“Evolution, the Grand Experiment” Chapter 8: The Fossil Record record of fish

February 23, 2010

This is my review of chapter eight of Dr. Carl Warner’s book, “Evolution, the Grand Experiment.” The chapter is three pages long. My review is longer than his chapter. For this, I apologize [question mark]

This is part of my book duel with a Christian named Mark Tetzlaff who claimed to have read and reviewed Richard Dawkins’ book “The Greatest Show on Earth,” only to admit that he lied; he only read parts of it and flipped through the rest. I challenged him to a book duel. I would read two books to his one. He recommended this book and Cornelius Van Til’s “Why I believe in God.”

Chapter eight on the road to spontaneous late-induced Microcephaly is about the absence of fish ancestors in the fossil record. Werner says that fossilized fish number in the mid half millions. Yet, Werner claims, there is NOT ONE fossil of a fish ancestor.

“According to many experts,” writes Werner, “each fish family appears suddenly in the fossil record.”

Werner explains that this is a difficulty for evolution and its proponents.

Werner says:

Scientists who support evolution give examples within a family that appear to be ancestors of each other. Scientists who oppose evolution point out that lining different types of fish within the same fish family in order to demonstrate evolution is presumptuous because you are lining up similar types of fish. They suggest that if evolution truly occurred, one should be able to witness the transformation from invertebrates to vertebrate fish. One should also see one fish family slowly changing into another.

The only footnote refers to the total amount of fossils collected is 500,000. Otherwise … not one footnote backs any other claim.

There is a graphic showing us this “proof”. See right.

The next page is a bunch of pictures of fish fossils, with the words, “500,000 fish in museums … The ancestors of each fish group are missing.”

And the final page is what appears to be an interview with Dr. John Long, Paleontologist and Head of Science at the Museum Victoria, Melbourne Australia.

Werner says, [Long] is a strong proponent of evolution and author of the book, “The Rise of Fishes: 500 Million Years of Evolution.”

I think you could probably read the iPhone picture I took pretty well (below left) if you’re interested in reading what Werner says are Long’s comments. I want to point out one thing before I end this review, because this is what Judge Jones in the Kitzmiller vs. Dover case was talking about to a T when he said that proponents of creationism lied to back their cause.

If I was ol’ Mark Tetzlaff, I’d perk my ears up for this one.

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You can see by the iPhone picture that the layout of the page is made to look like an interview. But if you’ll notice, there are footnotes (finally!) on this page. The footnotes pertain to two things; one connects with an interview Werner conducted with Long. The other footnote with Long’s book.

Maybe you don’t think that’s wrong.

Think about it. The page is laid out like an interview. There’s a question in bold type. There’s a response beneath it. There’s a sentence of Long’s response from his interview and then a sentence from his book. When you read a book, you can more easily take things out of context. I do it on this blog as evidence by my Isaiah 45:7 post.

A person can make anyone say anything with a book quote. When writing, people tend to compare and contrast using language to clarify their points.

Werner is exploiting this fact unapologetically. It’s dishonest.

Let me put it this way, the bold type looks like Werner’s questions or prompts. There is no way to tell if what follows the question is what Dr. Long intended as the answer. If Werner is inserting words from the book, those questions might not directly pertain to the questions asked. If I believed in a devil, this would be diabolical editing. Only the devil is Werner, and hell is this fucking poor excuse for a book.

Tetzlaff has been continuing with his dishonest view of Dawkins’ book over at the Pullman WA site. Go read them. See for yourselves.

Tetzlaff is a guy who supported Werner’s book as fair and honest depiction of evolution. He said Dawkins’ was the one misleading. Yet since chapter 1, Werner has done nothing but attempt to deceive his audience. When he uses footnotes, they are as remedial as a coloring book.

But we should all look forward to Chapter 9: The Fossil Record of Bats.


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