davidphogan: I'm sitting at a bar next to a creationist as I post this. A real living creationist in Portland. Obviously I'm getting a kick out of that headline, and half tempted to use it to start an argument.
thermo: davidphogan: I'm sitting at a bar next to a creationist as I post this. A real living creationist in Portland. Obviously I'm getting a kick out of that headline, and half tempted to use it to start an argument.How do you know he's a creationist, is he wearing a sign?
DesertDemonWY: If humans descended from apes and rats, why do we still have apes and rats?[www.gpb.org image 391x310]
ajgeek: What do you call 1000 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean?
Philbb: I guess it's nice to know which ancient rat we descended from, but I thought we already knew that all mammals came from some small rat-like creature that survived the dinosaur extinction event.
Old enough to know better: Humans, and every other mammal species. Duh.
dehehn: Old enough to know better: Humans, and every other mammal species. Duh.Yeah and we were all reptiles before that, and fish before that and sea cucumbers before that and strands of RNA before that. The creationists have a lot of things to feel uncomfortable about descending from after apes.
namatad: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PikaiaPikaia is not impressed
aerojockey: I always liked the creationist logic.Me: "What's so bad about being descended from apes? How do you know that wasn't God's plan?"Creationist: "Because being descended from apes deprecates the value of human life; they are making us out to be animals. That's why I believe in the story of Genesis literally."Me: "But in Genesis, God said, 'Dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return'. Does it really deprecate human life more to be descended from apes than it does to be descended from dust?"Creationist: "...."But seriously, setting aside the religion chat, this is a pretty cool story. Mammal relationships has really been a sticky point for a long time and this isn't going to make it any better. More accurate, but also more sticky, since it refutes a lot of common knowledge.
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