Science and Creationism
John R. Grehan
jrg13 at PSU.EDU
Mon Apr 1 13:45:09 CST 2002
The content of the 1999 US Academies of National Sciences illustrates the
pitfalls of presenting and teaching evolution as a doctrine. In defense of
evolution as a doctrine of beliefs, the Academies present overwater
colonization of Hawaii and Galapagos as a fact whereas it is simply a
theoretical postulate based on Darwinian assumptions about the
uninformativeness of distribution patterns.
Genetic similarity is cited as the basis for humans being most closely
related to chimps and gorilla while ignoring the wealth of morphological
and biological synapomorphies between humans and orangutans that greatly
exceed any such synapomorphies with the African apes.
It was also interesting to see the Academies degrade biogeography into a
brief series of speculations.
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