Upcoming Four Stone Hearth, Wednesday, October 10th.

Just a quick reminder to everyone that the 25th edition is out this Wednesday, hosted by me at remote central, and as it marks the first anniversary of this blog carnival, the more entries received, the better; so far there is a grand total of 3 submissions, including one from me to myself, (and which is still under consideration), so if you’re thinking of sending something in, please feel free.

You can either send contributions to submit@fourstonehearth.net, or to me via my blog – thanks, Tim

5 thoughts on “Upcoming Four Stone Hearth, Wednesday, October 10th.

  1. I’ll first of all refer to a story, “Openness, casts, and CT scans”, from John Hawks’ site:

    He writes, “A substantial majority in most of the world’s countries believes that we are lying about human evolution. In the few nations that are exceptions, a substantial minority holds the same belief: human evolution is false. The human fossil record has been fabulated.”

    I totally agree. And further as he says, “Genetic data are mostly open and freely available. … These models have not been attempted in paleoanthropology, and they might never work.”

    But there’s no reason why they wouldn’t. I have actually written a book explaining our evolution. Several geneticists have read it and said, “Yep, that seems to be how it works. But you’ll have to get qualified anthropologists to check that side of it”. However getting an anthropologist to read it is harder than doing Chinese algebra.

    I believe the problem arises because of another problem John Hawks mentions, “Many of my colleagues won’t take someone seriously until they have knelt in the presence of the sacred relics. This is symptomatic of a kind of gatekeeping behavior — scientists who want to ‘keep out the riffraff,’ which generally consists of other peoples’ students, but also professionals who haven’t ‘put in the time in the field.’ ”

    Here is the cover blurb I have put on some hard copies I’ve circulated already:

    “You may well wonder why anyone would bother with yet another book on evolution. But our beliefs about our history influence our behaviour. And our behaviour today will determine our future. I maintain we are more likely to make rational decisions today if we have a rational view of history.

    “Over the years I have come to realise not everyone understands exactly how we evolved from apes. This is mostly because the pressure to fit the evidence to widely held cultural beliefs has left gaps in the story. People have been able to exploit these for their own benefit. I have been interested in birds, animals and plants and why they have come to look the way they do since I was very young. I later studied for a degree in agriculture and then worked in geology for a while. I have also been involved at times with dairy farming and genetics, and teaching. My interest in world music and music from the past has given me another view of how things change over time and space. It has allowed me to analyse the regional evolution of tunes and styles. This varied background means I have been able to bring many aspects together to help me understand the evidence. And, hopefully, explain simply exactly how evolution works.

    “This is the story of our species’ evolution, our collective family history. To make it easier for me to explain the evidence I actually move back from today to our separation from other apes. In theory you should be able to start anywhere though. By the time you have read the rest of the story I’m confident you will accept my statements at that point. Enjoy.”

    I have written the book as though I were providing evidence in a trial. And, of course, anyone is invited to join the defense. As an interesting exercise perhaps you might like to post as part of your Four Stone Hearth one chapter of your choice. We can then all discuss it. I can send a chapter list to you through an email attachment if you wish. I don’t have my own blog site.

  2. Hi Terry – thanks a lot for your comment and your very interesting suggestion for 4SH – however, I’m not sure that I can include a whole chapter of your book as part of the main body of the text and other links to posts of the blog carnival, but if you can stick something up on a page that I can link to, that should be no problem – Tim

  3. Thanks Tim. I realised a whole chapter would be too much. I’ll see if I can get the contents page onto scienceagogo. I think you’ll find the development interesting. I’ll get back to you.

  4. I tried but can’t do it. I’ll have to get to know someone with a web page. Thanks anyway. If you want to get in touch privately I can send whatever you like.

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