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Wade, author of Darwin book, is … like a creationist?

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Further to “So racism is the new cool?”, anthropologist Jonathan Marks, author of What does it mean to be 98% chimpanzee?, on Nicholas Wade’s A Troublesome Inheritance:

When Wade speculates about human prehistory, he becomes entangled in contradictory fictions. He writes of the Paleolithic age:

People as they spread out across the globe at the same time fragmented into small tribal groups. The mixing of genes between these little populations was probably very limited. Even if geography had not been a formidable barrier, the hunter-gatherer groups were territorial and mostly hostile to strangers. Travel was perilous. Warfare was probably incessant, to judge by the behavior of modern hunter-gatherers.

Where to begin with such a hodge-podge of pseudo-prehistory? If we know hunter-gatherer groups are very mobile, and they were busily spreading, then on what basis do we suppose there was such limited mixing of genes? They certainly overcame the hostility, peril and warfare readily enough to do all that spreading, and a lot of trading as well. Trade was a critical and ubiquitous feature of early human ways of life. All over the world, archaeologists have discovered shells, feathers and raw materials from far away; and where goods flow, so do genes. More.

Everyone speculates about human prehistory; that’s why it is called prehistory.

From what we know, religion was the main civilizing force, actually, not warfare or agriculture.

By the way, hilariously under the circumstances, Marks ends his piece with:

This book is as crassly anti-science as any work of climate-change denial or creationism. And like those odd birds, Wade adopts a radical relativism of expertise. Sure, all the relevant experts say one thing, but he’s going to tell you the truth.

So now Wade is the just like the hated creationists—right along with everybody who disagrees with him.

Hey, we toldjah! We are all creationists now. Pass the hot sauce.


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3 Replies to “Wade, author of Darwin book, is … like a creationist?

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    OldArmy94 says:

    You know, the Darwinians really could do better if they would stop lumping “climate change denial” with “creationism.” They only make themselves out to be total fools with their screeching from the pulpits.

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    bornagain77 says:

    Not that Wade has a leg to stand on anyway, but as to the book “What it Means to be 98% Chimpanzee: Apes, People, and their Genes”, written by Jonathan Marks Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, it might interest the good professor of anthropology to know that geneticist Jeffrey Tomkins has dismantled the 98% similarity myth:

    Human Origins(?) by Brian Thomas, M.S. – December 20, 2013
    Excerpt: Three major pillars supporting a human-chimp link crashed in 2013.
    1. Genetic similarity (70% instead of 98%)
    2. beta-globin pseudogene (functional instead of leftover junk)
    3. Chromosome 2 fusion site (encodes a functional feature within an important gene instead of a being a fusion site) All three key genetic pillars of human evolution (for Darwinists) turned out to be specious—overstatements based on ignorance of genetic function.

    Comprehensive Analysis of Chimpanzee and Human Chromosomes Reveals Average DNA Similarity of 70% – by Jeffrey P. Tomkins – February 20, 2013
    Excerpt: For the chimp autosomes, the amount of optimally aligned DNA sequence provided similarities between 66 and 76%, depending on the chromosome. In general, the smaller and more gene-dense the chromosomes, the higher the DNA similarity—although there were several notable exceptions defying this trend. Only 69% of the chimpanzee X chromosome was similar to human and only 43% of the Y chromosome. Genome-wide, only 70% of the chimpanzee DNA was similar to human under the most optimal sequence-slice conditions. While, chimpanzees and humans share many localized protein-coding regions of high similarity, the overall extreme discontinuity between the two genomes defies evolutionary timescales and dogmatic presuppositions about a common ancestor.

    The Myth of 98% Genetic Similarity between Humans and Chimps – Jeffrey Tomkins PhD. – video

    Alleged Human Chromosome 2 “Fusion Site” Encodes an Active DNA Binding Domain Inside a Complex and Highly Expressed Gene—Negating Fusion – 2013

    Thus, if the good professor of anthropology can be so wrong about the genetic similarity evidence between chimps and humans, why should we trust anything else he might say in regards to “What it Means to be 98% Chimpanzee”? i.e. huge non-sequitur! ,,, Another shining example of atheists having ‘Both Feet Firmly Planted in Midair’:

    Both Feet Firmly Planted in Midair
    Excerpt: “Suppose we think of a man made of water in an infinitely extended and bottomless ocean of water.
    Desiring to get out of water, he makes a ladder of water.
    He sets this ladder upon the water and against the water and then attempts to climb out of the water.
    So hopeless and senseless a picture must be drawn of the natural man’s methodology based as it is upon the assumption that time or chance is ultimate. On his assumption his own rationality is a product of chance. On his assumption even the laws of logic which he employs are products of chance. The rationality and purpose that he may be searching for are still bound to be products of chance.
    —Cornelius Van Til, The Defense of the Faith (P&R, 1972), p. 102.

    Verse and Music:

    Matthew 7:24-27
    “Therefore, whosoever heareth these sayings of Mine and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, who built his house upon a rock.
    And the rain descended and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house; and it fell not, for it was founded upon a rock.
    And every one that heareth these sayings of Mine and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand;
    and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

    Solid Rock – the 5th service band Featuring TRU-SERVA

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    Acartia_bogart says:

    OldArmy: “You know, the Darwinians really could do better if they would stop lumping “climate change denial” with “creationism.” They only make themselves out to be total fools with their screeching from the pulpits.”

    You know, the Creationists really could do better if they would stop lumping Darwinism with modern Evolutionary Science. They only make themselves out to be total fools with their screeching from the pulpits.

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