In recent years, I got a chance to look at hundreds of articles making claims for various aspects of human evolution. A summary of what I learned might be useful:
Real (and imagined) “human evolution” is now so integral to our culture that demand outpaces authenticity. The disappointing history of Sahelanthropus, Orrorin, and Ardi, all hailed in 2001 as human ancestors, attests to the frustrating search for “missing links.” Sediba, another supposed ancestor, fared no better in 2013. A science writer at Wired, not known for intelligent-design sympathies, derides the ceaseless buzz as “ancestor worship.” One outcome is that many “separate species of human ancestors” may never have really existed and “may now have to be wiped from the textbooks.”
2. There are signals in the noise! As it happens, they are not the signals many hoped to receive. The half human creature we were originally seeking continues to elude us. From surprisingly early periods, we encounter special respect for the dead and a sense of the divine, along with familiar artifacts and organized activities.
3. Early human religion seems like a 747 built in the basement with an X-Acto knife. No one predicted anything like the recent Gobekli Tepe find in Turkey: … More..
I doubt researchers are going to get anywhere from here because, given materialist doctrine, it is not clear where to head.
I start a new series beginning in September, I will examine materialist claims for the human mind. If you think materialist claims about bones don’t make much sense, hang on and hear about claims for the mind.
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