Stanford Prof Acknowledges Geologists Big Error

In a recent Nature Book Review about the new book, Origins and Revolutions: Human Identity in Earliest Prehistory, Clive Gamble, Cambridge University Press: 2007, Proctor compares paleontology and geology and notes that in both … “absence of evidence can be evidence of an absence.”

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Nature 448, 752-753 (16 August 2007)

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Robert N. Proctor

Gamble shows that the rate of invention grows slowly over the long haul of human evolution, and reminds us that absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. But how long should we search the Middle Palaeolithic for painted caves or sculpted figurines before concluding that none was ever done, and not for lack of interest, but for lack of capacity? For many years, geologists were reluctant to recognize catastrophes, postulating ‘missing strata’ to account for apparent jumps. The rehabilitation of catastrophes over the past few decades owes much to a renewed appreciation that absence of evidence can be evidence of an absence. I think it is fair to ask whether the situation might not be similar for paleoanthropology.

And who, may I ask, has pushed geologists to this new realization?

Henry Morris? Perhaps? Anyone heard of The Genesis Flood way back in 1961?

Rehabilitation? Hmmm … yes … rehabilitation. Why? Well because most of the Founders of Modern Science explained the Geologic Column by reference to the Very Large Catastrophe known as the Genesis Flood. Then along came the “Genesis is a Fairy Tale” people and sold their bill of goods to a new academic elite who for some reason had a strong motivation to believe them in spite of the evidence to the contrary.

Interesting, isn’t it?

For some great quotes on catastrophism see my article HERE.

2 Responses to “Stanford Prof Acknowledges Geologists Big Error”

  1. doramia says:

    Science will change it’s viewpoint if there is evidence. Religious people will not. Just look at the Tyre prophecy. I’m afraid theres no evidence for your viewpoint, Dave.

  2. lordkalvan says:

    You mention the founders of modern science explaining the geologic column by reference to the Biblical flood. I would be interested in who you regard in this category and why you would regard their opinions as relevant in the light of today’s understanding. Interestingly, scientists who may be categorized equally as founders of modern geology such as James Hutton and Charles Lyell, developed their ideas of ‘Plutonism’, ‘gradualism’ and ‘uniformitarianism’ because the Biblical flood was a wholly inadequate explanation for the phenomena that they observed in their studies. I would be very surprised indeed if you can cite any evidence at all that unequivocally supports the Biblical global inundation.

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