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From: Peter Nyikos
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On Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 12:17:53=E2=80=AFAM UTC-4, John Harshman wrote=
> On 5/10/23 8:31 PM, JTEM wrote:=20
> > John Harshman wrote:=20
> >> The obvious=20
> >> question, which you ask, is whether any African primates, in addition =
> >> humans, also lack this particular sort of insertion.=20
> > Not really.=20
> > Obviously the further you get away from humans, the less they matter.
> That's in no way obvious.=20
It most certainly is. The retrovirus HIV-1, for instance, came to us via ch=
and they are the only primates besides ourselves where it occurs naturally.
> I would ask you to explain your reasoning, but=20
> you won't whether I ask or not.
You might have learned the same things I told you, had you asked,
and shown some willingness to contribute to the discussion.
For instance, you could have elaborated on why on earth you think it is "in=
no way obvious"
even though it is the default assumption to anyone who is not a creationist=
I suspect that you gratuitously, and baselessly, taunted JTEM to get him
NOT to explain it, hoping to get him mad enough to deprive you of his reaso=
> >> There's no=20
> >> particular reason why every African species should have experienced th=
> >> exact same set of infections.=20
Was it the exact same set? Did the PTERV1 retrovirus lodge in the same loc=
of the genome in both chimps and gorillas?
> > It's also obfuscation, because it has nothing to do with the question h=
> > which has to do with why there is one specific species, the one that ga=
> > rise to us which does not show any evidence for it.
> Is there one specific species only? Or are there other African primates=
> that don't?
> >> In particular, if chimps and gorillas both=20
> >> experienced a wave of independent PTERV1 insertions=20
How could you tell they were independent? and what do you
mean by "independent," anyway?
> > > while humans did=20
> >> not, this is not good evidence that humans originated in Asia=20
> > That's a lie. It *Is* evidence. Your value judgments are worthless.
> > Evidence is evidence. Period.
> Not true. Evidence can have many degrees of quality. I would rate this=20
> particular bit of evidence at the "crap" level.
That's a reckless use of "crap." How do you justify it?
> > Humans are extremely close to Chimps RIGHT NOW, this retrovirus would=
> > have burned through africa when our ancestors were three or four millio=
> > years CLOSER to Chimps than the present.
> That's an assertion without supporting evidence or even reasoning.=20
So is "crap" level. And the irony is, HIV-1 is pretty good grounds for=20
reasoning, as above.
> Note that chimps and gorillas gained their virus families independently,=
What article allowed you to "note" this? You don't say.
> so the closeness of chimps and humans is not very relevant.
I see no strong connection between the "Note..." and the part after "so."
> > There is every reason to assume that our ancestors would be just as=20
> > vulnerable to this retrovirus as Chimps.=20
> > Again: They place the 3 to 4 million years closer to the LCA than we=20
> > are, and we can and do exchange viruses...
> We do, sometimes. But not every time.
That is a "crap" reply. You are no more logical in this whole
post than JTEM. No wonder you didn't want to ask a natural=20
question, but pretended superiority.
> >> unless one=20
> >> shows=20
> > It doesn't work that way. There is no default assumption that Africa ha=
> > to be the point of origin. The retrovirus evidence points to Asia and=
> > quite frankly you have absolutely no counter. Instead, you bluster, dem=
> > that other people provide you with different evidence. But this is the=
> > evidence and there is no counter evidence.
> It's extremely weak evidence. It would be strong evidence only if we=20
> knew that being absent from Africa is the only credible reason for=20
> failing to have the virus.=20
Get real. You confuse "strong evidence" with "proof beyond a reasonable dou=
What you write below is a little better, but not worth dwelling on tonight.=
I'm starting my weekend posting break as of now.
Professor, Dept. of Mathematics -- standard disclaimer--
Univ. of South Carolina in Columbia
> You could support that by showing that all=20
> African primates got the virus. Since you have disclaimed that as=20
> relevant, I don't see a way for you to support the claim.=20
> It's not that there's a default assumption; it's that there are two=20
> hypotheses that need to be differentiated. The current evidence doesn't=
> do much to differentiate them.
> > It's not "Six of one, half dozen of the other."=20
> > This retrovirus evidence is evidence, and you literally have no counter=
> It's evidence, true. Just not very good evidence. You could try to=20
> improve it in the way I suggested. You could, I suppose, also try to=20
> find additional retrovirus families showing the same pattern.=20
> Still, this is the best response you have ever to my knowledge provided=
> to any argument. It would be good if you kept that up.
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