reply to post by News And History
If we truly evolved from just an organism with 4 genomic characters into beings with 30,000 genes (give or take a couple thousand based on where you
get your information), then Microevolution is the complete opposite.
I wanted to rely to this as well. Four genomic characters? I think you mean nucleic acids. A gene is not the same thing as a nucleic acid. A quick
breakdown of terms, since you seem confused.
Nucleic Acid: C, G, A, T.
Nucleotide: Combinations of nucleic acids, forming half the "rung" on the double helix.
Base Pair: Combination of two Nucleotides. The "Rungs" you see in the double helix.
Codon: Three Base Pairs which code for a specific protein.
Gene: A collection of codons which code for a specific trait.
Chromosome: A section of DNA containing multiple genes. Your DNA isn't in one long strand. It's broken into multiple independent sections. Humans
have 46 Chromosomes (23 pairs).
Genome: Your entire genetic profile, containing all chromosomes.
Speaking of Chromosomes, one of the more profound evidences of evolution is the human chromosome #2. Our ape cousins each have 48 chromosomes, while
we have 46. This seems to indicate that we are not descended from a common ancestor, except for one little detail. Human Chromosome #2 has these odd
little features called telomeres in the middle of the chromosome. Telomeres generally always only appear at the ends, like caps. (telomere
degredatation is one of the causes of aging, btw) So their presence in the middle of the chromosome is rather odd. A detailed analysis of Chromosome
#2 indicates that the telomeres are in the exact same spot one would expect them to be if you fused, say, Chimpanzee chromosome #'s 2 & 3.
I can provide a source if requested, but surely anyone who's dipped their toes into this debate has either had this thrown in their face or been the
one throwing it around. As it should be common knowledge by this point, I don't feel the need to source it unless requested.
Accept the truth. It's easier than swallowing water.
Human beings are not perfect. We will always show capacity for error to some degree or another. So such a concept as truth is likely beyond the limits
of the human condition. Therefore, we should put our trust more in those who seek the truth, and doubt those who claim to have it.
Further, knowledge and understanding are not easy. They require effort and dedication. What is easy, however, is ignorance. You don't have to read.
You don't have to study. You don't have make sure your facts are accurate. You can allow your mind to rot in atrophy.
So... yeah, I highly doubt those who claim to have the truth, and even further those who promote it as "easy".