As far as the hatemail being real, about 6 years ago I had a letter to the editor on creationism published. Later that evening, I got a phone call from a creationist woman. She said "If evolution is true, how come I've been going to the zoo for 30 years, and I've never seen a monkey turn into a human being? Betcha never thought about that, right?".
I'm not making that up, and yes, she was serious. No matter how idiotic the letter, yes, I probably is real. There are no bounds to the idiocy.
I volunteer at the LR zoo, I am an anthropologist and get this all the time- I practice my "are you nuts look in the mirror"! next time respond--- no they aren't so into punctuated equillibrium that they want to look like the moron Homo sapiens hanging over into their yards, yelling "hey monkey hey look here monkey oh mommy look a the stupid monkey." usually they are talking to APES when they do this.
Of course that is not the deal anyway- apes are not on the way to becoming us- they are their own evolutionary branch and are evolved as themselves just fine! most of you know how evo works- it is not everything below us humans trying to evolve to our great and holy level of superiority- but everything including us humans on its own branch of the evo bush.
Big words- gets them everytime! Of course a nice person could respond with the names of various articles and books on the subject - of course in that case one is assuming that the person has the capacity to actually read and comprehend anything relating to science and evolutionary science.
Yep you betcha I have thought of it and would be glad to talk to you if you could comprehend it and if I had the time!
So I encourage eveyone to write letters to the editor-- some papers are brave enough to print them despite the backlash they get.
my anthropology club here at UALR is working on the idea of having very small copies of a book like On the Origin of Species or The Blind Watchmaker or something printed to be distributed around campus like the small new testaments are-- I am so stoked about it- I can't wait, watch for me on the national news one day!
Just save the farkin Gorillas will you! They don't have spell check- but they do need YOU/US...
I Ned Speil Cheek!!!!!!!!
I'm *not* the lowest rank on this ship. What about the laboratory mice? I tell them something and they jump straight to it. "Yes, Mr. Lister Sir, eek,eek."