Subject: c/e

To: John Jancewicz

From: Paul Ekdahl

Date: 3/26/95


February 1985

by Tom Bethell

p. 49....

Patterson, a paleontologist specializing in fossil fishes,...

In 1978, Patterson wrote an introductory book called Evolution, which was published by the British Museum. A year later, he received a letter from Luther Sunterland (?), an electrical engineer in upstate New York and a creationist-activist, asking why Evolution did not include any

Patterson's reply included the following:

But in nature there are no parish records: there are only fossils. And a fossil, Patterson told me once, is a "mess on a rock." Time, change, process, evolution-none of this, the cladists argue, can be read from rocks.

What can be discerned in nature, according to the cladists, are patterns-relationships between things, not between eras. There can be no absolute tracing back. There can be no certainty about parent-offspring links. There are only inferences drawn from fossils. To the cladists, the science of evolution is in large part a matter of faith ..... faith different, but not all that different, from that of the creationists.

...., and he was [Patterson] recalling the talk he had given eighteen months earlier to the systematics discussion group.

He [Patterson] ordered something from the menu and said:

Patterson told me that he regarded the theory of evolution as

Nevertheless, he said, it was presented in textbooks as though it were

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