|Joe the Ordinary Guy
Joined: April 2006
Dave, I am not a scientist, but I’ll offer my understanding of the answers to your questions:
|(1) How do we explain the complete lack of 'Hominid Civilizations' (for lack of a better term) today? It seems to me that if Common Descent Theory is correct, that we would expect to see numerous 'civilizations' of 'less evolved' humans.|
Why should Common Descent produce “Hominid Civilizations”? There’s no reason to assume that this would be the case. The other way of looking at it, of course, is that the ape groups that DO exist ARE the “Hominid Civilizations” you are speculating, but they aren’t quite as advanced as what you imagined.
|(2) The fossil record of human evolution is unconvincing to me.|
I’ll leave this one to those who are better qualified to comment on it. (See how that works?)
|(3) Some have claimed that for all practical purposes, we are apes and biologically speaking, I see what they are saying. But does this not minimize the ENORMOUS non-biological differences?|
No, it does not. The biological differences are the biological differences and the NON-biological differences are the NON-biological differences. We categorize them differently so that they can be studied appropriately. No one here will argue that an ape is a human. Apes are apes. Humans are human. They are similar in some respects, but different in others. That's all.
|(4) Has anyone thought about the implications of an assertion by a government entity that "Apes are 98.5% human and therefore should be afforded certain 'human rights.'" This would be a silly idea to me of course, but it appears to be a logical conclusion of some evolutionist thinking.|
This would be a silly idea to me, too. If someone arrived at this conclusion by extrapolating from evolution, I’d describe it as “wrong”.
|(5) Was not Adolf Hitler affected by current evolutionary thinking when he came up with his "Aryan Master Race" theory?|
Sure he was. But, as above, I think most people would describe him as “wrong”; he MISINTERPRETED evolutionary theory and arrived at bad conclusions. Wasn’t he also a Christian? Would you say he followed Christian precepts correctly?
|Isn't it logical to assume that some races might be 'less evolved' than others if human evolution is true?|
Not withstanding the fact that there is no "more" or "less" evolved, why yes, it WOULD be logical to assume that there might be some differences between races. What makes science nice is that it does not STOP there, but goes on to say: “Let’s investigate it further and do some research to see if it is, in fact, true.” Oh, look. The evidence shows that the differences between the various races are negligible, and that their abilities are essentially identical. Huh. I guess that makes it an instance of "Things are not always what you expect."
|My conclusion then is that in spite of striking genome similarities, humans and the apes are VERY DIFFERENT in many important ways.|
My, what a strikingly insightful conclusion that is. No one will disagree with that statement, Dave. It is self-evident. It is your next line…
|All the evidence that I have seen so far is explained in a much better way by the Biblical assertion that mankind was made "in the image of God."|
…that the reality-based people here will take issue with.