[Taxacom] Monkey Community greatly relieved
Richard.Zander at mobot.org
Wed Jan 13 14:48:45 CST 2010
Again, Art and Science collide. I think religion can be acceptable as a
satisfying suspension of disbelief rather than minatory assertion of
belief. The antics of self-appointed theopomps, ecclesiasts and teachers
as Poets-with-Tommyguns is pretty disgusting.
Richard H. Zander
Missouri Botanical Garden
PO Box 299
St. Louis, MO 63166-0299 USA
richard.zander at mobot.org
Web sites: http://www.mobot.org/plantscience/resbot/
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>It fell on deaf ears when she tried to explain the difference
>between "a common ancestor" and "monkey ancestors".
Irrelevant to folks of that mindset. The mere suggestion that our
arose by natural processes rather than divine fiat is anathema. You
committed heresy by suggesting that our kinship is with ANY sort of
rather than with the angels.
You may be saying, "The evidence suggests that our human species
from a common ancestor with chimps and gorillas or orangutans ..." but
what they HEAR is, "The beliefs you have cherished since childhood are
stupid. What mother and Reverend Lovejoy and Mrs. Magillicuddy in
School told you was a lie. The Bible is a lie. You're stupid to have
believed such tripe for so long."
Viewed that way, their rancor is understandable. That's why efforts
as the Clergy Letter Project
(http://www.butler.edu/clergyproject/rel_evol_sun.htm) are so important.
Thomas G. Lammers, Ph.D.
Curator of the Neil A. Harriman Herbarium (OSH)
Department of Biology and Microbiology
800 Algoma Blvd.
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901-8640 USA
e-mail: lammers at uwosh.edu
Plant systematics; classification, nomenclature, evolution, and
biogeography of the Campanulaceae s. lat.
"Today's mighty oak is yesterday's nut that stood his ground."
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