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Unintelligent Speculation [was: The ETH]

From: Bob Shell <bob.nul>
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2007 09:24:12 -0400
Archived: Wed, 01 Aug 2007 09:05:30 -0400
Subject: Unintelligent Speculation [was: The ETH]


>From: Ed Gehrman <egehrman.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2007 12:00:40 -0700
>Subject: Re: The ETH

>>Such a belief is not only an example of Unintelligent
>>Speculation, but also of the wild, tabloid variety.

>But to call it "unintelligent" without a crumb of evidence as to
>why you feel this way, is a great example of unintelligent
>criticism.

Ed,

I think the problem is that most people who are doing the
name-calling have not had any formal training in evolution.
Most educated laymen have not even heard of convergent
evolution, much less have any understanding of how it is
theorized to work.

Jason's comment above is a good example. It reminds me of how
many people, scientists included, dismissed evolution when old
Charlie Darwin first proposed it. It was 'Unintelligent
Speculation'. If supermarket tabloids had existed at the time,
no doubt his critics would have said that was where his writings
belonged.

Convergent evolution is not wild-assed speculation, it is an
observed phenomenon in biology. Similar environmental niches
often create similar creatures or structures of creatures. I
learned about this in my zoology classes in college, and that's
been some years ago, and the theory has only gained more
confirmation during those years.

To the critics, I say educate yourself first before making
accusations.


Bob Shell



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