A reader read an item we had today posted about something from Skeptical Inquirer that whizzed by a while back but we only got to it today: Pointing people to it, we said that genes are more like a river than a string of beads…
Anyway, the interested reader went back and read the article, “Seven Big Misconceptions About Heredity” and found something that surprised him a lot.
It, shockingly, includes this quote: “And if you could get in a time machine and travel back a few thousand years, you could find someone who was a common ancestor of all living people on Earth.”
Uh, did he just say that? CREATIONIST! 🙂
Given the author and site, I’m sure if they calmly re-read this, they’d like make some minor edits…
Hmmm. In the context, the quotation is
Mathematicians have analyzed the structure of family trees, and they’ve found that the further back in time you go, the more descendants people had. (This is only true of people who have any living descendants at all, it should be noted.) This finding has an astonishing implication. Since we know Charlemagne has living descendants (thank you, Order of the Crown!), he is likely the ancestor of every living person of European descent. And if you could get in a time machine and travel back a few thousand years, you could find someone who was a common ancestor of all living people on Earth. Carl Zimmer, “Seven Big Misconceptions About Heredity” at Skeptical Inquirer
Wow. That’s what a creationist Sunday School teacher would say. But he would have said “every living person,” no qualifiers, and he wouldn’t have called the guy “Charlemagne”…
Well, let us hope the Skeptical Inquirers do not deprive the poor author, Carl Zimmer, of gainful employment. Whether they do or not, if Zimmer is prepared to stick to his principles, we could find room for him at a roundtable with Buggs and Venema and Adam and Eve… oh, and Ann Gauger too, for sure. Not without Ann Gauger.
See also: Adam, Eve, Richard Buggs, and Dennis Venema: Could Adam And Eve Have Existed?
Adam and Eve and Ann Gauger
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