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You Had to Ask #91 
Friday, July 4th, 2014 | 10:55 pm (UTC) - you had to ask # 91
corey donaldson the freethinker from lethbridge , alberta , canada has some questions to ask. first question: would you and your friend jason with a d considering a review of the action thriller to live in die in la for the next a late viewing podcast? second question:how about a star trek movie where it combines both the science and mystery along with suspense and drama like something on the lines of forbidden planet? third question:if it was possible to find away to show that evolution really works by placing video cameras throughout the millenias,would convince the creationists or would it be futile? fourth and final question:have you ever listened to any songs by the rock band the cult like go west,a flower in the desert,rider in the snow,she sells sanctuary,love,rain,wildflower,li'l devil,peace dog,sun king,edie (ciao baby) and sweet soul sister? great songs so listen to them on youtube i think you might enjoy them.
Saturday, July 5th, 2014 | 08:13 pm (UTC)
With regard to the philosopher's question, it probably is possible to identify a "first human", if your definition of "human" is sufficiently exacting. Exactly what size and shape of skull make for a human and not a forerunner; what defines the jaw in homo sapiens but not his predecessors?

But being so specific so would not be particularly helpful anyway. "Species" is a descriptive term about trends and tendencies among populations of living organisms, and as you observe, there aren't hard lines around species.

Ring species illustrate this point very nicely. Let's say you have a mountain range, and at one end of the mountain range there is a species of bird. Over many many generations, its descendants propagate along both sides of the mountain, and finally meet up at the other end of the mountain range. Only, by the time both sides have met, they have evolved in sufficently different ways that they can no longer interbreed. So are they different species, or not? This question is difficult only if you think of species as a hard and fast concept. Allow for some flexibility -- accept that the concept of "species" is descriptive rather than absolute -- and this becomes less of a headache. And so, too, does the question of the "first human".

Besides, we all know that the first human was Anthro, and the last human will be Kamandi.
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