If your chain is missing links
And your cup is missing drinks,
Then I have to say methinks there is a snag…
‘Cause we need all of the parts
Before drawing up the charts…
Or we’ll feel it in our hearts, it’s just a gag.
Imagine, if you will, you’ve just spent the last 8 years studying to become a scientist. You attended a college and grad school with enviable credentials, and you passed all your courses with very high marks. You received your diploma, your degrees, and all of your letters of qualification. Now, you can go do what scientists do.
Let’s also imagine, if you will, that much of what you learned for your chosen field of expertise was based on flawed or even fabricated information. Gasp! Perish the thought. Right? Easy now. Remember, I said “imagine if you will”, so just continue with me for a few seconds.
After you leave your institutions of higher learning, you come across a wealth of “new” information, and it sounds extremely credible, and it completely contradicts most of what you learned in school. And get this…the new information shows you not only a single gap in theories of origin…but many missing links.
What would you do if you found yourself in this scenario? Would you simply say “no” to the idea of new information? If you did, would that make you an honest scientist? After all, isn’t a scientist suppose to seek the truth found in science…no matter where it leads?
The missing links I’m talking about are also known as “fossil gaps”. In fact, the links are so numerous we can call them missing chains. Even when scientists study the best preserved fossils found in amber they discover there are no transitional fossils found anywhere. There are missing links between invertebrates and vertebrates, between fish and amphibians, between reptiles and mammals, between reptiles and birds, and between primates and other mammals.
As I said…”methinks there is a snag”.
Your whimsical writer,