Evolution vs. Creation

Evolution vs. Creation

There are 210045 comments on the Best of New Orleans story from Jan 6, 2011, titled Evolution vs. Creation. In it, Best of New Orleans reports that:

High school senior Zack Kopplin is leading the fight to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act of 2008.

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Since: Mar 11

St. Croix valley

#89318 May 17, 2013
HTS wrote:
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Disagreement with popular dogma does not make someone "anti-science".
disagreement with proven scientific facts does...

Now if you have some actual facts to counter the verifiable facts of the science you claim to debunk, it would be nice ot hear them...
The Dude

Macclesfield, UK

#89319 May 17, 2013
HTS wrote:
I see that you're scraping the bottom of the barrel, Kong.
You're a habitual liar for Jesus.

Can't get much lower than that.(shrug)
HTS wrote:
I logically refute the article you posted
You have never done that to anyone.

Ever.

All you have is to claim our position is based on assumptions which you in turn counter with your assumptions that reality MIGHT have been different in the past...

... just because.
HTS wrote:
and you then go off on a tangent and attempt to insult my credentials.
You have zero credentials to insult. But you do have a wonderfully massive fundie ego which is incredibly sensitive to bruising.

>:-)
HTS wrote:
You apparently think that anyone who disagrees with you has an "abysmal" knowldged of science.
In your case he is 100% correct, period.

This is not an exaggeration. This is merely a we established fact.
HTS wrote:
Why can't you defend the premises of what you claim to be science without getting so emotional? Are you that insecure?
Irony meter go boom.
HTS wrote:
Your conduct tells me that you see evolution as more of a religion than science.
No, your ignorance told you that before you started posting.
HTS wrote:
Someone who is committed to scientific discovery WELCOMES debate, and when he is called out, he doesn't resort to childish insults.
Sure we welcome debate.

We've been WAITING for you to come up with a viable scientific alternative for YEARS. We've been WAITING for you to actually address the content of our posts instead of constantly dodging, whining and spewing baseless and dishonest rhetoric.

So when are you gonna start?(shrug)
The Dude

Macclesfield, UK

#89320 May 17, 2013
Patriot wrote:
<quoted text> You claim there is no God, but you quote one of his commandments...a touch of irony?(SHRUG)haha
Please provide the quote where I have claimed there is no God.

I'll give you a hint - you won't find it.

But thank you, that was a wonderful demonstration of your complete and total utter lack of observation skills.
The Dude

Macclesfield, UK

#89321 May 17, 2013
HTS wrote:
<quoted text>
Why can you never construct a coherent argument?
I have.

On numerous occasions.

You've never once addressed them.

And "Lalalala!" doesn't count.
HTS wrote:
I ask you for corroborating methodologies to validate C-14 dating
•Algal microfossil analysis (in paleolimnology)
•Amino acid racemization (L-to-D)(AAR)
•Argon40-argon39 chronometric
•Astronomical polarity time scale (APTS)
•Cation-ratio (CR)
•Chronostratigraphic (superposition, cross-cutting, intrusion)
•Coral reef annual layering
•Dendochronology (tree-ring)
•Deuterium-hydrogen stable isotope analysis
•Electron spin resonance (ESR)
•Fission track (U238-Pb206)
•Fluorine-uranium-nitrogen analysis (FUN)
•Fossil index (plant, animal, artifactual)
•Geomagnetic (archaeomagnetic/paleomagnetic ) reversal time scale (GTRS)
•Geomagnetic secular variation (around magnetic pole)
•Helium4-helium3
•Infrared-stimulated luminescence (IRSL)
•Isochron
•Isotope dilution mass spectrometry (IDMS)
•Lichenometry (lichen/thalli colony radii)
•Lutetium176-hafnium176 geochronology
•Meteorite cosmic-ray exposure (Ne21, He3)
•Microfossil paleolimnochronology
•Milankovitch cycle astrochronology
•Mitochrondrial DNA
•Neon21-helium3 dating
•Obsidian hydration analysis (OHA)
•Ocean sediment core analysis
•Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL)
•Oxidizable carbon ratio (OCR)(C-total/C-oxidizable)
•Oxygen16-oxygen18 stable isotope analysis
•Paleosol chronology (in fossil soil stratigraphy)
•Patination (rock/desert varnish)
•Pigment remnant dating (in paleolimnology)
•Polar ice-sheet core
•Pollen/spore analysis (in palynology)
•Potassium40-argon40 chronometric
•Radiocarbon (14N-14C-N14/12C) by accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS)
•Radioluminescence (RL)
•Radon222-lead210-lead206 chronometric
•Rhenium187-osmium187 chronometric
•Rubidium87-strontium87 chronometric
•Samarium147-neodymium143 chronometric
•Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS)
•Seriation/typological archaeochronology
•Strontium87-strontium86 chronometric
•Tephrochronology (of volcanic ash, tuff)
•Terrestrial rock cosmic-ray exposure
•Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometry (TIMS)
•Thermoluminescence (TL)
•Thorium232-lead208 chronometric
•Uranium235-lead207 chronometric
•Uranium238-uranium234-thorium 230-radium226-lead206 (U-series)
•Varve analysis (of glacial-lake deposits)
•Writing (back 5000 years)
•Y-chromosome DNA

