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The Truth about Human Origins: An Investigation of the Creation/Evolution Controversy as It Relates to the Origin of Mankind

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Ever since Charles Darwin first published The Origin of Species on November 24, 1859, the subject of origins has been one of the most controversial topics around. Sadly, it also is a subject that is fraught with erroneous theories and concepts. Most students today are taught that organic evolution is not a theory, but a "fact" that all "reputable scientists" accept. Disclaimers from the evolutionary community notwithstanding, such a claim is, quite simply, wrong. We believe it is time for someone to offer what ...
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Overview

Ever since Charles Darwin first published The Origin of Species on November 24, 1859, the subject of origins has been one of the most controversial topics around. Sadly, it also is a subject that is fraught with erroneous theories and concepts. Most students today are taught that organic evolution is not a theory, but a "fact" that all "reputable scientists" accept. Disclaimers from the evolutionary community notwithstanding, such a claim is, quite simply, wrong. We believe it is time for someone to offer what renowned news commentator Paul Harvey would call "the rest of the story." That is what The Truth About Human Origins does. It tells the rest of the story as it discusses the scientific facts about mankind's beginning. For example, it investigates the "record of the rocks" as that record relates to human evolution. It demonstrates how evolutionary theory is unable to explain things like the origin of gender and sexual reproduction, the origin of language and communication, the origin of the brain, the mind, and human consciousness, and the origin of skin colors and blood types. It also examines in an in-depth fashion the so-called "molecular evidence" of human evolution. If you have an interest in the creation/evolution controversy, this is a book that takes it to a higher level-and a book that you definitely will want for your personal library. For additional information, see www.ApologeticsPress.org, or call us at 800/234-8558.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780932859587
  • Publisher: Apologetics Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2004
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Dedication
Foreword vii
Introduction 1
Chapter 1 The "Record of the Rocks" 3
Biological Taxonomy and Human Evolution 4
Did Man Evolve from the Apes? 10
An Examination of the "Record of the Rocks" 12
Aegyptopithecus zeuxis 18
Dryopithecus africanus 18
Ramapithecus brevirostris 20
Orrorin tugenensis 26
Australopithecus (Ardipithecus) ramidus 27
Australopithecus anamensis 28
Ardipithecus ramidus kadabba 29
Kenyanthropus platyops 33
Chapter 2 The "Record of the Rocks" [Part II] 41
Australopithecus afarensis 41
Lucy's Rib Cage 46
Lucy's Pelvis and Gender 47
Lucy's Appendages-Made for Bipedalism, or Swinging from Trees? 50
Australopithecine Teeth: More Evidence that Lucy was Arboreal 53
Australopithecine Ears: Human-like or Ape-like? 54
Lucy: Hominid or Chimp? 55
Australopithecus africanus/Australopithecus boisei 57
The Laetoli Footprints 65
Homo habilis/Homo rudolfensis 68
Homo erectus/Homo ergaster 75
Homo sapiens idaltu 80
What Does the "Record of the Rocks" Really Show? 83
The Parade of Fossil Errors 85
Neanderthal Man 86
Nebraska Man 88
Piltdown Man 89
Java Man 90
Rhodesian Man 91
Conclusion 92
Chapter 3 Molecular Evidence of Human Origins 99
Chromosomal Counts 103
Real Genomic differences 105
"Mitochondrial Eve" 111
The Demise of Mitochondrial Eve 116
The Molecular Clock-Dating Mitochondrial Ancestors 121
Serious Errors in Mitochondrial DNA Data in the Scientific Literature 126
Neanderthal vs. Human DNA-Is It a Match? 128
Chapter 4 The Problem of Gender and Sexual Reproduction 135
"Intellectual Mischief and Confusion"-Or Intelligent Design? 138
From Asexual to Sexual Reproduction-The Origin of Sex 142
The Lottery Principle 143
The Tangled Bank Hypothesis 145
The Red Queen Hypothesis 147
The DNA Repair Hypothesis 148
Why Sex? 151
The 50% Disadvantage 159
Mars and Venus, or X and Y? 163
Differences Among Various Species 164
Differences in Animal and Human Sexuality 167
The Complexity of the Human Reproductive System 170
Anatomical Differences Between Human Males and Females 173
Cellular Differences Between Human Males and Females 175
The Future of Human Reproduction 178
Chapter 5 The Problem of Language 183
Evolutionary Theories on the Origin of Speech 184
Adam-The First Human to Talk and Communicate 186
Tower of Babel-and The Universal Language 188
The Brain's Language Centers-Created by God 189
Anatomy of Speech 192
Birds of a Feather-Or Naked Ape? 194
Complexity of Language-Uniquely Human 202
Conclusion 205
Chapter 6 The Problem of the Brain 209
Introduction 209
History of the Brain 212
The Evolution of the Brain 215
Growing Neurons 237
The Brain Versus a Computer 241
Twelve Cranial Nerves 242
Conclusion 244
Chapter 7 The Evolution of Consciousness [Part I] 247
The Origin of Life 248
The Origin of the Genetic Code 251
The Origin of Sex 252
The Origin of Language and Speech 253
The Origin of Consciousness-"The Greatest of Miracles" 253
Importance of Human Consciousness 253
"Mystery" of Human Consciousness 256
Consciousness in General 257
Consciousness and the Brain 259
Consciousness and the Mind 260
Consciousness Defined 262
Why-and How-Did Consciousness Arise? 271
Why Did Consciousness Arise? 272
Why Do We Need Consciousness? 276
How Did Consciousness Arise? 286
Evolutionary Bias and the Origin of Human Consciousness 296
What Does All of This have to do with the Origin of Human Consciousness? 301
Radical Materialism-A "Fishy" Theory 306
Do Animals Possess Consciousness? 313
The Brain, the Mind, and Human Consciousness 328
Materialism, Supernaturalism, and the Brain/Mind Connection 330
The Concept of Mind 333
Chapter 8 The Evolution of Consciousness [Part II] 347
Theories of the Origin of Human Consciousness 347
The "Hard Problem" of Human Consciousness 350
"Failure is not an Option" 352
Theories of Human Consciousness 353
Dualism 354
Monism 361
Psychical Monism 363
Radical Materialism (Functionalism) 364
Panpsychism 373
Epiphenomenalism 375
Identity Theory 382
Nonreductive Materialism/Emergent Materialism 387
Dualist-Interactionism 393
Conclusion 419
Chapter 9 The Problem of Skin Color and Blood Types 429
What is a "Race"? 435
Why So Many Racial Characteristics? 439
The Origin of Man's "Colors" 443
Other Factors 448
Differences Between Human and Animal Blood Types 453
Components of Human Blood 454
Different Blood Types 457
The Adam and Eve Issue 458
Humans, Animals, and Blood 459
What about Blood Types of Other Animals? 459
What about Hibernation? 460
What about Birds? 461
What about Fish? 461
Conclusion 461
Chapter 10 Conclusion 463
References 467
Subject Index 507
Name Index 513
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