"Rabbits in the Pre-Cambrian" was his response. The idea being that rabbits should be a late arrival on the world stage, and if a rabbit fossil were found in the wrong place, it would cause some problems.
I heard or read that story quite a while back, and intended to use it for the beginning of this post, but in a different way. While reading up on Mr. Haldane, the Cambrian layer of fossils, and rabbits, I found this tidbit:
The late J. B. S. Haldane famously said that all it would take to falsify evolution is a single Cambrian rabbit fossil, and that is exactly what has been uncovered by paleontologist Dr Wilfred Splenebyrst of the London School of Ergonomics.I have no idea what a Cambrian era bunny means. I kinda like the idea of a Monty Python/Holy Grail carnivrorous killer rabbit. I like the idea that rabbits have been going at it for a long, long time. I like the idea that if there is a God, she has a sense of humor, as shown by placing one of these critters this deep into the fossilized muck.
“I checked and double-checked the dating, and then checked it again with three independent labs,” said Dr Splenebyrst. “There really is no doubt. This is a 520-million year old rabbit fossil.”
I know that this rabbit doesn't disturb my belief that we have evolved (and I hope we continue to). As far as the Evolution vs. Creationism debate goes, if you acknowledge that there's a Cambrian era, you've wandered away from the Biblical idea of a 6,000 year old earth.
Ok, back to my original point.....Someone asked Haldane what it would take to disprove evolution. He told them.
The primary theme of this website is Liberty vs. Statism. What would it take for me to agree that a Statist mode of government is superior to a more Libertarian form?
Well, look at Venezuela. They're running out of water. They're a major energy exporter, but they can't keep the lights turned on. Heck, they're even running out of coffee. But if Hugo Chavez, the socialist nutcase running the show, were to suddenly produce a prosperous nation in spite of nationalizing everything he touches, I would have to re-evaluate my worldview.
If, in 20 years, ObamaCare™ turns out to have lowered medical costs (not prices, but costs) I would have to repent of just about every political and economic belief I've ever held.
I've had a good time over the last two years with the Global Warmists. If it doesn't snow and freeze, that's proof of AGW (Anthropogenic Global Warming - i.e., we control the weather). If it snows and freezes, that's also proof of Global Warming. I think the burden of proof is on those guys. Is there any weather pattern that would be acceptable proof that AGW is a fantasy? I don't think so.
I'm probably misquoting Michael Shermer, but someplace in his "Why People Believe Weird Things" he makes the following statement: