Evolution vs. Creation

There are 163597 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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#104743 Nov 5, 2013
MazHere wrote:
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Life is a complex factory of reproduction and metabolism. Scientists have every possible environment able to be reproduced in the lab. They can muck around with genes. Yet, after all this time and funding the fact is they have NOT made a living life form.
Speaking of 'several ways' that life theoretically could have made the jump is really just another way of saying, scientists cannot do it.
Scientists have had lab experiments running for millions and millions of years?

can i visit this lab?

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#104744 Nov 5, 2013
woodtick57 wrote:
<quoted text>well,rational people say the god of the bible has been proven false, because it has been. the gods of other religious mythologies have also been proven false.
and as to date, there isn't one shred of evidence to suggest any god, gods or goddesses exist. i don't know of any rational people that say they can prove no god exists.
just as you say, until every avenue of life arising from the known compounds of the universe has been explored, you cannot say it couldn't happen.
Why is it you always and most only attack God issues? I noticed you completely ignored the abiogenesis parts of that comment.

You have a problem with God other than just in a scientific way for that is all you ever attack and you always claim you have proof but always fail to show such proof. A poorly written book by man is not evidence of God being false.

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#104745 Nov 5, 2013
replaytime wrote:
One thing everyone is leaving out of their definition of abiogenesis is "assume" (hypothetical/hypothesis). They "assume" it is natural process by which life arises from organic compounds. Just like they used to "assume" spontaneous generation of life from nonliving matter.
Since there has never been any evidence of a non-natural process, to make the assumption it is natural is both reasonable and prudent.
The spontaneous generation reference is a red herring.
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By saying abiogenesis is not life from an inanimate source/inorganic compounds then you must "assume" life, in some form, always existed since/or before the BBT.
Hold on, who said that?
[QUOTE who="replaytime"]The word assume is taken seriously in much of science but if someone assumes God exists then he must be crazy right?
Not necessarily. But some of them are a little whacky.
replaytime wrote:
You guys talk about God as impossible, proven false, canít exist when your only honest claim can be "has not yet been shown and may never be".
Yeah. So?
replaytime wrote:
Unless you can show that every potential pathway for God to exist has been explored then you are lying by saying God is impossible, proven false or canít exist.
"You" is a rather broad term. There are some here - Skeptic comes to mind - that have made that claim. I and others have not. While I see no reason to believe a god (a vague term) exists, I allow for the possibility however remote.

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#104746 Nov 5, 2013
replaytime wrote:
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A football is pretty much a sphere! LOL
Can you show me how a football which is oblong, longer in length than it is across, bigger in the middle and tapers down as it goes to the ends is pretty much a sphere?
Europe, RP. Different football.

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#104747 Nov 5, 2013
replaytime wrote:
4. If your answer to 2 is no. Then where/when did nonlife become life?
That is the question at hand, is it not?

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#104748 Nov 5, 2013
woodtick57 wrote:
<quoted text>Scientists have had lab experiments running for millions and millions of years?
can i visit this lab?
How did you come up with that our of their comment?

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#104749 Nov 5, 2013
MikeF wrote:
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Europe, RP. Different football.
Yes Mike. I should have took into consideration that they call a soccer ball a football.

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#104750 Nov 5, 2013
replaytime wrote:
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You are misstating what I say.
So for you lets put it in question form.
1. is abiogenesis the "assumption" of natural process by which life arises from organic compounds.[QUOTE]

No.

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2. do you "assume" life in some form always existed before or/after the BBT?
What do you mean by the "BBT"? Is that supposed to be the Big Bang Theory? That seems to be a very foolish question. On the Earth we are very sure that there was no life when the planet was first formed. It was too hot, there was no liquid water. One thing that life has always shown that it needs is liquid water.
3. has every potential pathway for God to exist been explored?
Another foolish question. The obvious answer is no. Why should we try to do this? It seems to be a from of research that would produce no usable results. How would you go about doing that in the first place? And for what purpose?
4. If your answer to 2 is no. Then where/when did nonlife become life?
The best estimate is about 3.5 billion years ago.
5. if your answer to 3 is no. Then you can't state God does not exist or is impossible. Unless you only go by absence of evidence is evidence of absence. Which could be used in several scientific theories as well.
I never did. Atheists do not need to disprove God to be an atheist. Assuming that you are a Christian that is a hypocritical standard to set. Do you have evidence that all of the other gods that people believe in are false? Atheists, as a rule, do not believe that there is evidence that god does not exist, they believe, and are supported by science to date, that there is no evidence that supports the existence of god. It is illogical to believe in something that you do not have evidence for.

I am not a "radical Atheist" that claims that God does not exist. If there was evidence for god's existence then I would happily admit that I was wrong. Until then I will treat the existence of god as any other crazy idea that has no evidence to support it. I will say that I don't believe it, but will admit that my mind could be changed.

Now the reasons NOT to believe in any one specific god is another topic and we could get into that, but I don't want to get into a theological debate here.

