Evolution vs. Creation

There are 162144 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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#71241 Jan 17, 2013
KittenKoder wrote:
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Plumage is a survival strategy, it is how the species improves it's genetic diversity. You speak from ignorance, that is easy to see, but you should actually look up and study something before making assertions. There are also many instances of homosexuality in many animals, we are not unique in that regard. That is what bothers you most, I am betting, having to admit that we are indeed animals.
Wait a minute. Do you propose that the bright plumage on a male peacock is there to intimidate? I see a big target saying "dinner at 6"! It certainly isn't there for improve flight or insulation value.

The subtleties of sexual selection are not too clear, but I doubt that there's a very direct survival reason for it as much as a social reason.

Think of me as the average guy who hates dancing because I really don't get it. Mock battle moves? Fantasy sex display? However you strut your stuff, one person will be amused and another offended. It's too much like work to me!

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#71242 Jan 17, 2013
MAAT wrote:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =25haxRuZQUkXX
stanford lectures.
Not exactly thrilling and inspired but for an introduction they'll do.
I usually prefer to read, and wiki can provide animations for some mathematical models.
I've been following the string theory for years now. I first heard it from Michio Kaku. I like how Brian Greene explained it on Ted Talks. Very cool concept. Although physicists study it on the quantum level, the quarks and the vibrations and frequencies in it, I believe that dimensions just doesn't exist in the physical realm. I like to use this theory to explain 'my' reality.

I think of dimensions as emanating from the physical world vibrating through consciousness. We have created tools and technology as gateways to these dimensions, I think. These gateways are the wormholes to other dimensions. According to the M Theory there are ten dimensions in space and 1 for time.

I believe we just didn't invent these tools and technology for whatever purpose but we can use them to tap into the other dimensions of space and time. But sometimes I just like to call them levels of consciousness because it would take a lot of thought processes to come up with a mathematical formula for them. But I'd like to think that the code I discovered can somehow be applied to this theory. That's weird science for me. lol

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#71243 Jan 17, 2013
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I have always thought that dreams were connected in some way to the Quantum field...and then I ran across this and I thought...wow isn't that strange that he would mention quantum mechanics.
I believe that there is a dimension of space that can be accessed through dreams induced by different frequencies or brain waves. lol

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#71244 Jan 17, 2013
which could probably explain why we experience deja vu

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#71245 Jan 17, 2013
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NRA? Hardly. Libertarian, yes. Feeling pushed into an underclass, definitely.
I'm not looking for a pound of flesh, but I stated plain as day that obsessive-compulsive behavior was at the root of this political debate. With that in mind, I blatantly announced that I was going to exacerbate that trait in people, yet they would act out on it ANYWAY.
A lot of people put Obama in a bind about class. He didn't come from an aristocratic background, but did spend most of his adult life among them. When he was young, probably the last thing on his mind was his legacy. Would you or I have thought about what future generations thought of our actions at some frat party? Not likely!
What I'm doing is mostly pointing out "style". People in a certain class can do things without thinking while others are expected to observe different rules. The "Evolution vs. Creationism" debate has it's roots in that, and I felt it was time to represent the conservative elements without the messy conundrums of religiosity!
You dropped in kind of late to this discussion. You can read back if you like but there wasn't much logic to it from the get-go, so by the time you dropped in, it had turned into a ground slapping dominance game. All it took was to deny socially driven creatures their "satisfaction" and things slowly escalated into something darn silly.
I guess you can say that a president must protect his or herself against those worst behaviors while believing in our better ones. We're really not dealing with royalty here, so I can't really see that royalty analogy fit....But be careful or you may find yourself getting caught up in a struggle to defend your own "class" self-image without noticing it! ;)
Several personal memories come to mind.
My generation given where we live thought a lot about what opinions were vented since they had political and thus direct implications for our life. or as feminist would say: the personal is political. it usually is but than depending on the scale of people experiencing the same problem.
I crashed many a 'frat'party, loads of fun in outdebating the prats. Given that i was also a dancer we were at times also thrown out of academies for the arts. As well as following classes while not being a student after a night of hard partying, driving 100 miles to chill in the woods, to end up in a hide and seek game with the park-guard and a drive back.
So frankly several categories fit. But it would be say i have allready been in the middle.
Overhere we have the model of compromise.

Nobility here is not overtly thrown in your face, nor would i throw it in yours. You will find workerd having become the middle-class and being very protective of their positions.
In America i consider figures like Trump to be the ones kinging it, including the heavy boot used in Scotland.
And people have a weird public respect for frankly quite dumb and brutish gouvernors and politicians.

It would be beneficial if America had more parties.
And by the way reading the law on healthreform i've not found that many drawback, on the contrary i would say.
Maybe they are now going to resolve this bias.
The other thing is that it's about time that the U.N.'s WHO Womens Sexual Health Act got endorsed and implemented.

And class resentiment would have to be residual feelings that have been simmering for a long time.

