An invitation to dinner
Dear P.Z. Myers and Aron Ra,
P.Z., thank you for your response, and Aron, for your response, to my recent blog posts. P.Z., there’s no history denial going on here, just some skepticism of deep time claims. Do you mind if I am skeptical that men in the 21st Century haven’t got a very good handle on unrecorded history? Also, I’m totally against an Aristotelian “fixity of species” approach to biology. I agree with your statement that biology is a dynamic process. In reference to the concept that genes and genomes change over time, if you want to call that “evolution”, fine, but do you mind if I just call it “population genetics research”? Of course now, to show how populations morph without genetic change, you have to add on epigenetics, too.
21st Century science certainly does show how genes and genomes change over time, but it also shows there are limits to that change. I’m skeptical that genomes have changed as much as you think they have.
Aron, as a Christian, I believe God is in charge of my profits, so don’t fool yourself into believing you have “wounded” my supposed “cash cow” in any way. You haven’t. I look at this as an opportunity to interact with folks I normally wouldn’t get to talk to, and hopefully defuse some intolerance and bigotry along the way. In America today, we need people who aren’t wasting time being “against creationism”, but instead are tolerant of religion, AND are out promoting and doing 21st Century Scientific research. We need more producers, not more protesters :)
Anyways, I would be happy to take y’all to dinner in The Woodlands on Friday evening. I am certain we could find some things we agree on, while discussing and tolerating each other’s differences. If y’all are interested, just leave a comment here (my comments are private until approved, so I will keep your emails confidential).