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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Greg Ladens critique of Morgan's Aquatic Ape

Here at Ancient Digger, we like to dive into controversial subjects in archaeology and anthropology. This review was a response by Doug Laden after watching a video explaining Darwin's evolutionary theories by Elaine Morgan on Ted Talk. It's edgy and raw, and although I don't agree or disagree with Doug's critique or Elaine Morgans theories, it's still a fascinating subject.

We start off with a very inaccurate statement that we are not interested in the chimp-human differences. It is, in fact, all we palaeo-anthropologists think about.

She overemphasizes the difference to say that they are total, but yes, there are differences.She makes the error of implying that "something" happened (when it would well have been a lot of things that happened over time, or some other pattern of change)She correctly identifies the "coming out of the trees" and bipedalism as an inadequate Theory of Everything (TOE).She correctly identifies that the bipedalism hypotheses (as a TOE) unraveled. Read more about the critique of Morgan's Aquatic Ape


Sharon said...

Just wanted to say how much I love the new design of the site! Love the videos. Ain't history fun? Also wanted to mention that the link to "Unorthodox Chef" seems to be broken.

Dr. Lauren said...

Thanks for that Sharon. I will change that right away.

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