Evolution vs. Creation

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

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Jesus Diablo

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Dec 11, 2012
 
Kong_ wrote:
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Perhaps not. Then again, scientists haven't tried to disprove God (many scientists are quite religious, mind you).
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Science CAN provide evidence that the "Creation" account given in Genesis is incorrect, that the universe, earth, and life itself did not form under in the method(s) and time scales described in the Bible.
I agree. The problem is that religious individuals are using irrationality to explain rational features. Doesn't work; better, cannot work. To explain rational features one needs to use rational arguments. Similarly, to explain irrational features on needs to rely on irrationality. This will not "prove" anything in the scientific sense, it will only prove one's belief system. Hence, it's correct to say "I believe in creationism" and incorrect to say "Creationism is a fact." The latter statement is akin to saying "A square is round."

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Science doesn't set out nor is interested in proving or disproving the existence of God. It's purpose if far more limited, it is limited to facts. It attempts to prove/disprove them through repeatable experiments that support/don't support the previous result. It's rational. Here's a simple science experiment to illustrate: 1+1=2. Now you try it. See? Same result. There's no opinion or beliefs involved.
On the other hand, religion is not fact based. It is, by it's own admission, a belief system (it's silly to say "I believe" 1+1 is 2 because it's a proven fact that it is 2). Beliefs are not, by definition, either right or wrong (that would make them a fact). Beliefs are either held or not (it's equally silly to say that God in fact exists because a belief of such an existence is not subject to independent verification). You can only legitimately question whether or not the individual actually believes (if one does, fine; as a belief it's neither right nor wrong)or not (if one does not, fine; as a belief it's neither right nor wrong). Or the strength of his/her belief. As such, it is, by definition, irrational.
The problem is using rationality to explain the irrational and vice-versa (like trying to squeeze a square peg in a round hole). Otherwise called a "categorical mistake."
So does God exist? Well of course not.
Hmm...so the universe just came together finely tuned randomly?

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Dec 11, 2012
 
The Dude wrote:
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Big deal, no-one can disprove the existence of the Flying Spaghetti Monster or the Invisible Pink Unicorn.
Whatever. But that does not change who God truly is. God exist.

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Dec 11, 2012
 
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Actually I stopped at talking lizard.
Whatever, dream boy.

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You are making assumptions here that don't necessarily follow.
Because we die is not proof that God exists my friend.
There will always be gaps in what we want to do and what we can do.
And that gaps vividly proves the existence of God.
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Dec 11, 2012
 
Charles Idemi wrote:
<quoted text> And that gaps vividly proves the existence of God.
Huh? What?
You obviously didn't bother to try out for your high school debate team and/or you very conveniently slept with your college LOG101 professor.

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Dec 11, 2012
 
Charles Idemi wrote:
<quoted text> And that gaps vividly proves the existence of God.


Now who can argue with logic like THAT?

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Dec 11, 2012
 
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As I have previously stated, atheists gobble on about how NOT special the earth and mankind is on the back of all observed data suggesting the earth and mankind are special.'Goldilocks' is the term often used
You could be right, but we haven't been able to explore any of the planets outside our solar system yet, so our knowledge about them is rather limited. I suggest not rushing to a conclusion just yet.
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and if anyone talks of aliens they are nuts as none have been verified.
Well we can speculate about aliens, and I guess we can speculate about earth being more golden than planets barely detected, but neither speculation deserves even the most tentative conclusions.
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Then they deny the possible existence of an alien life form, just because it is not organic and explainable with our limited knowledge, where we can hardly explain all we can observe.
If you are talking about God or gods, most of the denial is relative to interacting with them on earth. Most agnostics and atheists haven't had the benefit of any such encounter, so you shouldn't blame them for doubting. I'll just include the various gods with the category of aliens until I meet one.
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So if you want to gobble on about "Not being able to prove something one way or the other is still not being able to prove something one way or the other.", then atheists and evolutionists are leaders in using the strategy you spoke to and calling that science.
No doubt that can happen, so it's important to communicate to each other when we are having fun with some wild speculation, versus, when we think we are getting close to some real insight.
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Indeed the proof in the pudding is evos and particularly atheists needing to chase thier tails in hypocritical philosophical rhetoric staying as far away from science as they possibly can.
I don't see all that much more hypocritical attitude in atheists versus believers. Some are more genuine than others, it's true. But it seems to me that it depends mostly on innate personality.

Do evos actually gobble? Isn't that just a gratuitous insult? I'm sorry if you are reacting to bad manners on the part of your debating opponents. I hope you will learn to forgive.

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Charles Idemi wrote:
<quoted text> It goes in both ways.
Just to show that I am not jealous of your having the last word, it being the most final truth and all....
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<quoted text> It goes in both ways.