However none of these hold any bearing on your position because your position is "But what if all physics worked COMPLETELY DIFFERENT when we weren't looking???"

Hence the fact that all scientific dating techniques confirm the Earth and the universe are much older than 6,000 years do not address your argument in any form.

Unfortunately for your argument is not only completely lacking evidence but is not testable. Ergo it is not scientific.
HTS wrote:
and your only reply is "all of them", follwed by aimless rambling about how me being a "contrarian"
You put forth no coherent argument in the first place, so the simple statement of facts is all that's required until then.
HTS wrote:
because I don't accept evolution on faith as you do.
You and I are both aware that I do not accept evolution on faith nor need to. You are simply in here:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons...
The Dude

Macclesfield, UK

#89322 May 17, 2013
HTS wrote:
<quoted text>
You know nothing of my religion, and I'm not interested in debating religion as you are.
Of course we do. You're a typical YEC. The petty details are irrelevant. Catholic? Protestant? Mormon? Muslim? Jehova's Witness? Deist? Something else? Doesn't make a blind bit o' difference.(shrug)
HTS wrote:
<quoted text>Your bigoted statements only indicate that you are a religious zealot pretending to be interested in science.
Projection. Reality is bigoted towards anti-science. You are anti-science. That's all there is to it.
The Dude

Macclesfield, UK

#89323 May 17, 2013
HTS wrote:
<quoted text>I won't debate my religion with you either, because you are also a religious bigot. Why do you pretend to know anything about my religion?
Walk like a duck, quack like a duck.

And boy, do you quack.
The Dude

Macclesfield, UK

#89325 May 17, 2013
HTS wrote:
<quoted text>
If someone publishes an article claimed to be "scientific", and references corroborating dating methods such as "sedimentation rates", he should document the premises upon which those methologogies are based and particular why they should be considered rock solid. The fact remains, ANY dating method of something purported be be 45,000 years old REQUIRES unprovable assumption, because no historically proven artifact of that age exists.
You're being very disingenuous here, one of the few times you're picking your words carefully. Fact is that just because humans weren't using scientific dating techniques back then doesn't mean that we can't demonstrate that something isn't 45,000 years old (or older).

But then even if humans were making historical records back then, why would that matter anyway? All you would do is say that it's less than 6,000 years old no matter what. Especially since you claim physics worked completely different back then which renders ANY kind of evidence irrelevant.

In short the only thing you have demonstrated is your assumption that reality is wrong if it's older than your arbitrarily picked date of 6,000 years. Which JUST SO HAPPENS to be the same date erroneously assumed by Ussher with his historically flawed chronology of the Abrahamic Jewish/Christian Bible.

Not that you wanna talk about your religious beliefs of course. Just in case we laugh at you.

As if we don't anyway.(shrug)
The Dude

Macclesfield, UK

#89326 May 17, 2013
HTS wrote:
<quoted text>I have never argued from religion. You are always bringing it up. You don't know what my views are on Adam and Eve, the worldwide flood, or the Bible.
You HAVE argued from a consistent anti-science YEC position. Goddidit with magic roughly 6-10,000 years ago. You were born in Western society. It is reasonable therefore to extrapolate that your views are HEAVILY influenced by fundamentalist religious dogma rooted in Abrahamic Judaism. And though it may be possible that you disagree with specific doctrines of the most well known popular churches that still does not negate your argument's roots.

