Because today’s writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. We’ll use only his first name, which is Mike. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
The media is full of evolutionary talk these days. It is taught in schools as fact, when the truth is it is still only a theory, it is not fact.
Aaaargh!! Specialized fields have their own specialized vocabularies. For example, when a lawyer or an auditor provides an “opinion” to a client, it’s not a casual expression of personal feelings. In science, a “theory” isn’t a hunch or a wild guess. Scientifically recognized facts don’t start out as theories, and then get promoted to facts. They’re two different things. Scientific theories are well-supported explanations of facts. Mike should take a look at Evolution as Fact and Theory by Stephen Jay Gould. Then he should consult the Definitions of Evolutionary Terms provided by the National Academy of Sciences. The National Center for Science Education also defines those terms here: Definitions of Fact, Theory, and Law in Scientific Work. This comes up so often we’re going to add it to our Common Creationist Claims Confuted.
Okay, back to Mike’s letter:
Professor Fred Hoyle, the former astronomer royal, said “the odds of life having spontaneously formed on earth are the same as for a whirlwind blowing through a junkyard and assembling a Boeing 747 ready for take off”.
Aaaargh!! See junkyard tornado. Let’s read on:
The fact is there are big holes in the evolutionary theory and intelligent design is a much more likely solution.
Aaaargh!! Even if holes exist, you can’t fill them by invoking Oogity Boogity. See God of the gaps. Mike continues, and now we’re getting to the good stuff:
In 1812 a well documented woman’s skeleton was discovered buried in a massive sandstone block over a mile in length on the island of Guadeloupe. Known as Guadeloupe Woman she was 5ft 2 inches tall with head and feet missing. The rock was dated at 28 million years old, 25 million years before we were supposed to be here. You will find little reference to this in evolutionary texts.
Aaaargh!! Why haven’t we heard of this before? We dashed over to the website of the Institute for Creation Research and did a search. Nothing. Okay, what about Answers in Genesis? Aha! We found this: Where Are All the Human Fossils? They mention only “controversial Guadeloupe skeletons” about which they say:
Without wishing to take sides in the debate, and in any case the hard data are still inconclusive either way, the fact remains that even if perchance these skeletons were so-called Miocene, that in and of itself would still not prove that the skeletons were in Flood sediments and therefore represented the remains of pre-Flood people.
AIG has a footnote to that which says:
The existence and potential significance of these skeletons were first brought to our attention by Bill Cooper, ‘Human fossils from Noah’s Flood’, Ex Nihilo … . Since then debate has raged in the pages of Ex Nihilo … . The skeletons do exist, one being housed in the collections of the British Museum (Natural History) in London, and the report of the excavators indicate that more are in the limestone strata east of the village of Moule on the island of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean.
Googling around, except for a few references to other creationist websites, we found this at the TalkOrigins website in their article Creationist Arguments: Anomalous Fossils. We quote:
Guadeloupe Man: W. Cooper claimed in 1983 that a modern skeleton found on Guadeloupe in 1812 had been dated at 25 million years old, in the Miocene period. The excellent condition of the skeleton, and the fact that it had originally been found with other skeletons (all pointing in the same direction) along with a dog and some implements, indicate that it was a recent burial. In addition, it has never been claimed to be from Miocene deposits by anyone except Cooper.
We’re so confused!. Well, AIG doesn’t seem to support the Guadeloupe Woman (or Man), so it’s too crazy even for them. Here’s more from Mike:
She was quietly moved to the basement of the British Museum after the publication of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution and I believe she is still there.
Whoa! The fossil was found in 1812, and was then moved to the museum’s basement after Darwin’s work was published? What were they hiding? This looks like a conspiracy involving time travel. And now we come to the end of the letter:
Perhaps she should be returned to a place where the public can view her again? It would certainly start a debate.
This is a good project for Mike to pursue. We wish him luck. And we thank him for a great letter.
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