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#71246 Jan 17, 2013
Hidingfromyou wrote:
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But...but...if homosexuality is natural then suddenly gay marriage is ok and then the whole world will stop buying gasoline and the sun will nova!
Nocannot allow the end of all humanity![/! We QUOTE]

[QUOTE who="Hidingfromyou"] <quoted text>
Yes homesexuality is completley natural.!
Hidingfromyou wrote:
<quoted text>gay marriage is ok.
I agree
Hidingfromyou wrote:
<quoted text>No we cannot allow the end of all humanity
Huh? The end of humanity? What do you mean?

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#71247 Jan 17, 2013
Whoops,my appoligies for the above! I completley stuffed that up! lol...

QUOTE who="Hidingfromyou"] <quoted text>
Yes homesexuality is completley natural.!

^^^^^^

I said that!

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#71248 Jan 17, 2013
Cybele wrote:
which could probably explain why we experience deja vu
dja senti
dja visit
mile Boirac was the first to write about dj vu in his book boek L'Avenir des Sciences Psychiques.
It would be about first storing the memory before becoming aware of ones surroundings. Like a petit mal.(barely noticable fit)
Or another explanation (here we derive at Einstein and uhh who was that agai) that you have a slight malfunction in the visual cortex, where a double split occurs.
These are just theories ofcourse.
Wel and before you know it you end up dabbling in the metaphysical world of entanglement and the actual double split light experiment, just not really fitting the bill.
All belonging to that optimistic shool of post-modern thinking that the unified theory would explain everything and that physics would be the royal road to achieve it.
Jung indeed convinced that the symbolical, since being so universally found, was part of an overreaching consciousness we could all tap in.
I think Reich was the next in line to follow up but take a slightly different route.

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#71249 Jan 17, 2013
Cybele wrote:
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I believe that there is a dimension of space that can be accessed through dreams induced by different frequencies or brain waves. lol
I think xxxooxxx just came in touch with her inner atoms, quarking about. We are after all also mainly empty space.
An entire universe.

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#71250 Jan 17, 2013
MAAT wrote:
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I think xxxooxxx just came in touch with her inner atoms, quarking about. We are after all also mainly empty space.
An entire universe.
xxooxx is male, lol

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#71251 Jan 17, 2013
Cybele wrote:
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I've been following the string theory for years now. I first heard it from Michio Kaku. I like how Brian Greene explained it on Ted Talks. Very cool concept. Although physicists study it on the quantum level, the quarks and the vibrations and frequencies in it, I believe that dimensions just doesn't exist in the physical realm. I like to use this theory to explain 'my' reality.
I think of dimensions as emanating from the physical world vibrating through consciousness. We have created tools and technology as gateways to these dimensions, I think. These gateways are the wormholes to other dimensions. According to the M Theory there are ten dimensions in space and 1 for time.
I believe we just didn't invent these tools and technology for whatever purpose but we can use them to tap into the other dimensions of space and time. But sometimes I just like to call them levels of consciousness because it would take a lot of thought processes to come up with a mathematical formula for them. But I'd like to think that the code I discovered can somehow be applied to this theory. That's weird science for me. lol
Well likewise here.
i try to keep a strict seperation, particularly after reading a long discussion by a theoretical phycisist, that started on atheism (which has various forms) ending in disproving the existence of god, with the obvious use of what we in the ordinary newtonian world would call flawed reasoning, but that works on quantum scales.
The mother board of my old computer blew and i did not print it, so lost.
The gist would be that such strings (to keep it simple) could only exist in vacuum, and be vacuum on miniscule scales and would then still leave frankly a whole lot of nothing as the main characteristic of the universe.
Now back to traveling without moving and other mind-trips.
Those particles that are you, would thus all be part of the minority and connected (we breath the same air as what once was a neanderthal f.i.), so therefore to be normal you would have to be over the top schizo and multiple personality disorder as well as capable of being a stone or a star. Since al that matter in you has been all these things too.

And only your reference frame keeps you sane.
Well that was a trip and a halve.

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#71252 Jan 17, 2013
Cybele wrote:
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xxooxx is male, lol
grin, the atoms don't mind.

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#71253 Jan 17, 2013
Cybele,it's been nice exploring and i'm getting curious as to this code. Even though it would be termed fringe/weird science.
Let me know how you get on with it.

Goodnight yall.

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#71254 Jan 18, 2013
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And I agree too! That is why the best therapy for behaviors that one enjoys but the majority takes exception to is to practice discreetness.
I've already made several comments to the effect that politicizing behaviors that could be obsessive-compulsive is cruel and irresponsible. I've already stated that stigma prevents people from seeking professional help.
People don't see the big picture when they want to act out. Well, I do expect people to be accountable for their bad behavior. Remarkably enough, I am not so childish that I'm going to act out in a similar fashion just to dominate. The question for you is whether or not you trust me that way or will you stick with a familiar hall of mirrors.
This Cheshire cat has had his say!
Cool, cool.

