Likewise, there is no reason to believe the veracity of Plato's, or anyone else's, account of a mythical "lost continent". Mankind simply has not been around long enough to witness the disappearance of a continent due to any geological movement that we have evidence of. If it is your premise that such a continent existed, you need to show evidence that such a thing took place. Relying on spoken or written tradition is not sufficient. While scientific explanations are not, and can likely never be entirely complete, it is a huge leap to go from "we don't have a full understanding of something" to claiming that something happened when all verifiable evidence outside the myth itself that makes the claim suggests otherwise.
Myths often contain kernels of truth, around which, over time, embellishment and inexact retelling eventually builds a much more far-reaching story. Without verifiable supporting evidence, it remains a myth.
You've made a lot of claims, several in your latest post alone. For the sake of accuracy, let's identify specific items that you think are supporting evidence for your claim. I've given specific items that refute your claims, and I'll add a few more as well. Perhaps this will help to focus your search for scientific evidence supporting your claims. EDIT: To be honest, I would far more enjoy a discussion of the Bagobo origin myth as it is, and what it means to those who tell it, without trying to stretch it into a poorly fitting scientific explanation. If you wish to further investigate the ways in which the story could accurately describe the natural world, then that is certainly your choice. If I can help, I will, but I am not an anthropologist nor a geneticist. I would only caution you against accepting unsupported claims you find online as fact without weighing their veracity.
1.) The research in my previous posts concerning genetic markers contradicts your premise that all humans can trace their lineage to the area of the Philippines.
2.) There is no geological evidence that a continent did or even could have disappeared within the history of mankind.
3.) The existence alone of the Easter Island faces or of the still disputed Yonaguni Monument does not lend support to your claims. You need to show evidence that actually links the Moai or any other proposed archaeological site to the Bagobo people or their descendants.
4.) What is your evidence that Cibola, as used in New Mexico, is not an A:shiwi word for buffalo?*which likely came from the Spanish word cibolo
I ask that you not refer to rational inquiry as close-mindedness. In fact, I am more than willing to be open-minded and accept evidence, if it exists, supporting your premise. You have, however, ignored all evidence against it. You ask that I not be bigoted, and I will certainly agree to do so, as long as you agree to not misrepresent another people's culture and history in support of your premise. Cibola exists, the indigenous people there exist. They too have origin myths. Rather than subverting their identity, please provide evidence to support your numerous claims. You have only provided speculation and easily refuted supposition as of yet.
Edited by JMJones0424, 16 January 2012 - 09:35 PM.