Evolution vs. Creation

Evolution vs. Creation

There are 171795 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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#99762 Sep 18, 2013
ChristineM wrote:
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I have researched it :-
The amount of water on earth is known, roughly 1,260,000,000,000,000,000,000 litres. Around 1,260,000,000 cubic kilometres of water
The oceans average around 800 metres deep, approximately 0.36% is found underground and 0.035% is found in lakes, rivers, clouds etc.
In the past I have calculated how much water would be needed to cover the earth to a depth of 9 metres (approximately 20 cubits) above the highest mountain (Everest at 8.8km high) as specified in the Noah story,
You need approximately 5,655,678,336,000,000,000 cubic kilometres of water or 5,655,678,336,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000 litres
I believe that is around 4,488,633,600 time more water than is actually available
Admittedly that does not take account of landmass, hills, mountains etc but even taking the worse scenario that all land mass is as high as Everest (which of course it isnít) then you are still looking 3,000,000,000 more water than there is
There's a glitch in the story for pro and con. Both sides are 'assuming' that the earth at the time of the flood looked than geographically as it looks today topside and sea floor wise.
That the world just somehow flooded itself without any physical trauma as in volcanic action/earthquakes.
The writer actually describes something they should not have even been able to have guessed correctly that science has shown actually takes place on the sea floors today. "...all the fountains of the great deep broken up,.." The writer is actually describing water being pushed up by volcanic action through the crust of the earth through the sea/ocean/lake floors to add more water to what already exists topside.
The point shouldn't be whether an invisible being caused this to take place. The point to be wondered about is how the writer was able to describe volcanic activity that takes place miles to thousands of feet below ocean and sea water levels. A volcanic heated vent on the ocean floor large or small spills out vast quantities of heated water. Volcanic vents on land don't usually do this in the same manner as on the oceans floors that this writer would have been privy to have seen to have written about. So how did they make a best guess and guess it correctly?

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Evolution is true.....

#99763 Sep 18, 2013
No Surprise wrote:
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What doesn't have proof for an existence doesn't mean it didn't once exist. I could list a number of what once were long believed fairy tale stories of people and places that archaeology revealed actually existed.
Of Moses, you can't prove he didn't exist any more then you can prove a person called Jesus people elevated to the heights of a holy man didn't exist. You can't prove there was no exodus because you can't prove Israelites weren't taken as slaves by some Egyptian pharaoh. As a matter of fact there's a stella that actually states a certain pharaoh did in fact take captive Israelites. So by the record of that Egyptian stella if it's true, it's plausible evidence that Egyptians recorded they did take Israelites as captives and possibly more than once.
I have no want or need to prove/disprove the Bible. Others are *ell bent on doing that. What I am interested in are certain things said that the writer shouldn't have had a clue about, not even by guessing. So I wonder how they 'seemed' to have a best guess understanding of something not understood for a thousand or more years later.
All of the things talked about are backed up by very solid circumstantial evidence.

You may not think circumstantial evidence is any good, but more then a few criminals were sent to prison or their deaths by it. Ask a cop....eyewitness testimony does not even compare to circumstantial evidence.

The most important assertion I made is that there was no Adam and Eve as written in the Bible. This has tremendous implication to current Christian dogma.

No Adam and Eve equals no 'original sin'. Also puts the lie to Jesus having mention them in the New Testament....one fictional character talking about 2 fictional characters from a Hebrew myth.

If there was no 'original sin', just exactly what was the mission of Jesus??

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Since: Dec 10

Milky Way

#99764 Sep 18, 2013
ChristineM wrote:
<quoted text>
I have researched it :-
The amount of water on earth is known, roughly 1,260,000,000,000,000,000,000 litres. Around 1,260,000,000 cubic kilometres of water
The oceans average around 800 metres deep, approximately 0.36% is found underground and 0.035% is found in lakes, rivers, clouds etc.
In the past I have calculated how much water would be needed to cover the earth to a depth of 9 metres (approximately 20 cubits) above the highest mountain (Everest at 8.8km high) as specified in the Noah story,
You need approximately 5,655,678,336,000,000,000 cubic kilometres of water or 5,655,678,336,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000 litres
I believe that is around 4,488,633,600 time more water than is actually available
Admittedly that does not take account of landmass, hills, mountains etc but even taking the worse scenario that all land mass is as high as Everest (which of course it isnít) then you are still looking 3,000,000,000 more water than there is
We wont settle up for less than US gallons.
But if I had that much whiskey, we could float all your Majesty's Shops in it...:) heheheh

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#99765 Sep 18, 2013
forreal wrote:
Evolution is a HOAX! Evolution needs billions of yrs to explain how things evolve and yet the MAYFLIES only live a DAY!LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL just 24 hour life span nothing more!LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL Darwin was a bornagain Jackass!LOLOLOLOLOL
You should do something about that stammering.

