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  •  It's also good to go straight to the genetics. (0+ / 0-)

    The genetic evidence is a slam dunk - we share 50% of our genome with the vegetable kingdom and that's only possible because we have a common ancestor.

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    by GreenPA on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 09:26:38 AM PST

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    •  Well, no. (1+ / 0-)
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      That's a flawed argument, for the same reason the Creationist 'irreducible complexity' argument is flawed.

      (I don't know if you're factually correct on the 50% genome statement, either, but assuming you are...)

      A Creationist response to your argument is that we could share 50% of our genome with the vegetable kingdom because our Creator used the same building blocks to create the diversity of life which we experience today.

      "This is only possible if" type arguments are usually red flags for fallacies.

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      by raptavio on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 09:38:18 AM PST

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      •  Your hypothetical Creationist... (3+ / 0-)
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        ...needs to lean some basic biology.

        But you are right that "only possible if..." is poor phrasing and I should have said " the best explanation for this is..."

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        by GreenPA on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 09:52:56 AM PST

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        •  Yes, that's true. (3+ / 0-)
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          That is a better phrasing. Even better: The shared genetics between animals and plants, and indeed with all life, are entirely consistent with the theory of evolution.

          And that's important. There is nothing yet discovered in all of creation (see what I did there?) that is inconsistent with the theory of evolution, and much that supports and validates that theory.

          "Much of movement conservatism is a con and the base is the marks." -- Chris Hayes

          by raptavio on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 09:56:22 AM PST

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