There was a news article today which stated that the world’s oldest human footprints were discovered:
According to the article :
Early humans had feet like ours and left lasting impressions in the form of 1.5 million-year-old footprints, some of which were made by feet that could wear a size 9 men’s shoe.
The findings at a Northern Kenya site represent the oldest evidence of modern-human foot anatomy. They also help tell an ancestral story of humans who had fully transitioned from tree-dwellers to land walkers.
I posted this article to my facebook account and shortly thereafter I got a reply from a devout fundamentalist Catholic friend of mine and the debate went like so (I changed his name because it’s really not necessary to post it here):
FriendI remember when they found Big Foot’s footprints too.
These dates they come up with are about as scientific as my kids guessing how many jelly beans are in the jar. Don’t be gullible.Scott Springeryes, it makes more sense to believe that the world was created a few thousand years ago and that humans and dinosaurs lived together in harmony.FriendMakes more sense than researchers making up dates and calling it “science”. It is an insult to anyone with a brain.Scott Springerriightt… it’s crazy that scientists would be try to put a date on something using scientific methods. Truly an insult to anyone with a brain.
But telling people that the world is a few thousand years old and that a book that has been re-written dozens of times is “the truth”… nothing insulting to anyone with a brain about that I suppose.FriendWhat scientific method did they article say they used? That’s the point. They AREN’T using ANY “scientific” method. I’m sorry you don’t get it. But they are lying to us. There is zero evidence that the world is millions of years old.
Funny how the great barrier reef is only 4 thousand years old though….hmmmm. Yeah, what I’m asking you to believe is CRAZY. My apologies. Believe the liars instead. They want the best for you. I’m sure of it.Scott Springerof course. Let’s ignore things like carbon dating and fossil records and evolution. There’s clearly no evidence to support that. We’ll just rely on the stories handed down for two thousand years that use “magic” to explain everything. That’s much more grounded in fact.
Religion = good, only want the best for you & never lies.
Science = bad. Liars.FriendThe age of the great barrier relief is religion and magic?
And dating things by the “theory” of evolution is science?
Never mind. I’m wasting my breath.Scott SpringerWell [Friend], how are you getting the date of the Great Barrier Reef? I’m assuming there was some scientific method for getting that date, right?Incidentally [Friend]:
The world’s first coral reefs occurred about 500 million years ago, and the first closeAerial Picture of a coral reef relatives of modern corals developed in southern Europe about 230 million years ago. By comparison, the Great Barrier Reef is relatively young at just 500,000 years old. The current reef’s structure is much younger at less than around 8,000 years old.”
500,000 years old. Not 4000.