Evolution vs. Creation

There are 162175 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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“I Am No One Else”

Level 7

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#69862 Jan 4, 2013
Knightmare wrote:
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God exists ...
Provide evidence that this assertion is correct, then you can make more based on it.
The Dude

Birkenhead, UK

#69863 Jan 4, 2013
FREE SERVANT wrote:
<quoted text>It is a felony to have more than one wife and people can be imprisoned for that, so what makes it a worse perversion?
I got no problem with polygamy if that's what others are into, but I didn't make up the law. Marriages with multiple husbands and wives have been allowed in other countries. It's like the death penalty, legal in some states not in others. Why? Because people disagree over what's right.

“I Am No One Else”

Level 7

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#69864 Jan 4, 2013
FREE SERVANT wrote:
<quoted text>It is a felony to have more than one wife and people can be imprisoned for that, so what makes it a worse perversion?
Actually, lots of people have more than one wife and husband, just no legal contracts with the others. The law is to have only one with the contract that is legal marriage, there is no law stating that they cannot have more than one "in spirit."
The Dude

Birkenhead, UK

#69865 Jan 4, 2013
TheIndependentMajority wrote:
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Your avatar just looky like a "trekky".
It's the shirt. It does look like Captain Kirk's old uniform.

And according to Mikey, Noah may have worn one just like it.
The Dude

Birkenhead, UK

#69866 Jan 4, 2013
xxxooxxx wrote:
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Actually if the Observer Effect is true, then the Observer would not exist within the confines of space time...so the Observer would not be subject to birth and death...but would be infinite in nature.
and if you understand anything about relativity, then you know that you cannot have a finite without a infinite...
...and so Edison's remark about a "infinite intelligence" would stand to reason.
Ah, good old philosophy! Let us know when you're talking science.

“I Am No One Else”

Level 7

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#69867 Jan 4, 2013
xxxooxxx wrote:
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don't ya mean which God?...
that's usually the standard reply...you need to get some index cards to read off of, like the others...lol
Before "which" can be asked, one must first provide evidence that one exists. This has not been done, so "what" is more appropriate.
The Dude

Birkenhead, UK

#69868 Jan 4, 2013
Time and Space wrote:
And contrary to what most Anti-Christian Athiest think...not everyone needs the bible, or the bibles stories or morality, to confirm or deny the existance of 'other worldy beings'...
Nope, they don't need it at all. All they need is scientifically verifiable objective evidence.

So far the only evidence we have is that life exists on Earth.
The Dude

Birkenhead, UK

#69869 Jan 4, 2013
Makesure100 wrote:
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Where do you come from Freak? You make no sense. Perhaps in some corner of darkness you can communicate..........I don't understand you....thus, you are a Freak.
Your ignorance doth not make your baseless opinions valid.
The Dude

Birkenhead, UK

#69870 Jan 4, 2013
xxxooxxx wrote:
in fact, anything preceding the big bang would have to be within the confines of time...by the very nature that it preceded...(came before)...so time would have to exist for this scenario to happen...
But it does not have to be within the concepts of OUR time. In fact that claim may not even make sense. But it is possible that our universe was born from the death-throes of of a previous universe. Hence cause and effect (if valid) would not be violated.
The Dude

Birkenhead, UK

#69871 Jan 4, 2013
xxxooxxx wrote:
besides, isn't the Universe speeding up...which would negate the big crunch theory?
But not the Big Rip. That's the universe reaching a point stretching so far and so fast that the fabric of the universe rips itself apart, which also (may) cause another Big Bang.
The Dude

Birkenhead, UK

#69872 Jan 4, 2013
bohart wrote:
KK! glad to see you've re-emerged from the foul pit. The assertion that God dun it is opposite of your assertion that the goo dun it.
No it isn't. God is not limited by your petty imaginations.
bohart wrote:
Now your assertion complicates a lot, because with "goo dun it" you have to explain your goo, provide even more evidence to support the goo, and then explain why all the evidence does not support the goo dun it assertion....that's a lot of explaining.
Actually all the evidence we have thus far supports abiogenesis, even though it's only a hypothesis and not a theory. Of course we have been through it all with you a thousand times before.

However none of this has any bearing on the validity of evolution.
FREE SERVANT

Bellevue, WA

#69873 Jan 4, 2013
The Dude wrote:
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It's the shirt. It does look like Captain Kirk's old uniform.
And according to Mikey, Noah may have worn one just like it.
NO,It looked gray when he was standing with his arms up in the air letting the bird fly out of the round wimdow.:)
The Dude

Birkenhead, UK

#69874 Jan 4, 2013
bohart wrote:
So mankind murders millions in wars, aborts the unborn , starves his fellow man to death for profit , rapes, steals, burns and it's Gods fault? Why?
Because he allegedly created it all. If only he didn't make that evil talking lizard...
bohart wrote:
because he doesn't intervene to stop man from doing what he wants?
Free will is an illusion under omnipotent omniscience.
bohart wrote:
And if he did intervene ,and put an end to all evil and violence and left man alone again ,he'd be doing the same evil again in less than a couple generations.
You mean god? Yes he would.
bohart wrote:
It is what we are that is the problem.
So you're saying your god is incapable of preventing us from being bad?

