Richard Leakey, 67, of Kenya, Africa states that advancements in science have escalated to a degree where he believes that soon “even the skeptics can accept it.”
Leakey, who is a self-proclaimed atheist, has been working as a paleoanthropologist with the Turkana Basin Institute in Africa to unearth fossils that might reveal the origin of mankind. In the 1980’s, the organization discovered the skeleton of what it believed was a nine to eleven year old boy that lived 1.5 million years ago. Recently, PBS aired Leakey’s documentary “Bones of Turkana” on national television to promote the alleged discovery.
Musician Paul Simon also recently threw his support behind Leakey as he performed at a fundraiser in Manhattan, which garned $2 million for Leakey’s organization. Leakey teaches at the nearby Stony Brook University at times throughout the year.
“You can lay out all the fossils that have been collected and establish lineages that even a fool could work up,” he stated. “[T]he question is why, how does this happen? It’s not covered by Genesis. There’s no explanation for this change going back 500 million years in any book I’ve read from the lips of any God.”
While Leakey publicly expresses his rejection of intelligent design, he said that he can understand those who believe in the Creator.
“If you tell me, well, people really need a faith … I understand that,” he said. “I see no reason why you shouldn’t go through your life thinking if you’re a good citizen, you’ll get a better future in the afterlife.”
Leakey also recently told the Associated Press that he believes humans will suffer extinction like certain animals if measures are not taken to stop global warming.
“Extinction is always driven by environmental change. Environmental change is always driven by climate change. Man accelerated, if not created, planet change phenomena,” he explained. “I think we have to recognize that the future is by no means a very rosy one. … We may be on the cusp of some very real disasters that have nothing to do with whether the elephant survives, or a cheetah survives, but if we survive.”