.
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> On Tue, Jun 5, 2018 at 9:30 AM, John Laurie <john.r.laurie at gmail.com>
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> I have had several creationists ask me the question 'if we evolved from
> apes, how come there are still apes around?' It is hard to imagine a more
> stupid question; one that betrays an almost complete ignorance of evolution.
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> http://www.blotreport.com/science/misunderstanding-evolution/
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