Convoluted human evolution: H. naledi ; recent (Introduction)

by dhw, Friday, May 12, 2017, 13:18 (679 days ago) @ David Turell

DAVID: See this article which supports the idea that naledi is a dead end:

dhw: If it is a dead end, that hardly explains why your God designed it. Experimentation does, but you rejected that.
DAVID: God could very possibly have developed different forms of hominin to see which would better develop the current brain we have. You seem to keep forgetting that the evidence is God uses evolution as a way of advancing His purposes, and His method of evolution of life results in a very bushy process.

We both believe that evolution took place. If God exists, the fact that evolution resulted in a very bushy process suggests that God wanted a bush, not that God only wanted humans and needed a bush to get what he wanted. However, it’s good to see that you now accept the possibility of experimentation which you had categorically rejected earlier. Perhaps you will eventually accept the possibility of other hypotheses which you have categorically rejected, since your own leads you to an ever changing variety of “guesses”.

DAVID: As always I return to the same point about God: God is in charge no matter how it happened. 3.8 billion year program or dabbling remain the only possibilities. The bushiness of life may indicate a degree of experimentation.

As always, I return to the same point about God: if he exists, of course he is in charge. That does not mean that his sole aim was to produce humans and everything else was related to that, and it does not mean that your hypothesis of a 3.8-billion-year-old programme and/or dabbling remains the only possibility.

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