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Mankind has existed essentially unchanged for billions of years (Talk.Origins)

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This article (Mankind has existed essentially unchanged for billions of years (Talk.Origins)) is a response to a rebuttal of a creationist claim published by Talk.Origins Archive under the title Index to Creationist Claims.

Claim CJ001:

Modern humans have lived on earth for billions of years.

Source: Cremo, Michael and Richard Thompson, 1993.Forbidden Archaeology: The hidden history of the human race. Los Angeles: Bhaktivedanta.


CreationWiki response:

Any evidence that points in this direction assumes the accuracy of evolutionary dating methods, whereas it could better be interpreted as evidence against those evolutionary dating methods.

(Talk.Origins quotes in blue)

1. Cremo and Thompson support their claim on Vedic scripture.

As Biblical Creationists we do not accept the Vedic scripture.

* They claim scientific support for it, but the science they cite is old and discredited.

This is an over generalization. Talk Origins is dismissing the entire contents of this 900+ page book with one sentence. It is hardly an adequate refutation. The fact that a cite is old does not make it obsolete. While some of their cited finds do have problems, most don't. They also deal with some of the claims made against their cited finds. Talk Origins only presents a refutation of a small fraction of the cited finds so their blanket statement is unjustified

2. More seriously, Cremo and Thompson are selective in what they cite. The vast majority of evidence shows that hominids have developed more-or-less gradually over the past 6+ million years, and that modern humans are much younger.

Actually, the vast majority of interpretations of evidence agree with Evolution. It's amazing how superior one can look when you can out-spend the competition by several orders of magnitude. Creationists not only need to fund their own research, but through the U.S. tax code they are forced to fund the research of evolutionists as well. That's quite an advantage for evolutionists.

This also constitutes blatant "elephant hurling" -- making a broad claim and backing it up with sweeping generalities instead of fact.

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