Saturday, April 25, 2009

"Worth Watching" heads up

More on "the Hobbit", this time on the PBS series "Nova" this Tuesday, April 29. This has been the most interesting evolutionary controversy to follow in a long time and if it turns out badly its going to give Creationists more ammo a la Piltdown Man and Nebraska Man. The most recent things I've read have turned the tide back in favor of it being a new species of hominid that lived concurrently with both Homo sapiens and Homo neanderthalensis, and actually survived up until about 11,000 years ago (far after the last of the Neanderthals). Supposedly Nova will explore the latest science. We'll see...

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure I would call it "ammo". In terms of any "war" (which I did not know any rational person even knew existed) against evolution, it is more like shooting marshmellows with a slingshot.

No matter how it turns out, the only ammo it will give them is the kind that will hurt themselves as they grasp at anything that to keep their delusions.

Gideon said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Gideon said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
PhillyChief said...

1959 is considered contemporary? Anyway, sounds like a fun book...
"Unfortunately, as I actually started to examine Edward's book, it became painfully clear that almost all his stories are lifted from the 1950's issues of FATE magazine, and often altered to sound more exciting; in fact, one of the stories he included in this book was later proved entirely false. Thus, for nearly forty years Stranger than Science has been misleading armchair parapsychologists who never took the time to double-check on the stories they were copying."So let's see, you get your science from the Christian bible, your critiques on science from a 50 year old book of short, fictional paranormal stories, and the rest of your education is from what, comic books or video games?

Gideon said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
John Evo said...

Great Christian apologetics parody, Gid... as usual.

Gideon said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Vitamin R said...

"Hobbits", eh? I know someone who'd be very interested in this story :)

I don't know that creationists would be smart enough to use the "ammo", if this whole thing goes wrong, properly. Even their best arguments sound like half-baked pseudo-science. It's like arguing with a precocious eight year old, really. No matter how intelligently they come across, they're still just an eight year old. And adults totally shouldn't be arguing with them.

"You must be at least this smart to participate in this discussion" shirts would sell well among scientist, says I.

Sean the Blogonaut F.C.D. said...

Damn it. I thought we were talking about The Hobbit as per your recent literary postings