using examples that any high school student can understand

May 25, 2004

Proof that AT LEAST one of two (evolution, ice age) KEY theories is false

Evolution and Ice Age - two incompatible theories

These are three of the dogmas which we are endoctrinated nowadays in school :
#1 - origins of the current forms of life : by evolution from previous forms
#2 - appearance of Homo Sapiens (from encarta): The oldest known fossils that possess skeletal features typical of modern humans date from between 130,000 and 90,000 years ago.
#3 - last ice age (from encarta): the most recent ice age, the Pleistocene Epoch, lasted from about 1.6 million years to 10,000 years before present ... when temperatures were 5° to 7° C cooler than today.

#1 and #2 are part of current evolution theory; #3 is part of current ice age theory.

There can be no doubts that no other theory has had so much impact on modern society as evolution theory. In view of the signs of climate change from the last years, ice age theory is impacting society more by the day.

From these dogmas we immediately can take the following conclusion : homo sapiens has already experienced an ice age.

Now hold on to your seat : relying solely on the assumptions of both theories, there's plenty of evidence that AT LEAST one of these theories is false ! In other words : these theories are incompatible.

Let's take one piece of evidence that any high school student can understand.

Lord Howe Island - living proof, ultimative simple to understand

This is not just another coral reef. This is Lord Howe Island, by far the southern-most coral reef in the world. Its existance is only possible due to particular climate conditions that affect an area of the world where no other land rises even remotely near sea level. In fact there's nothing but deep ocean until Port Macquarie, on the NSW coast, 550 kms away.

This wonder of the world consists, as you would expect, considering its unique geographical environment (isolation, unique climate) of a unique ecosystem, with many species at all levels (coral, anemones, coral fish, algae) being endemic, in the sense that they don't exist or were recorded anyhwere else.
It would take only one degree Celsius for the yearly ocean temperature to drop, to destroy it.

The reef stretches along the lowlands of Lord Howe, which rise for the most part just a few meters over the ocean. If you use the lowest sum of heating and cooling degrees to measure the mildest climate of the world, then you will find it in this strip of 6 km, at times just narrower than half a mile.

At the southern end of the reef rise abruptly the two towers that dominate the largest ocean of the world, the Southern Pacific : Mt. Gower and Mt.Lidgbird.
Another ecosystem with a unique climate in the world, combining the temperature features of Lord Howe's lowlands with an almost permanent cloud cover. It hosts three endemic unmistakable genus of palms, Hedyscepe, Lepidorrhachis and Howea (one of the Howea species, forsteriana, is the most popular indoor palm of the world).
All three genus require full shadow before adults. Lepidorrhachis is the extreme example, its habitat being the sumits of both towers.
Very small changes in climate would lead to the extinction of these palms, first of all because of the change in cloud cover.

So, just to take these two examples of ecosystems, both the coral and the palms would have had to develop in the last 10,000 years from scratch, i.e. from some other species that survived (or arrived since) the last ice age. A claim that nobody would dare to make.

Lord Howe Island: aerial photo and cloud cap, May 2004

May 2004