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Glenn Beck exposes several layers of ignorance about evolution

Quoth Glenn Beck:

“I don’t think we came from monkeys. I think that’s ridiculous. I haven’t seen a half-monkey, half-person yet.”

Mr. Beck is mistaken in at least these ways: 1) Our closest relatives are apes, not monkeys; 2) We didn’t “come from” any existing animals, but we did come from the same animals that monkeys did; and 3) many transitional forms have been found in the fossil record — or to take him literally, a chimpanzee or a gorilla or an orangutan could probably be considered “half-monkey, half-person”, as they’re somewhere between the two, genetically.

Here’s Wikipedia on human evolution, the super-family of great apes, which includes humans, and monkeys.

Of course, as a Mormon, Beck’s confusion about ancestry only begins with evolution and continues into thinking that American Indians are descended from ancient Jewish tribes. (For balance, here is another Mormon trying to explain away this strand of crazy.)

From Talking Points Memo.

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