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Dec 11, 2012
 
Charles Idemi wrote:
<quoted text> I am not asking you for any favour. I am only telling you that, you can not deny the validity of the bible and the creator.
How can you deny that I already did that?
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<quoted text> I am not asking you for any favour. I am only telling you that, you can not deny the validity of the bible and the creator.

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Dec 11, 2012
 
Charles Idemi wrote:
<quoted text> Dreaming. Denying God's existence is like denying ones life. Humans despite the advent of drugs, still ends up dying. Science just can not stop that.
Why, Bill?
Because God truly exist.
First time I heard that God's major objective was to see us killed.
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Because God truly exist.
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Dec 11, 2012
 
TheIndependentMajority wrote:
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"You're in your own patriarchal fantasy."
But realistically, logically, rationally and MOST importantly, that IS what matters MOST, so that is probably a GOOD place to be.
Therefore, such WOULD be "right!".
Are you saying that a patriarchy is your ideal "heaven"? Mmmmm, not my cup of tea.
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Dec 11, 2012
 
TheIndependentMajority wrote:
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Listen Dude-if YOU want to be a tool so be it--but NOT all of us do.
SOME of us prefer to be..well...more like "vessels".
So there.
That's a genderized kind of abstraction!

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Dec 11, 2012
 
Hey,goodbye fellow debaters. Loved meeting you. Back to my real job now: http://www.openbsd.org
anonymous

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Dec 11, 2012
 
TheIndependentMajority wrote:
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No mention of "aliens", but given so much that we DON'T know..nothing can relaly be ruled "out". Not to people with actual active brain waves anyway!!
No culture in the history of the world, save the thoroughly depraved and expiring ones, has failed to affirm the existence of a Supreme Being. It is an empirical observation that men without a strong and lasting faith in a Supreme Being are less capable, less ethical and less valuable to themselves and society....A man without an abiding faith is, by observation alone, more of a thing than a man.
Not a bad intro to the concepts of...
http://www.scientology.org/faq/scientology-be...
L. Ron Hubbard's favorite cynical con? I can't tell if you're trolling so I'll step away!

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Subduction Zone wrote:
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Of course even the "95%" would have to admit that with a best case scenario 2/3 of the people on the planet are wrong. There is a slue of gods out there and the only thing they all agree on is that the others don't exist.
Hmm, maybe they are more right than I give them credit for. The whole world is at least 99.9% atheist!
As an aside, did you know that the word "slue" in that context (also spelled "slew") is straight Irish Gaelic?

"Sla" - a crowd or large group...

Now back to our scheduled program.
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Charles Idemi wrote:
<quoted text> More or less like Tom, in the MGM cartoon series of Tom and Jerry. Lol
Tom ain't got no majikal ayes! He's a cat!

Besides, the only good Tom and Jerry cartoons are the old ones, before they chopped them all up to censor out the racial stereotype gags and violence. The new ones all were written by humorless psychologists.
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Dec 11, 2012
 
AustinHook wrote:
Hey,goodbye fellow debaters. Loved meeting you. Back to my real job now: http://www.openbsd.org
How does this relate to FreeBSD?

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Oh I see. Okay then, we'll do it the way the Biblical "literalists" do it and say it's almost the same, like a circle is almost like a ball.
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Have you even bothered to try looking up for yourself? Or have you even considered the fact that since evolution occurs anyway (we're all born different remember) that simple change over time would also be another factor? If I can't answer each and every one of your mindless questions do you REALLY think that the theory of evolution is in any danger just because someone who believes (with no evidence at all whatsoever) that aliens made life didn't get their questions answered on some random internet forum full of geeks? Srsly? And if so are you therefore suggesting that all human races were also created separately and did NOT come from a common ancestor? Even many reality-denying dumb-as-a-post YEC's would raise their eyebrows at that one.
So you don't think there are evidence of extraterrestrial life out there?

Here ya go:

http://www.popsci.com/category/tags/extraterr...

If you are right, then we wouldn't be wasting our time sending Curiosity rover to explore Mars and see if it can find any signs of life there. We wouldn't be using complex technology to search for alien life on other planets and other galaxies. Unfortunately, not all scientists will agree with you and not all are skeptics like you. You see, evidence of organic compounds found on asteroids or meteorites are difficult to fake. Unlike fossils that can easily be manufactured in China.
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<quoted text>As an aside, did you know that the word "slue" in that context (also spelled "slew") is straight Irish Gaelic?
"Sla" - a crowd or large group...
Now back to our scheduled program.
Speak much Gaelic, or just the provocative kind?*

*Says the long time Pogues fan!

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