Joined: June 2006
|Quote (REC @ May 09 2014,06:45)|
|As silly as UD is, the denizens there are made to look like geniuses by some of the YECs out there.|
Take this guy Nathaniel T. Jeanson, who claims to have a PhD from Harvard.
|We can't say that we are closer to, say, chimps than we are to yeast, because chimps and humans are equally distant from yeast.|
Holy hell. You're doing it wrong. I promise you that despite all of us being equally distant to my great aunt, that I can prove I am more closely related to my sister than my first cousin. It is beautiful that in his presentation he has the data to do phylogeny right, then discards it, and from the resulting mess, claims to have "disproved evolution."
Here: http://www.icr.org/article....le...., he applies a molecular clock to mitochondria, multiplying millions of years or 6000 years by the mutation rate. The number of differences works better for the YEC model. He conveniently forgets mitochondria have small (20,000 base) genomes, and that he has predicted 2-3 million coding changes. Oops. (Not to mention mtDNA is probably not neutral, he picked the most rapidly evolving segment "D-loop" to get his molecular clock, and he never states what genomes he's comparing).
I take it back. This guy can't be that dumb. He's just lying.
He has a stub at RationalWiki.
"But it's disturbing to think someone actually thinks creationism -- having put it's hand on the hot stove every day for the last 400 years -- will get a different result tomorrow." -- midwifetoad