Just when you thought the old weirdo couldn’t get any freakier…
So I’m reading over at the funny farm, looking for SOMETHING, ANYTHING that is more than religious apologetics.
The one thing I can find is a comment by Dohn Asswipe Javison, ironically enough.
The shear… forget it, I can’t even describe the stupidity. Here it is in full, without even any Big Green Marker. I hate the thought of giving the freakboy any more free airplay, but I don’t think I could mark it up any funnier than it already is.
1. There is no species problem. It was a Darwinian, Theodosius Dobzhansky, that presented a clear, testable criterion defining what species are. Two forms are considered to be separate species when either of the following criteria are met. They cannot produce a hybrid or the hybrid, when viable, proves to be sterile. It is perfectly unambiguous. The key word here is CANNOT produce a hybrid which requires artificial insemination to be fully significant.
Josef Goebbels, Hitler’s Propaganda Minister, took advantage of Dobzhansky’s definition when he proclaimed, and I must paraphrase as I do not have the original handy:
“It has not yet been demonstrated that non-Aryans cannot hybridize with apes.”
Apparently the Nazis had performed such experiments. Personally I see no compelling reason why a human/chimpanzee hybrid might not be viable but, with at least a dozen different chromosome restructurings separating the karyotype of the chimp from that of the human, the hybrid most certainly would be sterile.
A primary factor in speciation has been chromosome restructuring as synapsis between structural chromosome heterozygotes invariably leads to some sterility because crossing over in the nonhomologous regions leads to the production of unbalanced, non functional gametes. This is true even if the chromosomes are identical at the allelic level and has a purely mechanical basis. We are practically identical with our primate relatives at the allelic (Mendelian) level anyway. It was the chromosome and not the gene that was always the mediator of evolutionary progress just as Goldschmidt claimed sixty-six years ago.
“Species and the higher categories originate in single macroevolutionary steps as competely new genetic systems. The genetical process which is involved consists of a repatterning of the chromosomes which results in a new genetic system.”
“The Material Basis of Evolution, page 396.
If only he had used the past tense!
There is also no reason why such experiments should not be performed and the results reported in the professional literature. Perhaps they have been. I don’t know for sure. Does anyone?
“A past evoution is undeniable, a present evolution undemonstrable.”
John A. Davison
Comment by John A. Davison — August 11, 2006 @ 2:32 pm
Now am I alone in wondering if he is in fact, volunteering his “services” for such an experiment? That’s what it sounds like. Remember that he ruled out artificial insemination in the beginning, and his plaintive “If only…” combined with “There is also no reason…” come together to me, and imply that he wants to be first in the monkey-humping line. Or do I infer more than is there?