"Portugal is inhabited by humans for a million years" - comment | 21Mar2018 21:02:38
Another creationist comment (below) removed, this time in Sol newspaper. This is how the myth of evolution remains immune to a critical analysis.
Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist. He is regarded as a major innovator in the art of the short story; his children's books are classics of children's literature, namely the "Just So Stories", a collection of stories on origins, published in 1902. Kipling began working on the book by telling the first three chapters as bedtime stories to his daughter Josephine. These had to be told "just so" (exactly in the words she was used to) or she would complain.
The Just So Stories each tell how a particular animal was modified from an original form to its current form by the acts of man, or some magical being. For example, the Whale has a tiny throat because he swallowed a mariner, who tied a raft inside to block the whale from swallowing other men. The Camel has a hump given to him by a djinn as punishment for the camel's refusing to work (the hump allows the camel to work longer between times of eating). The Leopard's spots were painted by an Ethiopian (after the Ethiopian painted himself black). The Kangaroo gets its powerful hind legs, long tail, and hopping gait after being chased all day by a dingo, sent by a minor god responding to the Kangaroo's request to be made different from all other animals.
Evolutionists also tell their "Just So Stories", a kind of fairytale for adults, fantasy stories trying to explain what we see in nature, without the need to obey scientific criteria, common sense or logic.
This comes to mind as we read an article in the Portuguese "i" newspaper of March 13, 2018, entitled "The territory we call Portugal is inhabited by humans since a million years ago."
I think I can detect here one of these "Just So Stories", where human fantasy once again wants to tell us a bedtime story. I elaborate:
Difficulties with the 1 million date:
1) Population growth rate
Looking at data from Wikipedia and UN regarding World population through history, and considering a primordial couple 1 million years ago (how did sex appear? How did female and male appear at the same time?), a growth rate of only 0.03% (identical to the period 1 AD / 200 million-1000 AD / 275 million), 40 times lower than the current world rate (1.18%) and the formula N=N0 e^(rt), the value I reached for the resulting population after all these years was 4.0076969855296267e+138.
To try to put this in perspective, there are about
10^80 electrons in the universe
1.33x10^50 atoms in the world
3.0 x 10^23 stars within our observable universe.
Where are all the people?
Where are all the bodies?
2) Genetic entropy
If humanity is hundreds of thousands of years old we would be extinct by now, no way to stop it, the continual degradation of information is gonna kill us all. Every child born has 60 to 100 mutations that the parent was not born with. 60 negative steps backwards before you can take an evolutionary step forwards, we're going the wrong direction. The most definitive findings were published in 2010 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science by Lynch. That paper indicates human fitness is declining at 3–5% per generation.
Rocks of known age were subjected to radiometric dating and very inflated radiometric ages were obtained, which demonstrates that this method is not reliable.