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Go to: Open Letter to a victim of Ben Stein's lying propaganda

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[quote]I have heard many different aguments from homology...similar body stuctures...DNA based, etc...and they all seem to provide different "family trees". If the science is truely as sound as it appears to be, shouldn't there be more convergence in the research?[/quote]

Comparative anatomy and molecular phylogeny often do converge on the same tree, when they don't it is usually the failings of comparative anatomy that are to blame.
It was Darwin who first recognised that adaptive characters would be almost worthless to a taxonomist and may hide important ancestral relationships.
For example; on first inspection a naive taxonomist might assume the marsupial mole and placental mole are closely related sharing as they do so many morphological characteristics as they fill the same ecological niche in their respective environments. But a study of their reproductive systems and, crucially, their DNA would reveal the truth:- the marsupial is far more closely related to the kangaroo than it's placental counterpart.
Molecular evidence contains far more remnants of the past and can be trusted, if not completely, to a much higher degree than morphological traits.

Mon, 21 Apr 2008 00:40:00 UTC | #156888

Go to: AAI 2007 Photos

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I've put 9 of mine up in the flickr group, there's plenty more but they're not really important unless you know the RDF staff.

Sat, 06 Oct 2007 17:29:00 UTC | #73058

Go to: The Future Forum Presents: Christopher Hitchens and Marvin Olasky

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I found it particularly disdainful that he made such a special case for Christianity, every religion has its own evils but many have far less than Christianity, infact I wonder if it isn't the worst.

Thu, 14 Jun 2007 11:38:00 UTC | #46990

Go to: The Conversion of the Casual Evolutionist - You can't spell love without evolve

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Maybe I'm just taking it all too seriously but this shows a very crude and often misguided interperatation of Dawkin's works. Perhaps I need to lighten up ;)

Wed, 23 May 2007 06:22:00 UTC | #41229

Go to: The Fastest-Growing Religion

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"particularly the more idiotic ones, like Scientology, Mormonism, Wicca, Pentecostalism, and Islam¬ówith being the "fastest-growing religion" somewhere or other"

Why is christianity exempt from this list of idiotic religions?

Sat, 19 May 2007 14:36:00 UTC | #40030

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