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Milky Way

#99766 Sep 18, 2013
macumazahn wrote:
<quoted text>REUNITE GONDWANALAND!!
Heck yeah! It ain't nothing but super continent party!

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#99767 Sep 18, 2013
No Surprise wrote:
<quoted text>
There's a glitch in the story for pro and con. Both sides are 'assuming' that the earth at the time of the flood looked than geographically as it looks today topside and sea floor wise.
That the world just somehow flooded itself without any physical trauma as in volcanic action/earthquakes.
The writer actually describes something they should not have even been able to have guessed correctly that science has shown actually takes place on the sea floors today. "...all the fountains of the great deep broken up,.." The writer is actually describing water being pushed up by volcanic action through the crust of the earth through the sea/ocean/lake floors to add more water to what already exists topside.
The point shouldn't be whether an invisible being caused this to take place. The point to be wondered about is how the writer was able to describe volcanic activity that takes place miles to thousands of feet below ocean and sea water levels. A volcanic heated vent on the ocean floor large or small spills out vast quantities of heated water. Volcanic vents on land don't usually do this in the same manner as on the oceans floors that this writer would have been privy to have seen to have written about. So how did they make a best guess and guess it correctly?
Do you know the meaning of highly exaggerated bullshit?

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Milky Way

#99768 Sep 18, 2013
Shops, ships what's the diff?

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#99769 Sep 18, 2013
spOko wrote:
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The notion that Rockets make space exploration possible is a pipedream and nothing short of a romantic notion.
Are you stupid or something?

http://www.spacex.com/

Welcome to the 21st century..

Magellan is to rise(again) on new horizons, the path to Mars and beyond, is written ...in the stars. We are going to MARS! humans will walk on it!

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/11/nasa-i...
spOko

Oakland, CA

#99770 Sep 18, 2013
Aura Mytha wrote:
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Are you stupid or something?
http://www.spacex.com/
Welcome to the 21st century..
Magellan is to rise(again) on new horizons, the path to Mars and beyond, is written ...in the stars. We are going to MARS! humans will walk on it!
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/11/nasa-i...
I may be a lot of things but stupid is not of them but why am I arguing with a f-ing moron who confuses space exploration with our solar system :-)

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Milky Way

#99771 Sep 18, 2013
spOko wrote:
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I may be a lot of things but stupid is not of them but why am I arguing with a f-ing moron who confuses space exploration with our solar system :-)
You were the one so dinghy searching for a flood.

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#99772 Sep 19, 2013
macumazahn wrote:
<quoted text>REUNITE GONDWANALAND!!
STOP CONTINENTAL DRIFT!!!

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#99773 Sep 19, 2013
No Surprise wrote:
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The writer actually describes something they should not have even been able to have guessed correctly that science has shown actually takes place on the sea floors today. "...all the fountains of the great deep broken up,.." The writer is actually describing water being pushed up by volcanic action through the crust of the earth through the sea/ocean/lake floors to add more water to what already exists topside.
"What the writer is actually describing" can easily be merely a large scale version of what ancients already observed. Even in the desert there are springs where water emerges from a hole in the ground. And there have been geysers around too, though I am not sure if there were any in the Middle East at the time.

To an ancient, the existence of well and springs was more than enough evidence that the lower layers of Earth were watery. They did not need to know a anything about mid ocean vents to write what they did.

But YOU know about them, so you see mid-ocean vents when you read the Bible prose.

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#99774 Sep 19, 2013
spOko wrote:
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The notion that Rockets make space exploration possible is a pipedream and nothing short of a romantic notion.
Tell that to the Voyager, now leaving the solar system.

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#99775 Sep 19, 2013
thewordofme wrote:
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All of the things talked about are backed up by very solid circumstantial evidence.
You may not think circumstantial evidence is any good, but more then a few criminals were sent to prison or their deaths by it. Ask a cop....eyewitness testimony does not even compare to circumstantial evidence.
The most important assertion I made is that there was no Adam and Eve as written in the Bible. This has tremendous implication to current Christian dogma.
No Adam and Eve equals no 'original sin'. Also puts the lie to Jesus having mention them in the New Testament....one fictional character talking about 2 fictional characters from a Hebrew myth.
If there was no 'original sin', just exactly what was the mission of Jesus??
If one were able to read the story allegorically, it can make sense.

There was a time in human evolution before we were consciously aware of "right and wrong" and at some point in time became aware of it. Likewise we became aware of our own mortality...thus death "enters the world" when we become aware of what it really means in a way other animals do not. As death seems bad and bad things to a superstitious mind must be punishment for something (bad things could not happen unless we made the gods angry, and if the gods are angry they punish us and we must deserve it)....put two and two together.

Thus the ancients, ignorant of natural history but no doubt already wise in human psychology, framed a story that talked about our realisation of guilt and of death... "original sin".