I'd like to first state that the main thrust of my posts was to dismiss the claim that same sex sexual behavior (homosexuality in Western cultures) is a mental disorder, unnatural or could not be produced by evolution.

From that point, the realization that it's quite common in primates and cannot be said to be unnatural, the question of morality is a societal problem. Not a problem of evolutionary science - as science requires the temporary stasis of value judgments. If you cannot remove your (in the general sense, not you in particular) value judgments, you can't produce good science. Once the science is understood, it's up for philosophers, thinkers, whoever, to debate morality and societal action.

Second, in your post above this one, you write:
To me, marriage should just be a word but it's also a matter of legal precedent. When the state performs acts of gay marriage, that legitimizes the lifestyle and declares it a state endorsed institution.
That's quite clearly a political stance. Why are you taking it - what reasons do you have to legitimize your stance here?

First: homosexuality isn't a "lifestyle." It's not comparable to the choice to eat healthy and work out or be a gamer or a skier, for example. It's a sexual identity - in Western cultures, sexual identities are integral to one's person (and personal identity). Other cultures don't focus no sex and sexuality to this degree.

Second, who cares if homosexual marriages legitimize homosexuality? What possible damage will that do?

Do you believe that the legal legitimization of homosexuality will cause the sun to explode? All life on Earth to vanish? Children to decide to eat other children? Seriously, what? The erosion of morality leading to cannibalism???

You know what? Gays don't want you to be gay. They don't look at you and think "hmmm, I can convert that lovely piece of meat." And if they did, no amount of them doing that will turn you gay. You're fine. If you're straight, and comfortable being straight, with no hidden issues or skeletons in your closet, you aren't going to suddenly wake up wanting to get razor burn kissing some guy (if you're a guy) or bumper to bumper action (if you're a chick).

No matter what rights the homosexuals are awarded, you as a person, will not be affected. The economy might go up with the increase in spending for weddings and adoption (and then the cost of children) and honeymoon vacations and extra taxes and all that, but trust me, you're going to be totally ok.

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#71255 Jan 18, 2013
anonymous wrote:
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And I agree too! That is why the best therapy for behaviors that one enjoys but the majority takes exception to is to practice discreetness.
I've already made several comments to the effect that politicizing behaviors that could be obsessive-compulsive is cruel and irresponsible. I've already stated that stigma prevents people from seeking professional help.
People don't see the big picture when they want to act out. Well, I do expect people to be accountable for their bad behavior. Remarkably enough, I am not so childish that I'm going to act out in a similar fashion just to dominate. The question for you is whether or not you trust me that way or will you stick with a familiar hall of mirrors.
This Cheshire cat has had his say!
btw, it's nice having a non-insulting discussion with you. And I apologize for my harsh attitude. I'm really bitchy and unkind sometimes. I try not to be, and I feel bad after I've been that way, and so thank you for not holding a grudge and for your continued pleasantness despite me and my ranting.

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#71256 Jan 18, 2013
anonymous wrote:
NRA? Hardly. Libertarian, yes. Feeling pushed into an underclass, definitely
...

What I'm doing is mostly pointing out "style". People in a certain class can do things without thinking while others are expected to observe different rules. The "Evolution vs. Creationism" debate has it's roots in that, and I felt it was time to represent the conservative elements without the messy conundrums of religiosity!
Yeah, me too, being pushed into the underclass economically, while having the status of the upper class. It's a strange, strange life.

Creationism is total garbage :)

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#71257 Jan 18, 2013
Wolfganged wrote:
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I agree
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Huh? The end of humanity? What do you mean?
Uhm...that was mean being sarcastic. A few people on here seem to think that the world would end if gays were allowed to marry. I don't know why they think so. I personally find the concept of inequality among disparate people repulsive, so I can't imagine why a society as advanced in so many ways as America would deny homosexuals the institution - and dignity - of marriage.

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#71258 Jan 18, 2013
Wolfganged wrote:
Whoops,my appoligies for the above! I completley stuffed that up! lol...
QUOTE who="Hidingfromyou"] <quoted text>
Yes homesexuality is completley natural.!
^^^^^^
I said that!
You know...in my above post...I made an error, too. I wrote "it was mean being sarcastic" but actually meant "it was me, being sarcastic."

Yeah. Alcohol. wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

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#71259 Jan 18, 2013
Hidingfromyou wrote:
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Uhm...that was mean being sarcastic. A few people on here seem to think that the world would end if gays were allowed to marry. I don't know why they think so. I personally find the concept of inequality among disparate people repulsive, so I can't imagine why a society as advanced in so many ways as America would deny homosexuals the institution - and dignity - of marriage.
No, no sarcasm inended. I think gay marriage is overdue.

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#71260 Jan 18, 2013
People need to just get over themselves and just realise that if two people of the same sex love each other and want to marry then the world is not going to end!

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