Now, if you had been born a fundamentalist Hindu and never even HEARD of Christian creationism or their arguments THEN you would have been a lot more convincing.
The Dude

Macclesfield, UK

#89327 May 17, 2013
HTS wrote:
<quoted text>How do you know my religion has been "proven to be a myth" when you don't know what it is?
I thought you DarwinBots acknowledged that God cannot be falsified. Why, then, are you claiming that a religion has been "proven" to be a myth?
I will not debate my religion with blaspheming religious bigots.
Your religion is YECism. It is a myth, period.

You are only correct in that "God" cannot be falsified. This of course makes the concept non-scientific.

Your problem therefore is that you are arguing from a non-scientific position, which is WHY you are unable to directly address people's posts.

Hypocrisy of the highest order.

.

Also interesting that you have a problem with blasphemy... in science ALL things should be considered, yes?

Apparently not.
The Dude

Macclesfield, UK

#89328 May 17, 2013
HTS wrote:
<quoted text>
You are a consummate bigot, Woodtick.
YOu have assumed that I am a cultist, without even knowing what my religion is.
Just because I don't worship at the feet of Charles Darwin doesn't make me a "fundie".
No, the fact you worship at the big fat smelly feet of Total Ignorance is what makes you a fundie.(shrug)

Toejam for desert as usual, Harry?
The Dude

Macclesfield, UK

#89329 May 17, 2013
Subduction Zone wrote:
<quoted text>
Certain beliefs can be falsified. The concept of god as a whole cannot.
Of course it is possible to show that god cannot be omnipotent nor omniscient using basic logic. Of course even the Bible implies that. Why would Satan oppose God if he were omnipotent?
1 - He thinks he's got a shot.

2 - Satan isn't opposing God, but an integral part of God's plans.

After all the arrangement that all sinners go to Satan seems pretty amicable, doesn't it?
The Dude

Macclesfield, UK

#89330 May 17, 2013
HTS wrote:
<quoted text>My religion is (or at least should be)irrelevant to this discussion.
Don't worry your little head about it. It is.

Always has been.(shrug)
HTS

Mandan, ND

#89331 May 17, 2013
Kong_ wrote:
<quoted text>
You're right in one regard, I WAS mistaken about Dr. Wiens having DOCUMENTATION on his site regarding the accuracy of C14 dating techniques. He goes into detail in DESCRIBING the technique, and the different methods of calibrating C14 dating (pages 13' & '14' of the article). http://www.asa3.org/ASA/resources/wiens.html
He DOES reference some graphs that further illustrate C14 dating accuracy -- and those graphs ARE documented ("Tree-ring data are from Stuiver et al.,
Radiocarbon 40, 1041-1083, 1998; stalactite data are from Beck et al., Science 292, 2453-2458, 2001."). There are other links at the bottom of the article where you could have gone to get additional information on C14 dating, but hey...
But I was mistaken in that I thought I remembered from earlier readings of the Wiens paper that he DID have ALL the required documentation for his explanation(s),-- he did not (but he DID have some). But let's say that this is moot, and there was NO further refererence from THAT ONE SITE to back up the accuracy of C14 dating data.
Many reputable science sites can clarify any questions you might have regarding the range, calibration and accuracy of C14 dating methods. It's not difficult to locate on your own and acutally LEARN something about that which you're attempting to argue against.(note: AIG and Discovery.org are the NOT "reputable science sites").
Oh, and btw, were I really "scraping the bottom of the barrel", you would still have me to look up to, "Doctor".
When C-14 dating was first introduced, Willard Libby correctly dated the wood from a royal Egptian barge, the age of which was known from historical documents. No such artifact with a proven age of 45,000 years is available. Any calibration curve extending to that distant of a past by definition must rely on unprovable assumptions, regardless of whatever dating method it is corroborated with. Scientific analysis is founded on more than a hypothesis. It must be PROVEN that a methodology is accurate. You have no such proof.
The Dude

Macclesfield, UK

#89332 May 17, 2013
HTS wrote:
<quoted text>You have not falsified God.
And you have not falsified the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Note that the falsification of "God" is not even necessary.

We HAVE falsified YECism though.

That is of course until "God" comes along to rescue it, placing it back into the non-falsifiable category. And so the tautology continues in its vicious cycle.

Obviously this logical quandary is what Mikey must mean when he keeps talking about Systems, Cycles, and Patterns.
The Dude

Macclesfield, UK

#89333 May 17, 2013
HTS wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree.
Who cares?(shrug)
The Dude

Macclesfield, UK

#89334 May 17, 2013
HTS wrote:
<quoted text>
Disagreement with popular dogma does not make someone "anti-science".
And if you were disagreeing with the ideal that Empire is the best Star Wars film of all time you would not be referred to as being anti-science. Just spectacularly lacking in good taste.