What a wuss.(shrug)
The Dude

Birkenhead, UK

#69875 Jan 4, 2013
neutral observer wrote:
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Would I take an interest in the lives of gnats? Seriously?
But I have no reason to believe such a higher intelligence exists so not a deist. Besides if a higher intelligence did create the universe I would define it not as God but as something that had evolved in a prior universe.
On the other hand evolution is not random. There is intelligent design. Those birds blown to remote islands did not evolve randomly but instead changed to fill particular niches... just as brown bears on the arctic ice sheet evolved into polar bears. Unlike some Darwinists I see nothing happenstance about it.
Natural selection is neither random nor intelligent. "Intelligence" is NOT the opposite of random.
The Dude

Birkenhead, UK

#69876 Jan 4, 2013
xxxooxxx wrote:
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But then what would some have God do?...sit on the top of the world and reign with an an iron fist?
According to your own book it will.
TheIndependentMa jority

London, KY

#69877 Jan 4, 2013
Thomas Robertson wrote:
thewordofme wrote:

Forming a hypothesis has served very well as a starting point for countless experiments, and it will serve very well as a starting point for countless experiments to come.
Therefore, Science has LONg time been based on much of what has OFTEN been "unseen".

1. I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts; the rest are details.
2. Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.
3. My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.
4. The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.
5. Every one who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe-a spirit vastly superior to that of man, and one in the face of which we with our modest powers must feel humble.
6. The scientists’ religious feeling takes the form of a rapturous amazement at the harmony of natural law, which reveals an intelligence of such superiority that, compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection.
7. There is no logical way to the discovery of elemental laws. There is only the way of intuition, which is helped by a feeling for the order lying behind the appearance.
8. The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.
9, The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious; It is the source of all true art and science.
10. We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.

11. Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the Gods.
(Ohhhh-now THAT's a REALLy good one too lolo)
and on with th list--
When the solution is simple, God is answering.

God does not play dice with the universe.
God is subtle but he is not malicious.

A human being is a part of the whole, called by us Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest-a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty.


The man who regards his own life and that of his fellow creatures as meaningless is not merely unfortunate but almost disqualified for life.

Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.(Nice one number Three!)

Only a life lived for others is a life worth while.(often very true!)

The human mind is not capable of grasping the Universe. We are like a little child entering a huge library. The walls are covered to the ceilings with books in many different tongues. The child knows that someone must have written these books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. But the child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books—-a mysterious order which it does not comprehend, but only dimly suspects.

TheIndependentMa jority

London, KY

#69878 Jan 4, 2013
Continiued-

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a HOLY curiosity.

What I see in Nature is a magnificent structure that we can comprehend only very imperfectly, and that must fill a thinking person with a feeling of humility. This is a genuinely religious feeling that has nothing to do with mysticism.
The finest emotion of which we are capable is the mystic emotion. Herein lies the germ of all art and all true science. Anyone to whom this feeling is alien, who is no longer capable of wonderment and lives in a state of fear is a dead man. To know that what is impenetrable for us really exists and manifests itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, whose gross forms alone are intelligible to our poor faculties - this knowledge, this feeling ... that is the core of the true religious sentiment. In this sense, and in this sense alone, I rank myself among profoundly religious men.
The real problem is in the hearts and minds of men. It is easier to denature plutonium than to denature the evil spirit of man.
True religion is real living; living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness.
Intelligence makes clear to us the interrelationship of means and ends. But mere thinking cannot give us a sense of the ultimate and fundamental ends. To make clear these fundamental ends and valuations and to set them fast in the emotional life of the individual, seems to me precisely the most important function which religion has to form in the social life of man.

ALL of the above-quotes from Albert Eisntein.

(so don't try and pretend... and rewrite HISTORY-because you'd only be LYING about it!!)

"Gaw some of you "trekkies" can be soooo DUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH uuhhhh mm, sometimes"
TheIndependentMa jority

London, KY

#69879 Jan 4, 2013
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a HOLY curiosity.

What I see in Nature is a magnificent structure that we can comprehend only very imperfectly, and that must fill a thinking person with a feeling of humility. This is a genuinely religious feeling that has nothing to do with mysticism.
The finest emotion of which we are capable is the mystic emotion. Herein lies the germ of all art and all true science. Anyone to whom this feeling is alien, who is no longer capable of wonderment and lives in a state of fear is a dead man. To know that what is impenetrable for us really exists and manifests itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, whose gross forms alone are intelligible to our poor faculties - this knowledge, this feeling ... that is the core of the true religious sentiment. In this sense, and in this sense alone, I rank myself among profoundly religious men.
The real problem is in the hearts and minds of men. It is easier to denature plutonium than to denature the evil spirit of man.
True religion is real living; living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness.
Intelligence makes clear to us the interrelationship of means and ends. But mere thinking cannot give us a sense of the ultimate and fundamental ends. To make clear these fundamental ends and valuations and to set them fast in the emotional life of the individual, seems to me precisely the most important function which religion has to form in the social life of man.

Gaw some of you trekkies are DUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH uuhhhh mm.
TheIndependentMa jority

London, KY

#69880 Jan 4, 2013
The Dude wrote:
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It's the shirt. It does look like Captain Kirk's old uniform.
And according to Mikey, Noah may have worn one just like it.
Never noah, he mighta coulda :-)
TheIndependentMa jority

London, KY

#69881 Jan 4, 2013
Thomas Robertson wrote:
thewordofme wrote:
Faith is believing something with no evidence. I don't do that, why do you??
The Independent Majority wrote:
If Science felt that way, they'd all still be stuck, sitting in kindergarten sandboxes, twying to see how many make mud pies they culd makes, with they little plaskit pails of puddwle wahter.
I don't know where IM gets that idea.
I thought that Science DID feel that way,
and I don't see how it could keep science in a state of stagnation.
Lack of faith never stopped anyone from forming hypotheses, and it certainly never kept scientists from testing those hypotheses.
Forming a hypothesis has served very well as a starting point for countless experiments, and it will serve very well as a starting point for countless experiments to come.
and I'm not going to try and explain Anything else to you, because no doubt, such would require headless props or something lol.

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