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Evolution by Catastrophe: Does it indicate Intelligent Design? (cont.)
By Bibhu Dev Misra (IIT, IIM)

Every new discovery pushes the antiquity of man back millions of years. However, the incongruous evidences, as and when they come up, are simply filtered away as anomalies. In L'Anthropologie, 1995, Marylène Pathou-Mathis wrote: ‘M. Cremo and R. Thompson have willfully written a provocative work that raises the problem of the influence of the dominant ideas of a time period on scientific research. These ideas can compel the researchers to orient their analyses according to the conceptions that are permitted by the scientific community.’[ix] And in British Journal for the History of Science, 1995, Tim Murray noted ‘that archeology is now in a state of flux, with practitioners debating ‘issues which go to the conceptual core of the discipline.’’[x]

While the discovery of man-made artifacts, which date back to around 55 million years, seems to indicate that anatomically modern human beings may have appeared on the earth soon after the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, we should also remain open to the possibility that these stone implements may have been created by the various human precursors, which were supposedly created in the previous Days of Brahma, as mentioned in the ancient texts.

It is worthwhile, in this context, to take a fresh look at the accounts of creation in the Genesis. As per the Genesis, creation took place in six days and six nights. However, the text specifically mentions that birds and sea-creatures were created on the fifth day while land animals and man are created on the sixth. Therefore, although the entire process of creation took six days and nights, all living creatures are created in only two days and nights.

We can reasonably assume that the creation account in the Genesis describes the events that took place at the beginning of one of the Days of Brahma. In this context, it is easy to see that the ‘day and night’ mentioned here does not refer to a normal 24 hours day and night of the humans; since humans did not exist when the creative process was initiated. It is far more likely that it refers to a ‘day and night of the gods’.

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Endnotes

  1. Marylène Pathou-Mathis, L'Anthropologie, 1995 v.99, no. 1, p. 159 [back to text]
  2. Tim Murray, British Journal for the History of Science, 1995 v. 28, pp. 377–379 [back to text]

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