[quote="Marie1234, post:1, topic:301439"]
I came across this link and I don't really know what to think of it. It makes a lot of valid points, aside from the mathematics of human population growth (in my opinion anyway). The hypotheses on religion and language and such, makes a lot of sense and I believed this anyway, as a Catholic. I am just wondering what anyone else's take on this is. Do you think it's valid? Is it possible to disprove the evolution of man theory? Does this mean humans didn't evolve from apes?
What do you think?
Well, you know how Richard Dawkins should really stick to ethology, and stay out of history and philosophy? The good reverend here ought to have stayed out of biology, mathematics, linguistics...
Quaintly enough, there is a paper on this particular claim, entitled 'How anti-evolutionists abuse mathematics'. The religion and language parts are no better.
For example, in the "language" part, he trots out the tired, silly old claim that all languages come from a single source, something now very thoroughly disproved (look up "language families", and "isolated languages"), but not nearly as amusing as where he talks about all languages having supposedly come from short words and so he says, "The Hebrew has only about 500 root words of 3 letters ; the stagnant Chinese, 450; the Sanskrit, about the same. All the Semitic languages have tri-literal [3-letter] roots." Um, yeah, only Chinese has no words of three letters, because Chinese doesn't have letters, and never has had them.
In the religion part, he says, "According to evolution, all religions were evolved or invented by humanoids. In that case, we would expect them to be widely divergent". Actually, no, we wouldn't, because the "humanoids", or, rather, early humans, were all the same kind of creature, and all thought in the same kinds of ways. It goes on from there, but all in the same direction.
As someone studying biology, you should carefully question what you are being taught, but that questioning is going to lead you to the fact that evolution is our best available explanation of the data. As a Catholic, you can also rejoice in the fact that your Church has had the wisdom to say this: "The question about the origins of the world and of man has been the object of many scientific studies which have splendidly enriched our knowledge of the age and dimensions of the cosmos, the development of life-forms and the appearance of man. These discoveries invite us to even greater admiration for the greatness of the Creator, prompting us to give him thanks for all his works and for the understanding and wisdom he gives to scholars and researchers. With Solomon they can say: "It is he who gave me unerring knowledge of what exists, to know the structure of the world and the activity of the elements. . . for wisdom, the fashioner of all things, taught me."" (Catechism, 283)