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Re: Re: Re: [humanism-174] Fwd: Bogus Louisiana Teacher Survey Used to Support Centr...

From: Glen
Sent on: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 11:26 AM
Mark, I'm puzzled by your comments:
"My problem still lies with the use of the word: fact... 
The evidence, relative to homo sapiens is anecdotal, theory, modeling, and scenario.  If you have seen something to the contrary I would very
much like to see it and be happy to be corrected."

You've had it corrected before, yet you seem less than eager to accept it. I am not sure exactly how you are using the words "modeling" and "scenario," but our scientific understanding of human evolution is based on a lot more than weak or dubious evidence as your remarks suggest, but on lots of hard evidence from fossils and DNA studies.  There's really no excuse for not being familiar with it, since there are countless books, articles, and web sites describing it. 

I'm also puzzled when Mark writes:

"So does evolution happen?  Yes.  Did we evolve from a sub-
species?  Probably, maybe, kinda, sorta.  Is it a fact? No."

What are you suggesting, that all other creatures evolved, put maybe humans did not - even tho we have many hominid fossils with intermediate traits? Do you think maybe evolution was the way all other creatures originated, including hominids, but that God suddenly and directly created modern humans? Does that make sense to you?  Please be clear on exactly what you are suggesting, if not that. Bottom line: while the details of evolution are continually being refined, that we evolved is well supported and accepted among scientists, and most do not hesitate to call it a fact.  

Let me close by asking, do you have any other reason for questioning  human evolution other than the perceived weakness of the scientific evidence? I only ask because I've run into quite a few people who, regardless of the scientific evidence, have a lot of trouble accepting human evolution for personal and/or religious reasons. Some admit they are fine with evolution for other life forms, but just can't buy it for humans, even tho some can't explain why. I'm not saying you are one (for you, is it just a scientific issue?) but some people just have a need to see humans s very "special" and inherently different than other life forms. Frankly, I'm not ashamed to be a "monkey's uncle."  


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