brain sizes: Einstein's and women's

Dave Wilson testaccount2002 at btopenworld.com
Tue Oct 8 05:04:34 EST 2002


Jd wrote:
 >
 > What I can't accept is the notion that men just began wondering about
 > the origins and development of life here on the planet, in the last
 > couple of hundred years.  This seems to be the postion of a few folks
 > here, and they probably would still be believing Al invented the
 > internet if it weren't for all those conservatives out there who knew
 > the history of the whole thing.
 >
 > That which cannot be proven is a matter of faith.  By biblical
 > definition, faith is "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence
 > of things not seen".  We Christians know God created everything and
 > therefore, do not have to wait for biochemists to invent another
 > theory.
 >

May I hazard the wild speculation that *one* of the reasons for the 
relative lack of public speculation about the development of life 
centuries ago in European countries was that 'God did it' was a 
sufficient damper on the curiosity of many people, and that organised 
religion wasn't terribly keen on people offering alternative explanations.
Fairly obviously, in a situation where the bulk of the population were 
told what to think, thinkers may be cautious about publicising their 
ideas to a wider audience.

Dave W.




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