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In 1933, a worker at a bridge construction site in the Chinese city of Harbin dug up a skull. It’s existence was unknown to the outside world until recently when the worker’s family donated it to the Hebel Geo University for study. Back when it was discovered, in order to keep it from falling into the hands of the occupying Japanese army, the bridge worker hid it in a well. Apparently, this skull turns out to be one of the most complete human cranial fossils in the world, and has become the focus of a certain amount of controversy among paleontologists. The skull has since been dubbed “Dragon Man.”
Scientists have dated the skull and claim that it is 146,000 years old or older. They claim that Dragon Man lived in the era of wooly mammoths – a time when human species were on the move.
There is, however, a certain amount of controversy and dissension among evolutionary paleontologists about this skull. The working theory of these scientists is that during certain periods of history, groups of human beings migrated to different parts of the world. As a result of this migration, these various groups evolved differently based on the environments they migrated to – which resulted in different species of humans in different locations.
It seems, however, that the various scientists who have weighed in on this find are having a hard time coming to consensus about what, exactly, has been found. The initial research team stated in its report that they believe it is an entirely new species of human that has not previously been known. But not everyone agrees – even some people on the research team itself. Some believe it is simply a less evolved ancestor of an already known human species that lived in that region of the world. And there are other opinions.
The author of an article about this find made this summary, “While few seem unanimous about the specific interpretation of what Dragon Man’s debut means, Stringer (one of the scientists who doesn’t agree with the report) speaks of numerous other scientists who agree it’s a big deal.” So they don’t agree about what it means, but they all agree it is an epic find.
But how can this research be such a big deal if so many scientists disagree about what the finding even means? Well, the reason it is such a big deal to them is because even though they might disagree about the specific identity of the fossil, they all do agree that it represents a cog in the wheel of human evolution – and one day they are convinced they will figure it all out.
I never cease to be amazed at the approach these evolutionary “scientists” take in making their evaluations. They claim to be scientists, but their conclusions are not based on actual science. They don’t begin their research with the data that appears before them (data such as Dragon Man’s skull) in order to scientifically analyze it and make conclusions based on the data itself. Rather, they begin with a philosophical assumption (that naturalistic evolutionary theory is true), then try to draw conclusions from the data that fits within their philosophical framework.
In this case, the philosophical assumption is that human beings (as with every form of life in existence) had some kind of natural beginning and naturally evolved based on naturalistic evolutionary theory. There is no actual science to support that theory, but that is the starting point of their research. But what happens is, since there is no objective scientific basis for analyzing the data, different specialists come up with their own speculations about what the data says – which is exactly what has happened here. Different ones speculate differing conclusions based on their own personal biases.
But the real kicker is in the conclusion of the author of the article mentioned above. His conclusion is that maybe everyone doesn’t agree about what the data means, but it is important knowledge about how man evolved that one day we will understand. What? So concluding that “we don’t know what we have but it is important” is a scientific conclusion? Where is the actual science in that?
All I can do is shake my head.
Freddy Davis is the president of MarketFaith Ministries. He is the author of numerous books and has a background as an international missionary, pastor, radio host, worldview trainer, and entrepreneur. Freddy is a graduate of Florida State University with a BS in Communication, and holds MDiv and DMin degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a popular speaker, particularly on the topic of worldview and its practical implications for the Christian life. He lives in Tallahassee, FL, with his wife Deborah.
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