Friday, May 8, 2009

H. lgfloresensis

Breitbart transmits the news that the minature hominids found on an island near Java are truly a separate species--a dwarf hangover of our ancient hominid cousins, probably H. Habilis--and not merely "pygmies whose brains had shrivelled with disease".

That's great to know.

But if they resemble "pygmies whose brains had shrivelled with disease", isn't it possible that they post on Little Green Footballs?

All joking aside...

As a Roman Catholic and an evolutionist (which is to speak redundantly) I think this is fascinating--and truly important. To think that our near human cousins were alive as late as 8000 years ago! That means they outdid even H. Neandertalensis! If these are derived from H. Erectus or even H. Habilus, it raises a 'baseline' from which we can measure subsequent human greatness. If they were animals instead of humans, it allows us to derive and study, from their differences with us, that which makes us truly human (and immortal).

If they were humans, ditto, except we can then derive that knowledge from the differences between the 'hobbits' and true animals such as the chimpanzee.

That evolution is fact (and the age of the universe 13.1 billion years or older) is beyond argument and absolute truth. It's clear that the anti-evolutionists (young earthers,e tc) believe because they accept without question the *literal* (as opposed to metaphorical) truth of The Book of Genesis. It would be nice if it were literally true. Unfortunately, it isn't.


  1. Hi Richard,

    You might wish to include your name in 'Book of the Abandoned'. Please see the second post over at


  2. Please explain to me, Richard, your argument for the truth of the Book of Genesis being metaphorical and not literal.

  3. De rien. I saw you visited..

    You also might want to come on over to

    to chat.

    Sprite (J.D.)

  4. Morgan sez: Please explain to me, Richard, your argument for the truth of the Book of Genesis being metaphorical and not literal.>>

    OK. Fine. So. Here it is.

    "Cuz I said so. So there. :0P FFFFFFRT."

    Seriously, you're asking me to sum up the fruit of 47 years out of my entire life spent considering God's word in the midst of creation, with a one line demand on a blog?

    Answer: I'd love to do it when I have the time. Which I don't right now; I have a job. Leave your Email addy and I'll flag you as soon as it's posted. Best, RLK.

  5. I really don't think you need to be saying that evolution is "beyond argument." There is plenty of hard evidence for a young earth. I would love to discuss it with you, since it's one of my favorite subjects. I will email you my email in case you want to.

    Your states' rights *ahem* "friend,"


Keep it clean for gene.