December 6th 2008 - Cremo and Thompson pass the reality check - again.
Cremo and Thompson showed over ten years ago in their book "Forbidden Archeology" that there is a large body of suppresed evidence that shows that humanity is ancient in the extreme, and that anatomically modern humans existed millions, not hundreds of thousands of years ago on this planet, in parallel with more primitive hominoids. They have demonstrated that the evidence for this was disposed of and dismissed one at a time, not because it was bad, but because it upset the established point of view too much to be considered.
If anatomically modern humans have indeed existed on Earth for millions of years, then there should be remains of such humans of all kinds of in between ages. Some 300,000 years old, some 400,000, and so on, up to millions of years. As chance would have it, every once in a while, remains would be discovered (or rediscovered) whose age is just a bit higher than the currently accepted age of homo sapiens, but not too high, so that the evidence would be allowed to pass through the "knowledge filter" of academic paleoanthropology intact and make it into the peer reviewed literature, forcing a correction of the timeline. Once the new, corrected timeline has become sufficiently accepted, the process would repeat itself.
This is a testable prediction: paleoanthropology is going to keep pushing back the date of the emergence of modern humans. The evidence that humans are older than previously thought is going to keep coming.
One such predicted adjustment occured in 2005, when new research (external - login to view)
pushed the age of emergency of modern humans back by 35,000 years, to 195,000 years. As of 2008, this is the accepted age.
And now another adjustment may occur: a new dating technique (external - login to view)
, applied to advanced stone tools found in the 1970s in Ethiopia, revealed them to be at least 276,000 years old. If this evidence is accepted, it will add yet another 80,000 years.
Just as predicted by the work of Cremo and Thompson, the 'official' age of modern humans shows no sign of converging.
January 13th 2008 - Sheldrake exposes Dawkins as a fundamentalist pseudoskeptic
In a commentary (external - login to view)
on his website, biologist Rupert Sheldrake recounts his experience in - almost - appearing in The Enemies of Reason
, a British documentary written by well-known biologist and public advocate for atheism Richard Dawkins. He describes how he was recruited to appear in the documentary with promises that there would be an opportunity for scientific discussion. But when he tried to engage in such a discussion, both Dawkins and they director made it clear that they were not interested in discussing evidence. The TV programme was intended to debunk, not give a fair view of the scientific evidence:
"Richard seemed uneasy and said, 'Iím donít want to discuss evDecember 6th 2008 - Cremo and Thompson pass the reality check - again. (external - login to view)