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THE MISSING LINK (Atheist Tales)

Posted in The Atheist's Way by Skepdude on August 12, 2008

The Missing Link

A young archaeologist, who happened also to be an atheist, had many and sundry religious friends. Knowing that he was both an archaeologist and an atheist, they took great and constant glee in pointing out how the gaps in the fossil record disproved Darwin’s theory of evolution. “Without the missing link,” they chortled, “you have nothing!” Although he had a sensible response to their gleeful accusations, the response was complicated to deliver, not wholly convincing, and typically met with gales of knowing laughter. So usually he made no reply—hardly a satisfying outcome!

Sometimes he dreamt that the perfect fossils had suddenly appeared all at once and answered every question. It was a lovely dream, usually set in a cream-colored desert that was also, as was possible in dreams, a lush savannah full of lions and gazelles. The dig and find were scrupulously recorded in every conceivable way so that no one could doubt that the fossils had been extracted from virgin earth. It was the perfect setting, the perfect dig, and the perfect result. The young archaeologist would smile in his sleep and not feel the slightest twinge of envy that he hadn’t been the lucky—and soon-to-be world famous—archaeologist of record.

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  1. John Sutton said, on August 13, 2008 at 9:09 AM

    Modern evolutionary understanding does not require a missing link. In fact we should not expect one.

    If your archaeologist had studied paleontology he would know this.

  2. Skepdude said, on August 13, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    I agree, but I don’t think that was the point the tale was trying to make. It was most about how science works and how pseudoscience works. I don’t think the author meant to support the ridiculous idea of the “missing link”. Obviously, anytime such a “missing link” is discovered, it would instantaneously create the need to find 2 more links, which then becomes 4, 8 and so on.


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