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From: "Mark MacDonald" <>
Subject: RE: [DNA] Penicillin
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2003 12:45:39 -0600
Actually it would have been fun if the MacDonalds had turned out to be
one of the missing twelve tribes of Israel or if we had been blood kin
to Jesus but it didn't happen. We should end this thread under any
name; the arguments for the book have not been genetic or scientific.
Vision is fine when vaguely backed up by data; I can speculate on the
common roots of the Macdonalds and the various Dalriadic clans. That is
productive. I diligently looked for matches to Sephardic Cohens. I
don't find any. Everyone's views are not equal; some are supported by
genetic data rather than speculations on naming patterns.
From: Sue Waite-Langley [mailto:]
Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2003 11:48 AM
Subject: [DNA] Penicillin
I REALLY think everyone needs to chill out some. If Beth wants to write
book theorizing that clouds are actually made of cotton candy - and
"proof" - you go girl! I may not believe you and I may feel your theory
farfetched but who am I to say you're wrong. I've never tasted them. The
same goes for writing a book theorizing that a group of people might
been Jewish - or black - or Native American - or Martian for that
don't have to agree with the author - but they have a right to write the
book. AND, since none of us was alive 300 years ago - we can never know
sure. I'm thinking that the real problem here is that some people don't
to have Jewish Scottish ancestors - they WANT Scottish Celtic ancestors.
revere my ancestors - all of them - regardless of who or what they were.
AND, I want to someday know the truth. Perhaps if bias and prejudice is
behind and we look beyond what we KNOW is true - or what MUST be true -
what we WANT to be true, we might not miss valuable clues. Science is
on hypothesis. If someone hadn't had the "vision" to hypothesize that
green mold had a use - where would we be today without penicillin?
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