To Adam Nagy, as a continuance of the thread I didn't intend to derail (my first post in that thread was on topic, at least!):
At a bear[sic] minimum, we have at least four known common ancestors; Noah and his wife and Adam & Eve.
Good riposte. You did somewhat leap to the conclusion that I'm European (with a name like 'Ben', I could well be Arabian or Middle Eastern) but it did get me thinking about famiily histories and the like. Americans (sweeping generalisation alert) do seem to be more interested in their ancestry than most. I wonder how many people on these boards are aware of their family tree and far back it goes. Also, by what method they track it back.
I, for one, and keeping with the theme of these forums, would place more truck with genetic printing than with census records. Which leads me to ask, do any creationists rely on genetic testing? Has anyone had, say, a paternity test done whereby they relied on the (very accurate) determination of such a test? Or perhaps a test to see if they were at risk of Huntington's or somesuch? This isn't a trick question, nor is it a desperate grab for ammunition against your views; I'm simply curious as to how far the trust in genetic science goes.
(For those who wish to answer, but not publicly, you can eMail me through the boards or directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. All eMails will be treated in the strictest confidence.)
For the record, I have very little knowledge of my own family tree - it's something that I've never really looked into. In fact, I own a house whose history spans more time than my current knowledge of my own ancestry (and the formation of the USA, come to that). I don't consider my ancestry (or my genetic code) to be anything other than a very gross generalisation of what I am.
Anyway, I've managed to ramble off-topic in my own topic. It comes with age. When you're as old as I am, sometimes you forget to... do... something. It'll come to me.
Anyway, Adam, what were you doing in that hole?