Skip to comments.Recent Human Variation Is Not Evolution (evidence points to recent creation)
Posted on 02/23/2009 10:05:02 AM PST by GodGunsGuts
Recent Human Variation Is Not Evolution
by Brian Thomas, M.S.*
Discover magazine recently asked, Are We Still Evolving? The same-titled article noted that for decades theories about human evolution had proliferated despite the absence of much, if any, hard evidence.1 It then presented research showing that human DNA is definitely changingbut not as Darwinism predicted.
Despite the widespread belief that we emerged from chimpanzees 6 million years ago, geneticists observed that differences between people are caused by DNA blocks that are reshuffled in each generation in patterns that remain closely linked.2 This points to a relatively recent development for human variation. Indeed, most of the change [happened] from 40,000 years ago to the present.1
For example, John Hawks at the University of Wisconsin-Madison told Discover, No one on earth had blue eyes 10,000 years ago. Also, most differences in genes that code for neurotransmitters (small chemicals vital for brain activity) appear to have recently arrived, with the majority emerging in just the past 10,000 years.1 Why were there so few genetic changes for millions of years, followed by so many in recent times?
Hawks found through a computer simulation that if humans had evolved at modern rates ever since we diverged from chimpanzees 6 million years ago,...the difference between the two species today would be 160 times greater than it actually is.1 Thus, either mutations and shuffling (labeled evolution) were dormant for millions of years only to radically accelerate in the recent evolutionary past, or these processes have been occurring at roughly todays rates since the Fall about 6,000 years ago.3
Other evidence from human genetic studies confirming humanitys youthfulness comes from the very fact that there is only 0.5 per cent difference between any two peoples DNA. The DNA difference should be vast after long ages of mutations at known rates.4
To call these DNA changes evolution could be misleading, depending on which definition is applied. Do the changes observed lead upward to greater complexity, conferring new information-with-a-purpose? Neither the base changes (mutations) nor the shuffling of blocks of DNA have shown the ability to generate any new and useful genetic information, or build new biochemical machinery or organs, let alone whole organisms. What science does know about them is that they serve to corrupt or rearrange pre-existing information.
The evolutionary changes that have been accelerating, according to these researchers, are really just variations within human kind, unfolding from the original, information-rich first people. Its plausible that the Creator front-loaded Adam and Eves genomes with full complements of a wide variety of both essential and non-essential genes, as well as genetic and epigenetic factors to facilitate rearrangement of those genes.5, 6 Thus, as humans have spread out and thrived in various environments across the globe since their dispersal at Babel, their traits have also spread out. As the Discover article noted, Theres a lot more people on the planet than in recent times....We are getting less alike.1
Chance-based DNA mutations and variation-by-design DNA shuffling have unfolded due to historical events that are recorded in Scripture. The first humans disobeyed Gods command to refrain from eating the fruit of a certain tree, and this brought decay and death. Their descendants filled the earth with violence, resulting in judgment and a new, less habitable post-Flood landscape. Humans then disobeyed Gods command to fill the earth, leading to the introduction of language families that drove people groups apart, making them less alike and diluting their once robust genome.
Shuffling and mutating DNA add no hard evidence to support any theories of human evolution. Rather, the largely un-shuffled DNA of modern humans clearly points to a humanity that has been around for thousands, rather than millions, of years.
1. McAuliffe, K. March 2009. Are We Still Evolving? Discover. 50-58.
2. Called linkage disequilibrium, this is the observation that human genes from around the world are still situated next to one another, even though they are cut and pasted (shuffled) each generation. This is strong evidence for a youthful mankind.
3. Thomas, B.Why Are Human Genes Still Linked? ICR News. Posted on icr.org August 6, 2008, accessed February 17, 2009.
4. Geneticists have no empirical data to anchor biological dates, so they must trust the paleontologists. Often, paleontologists derive their dates from examining the particular rock layers wherein human and ape remains have been discovered. Thus, their dates are often supplied by geologists. Perhaps geologists obtained them from radioisotope dating of some form. Thus, they trust the geochronologists, who in turn rely on dates from geologic column charts. Without this standardized reference, the geochronologist would have little basis for choosing which of the wide range of obtainable dates to accept, and which to reject. This circus of trust functions, not because there is empirical evidence for deep time, but because those in various disciplines universally conform their results to the standard dates, all of them being convinced a priori that deep time is true.
5. Borger, P. 2008. Evidence for the design of life: part 2Baranomes. Journal of Creation. 22 (3): 68-76.
6. Gerhart, J. and M. Kirschner. 2007. The theory of facilitated variation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 104 (Suppl 1): 8582-8589.
“He does agree that the world is billions of years old and that all life did originate from a common ancestor, because overwhelming anatomical, genetic, and fossil evidence exists for that claim.
Page 8 of 31 describing Behe’s work.
So, Dr. Behe believes the world is billions of years old and that dictates what the ID mantra has to be? While I agree with quite a bit of what Dr. Behe posits, this in no wise dictates that ID holds to the exact same thing. From what I have read, there are many threads within the ID community.
Further, this has little to nothing to do with what we were discussing.
Good side thread, though. Thank you for the information.
I gave you the ID site! So you know more about ID than they do? Additionally, Mr. Behe was the prime witness for the ID movement in the Dover trials! Mr. Behe is additionally the number one expert at the Discovery site which is also probably the number one promoter of ID.
It has everything to do with what we were discussing. That of God as a designer which you brought up.
Please show me one that holds differently. I won't hold my breath.
Wouldn't/Hasn't God made allowances for that?
I ask how much science education people like you and GGG (Mr. Spam)have because I want to know how much “ammunition” you are armed with in this debate.
I have a PhD in molecular biology, now tell us your backgrounds.
Okay. How is that any of my concern? Dr. Behe is far more educated than I and I have read a good deal of his beliefs in the "Case for a Creator" book. His belief that we came from some common ancestor is not necessarily the ID movements core tenet. The ID site says nothing about it that I can find.
No, that is slight of hand on your part. You transited from my belief in God as designer to my having to now be in accord with the ID movement. Bad form.
I think you have missed the irony tag in some of my postings. I don’t have a PhD in anything, but I don’t have a fight with those who do. I find it amusing that so many people on FR think they are qualified to judge all of science.
Even folks like Michael Behe don’t try that.
Still waiting, but NOT holding my breath for you link.
Still waiting, but NOT holding my breath for you link.
You ask for me to provide a link to back up my position and I give you several. I ask you to return the favor and I get “No replies”. Thanks.
My apologies for being tardy to respond, but when the Marine Corps says 'go run', I go run.
what link? What is it you want?
Why are you getting snippy? You have not asked a question that I can provide a link to, that I can recall.
Do you have such a short memory or is it only selective recall. You said that there were many ID sites that did not support evolution. I asked you to provide a link.