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The Burning Truth is in the Rocks

You just don't get it. You seek to make my statement illegitimate by using your little fallacious red herring accusation of "quote mining." But I was quoting noted evolutionist and paleontologist S. J. Gould as he summarized Darwin on this point. Do you understand what it means to summarize? Gould quoted Darwin accurately, and no one up to this point has ever accused Gould of "quote mining."

I took nothing out of context. Darwin said that the geological record would either buttress his position, or if later evidence did not show "interminable varieties" and "the finest graduated steps" between species, than it would be right and honest to reject his whole theory. Period, end of story, according to Darwin himself.

Now if you want to mutate the myth of evolution, as Gould later did with punctuated equilibria, that is another thing. But to say that the fossil record substantiates gradualism, is to reveal just how unclear you are on the concept. Mutating the theory does nothing to change the nature of the evidence.

In point of fact, gradualism is being snipped out of textbooks because, as Gould rightly said, evidence for it is just not in the rocks. The Burning Truth is in the rocks, and it is decidedly not in your favor.

It is not "quote mining" to quote a single passage of what a person says. To say that entire pages have to be reproduced to remain intellectually honest, in the kindest way I can put it, is just silly. No one ever does that, and if you think more context needs to be provided to further your point, then please do so, without resorting to cheap debating tricks.

As to "rejecting modern science," it is not modern science I reject, it is pseudoscience masquerading as true science.

True science is not arrived at by consensus. Consensus is for politics. A thing can be true, even if every scientist on the planet disagrees with it. Science is supposed to be about Truth, and as Paul Robeson says, "Truth is the universe as it really is."

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Re: The Burning Truth is in the Rocks - by akg41470 - Aug 25, 2007 9:28pm
Darwin's False Premise - by John - Aug 26, 2007 6:19am
Re: Darwin's False Premise - by akg41470 - Aug 26, 2007 9:50am
"Scientific" Hypocrisy - by John - Aug 26, 2007 2:13pm
Re: "Scientific" Hypocrisy - by akg41470 - Aug 26, 2007 2:56pm
All Dogs Evolved from Wolves - by John - Aug 26, 2007 4:00pm
Punc. eq. - by Arneson - Aug 26, 2007 4:14pm
Re: "Scientific" Hypocrisy - by Arneson - Aug 26, 2007 4:01pm
A bit more on the dangers of quotemining. - by Arneson - Aug 26, 2007 4:41pm
The Actual Quote From Gould In Context - by akg41470 - Aug 26, 2007 6:15am
Your "Context" Adds Nothing - by John - Aug 26, 2007 7:17am
Re: Your "Context" Adds Nothing - by akg41470 - Aug 26, 2007 10:03am
Re: Your "Context" Adds Nothing - by akg41470 - Aug 26, 2007 12:00pm
Re: Darwin Obviated His Own Theory - by akg41470 - Aug 25, 2007 8:53am
Darwin's theory has been confirmed. - by Arneson - Aug 25, 2007 2:38pm
Just a couple things ... - by whoisyourcreator - Aug 26, 2007 12:23am
Yes, do read the whales postings. - by Arneson - Aug 26, 2007 8:51am
Plenty of transitional whale fossils... - by Arneson - Aug 26, 2007 3:37pm
Not Darwin's bear, either.... - by Arneson - Aug 26, 2007 3:42pm
Re: Darwin Obviated His Own Theory - by BalmungSama - Aug 27, 2007 5:18am