Laetoli Footprints Keep on Walking

July 28, 2011

I have written previously about the Laetoli footprints and what they tell us about the history of humanity. Like all good science, there has been further research on the subject that confirms my original contention – that at a time when our ancestors were supposed to be the small, ape-like Australopithecus afarensis, something very like a modern human was walking around. From the article:

Quite remarkably, we found that some healthy humans produce footprints that are more like those of other apes than the Laetoli prints. The foot function represented by the prints is therefore most likely to be similar to patterns seen in modern-humans. This is important because the development of the features of human foot function helped our ancestors to expand further out of Africa.

 “Our work demonstrates that many of these features evolved nearly four million years ago in a species that most consider to be partially tree-dwelling. These findings show support for a previous study at Liverpool that showed upright bipedal walking originally evolved in a tree-living ancestor of living great apes and humans. Australopithecus afarensis, however, was not modern in body proportions of the limbs and torso.

“The characteristic long-legged, short body form of the modern human allows us to walk and run great distances, even when carrying heavy loads. Australopithecus afarensis had the reverse physical build, short legs and a long body, which makes it probable that it could only walk or run effectively over short distances. We now need to determine when our ancestors first became able to walk or run over the very long distances that enabled humans to colonise the world.”

In short, what scientists have long contended to be our primitive ancestor, Australopithecus afarensis, can’t have made those footprints, and thus is unlikely to have been our ancestor.

This fact demonstrates a few problems with evolutionary paleontology – the first is that many evolutionary trees are constructed on presumptions about what think our ancestors must have looked like. Australopithecus fit the image of an ape-like intermediary, and so scientists held it up as ‘proof’ of that ancestry. The problem is, absent genetic evidence, such contentions are always guesswork, guesswork that we now know to be wrong in this instance.

It also demonstrates that our paleontological record of human history is still very incomplete. Obviously something else existed at the time of Australopithecus which made those footprints – yet we have no fossil record of such a creature other than these footprints. This tells us that the story of our biological ancestry is still largely unknown, despite assurances from evolutionists.

Obviously, as someone who believes humans are the product of design, I have no problem with an ancient human with the modern ability to walk upright.

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Here there be Vampires

July 27, 2011

There have been over the years been number of attempts to explain why people become atheists. Some think it may be because they had a bad childhood experiences with the church, other have suggested links to certain personality disorders like Aspergers. Perhaps it is a genetic defect. Like the Grinch, many causes have been suggested for their inherent antipathy to all people religious, but few answers explain what would cause an individual to become a brooding, anti-social misanthrope who sees the vast majority of humanity as dumb, dangerous and deluded sheep. Of course, up until now no one has considered that they might be vampires.

Evidence of such a link comes in the form of the most recent lawsuit by the American Atheists organization to remove the World Trade Center Cross at the 9/11 memorial site. The text of the motion describes the effects the site of the cross has on those who view it:

The plaintiffs, and each of them, have suffered, are suffering, and will continue to suffer damages, both physical and emotional, from the existence of the challenged cross. Named plaintiffs have suffered, inter alia, dyspepsia, symptoms of depression, headaches, anxiety, and mental pain and anguish from the knowledge that they are made to feel officially excluded from the ranks of citizens who were directly injured by the 9/11 attack and the lack of acknowledgement of the more than 1,000 non- Christian individuals who were killed at the World Trade Center.  

Now I have never seen the Twilight series, but I read ‘Salem’s Lot as a teen and as a child I spent many a late night watching Bela Lugosi mesmerize his victim’s via the weekly Acri Creature Feature, so I consider myself somewhat of an expert here.- and in my expert opinion only one creature reacts so viscerally to the site of a Cross;  vampires.

While this description is damning evidence (NPI) for the link between vampirism and atheism, it is not the only one. It explains why atheists often associate themselves with symbols of evil, why they stalk lonely women late at night, and why Sam Harris always wears black. The evidence here seems incontrovertible.

Of course, I’m not one to go in for such superstitions – there is likely to be a simpler, more logical reason why atheists suffer physical ills when they encounter a cross.

Of course if the American Atheists bring lawsuits to remove garlic from restaurants and mirrors from public places, I may have to reconsider.


Friday Fun-ness

July 22, 2011

I was worried posting this would make me look like a cranky old man, but then I realized the only people who would think that are whiny, over-privileged twenty-somethings.


Observations

July 18, 2011

I speak from experience, being strongly subject to this fear myself: I want atheism to be true and am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are religious believers. It isn’t just that I don’t believe in God and, naturally, hope that I’m right in my belief. It’s that I hope there is no God! I don’t want there to be a God; I don’t want the universe to be like that. My guess is that this cosmic authority problem is not a rare condition and that it is responsible for much of the scientism and reductionism of our time. One of the tendencies it supports is the ludicrous overuse of evolutionary biology to explain everything about human life, including everything about the human mind… This is a somewhat ridiculous situation… It is just as irrational to be influenced in one’s beliefs by the hope that God does not exist as by the hope that God does exist.
Thomas Nagel, The Last Word


Happy Independence Day!

July 4, 2011

A reminder by John Adams where the liberties we celebrate today come from:


Observations

July 2, 2011

No atheist has ever articulated an original moral tenet.