Continuing the discussion from God's use of natural laws & the Western scientific tradition:
[quote=“Eddie, post:173, topic:4380”]
But Dennis and others here (and in ASA venues, etc.) have said that there cannot have been original human couple at any time, not merely just 6,000 years ago. They have said that an original ancestral couple, if it existed, could not have existed as recently even as 150,000 years ago (the date sometimes given for anatomically modern humans). They have said that if there was an original couple ancestral to all human beings, that couple, based on population genetics calculations, would have to have lived something like 4 to 9 million years ago.
The key word here is “anatomically”. It seems certain that humans today must have descended (anatomically/genetically) from a population of thousands. But it is scientifically possible (tho unlikely) that the first human brain(s) to be programmed to operate as Mind could have belonged to just one person or one couple–who then could then invent a symbolic language by which through ‘programming’ could be transferred to other human brains. This is saying that our Noogenic ancestry could be traced to a single couple–possible tho unlikely.
Keep in mind that our biogenic evolution may NOT be making humankind more ‘fit’. Our Noogenic evolution, through medical science, has allowed ‘flawed genes’ to be reproduced. Question: Will we find ways (safe genetic engineering?) for noogenic evolution to cooperate with biogenic evolution?