Our favorite professional biologist is blushing behind his beard. He knows he was caught out, so now he’s trying to make up for it by quickly posting again in order to claim that I’m capitalizing improperly. Never mind that he completely exposed his chunky backside by completely failing to grasp the reference to human subspecies rather than species.
Pure what? What is a “pure” human? Every single person on this planet belongs to the same identical species, Homo sapiens,
so his distinctions by differences in alleles is irrelevant. I must
also mention that his habit of capitalizing the binomial name is a bit
irritating. We teach a class in science writing here that hammers on a
lot of the scientific conventions, and we literally tell our students
that one of the first signs you’re dealing with someone who doesn’t know
basic biology is that they get the punctuation wrong.
The existence of individual variants, even regional patterns, is an
expected aspect of the genetic complement of a population. A species is
not ever assumed to be genetically homogeneous, so it’s ridiculous to
point to one member with a particular admixture of genes within a group
and say they’re more a member of the group than someone else with a
slightly different genetic complement. It’s pure typological thinking. Theodore Beale has a crude version of
19th century biology (to be generous) rattling around in his head, and
he thinks it makes sense.
The amusing thing here is that PZ doesn’t realize that he’s denying evolution by natural selection here. Notice that when push comes to shove, the left-wing scientist will throw his science overboard rather than surrender his religious devotion to progressive propaganda.
I’m assuming Myers is not actually dumb enough to fail to grasp the distinction between species and subspecies, so what he’s doing here is playing games by conflating the two in an attempt to gloss over his errors. I never said anything about “pure human”. I referred to “pure Homo sapiens sapiens“. What does that mean? It means not Homo erectus. It means not Homo floriensus. And it also means not Homo sapiens sapiens mixed with Homo neanderthalensis or Homo denisova.
This is a very good example of what I mean when I say that correctly applied logic is capable of trumping credentialed expertise. Appealing to punctuation in a futile attempt to convince third parties that he really does know what he’s talking about after an error of this magnitude only underlines how haplessly inept Myers is.