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In a message dated 12/5/01 11:51:03 AM Pacific Standard Time, 
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<< Evolution works, as I ment with the past letter, on ALL living things with 
cells. Animals, as we are, or trees or whatever. What lived here on the 
planet 100.000 years ago was different to what is living here to day..And 
what's living to day is the staring point for the evolution to change this to 
whatever all living things will look like in 100.000. Don't want to accept 
this? Religious fundamentalists never can as they are convinced that just 
they are the crown of the "creation". But the evolution will not and can not 
be effected by what we want to accept. It goes on with or without acceptance 
from those living things it is working on. That goes for man, monkey, tree, 
fish or whatever living. We are, all of us, at the mercy of the DNA molecule.
 
 It is known and proven beyond doubt to day. But some people can't accept 
that as they prefere to read and beleive the "creation" fary tales of 
different old texts that was written thousends of years ago. I rest my case! 
>>
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Don't be resting just yet ... You're talking in circles, but you're not 
saying anything. 

<< Evolution works >>
----> Then WHY do we still have monkeys and apes?

<< What lived here on the planet 100.000 years ago was different to what is 
living here to day >>
----> Not as much as you might think. Sharks leap immediately to mind. The 
Cycanthus (sp?), that fish found off the coast of South America, thought to 
be extinct for millions of years ... alive and completely unchanged after all 
that time. The Dawn Redwood, billed in seed catalogs as a "living fossil" ... 
and, to paraphrase Sonny & Cher -- the list goes on!

<< Don't want to accept this? Religious fundamentalists never can as they are 
convinced that just they are the crown of the "creation". >>
----> I have no trouble accepting the idea that Adam & Eve is a metaphor for 
what really happened ... the story was given to people who had no way of 
understanding science, so it was presented to them in a way that they could 
understand. After all ... a second is a million years in the eyes of the Lord 
... (Or is it a billion? Trillion?) ... realizing that, one also realizes 
that it is possible to create the heavens and earth in 7 days....

As to DNA ... it's my understanding that there isn't that much difference 
between the DNA of all living things -- so the similarity between apes and 
humans is no flashing neon sign that proves they were our ancestors. In fact, 
I believe the most current theory states that humans and apes descended from 
a common ancestor, not that humans descended from apes. 

The magic word in all of this is "Theory" ... we have all sorts of theories, 
based on other theories ... And if we're right, we can pat ourselves on the 
back because we're soooo smart ... But what if all of these theories are 
eventually proven wrong? Thinking back to where science was 50 years ago and 
where it is today ... who knows where we'll be 50 years from now?

LG

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