At 12:42 PM, Saturday, 11/2/02, Marc A. Schindler wrote:
The 1P don't say. It doesn't appear to be a concern for them. That could be why all
the sciences are represented in the curriculum at BYU (in fact, BYU's evolutionary
biologists are leading "cladists," a sub-specialty in the field). Also, I don't
seem to see "all that disagreement" that you talk about. Science is forever
tentative -- it always changes. This is its nature. It's normal.
Aw, c'mon now. Right here in Diamond's book he contradicts all those paleontologists who have presented evidence of human habitation in the Americas before the Clovis culture. Why can't scientists at least agree on that? He also points out that there is a difference of opinion among scientist whether or not the early American hunter-gatherers were responsible for the extinction of the large mammals that one inhabited the Americas. He says that the early Americans killed them all, and then admits that many scientist do not believe any such thing.

The orthodox view among the most highly respect paleontologists is that mankind arrived in the Americas by a series of successive waves of immigration over the Bering land bridge. He says that other highly respected scientists allow for the possibility that some of the first inhabitants of the Americas arrived here by boat as they followed the shoreline that rings the Pacific. Which is it? I can't believe that you would say that scientists don't disagree on anything, or that they don't do it much. They do it all the time, and it is commonplace.

Part of the reason I turned away from science to religion is because I despaired of learning anything with any certainty when the foremost authorities in almost every field disagree with fellow scientists about really basic things. I have a real need for at least some questions to have conclusive answers. Otherwise, life is just a constantly changing dream bound by no laws and consequently all over the map. I know very little "for sure," but what little I do know I have learned from the scriptures, the modern prophets, and the testimony of the Holy Ghost.

"To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no
music, no choreography and the dancers hit each other."
-- Jack Handy
All my opinions are tentative pending further data. --JWR

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