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Re: Binary/Convergent Evolution

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2007 08:38:54 -0500
Archived: Wed, 01 Aug 2007 21:40:05 -0400
Subject: Re: Binary/Convergent Evolution

>From: Bob Shell <bob.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2007 09:24:12 -0400
>Subject: Binary/Convergent Evolution

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

>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.

>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

For a discussion of convergent evolution in a ufological
context, free of Gehrmanist or comparable pseudoscientific
baggage, see the entry in my UFO Encyclopedia, 2nd. Ed.
(Omnigraphics, 1998), pp. 368-73, examining the implications of
convergent evolution for the development of intelligent life in
other planetary contexts. Environmental scientist and ufologist
Michael D. Swords elaborates elsewhere, e.g., "Science and the
Extraterrestrial Hypothesis in Ufology" (Journal of UFO Studies
n.s. 1 [1989], pp. 67-102).

Jerry Clark

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