Re: Was Lucy Our Ancestor?

Marc Verhaegen

On Sat, Nov 20, 2021 at 05:50 PM, terry turner wrote:

Supporters of a proposition do a poor job of finding its weak points.
Creationists make a cottage industry of picking apart everything that does not sound biblical.
One day they will discover AAT, and it will be interesting to see what they do with it.
I am certain that Lucy is a falsification, like Piltdown Man.

Lucy is no human ancestor, but most likely IMO an early relative of Gorilla
(1994 Hum.Evol.9:121-139, 1996 Hum.Evol.11:35-41).

But even when this hoax is thrown out, and when AAT replaces savanna theory, established PAs & creationists will not retract their published views.
In my research on the ridicule & denial of continental drift (very similar to AAT), I realized that self-respecting scientists don't change sides, even when it's obvious that they have been completely wrong.
It's like in football — halfway through a match, one team may be so far behind that they have no chance to win.
But no one changes shirts and joins the other team. They continue to play, and tell themselves that they still might win.
It has to do with honor & respect for the institutions they belong to.
And by continuing, they further demonstrate their talents & skills.
I wrote much more about this in my first book on the history of continental drift, p.276-282.
But I deleted those pages in the revised version of my book, because they would surely not be allowed by the editor or referees.
(My revised book was accepted by a scientific editor & referees, but then I withdrew it, and made it freely available on the internet.)

Terry, where can we find it?

Some people do revise their opinion, e.g. prof.Tobias.
At the first day of the Ghent symposium in 1999 (organized by M, I was waiting in the aula for the other contributors to come. Prof.Tobias entered the aula and came straight to me, I was rreally afraid he was going to accuse me of attacking the science of paleo-anthropology, but he opened his arms & embraced me... :-)

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