Seems I got the denial of Antipodeans right, but not the why. Sorry.
On Sat, 3 Mar 2007 08:54:43 -0500 "George Murphy" <email@example.com>
In The City of God (XVI, 9) Augustine's argument against the antipodes is
(as Gordon noted) that "it is too absurd to say, that some men might have
taken ship and traversed the whole wide ocean, and crossed from this side
of the world to the other, and thus even that the inhabitants of that
distant region are decended from that one first man." (To which a
sufficient answer is, "Why?") He may have given another argument
somewhere else. I seem to recall that some patristic or medieval writer
argued that part of the tropics is so hot that no one could survive a
trip through it. As we know now, already Herodotus records the quite
plausible account of one ship which did, though he doubted its truth.
Oklo also presents another telling argument (if one were needed) against
apparent age. God would not only have had to make the world with 235/238
ratio to look as if it were 4.5 Gyr old but would also have had to tweak
it a bit around Oklo to make it look as if the reactors there were ~2 GYr
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