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#104751 Nov 5, 2013
Subduction Zone wrote:
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What do you mean by the "BBT"? Is that supposed to be the Big Bang Theory? That seems to be a very foolish question. On the Earth we are very sure that there was no life when the planet was first formed. It was too hot, there was no liquid water. One thing that life has always shown that it needs is liquid water.
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Another foolish question. The obvious answer is no. Why should we try to do this? It seems to be a from of research that would produce no usable results. How would you go about doing that in the first place? And for what purpose?
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The best estimate is about 3.5 billion years ago.
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I never did. Atheists do not need to disprove God to be an atheist. Assuming that you are a Christian that is a hypocritical standard to set. Do you have evidence that all of the other gods that people believe in are false? Atheists, as a rule, do not believe that there is evidence that god does not exist, they believe, and are supported by science to date, that there is no evidence that supports the existence of god. It is illogical to believe in something that you do not have evidence for.
I am not a "radical Atheist" that claims that God does not exist. If there was evidence for god's existence then I would happily admit that I was wrong. Until then I will treat the existence of god as any other crazy idea that has no evidence to support it. I will say that I don't believe it, but will admit that my mind could be changed.
Now the reasons NOT to believe in any one specific god is another topic and we could get into that, but I don't want to get into a theological debate here.
On 1 you say "no". Wrong abiogenesis is the hypothetical natural process by which life arises from simple organic compounds.
Hypothetical=assumed by hypothesis. Hypothesis=assumption: a statement that is assumed to be true for the sake of argument.

On 2 you say "no" which means there was no life.

On 3 you say "no and why should we" Then you cannot claim God is false or not real if you haven't taken the steps to se if God is real or not.

On 4 you say 3.5 million years ago. My mistake for asking "when/where" in the question. I should of put "how/where did nonlife become life".

On 5 you say a lot but is short you are saying "absence of evidence is evidence of absence".

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St. Croix valley

#104752 Nov 5, 2013
replaytime wrote:
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How did you come up with that our of their comment?
i can use logic far better than you can...

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#104753 Nov 5, 2013
Aura Mytha wrote:
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Are you serious? Do you have to cool swimming pools?
Gawd yeah. Its like swimming in a hot bath in summer...you get exhausted in a length...when the ambient temp is averaging 45 deg and the water naturally warms to that level, just imagine. And not cooling at night. All the good places and hotels really do have cooled pools, and advertise it.

In kuwait the water tank was on the roof and the hot water cylinder was inside. I kid you not - in summer I would shower using the "cold" water from the roof which was over 40 deg C, and the hot water tank inside was turned off. The water in there was colder because it sat there cooling to the A/C ambient temp of about 25. But then, Kuwait is both hotter in summer (50+ at times) and cooler in winter (down to about 15 at times) than Dubai, which ranges usually from about 46 down to 20 in winter.

What a place.

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St. Croix valley

#104754 Nov 5, 2013
replaytime wrote:
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Why is it you always and most only attack God issues? I noticed you completely ignored the abiogenesis parts of that comment.
You have a problem with God other than just in a scientific way for that is all you ever attack and you always claim you have proof but always fail to show such proof. A poorly written book by man is not evidence of God being false.
no, i clearly did not. ty reading it again.

try getting smarter, that might help also...

and who brought up the god issue here? wasn't that you? yes it was...

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#104755 Nov 5, 2013
woodtick57 wrote:
<quoted text>i can use logic far better than you can...
So that's why you think your smart. You make up BS and call it logic when you can't comprehend what you read.

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St. Croix valley

#104756 Nov 5, 2013
replaytime wrote:
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So that's why you think your smart. You make up BS and call it logic when you can't comprehend what you read.
do you really need me to walk you through it...again...?

stomp your foot twice for no, once for yes...

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#104757 Nov 5, 2013
woodtick57 wrote:
<quoted text>no, i clearly did not. ty reading it again.
try getting smarter, that might help also...
and who brought up the god issue here? wasn't that you? yes it was...
Oh so this is you addressing and talking about abiogenesis.
"just as you say, until every avenue of life arising from the known compounds of the universe has been explored, you cannot say it couldn't happen."

My bad. I should have known it would be something simple like the usual BS from you.

I am till waiting for your evidence that God is proven false.

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St. Croix valley

#104758 Nov 5, 2013
replaytime wrote:
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So that's why you think your smart. You make up BS and call it logic when you can't comprehend what you read.
what is it you think this quote from the post i responded to means, fool?

"Scientists have every possible environment able to be reproduced in the lab. They can muck around with genes. Yet, after all this time and funding the fact is they have NOT made a living life form."

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Everett, WA

#104759 Nov 5, 2013
replaytime wrote:
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On 1 you say "no". Wrong abiogenesis is the hypothetical natural process by which life arises from simple organic compounds.
Hypothetical=assumed by hypothesis. Hypothesis=assumption: a statement that is assumed to be true for the sake of argument.
On 2 you say "no" which means there was no life.
On 3 you say "no and why should we" Then you cannot claim God is false or not real if you haven't taken the steps to se if God is real or not.
On 4 you say 3.5 million years ago. My mistake for asking "when/where" in the question. I should of put "how/where did nonlife become life".
On 5 you say a lot but is short you are saying "absence of evidence is evidence of absence".
Let's deal with number one first.

You are wrong, a hypothesis is not an assumption. It is a proposed explanation to a scientific question. Where are you getting your definitions from? The key reason that your number one statement is wrong is because you used the word "assumed".

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#104760 Nov 5, 2013
woodtick57 wrote:
<quoted text>no, i clearly did not. ty reading it again.
try getting smarter, that might help also...
and who brought up the god issue here? wasn't that you? yes it was...
replaytime is an expert at misreading responses. He puts his own twist on them and it is of course all "your fault".

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#104761 Nov 5, 2013
About the of the origin of life in the universe.

1. Life came from nonlife

or

2. Life always existed.

There is no intermediate.

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#104762 Nov 5, 2013
replaytime wrote:
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Oh so this is you addressing and talking about abiogenesis.
"just as you say, until every avenue of life arising from the known compounds of the universe has been explored, you cannot say it couldn't happen."
My bad. I should have known it would be something simple like the usual BS from you.
I am till waiting for your evidence that God is proven false.
woodtick did not say that "God is proven false". Perhaps if you asked him to give evidence for what he actually claimed he might be more amenable.

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