I happen to agree with virtually every one of your positions… if we are discussing a clearly polarized set of options: Evolved Humanity of 10,000 vs. Specially Created Humanity of 2.
But this isn’t the context of our discussion. Everything you object to happened in the Eden laboratory… with the only lasting effect on the rest of the world, apparently, is Adam and Eve themselves. God’s curse is simply a statement of conditions outside of Eden… so even that isn’t a “change”.
The positions you are standing on are well earned and well conceived … when we have the dialectic of Evolution OR Special Creation… 10,000 OR Two (2).
But you haven’t really discovered yet that if we have both of these, it doesn’t mean we have to arm wrestle the “Adam/Eve” arc to the ground like in prior years. It doesn’t really matter where you put Eden … as long as it is consistent with the conventional interpretations of Genesis.
I understand that you think Genesis isn’t well thought out in terms of philosophy and natural history. But under the Swamidass operating conditions, Adam and Eve don’t have to do the same heavy lifting. All they have to do is join the rest of humanity and things proceed from that point onward.
Frankly, I’ve never been a fan of “special creation of Adam & Eve”. But for the sake of this project, I can accept the logic of having both “systems” in operation. If I planted my feet and said: I will only accept Truth, I would already be gone … because I don’t find much truth in the Special Creation scenarios.
Now, here you are (and I’m putting @swamidass right here so he can note this specifically)… you are saying, you will only accept truth, and you just don’t think Adam & Eve were really specially created, but however they were created, it has to be some time frame different from Genesis (even though we already have humans operating in your preferred time frame). The only thing that happens when you insist that Adam & Eve be in the very same time period is that you drive away the very people we are trying to show :
"There is a way that allows for a 6kya Adam & Eve - - except when Guy_Coe is around."
Wouldn’t it just be easier to let the evolved humans have their real time frame, and let the Created Pair have their “idealized figurative Eden” ? If Adam & Eve are already created, or living, in an “illigitimate” context (“illigitimate” is your word), then you must already acknowledge that they are not the genuine article. And if that is so, you can’t form any kind of Truth regarding them, no matter where you put them.