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#212454 - 09/09/13 05:13 PM Re: Why is Understanding Evolution important? [Re: Faldage]  
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I haven't talked to Roger since they returned from Oregon. If I see him at a meeting tonight I'll report back.

28,000,000 BC : Continued...

A lot happened in the 35 million years after a great bolide slammed into the Gulf of Mexico and extinquished almost half of the world's living species.

Floating on plates the continents continued spreading into a configuration approaching their relative positions of today.
Moving at about six feet a century these dancing plates interrupted the ocean's set currents of heat (from the equator to the poles) so the balmy world slowly became cooler.

Then, three million years ago, the isthmus of Panama moved into its current position and stopped the exchage of waters between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. This event cooled the Earth and thereby established a cycle of Ice Ages which literally gave birth to all mankind.

#212481 - 09/11/13 05:38 PM Re: Why is Understanding Evolution important? [Re: jenny jenny]  
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1,000,000 BC: The best of worlds.

Hallelujah! The great day is here. After 3,000,000,000 years mankind is born to rule the world. A series of hundred thousand years of bitter cold with 10,000 year intervals of warming in between. Caught within these changing extremes some apes evolved into mankind. And then mankind stopped evolving.

#212482 - 09/11/13 05:47 PM Re: Why is Understanding Evolution important? [Re: jenny jenny]  
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Terrific! So glad to be here. Yet I think some more
evolving is necessary here and there.


----please, draw me a sheep----
#212483 - 09/11/13 09:05 PM Re: Why is Understanding Evolution important? [Re: LukeJavan8]  
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Originally Posted By: LukeJavan8
Terrific! So glad to be here. Yet I think some more
evolving is necessary here and there.


No, Mister Luke, the last sentence was just a dramatic literary pause designed to empathize the salient point in the concluding paragraph below.

#212484 - 09/11/13 10:16 PM Re: Why is Understanding Evolution important? [Re: jenny jenny]  
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You mean there's more? he says breath abated.


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#212487 - 09/12/13 02:04 AM Re: Why is Understanding Evolution important? [Re: jenny jenny]  
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Originally Posted By: jenny jenny
1,000,000 BC: The best of worlds.

Hallelujah! The great day is here. After 3,000,000,000 years mankind is born to rule the world. A series of hundred thousand years of bitter cold with 10,000 year intervals of warming in between. Caught within these changing extremes some apes evolved into mankind. And then mankind stopped evolving.


In the words of the guy in the back of the room, "Yeah. Right."

#212489 - 09/12/13 04:34 AM Re: Why is Understanding Evolution important? [Re: Faldage]  
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Yes, the apes that became us stopped evolving about 500,000 years ago, if they hadn't we would likely be extinct. Drastic enviormental changes are quite a hill to climb if you are a naked ape walking around trying to feed hungry kids who only become fully functional after a score of years. As well, the apes that became us were too few in tribal numbers to continue in time aided only by the processes of physical natural selection.

I lied. Our biological evolution did stop.
But a new improved form of Evolution kicked in, this time with a capital E.

#212490 - 09/12/13 10:09 AM Re: Why is Understanding Evolution important? [Re: jenny jenny]  
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I think you're wrong about biological evolution having stopped; the forces have just changed a little bit.

#212494 - 09/12/13 01:54 PM Re: Why is Understanding Evolution important? [Re: Faldage]  
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Yes, Flage, you are ever so right.
But our purpose here is larger than being right. Our purpose is to transfer paradigmatic ideas and not to clutter our narrative with exacting facts.
What I say is clutter enough.


#212498 - 09/12/13 04:59 PM Re: Why is Understanding Evolution important? [Re: jenny jenny]  
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Late Apes to Early Man:
Rest assured that both pre-man apes and early peoples walked upright, had big brains, and could vocalize a variety of sounds with pertinent meanings. Demarcation between the two types of intelligent animals was in their relative ability to communicate information back and forth within the ingroup via language, the beginings of a Culture.

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