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

From: Glen
Sent on: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 12:10 PM
Mark O,
I have to agree with Tim. Your continual contrarianism and semantic quibbles are getting tiresome.  Often when asked direct questions, we get evasions or hair splitting replies of direct answers.    	

When Chris suggested you must have some believe in one or the other view of origins, you replied "No, I really don't, postmodernism describes my philosophical bent perfectly." Since not everyone agrees on exactly what postmodernism entails, or would know how you apply it to human evolution, your answer seems vague at best.  Part of the Wikipedia description of postmodernism is: "Postmodernism takes the relativistic position that there is no absolute truth or objective reality, that what we experience as reality is a social construct... that it consists only of our interpretations of what the world means to us individually.."

Do you subscribe to this?  Do you question any objective reality? If that's the case, I for one am not sure it's even worth discussing further with you, or talking about fossils, DNA, etc. which to me and most others, have objective reality and meaning.  If they do to you too, please be more direct and plain about what you believe about human evolution. It seems like getting that has been like pulling teeth. 
    In a recent comment you suggests it's not a fact until it's "established." But we've already explained several times how and why human evolution IS well established (from extensive fossil and DNA evidence) even tho the exact status of various hominids is less certain. Do you not grasp or accept that distinction? Frankly, it appears that you just want to be contrary or play word games, rather than trying to have a productive discussion or understand the evidence.

As a case in point, when I pointed everyone to the recent Australoputhecine find, you went on about how it's not necessarily in direct line with humans. But I never claimed it was, and whether it is or not is a side issue. The key point is, it's yet another example of a hominid with features intermediate between modern humans and earlier forms, and such beings make no sense except in light of evolution (whatever their position in the ancestral bush).  Again you avoided directly answering the question I asked twice before: if none of the hominids are human ancestors, what are you suggesting, that God planted them, or created them to fool us into thinking we evolved, when in fact he directly created us?  Please be plain. 

Let me take this approach, which might cut through quibbles about the word "fact". Assuming you've read some of the resources we've already directed you on human evolution, please tells us how certain you are that humans evolved, and why.  Is it 50%, 75%, 90% or what? Virtually all scientists except YECs are more than 99% certainty, which is why they also regard it as a fact, as much as anything can be a scientific fact. If after all the reading you still can't or won't say how certain you are, I think it's time to move on to another subject.

As far as your comment about divine creation not excluding evolution, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt, and grant that you may have meant that even if evolution occurred, a divine being or force could have initiated or guided the process. Fine, but that doesn't address the question of whether you think evolution occurred or not.
Thank you. 

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