The piece not only fails to make a compelling case but gives only a superficial treatment of the science presented.
Slater names three influential figures in shaping and popularizing an evolutionary view of human behavior – Robert Trivers, David Buss and Steven Pinker.
This led some to conclude that he was actually asserting that Earth was infinitely old.
Darwin, however, was not so prudent; in the first edition of his Origin of Species, he estimated that it took 300 million years to erode the Weald, a chalk deposit in southern England (Hallam, 106; Lewis, 25).
As Lord Kelvin is the highest authority in science now living, I think we must yield to him and accept his views. Beagle on December 27, 1831, he took with him a copy of Charles Lyell's Principles of Geology.
Lyell carefully avoided attempts to quantify Earth's age (Lewis, 25).
From the uniformitarian perspective, it was obvious that the Earth must have existed for an utterly immense period of time; the measured rates of geologic change, e.g.
erosion and uplift, were far too slow to create the modern shape of Earth's surface without millions and millions of years.
While there is something to these theories of seduction, just as there is something to teaching someone basic social skills or training him or her to become a better public speaker, it’s all about artifice.
They are taught to suppress the nice guy by putting on the armor of the asshole — but how fulfilling is that, ultimately?
Some of the great scientists, carefully ciphering the evidences furnished by geology, have arrived at the conviction that our world is prodigiously old, and they may be right but Lord Kelvin is not of their opinion.