[Marxism] Homo floresiensis

Brian Shannon Brian_Shannon at verizon.net
Mon Nov 1 06:08:02 MST 2004

I wonder how long it will take for this debate to percolate down to 
American fundamentalists?

Suppose for a moment that a living tribe of these beings is discovered, 
how should they be treated? Are they merely advanced apes, or are they 
miniature humans? If an explorer brought back one of their infants to 
study, would you put him down for Eton or the Zoo?

If he died, would he be buried in consecrated ground or a pet cemetery? 
His very existence among us would make us question all over again, what 
it is to be human. We are not used to this because our ancestors 
successfully killed off all our close relatives. This has created a 
chasm between us and the other animals, a chasm so big that religion 
went as far as to say that we are not even related to them. Humans have 
souls and they do not.

Darwin put a stop to this nonsense with his theory of evolution, but 
amazingly the blindingly obvious truth he discovered is still resisted 
by large sections of the human population. They stubbornly continue to 
insist that we are some kind of special creation. The arrival of 
"Mini-Man" is going to give them nightmares.
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DAVID WILKINSON (lecturer in theology and science)
I still see the special status of humanity in the gift of relationship 
with God, a relationship affirmed in the life, death and resurrection 
of Jesus. After all, hobbits were never a problem to the Christian 
orthodoxy of a certain JRR Tolkien.
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