No, it's your disagreement with scientifically demonstrable reality which makes you anti-science.
HTS

Mandan, ND

#89335 May 17, 2013
The Dude wrote:
<quoted text>
I have.

<quoted text>
•Algal microfossil analysis (in paleolimnology)
•Amino acid racemization (L-to-D)(AAR)
•Argon40-argon39 chronometric
•Astronomical polarity time scale (APTS)
•Cation-ratio (CR)
•Chronostratigraphic (superposition, cross-cutting, intrusion)
•Coral reef annual layering
•Dendochronology (tree-ring)
•Deuterium-hydrogen stable isotope analysis
•Electron spin resonance (ESR)
•Fission track (U238-Pb206)
•Fluorine-uranium-nitrogen analysis (FUN)
•Fossil index (plant, animal, artifactual)
•Geomagnetic (archaeomagnetic/paleomagnetic ) reversal time scale (GTRS)
•Geomagnetic secular variation (around magnetic pole)
•Helium4-helium3
•Infrared-stimulated luminescence (IRSL)
•Isochron
•Isotope dilution mass spectrometry (IDMS)
•Lichenometry (lichen/thalli colony radii)
•Lutetium176-hafnium176 geochronology
•Meteorite cosmic-ray exposure (Ne21, He3)
•Microfossil paleolimnochronology
•Milankovitch cycle astrochronology
•Mitochrondrial DNA
•Neon21-helium3 dating
•Obsidian hydration analysis (OHA)
•Ocean sediment core analysis
•Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL)
•Oxidizable carbon ratio (OCR)(C-total/C-oxidizable)
•Oxygen16-oxygen18 stable isotope analysis
•Paleosol chronology (in fossil soil stratigraphy)
•Patination (rock/desert varnish)
•Pigment remnant dating (in paleolimnology)
•Polar ice-sheet core
•Pollen/spore analysis (in palynology)
•Potassium40-argon40 chronometric
•Radiocarbon (14N-14C-N14/12C) by accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS)
•Radioluminescence (RL)
•Radon222-lead210-lead206 chronometric
•Rhenium187-osmium187 chronometric
•Rubidium87-strontium87 chronometric
•Samarium147-neodymium143 chronometric
•Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS)
•Seriation/typological archaeochronology
•Strontium87-strontium86 chronometric
•Tephrochronology (of volcanic ash, tuff)
•Terrestrial rock cosmic-ray exposure
•Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometry (TIMS)
•Thermoluminescence (TL)
•Thorium232-lead208 chronometric
•Uranium235-lead207 chronometric
•Uranium238-uranium234-thorium 230-radium226-lead206 (U-series)
•Varve analysis (of glacial-lake deposits)
•Writing (back 5000 years)
•Y-chromosome DNA
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Explain to me how Rubidium87-strontium87 chronometric corroborates C-14 dating...
You presented it as evidence.
Let's hear your justification.
Wake Up

Louisville, KY

#89336 May 17, 2013
God's existence can not be proven to the unbeliever. Gods existence is proven only by believing. You either have faith and believe in him or you don't. It is not that difficult. If you are seeking for proof..you will not find it unless, by faith, you believe. So for all you atheist who continue to search for valid evidence from believers...and go back and forth with endless battles of who's right and wrong and what science says about the matter...and all your little scientific rants & theories and anecdotes, there is not one person on this earth that can satisfy your request for proof of God's existence. Your search in in vain.
The Dude

Macclesfield, UK

#89337 May 17, 2013
Kong_ wrote:
Oh, and btw, were I really "scraping the bottom of the barrel", you would still have me to look up to, "Doctor".
Indeedy. He chokes every time he tries.
The Dude

Macclesfield, UK

#89338 May 17, 2013
woodtick57 wrote:
<quoted text>disagreement with proven scientific facts does...
Now if you have some actual facts to counter the verifiable facts of the science you claim to debunk, it would be nice ot hear them...
He has "Reality isn't real cuz how do YOU know? Where you THERE?!? Then what about this made up fundie claim? What about that one? And this one? And that one? No I won't admit to any mistakes or deal with a SINGLE thing you guys have posted! BOO HOO, YOU GUYS ARE MEAN TO ME!!!"

That's pretty much it.

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