Talk­ing about pre­his­tory is as pre­sump­tu­ous as fore­telling the fu­ture

Malta Independent - - LETTERS -

To talk about pre­his­tory is as pre­sump­tu­ous as fore­telling the fu­ture. To be­lieve in some­thing is one thing, to prove it is an­other. How can any­one pre­sume to know what went on in pre­his­toric times with­out in­dulging in make-be­lieve? Can we mere mor­tals know what re­ally oc­curred 10,000 or 100,000 or maybe one mil­lion years ago in pre­his­tory? This is the guess­ing game the palaeon­tol­o­gist and the an­thro­pol­o­gists want us to be­lieve by us­ing evo­lu­tion as a sort of a road map into the past.

The cat­e­chism of evo­lu­tion was pro­posed and ac­cepted as state­ments, as facts; words such as per­haps, prob­a­bly, pre­sum­ably, as­sump­tions and more guess­work to be gospel truth. Deny it and one is branded an un­in­formed, un­e­d­u­cated re­li­gious nut.

For more than one hun­dred years since Charles Dar­win pub­lished The Ori­gin of Species, an­thro­pol­o­gists have searched for the sup­posed “miss­ing link” to man’s an­ces­try. That came about with the dis­cov­ery of a skele­ton in the Ne­an­der Val­ley in Ger­many and the un­earthing of more bones and other ev­i­dence of the sup­posed an­cient man that have ac­cu­mu­lated since then. Thus was born our an­ces­tor – Ne­an­derthal Man – or so said the evo­lu­tion­ists. What ve­he­mence, what ar­dour, what fer­vour, what earnest­ness was shown by the sci­en­tific com­mu­nity to bury the men who still in­sisted that the Bi­ble was the only re­li­able guide to the an­tiq­uity of man.

Now sci­en­tists have ad­mit­ted through re­search that the DNA of hu­mans and Ne­an­derthals is prac­ti­cally iden­ti­cal. This goes to show that ‘cave­men’ are peo­ple too, like you and me. Sci­ence did not find any half-mon­key halfhu­man bones. The ma­te­rial an­a­lysed in­di­cated that Ne­an­derthals and hu­mans in­ter­bred and pro­duced off­spring reg­u­larly. This sci­en­tific ad­mis­sion burnt a hole in the con­ven­tional evo­lu­tion­ary the­ory.

Whether in­ter­na­tion­ally or not, the evo­lu­tion­ary the­ory is find­ing one too many set­backs and has to be mod­i­fied again and again. Who has not heard of the Pilt­down Man Hoax of 1912 which took 40 years to un­ravel? The Ne­braska Man of 1922 – a sin­gle tooth dated one mil­lion years old later iden­ti­fied as a pig’s tooth. The Coela­canth, a fish clas­si­fied ex­tinct by ex­perts was found roam­ing the seas in the south­ern hemi­sphere; Earnest Haeckel’s fraud­u­lent draw­ings and the ma­nip­u­la­tion of em­bryos, the pep­pered moth, and the de­cep­tive ma­nip­u­la­tion of ev­i­dence to in­flu­ence by im­per­cep­ti­ble means.

The blind faith of self-as­ser­tion de­scrib­ing the as­cent of man gives the im­pres­sion that the an­thro­pol­o­gist was on the scene of a tran­si­tional pe­riod of thou­sands of years of devel­op­ment from the brutish ape-like crea­ture to mod­ern man as if pro­ject­ing events in mo­tion pic­ture style. Sheer ar­ro­gance!

Writ­ten his­tory dates back to about 5000 years. His­tory be­gins at Sumer as a fully-fledged civ­i­liza­tion with ar­chi­tects, en­gi­neers, artists, crafts­man, and a lan­guage writ­ten and spo­ken. There are many firsts in this civil­i­sa­tion. Who can ex­plain the gap, the empti­ness of tens of thou­sands of years with no grad­ual pro­gres­sive achieve­ment to a sud­den es­tab­lished so­ci­ety? The Bi­ble can be­cause there is no pre­his­tory.

The sci­en­tific com­mu­nity in­sists evo­lu­tion is the fi­nal and only ex­pla­na­tion for the ex­is­tence of life. But to be proved true as the laws of sci­ence dic­tate, the the­ory must be tested ex­per­i­men­tally. How does one test or re­peat that which oc­curred in the past?

Francesco Si­mon Mer­cieca Fgura

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