Hypothetical ancestors

Richard Zander rhzander at SCIENCEBUFF.ORG
Tue Feb 12 09:23:00 CST 2002

An interesting and inauspicious fact is that creationists accept
microevolution. I actually read a booklet about creationism and was
disconcerted by this. Although microevolution plus fossils easily imply
evolution, one should realize that one's arguments in favor of
microevolution do not counter creationist claims as far as they are

And I don't see any identifiable fossils among the interior nodes of

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Bryan Simon" <Bryan.Simon at ENV.QLD.GOV.AU>
Sent: Monday, February 11, 2002 7:06 PM
Subject: Re: Hypothetical ancestors

> I appreciate the replies I have seen so far on hypothetical ancestors, and
> I suspected these were the sorts of answers I was going to get, so it is
> nice to get confirmation.  However I have to prepare some sort of logical
> reasoning to counteract the creationist views on "origins", which as you
> know can come across very strongly.  To my way of thinking there is no
> issue here, as I view the evolutionary paradigm as the very means of
> how "creation" is directed by whatever one regards a higher power.
> Creationists sometimes tend to be highly qualified scientists, but usually
> in fields such as engineering, chemistry etc and come across
> authoritatively in areas in which they have had no basic training. Their
> use of holy books (Bible, Koran etc) as the source of their information,
> makes it difficult to have any sort of logical discussion. However maybe
> Taxacom is not the best discussion list for a topic such as this.

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