But that is no reason to attribute any of this to a God or especially to take the creation story literally. On a poetic level, its a powerful story about our emergence from the innocence of pre-human consciousness.

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#99776 Sep 19, 2013
No Surprise wrote:
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Science has it's absolutes that can be directly connected to claims made in theism communities. And that's been the fault of science. Kind of like the child telling a parent their incorrect and the parent's first reaction (even if the child is correct)is to state they aren't wrong.
The issue should never have been an intelligent being caused global flooding with science. Science should have have without prejudice analyzed if the earth could in fact flood itself globally. It never did that. It just basically stated without any real research all the water is on the earth's surface and the earth can't possibly globally flood itself.
Well new research is slowly coming to light that there is 'possibly' more water in the earth then there is on it. And evidence of drop stones showing where ice sheets once existed where science thought they didn't exist is revealing larger amounts of water existing anciently topside then which exists at present. wiki has a good article on it.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dropstone
Point being this global flooding story doesn't have to be rooted in theism to be true or false. It could have actually happened with humans present that passed down stories of the event as it happened.
We don't know how far back our present human ancestry goes. But with each passing decade science pushes it back to an older and older date. So what humans have witnessed and passed down through stories the possibilities are endless at present. Just saying an open mind to possibilities is better than a shut mind closed to possibilities :)
This is some severe reaching. We have known about ice ages for a long time and we also know that they were accompanied by significant falls in the sea level. Thus the accumulated ice balanced by a fall in ocean volume.

And as pointed out earlier, Pangea was not the original supercontinent, if there even was one. Pangaea was one in a series of supercontinents that have come together and split apart repeatedly over the whole of earth's history. It formed 300 million years ago...so is recent by the standards of earth time.

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#99777 Sep 19, 2013
forreal wrote:
<quoted text>Reproductive cycle? LOLOLOL a Mayfly has only 15 mins to mate and you cant evolve after that, the only thing is that you will see it die!!LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL 24 hours that all.LOLOLOLOLOL who care about the eggs under the water streams they cant evolve or mate down there!LOLOLOLOLOLOL another jackass bites the floor!LOLOLOL
Creationist thinking of that calibre leaves me very confident.

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Seffner, FL

#99778 Sep 19, 2013
No Surprise wrote:
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The following was actually an opinion of mine based on something written 2500 plus years ago. It wasn't something I was 'claiming'.
Now what about the 'others'? Care to be more specific?
How about this one?
No Surprise wrote:
Did you know if water in the crust of the earth was forced up by volcanic action onto the surface of the earth the tallest mountain would be submerged in water? Research that science 101 as I'm sure you're in disbelief.
How about the Science 101 that backs this up?
The Dude

Birkenhead, UK

#99779 Sep 19, 2013
No Surprise wrote:
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There's a glitch in the story for pro and con. Both sides are 'assuming' that the earth at the time of the flood looked than geographically as it looks today topside and sea floor wise.
That the world just somehow flooded itself without any physical trauma as in volcanic action/earthquakes.
The writer actually describes something they should not have even been able to have guessed correctly that science has shown actually takes place on the sea floors today. "...all the fountains of the great deep broken up,.." The writer is actually describing water being pushed up by volcanic action through the crust of the earth through the sea/ocean/lake floors to add more water to what already exists topside.
The point shouldn't be whether an invisible being caused this to take place. The point to be wondered about is how the writer was able to describe volcanic activity that takes place miles to thousands of feet below ocean and sea water levels. A volcanic heated vent on the ocean floor large or small spills out vast quantities of heated water. Volcanic vents on land don't usually do this in the same manner as on the oceans floors that this writer would have been privy to have seen to have written about. So how did they make a best guess and guess it correctly?
Because they didn't.

Underwater vents are cooled by the huge mass of surrounding water, but volcanos on land throw out lava and magma. If you claim that there's so much water being spewed out at such tremendous forces and quantities as to flood the entire world the water would evaporate as steam. What's more if you're claiming the entire world's geographical landscape changed along with it, then you are essentially frying the entire Earth.

Noah's boat is only made of wood.

If humanity was to have sprung only from his family (SERIOUS genetic issues aside) then quite literally there is no-one left alive on planet Eatrh today to talk about it.

Now we can get back to the issue of your invisible magic being. None of this is a problem for invisible magic wizardry. For when faced with an absence of, or contradicting evidence, simply invoke the magic wizard who waves his wand and fixes everything how your favourite religious book says it is.

Evidence does not matter.
The Dude

Birkenhead, UK

#99780 Sep 19, 2013
spOko wrote:
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I may be a lot of things but stupid is not of them but why am I arguing with a f-ing moron who confuses space exploration with our solar system :-)
Not really, since our solar system IS in space.

Okay, granted if we take the entire universe into account it's not exactly going very far, but the term space exploration IS still accurate.
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