Date: September 09, 2019 03:41PM
I got into an argument over the weekend with my Mormon sister who calls herself a 'scientist' but has never been in a lab or received a science degree, who got into a late night argument about human origins. She's getting an online PhD in "The Science of Happiness" from a diploma mill.
I asked her if she accepted the theory of evolution as the best explanation for our origins. She said she did not. That she believes humans were created 140,000 years ago. I told her that there are 16 different sub-species of humans, going back 2.5 million years and that we're not even the first species of Homo Sapiens, there was Homo Sapiens Idaltu before us and probably Neanderthal and Denisovans, who were closely related enough to us to produce fertile offspring, meeting the definition of the same species. She told me that our species is no longer called, Homo Sapiens Sapiens, but "Anatomically modern humans".
I looked it up on Wikipedia, where it says, "Anatomically modern humans" is the common name, but the taxonomy of our species is Homo Sapiens Sapiens, according to scientists.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homo_sapiens#Name_and_taxonomy
That's when she claimed she was a scientist so I should listen to her and not other scientists.
She scoffed and claimed that Wikipedia was bullshit, since anybody in the world can go on there and change it to say whatever they want.
I told her that it matched up with the fossil record, that we have fossil remains of all 16 species listed on Wikipedia.
At that point she insisted I calm down, and when I wouldn't just stfu, she got up and left the room and went outside for an hour and left me to argue the point with her husband who also rejects well established scientific consensus on evolution, to promote his own theory, that humans were put here by aliens about 140,000 years ago, which he can prove by, you guessed it, YouTube videos.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 09/09/2019 08:57PM by schrodingerscat.