Weak Link: Fossil Darwinius Has Its 15 Minutes

Reply Wed 22 Jul, 2009 07:32 am


Almost on a par with Bloomberg was Tora Aasland, minister for higher education in the Norwegian government, who appeared to think Ida was a wonder of Norwegian science as opposed to a wonder of pre-historic evolution. She pledged $350,000 for the project....

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Reply Wed 22 Jul, 2009 11:42 am
I'm always a little skeptical of brand new claims that the popular media jumps on too quickly. It's good to let the bigger discoveries percolate for a few years so that the natural vetting process in science can filter out the inaccurate theories.

I'm still not sure what to think of that "hobbit" fossil, so I think of these things as possible theories until they begin to gain substantial cross referenced backing and general acceptance. For example, the broad theory of evolution which boasts overwhelming cross referenced corroboration and mainstream acceptance would fall into the "proven" category, rather than the "possible" category.
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