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Old 04-22-2013, 07:42 PM   #91
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Originally Posted by Brainiac View Post
You're right. They're called creationists.
Sure, nobody but creationists can have religious tendencies.

Well, there's Homo Erectus and Australopithecus for starters. But the evolution deniers will always move the goalposts on that, because no matter how many transitional fossils are found, they'll always point to a gap and say "Aha! The link there is MISSING!!!".
Well, is the link not still missing? I've seen the human body take many forms in my life. I'm not seeing anything that doesn't look like either a human or a primate. No combination of the two.

Creationists love to talk about the Piltdown Man hoax. Piltdown Man was an obvious fake. The Creationists will cling to that hoax with their dying breath and use it to argue that all transitional fossils are actually hoaxes.

But guess what? It wasn't a bunch of Creationists who proved the Piltdown Man was a hoax. It was a bunch of skeptical scientists who noticed major inconsistencies between Piltdown Man and all of the real transitional fossils found elsewhere, both before and after the Piltdown Man hoax.

In November 1953, Time published evidence gathered variously by Kenneth Page Oakley, Sir Wilfrid Edward Le Gros Clark and Joseph Weiner proving that the Piltdown Man was a forgery and demonstrating that the fossil was a composite of three distinct species. It consisted of a human skull of medieval age, the 500-year-old lower jaw of a Sarawak orangutan and chimpanzee fossil teeth. Someone had created the appearance of age by staining the bones with an iron solution and chromic acid. Microscopic examination revealed file-marks on the teeth, and it was deduced from this that someone had modified the teeth to a shape more suited to a human diet.

That's how science works. Scientists don't accept things based upon faith. They question, question, question, and when something doesn't fit, they figure out why. If something is a hoax, the hoax is inevitably exposed because every other scientist in the world is carefully scrutinizing the claim.

There's a pretty big difference between the scientific method and dogmatic religious teachings that emphasize the importance of accepting those teachings on faith alone, and threatening the listeners with eternal torture in hell if they don't. If you can't see the difference, it's because you've shut off the rational part of your brain because you're terrified by the prospect of eternal damnation if you dare to question authority.

Yeah, sorry, you got the wrong guy here.
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