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To: Steve Rudd
Subject: Re: Patton Quotes 
Date: Wed, 09 Feb 2000 16:38:02 -0500
From: Andrew Arensburger


[Preliminary response. Second response coming later.]

On Wed, 09 Feb 2000 14:56:05 EST, Steve Rudd wrote:
> >         And how is that? What predictions were creationists making 200
> >years ago that were borne out?
> 
> [Omitted at author's request]

	What's a "kind"? How can I tell whether two animals are of the
same kind? How can I tell whether two animals are _not_ of the same
kind?

> [Omitted at author's request]

	There seems to be a word missing in the above sentence. I
can't quite parse it. (Also, I assume you're not asking me to type in
a transitional fossil.)

> [Omitted at author's request]
> >: The taxonomic status of KNM-ER 1805, whose estimated cranial
> >: capacity is 582 cm3 (9, 14) is uncertain and workers have questioned
> >: whether its affinities are with Homo or Australopithecus (15). The
> >: evidence presented above shows that KNM-ER 1805 [Patton inserts the
> >: words "Homo habilis"] should not be attributed to Homo. In keeping
> >: with this, Fig. 4 shows that the shape of the endocast from KNM-ER
> >: 1805 (basal view) is similar to that from an African pongid, whereas
> >: the endocast of KNM-ER 1470 is shaped like that of a modern human.
> >: As noted by Radinsky (6), shape differences may be the result of a
> >: packaging phenomenon that reflect size differences.
> >: -- Dean Falk, ``Cerebral Cortices of East African Early Hominids,''
> >: Science, Vol. 221, p. 1073, 1983
> 
[Omitted at author's request]
                                                 ^^^^^^^
                                                 "respond"

	[BTW, have you considered switching to decaf?]

	The insertion of the words "Homo habilis" is what transforms
that quotation from being merely misleading, to being intentionally
deceptive, yes.

-- 
Andrew Arensburger, Systems guy		Center for Automation Research
arensb@cfar.umd.edu			University of Maryland
	     I have seen the truth and it makes no sense.
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