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    ain't book-learnin' grand

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    By the way, about evolution and speaking of anti intellectualism, creationists say if we evolved from apes how is it there are still apes.
    The answer is, and a great way to shut down the creationist, that we didn't evolve FROM apes/monkeys whatever.
    We and apes/monkeys whatever evolved simultaneously from a common ancestor, neither ape or human.
    Actually modern consensus is that we didn't evolve from a common ancestor, although I'm wondering what you evolved from; you must be from some advanced species to have lamps growing out of your head.


    Homo sapiens are incredibly diverse we live in wildly different societies, follow different rules and love and fear different gods.
    Despite that awesome diversity, mounting evidence suggests the first humans were even more different from one another than we are today.
    In a new commentary published online on Wednesday (July 11) in the journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution, an interdisciplinary group that includes geneticists, bioanthropologists, and archaeologists argues that we didn't evolve from a single population in a single region of Africa, but rather from separate populations across Africa that fully mixed only much later. [Image Gallery: Our Closest Human Ancestor]
    Evidence is showing that "human ancestors were already scattered across Africa," said Eleanor Scerri, a research fellow at Oxford University and lead author of the paper. And "the combination of behavioral and physical and cognitive features that define us today started to slowly emerge within the occasional mixing of these different ancestral groups," she added. (Scerri is also a research associate for the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Germany.)

    So basically we're all mongrels, so much for the master race.


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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Actually modern consensus is that we didn't evolve from a common ancestor, although I'm wondering what you evolved from; you must be from some advanced species to have lamps growing out of your head.





    So basically we're all mongrels, so much for the master race.

    Actually that suggests to me that despite various protestations to the contrary their IS such a thing as 'race' (for want of a better word).

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