Chinese challenge to ‘out of Africa’ theory?
Larry G. sent an article from the New Scientist that begins:
The discovery of an early human fossil in southern China may challenge the commonly held idea that modern humans originated out of Africa.LA replied:
Larry, this field is in so much flux and maddening complications and confusion (they don’t even agree on basic terminology any more, for example, the different definitions of homo sapiens), with tiny fragments of evidence—here, a single jawbone—being used to construct vast theories overthrowing other vast theories, that I would not invest a lot in such claims at this time. All the theories being advanced are like water passing through one’s fingers.Larry G. replies:
True. As one who trained to be a scientist, it is disappointing to realize how lacking in rigor and how politicized some fields really are. I’m glad I ultimately took a different path.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at November 03, 2009 10:00 AM | Send