Evolution vs. Creation

Evolution vs. Creation

There are 223384 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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“Leave That Thing Alone!”

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#107506 Dec 10, 2013
MikeF wrote:
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And exactly how we spot the tourists here in Florida. That and the fact most of them look like boiled lobsters after 48 hours.
LOL! My tolerance for either extreme has gone way down as I get older.

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#107507 Dec 10, 2013
MikeF wrote:
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Too funny!
I have to assume most people caught the 'typo' and read it as "polar Bear plunges" instead of 'polar Near...'
canser suxs

Faribault, MN

#107508 Dec 10, 2013
Who created the creator if creation is right?

I mean creation theorist say something cant come from nothing so no creator can just always be there.

Maybe there is a super god....but he also would have a creator...Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

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#107509 Dec 10, 2013
woodtick57 wrote:
<quoted text>speaking of tourists out of place...my favorite thing about taking people ice fishing for the first time is when we drill the first hole...
as we drive out on the ice, they seem nervous but they see other trucks and even many ice houses out there and when they get out, they tentatively step on the ice but they seem OK...
but when they see the actual water gushing up out of the hole as we ream the auger up and down, THAT is when they truly realize they are staniding on a lake...and almost always...their first response is to edge nearer to the truck.(cuz that is the safety line that brought them out there and will get them back) but it is by far the heaviest thing out there...
makes me laugh every time...
LOL! I've seen that first hand!! My favorite thing to do was to take visitors out late at night. I live close to Lake Winnebago. When you're out on the ice, and it dark except for the moon and stars, and it's silent... you can listen to the ice cracking. It's a hard sound to describe, and it doesn't sound like one would expect it to... sounds like an eerie synthesizer or sometimes a Star Wars battle. It's really rather disconcerting the first time you hear it.

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#107510 Dec 10, 2013
woodtick57 wrote:
<quoted text>speaking of tourists out of place...my favorite thing about taking people ice fishing for the first time is when we drill the first hole...
as we drive out on the ice, they seem nervous but they see other trucks and even many ice houses out there and when they get out, they tentatively step on the ice but they seem OK...
but when they see the actual water gushing up out of the hole as we ream the auger up and down, THAT is when they truly realize they are staniding on a lake...and almost always...their first response is to edge nearer to the truck.(cuz that is the safety line that brought them out there and will get them back) but it is by far the heaviest thing out there...
makes me laugh every time...
Found the following and it is just what I remember:

http://silentlistening.wordpress.com/2008/05/...

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#107511 Dec 10, 2013
canser suxs wrote:
Who created the creator if creation is right?
I mean creation theorist say something cant come from nothing so no creator can just always be there.
Maybe there is a super god....but he also would have a creator...Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
There is nothing in quantum physics that says you canít get something form nothing. The very idea of cause and effect as in the second law of thermodynamics (which fundy creations cite) did not begin to coalesce in this universe until after the event of the BB
super guest

United States

#107512 Dec 10, 2013
ChristineM wrote:
<quoted text>There is nothing in quantum physics that says you can’t get something form nothing. The very idea of cause and effect as in the second law of thermodynamics (which fundy creations cite) did not begin to coalesce in this universe until after the event of the BB
Have you read about the planet, that scientist says is over than the universe. Do you think that new discovery contradicts the BB a little?

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#107513 Dec 10, 2013
super guest wrote:
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Have you read about the planet, that scientist says is over than the universe. Do you think that new discovery contradicts the BB a little?
Nope, there are several possibilities including the estimates of itís age being within the timeframe of this universe 14.5 +/- 0.8 billion years (although stars will not have formed by that time)

However assuming it is older than the universe there are no scientific theories to say this is not possible. In fact cosmologists would see such a entity as providing some proof of theories, and it could account for at least one anomaly in the CMB. It certainly helps confirm the theory of Dr Mersini-Houghton, and there are several others including Andrai Linde and Lee Smolin, at least 27 that show mathematical feasibility.

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#107514 Dec 10, 2013
ChristineM wrote:
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I understand, itís a stupid argument that surpasses most stupid arguments funnymentalist can come up with. I was trying to consider his arguments logically and thatís where I hit a brick wall.
Humphry Davy invented the electric light bulb in 1800, therefore Davy owns your LED monitor.
What's illogical about that?
super guest

United States

#107515 Dec 10, 2013
ChristineM wrote:
<quoted text>Nope, there are several possibilities including the estimates of it’s age being within the timeframe of this universe 14.5 +/- 0.8 billion years (although stars will not have formed by that time)

However assuming it is older than the universe there are no scientific theories to say this is not possible. In fact cosmologists would see such a entity as providing some proof of theories, and it could account for at least one anomaly in the CMB. It certainly helps confirm the theory of Dr Mersini-Houghton, and there are several others including Andrai Linde and Lee Smolin, at least 27 that show mathematical feasibility.
All 27 can't be right. Eh?

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#107516 Dec 10, 2013
ChristineM wrote:
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Nope, there are several possibilities including the estimates of itís age being within the timeframe of this universe 14.5 +/- 0.8 billion years (although stars will not have formed by that time)
However assuming it is older than the universe there are no scientific theories to say this is not possible. In fact cosmologists would see such a entity as providing some proof of theories, and it could account for at least one anomaly in the CMB. It certainly helps confirm the theory of Dr Mersini-Houghton, and there are several others including Andrai Linde and Lee Smolin, at least 27 that show mathematical feasibility.
First, it's a halo star and not a planet. It is assumed that its lack of heavy elements dates it to "older than the universe", but without knowing where, how and when it was formed and what elements were present, the standard age dating is hypothetical at best.

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Orlando

#107517 Dec 10, 2013
ChromiuMan wrote:
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First, it's a halo star and not a planet. It is assumed that its lack of heavy elements dates it to "older than the universe", but without knowing where, how and when it was formed and what elements were present, the standard age dating is hypothetical at best.
I'll be the first to admit the whole concept of "older than the universe" baffles me.

Where would this halo star be, if not IN the universe? And wouldn't that just push back the age of the universe to the formation of this halo star?

"Lucy! You gots some 'splainin' to do!"

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#107518 Dec 10, 2013
Kong_ wrote:
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I'll be the first to admit the whole concept of "older than the universe" baffles me.
Where would this halo star be, if not IN the universe? And wouldn't that just push back the age of the universe to the formation of this halo star?
"Lucy! You gots some 'splainin' to do!"
I see some problems with the story... just my opinion, of course.
The model for the age of the star assumes that all stellar nurseries are contaminated with heavy elements from earlier supernova remnants. It is the lack of heavier elements that led to the guess that this is (at least similar to) a first generation star. There are scenarios in which a star could be formed from hydrogen and helium that is not significantly contaminated with heavier elements, and there is the further complication in that HD 140283 is a giant. Giants are not postulated to live long lives because they burn through fuel faster than smaller stars.
Incidentally, that there is more than one of these older than old stars, indicates that the dating process should be revisited.

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Orlando

#107519 Dec 10, 2013
ChromiuMan wrote:
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I see some problems with the story... just my opinion, of course.
The model for the age of the star assumes that all stellar nurseries are contaminated with heavy elements from earlier supernova remnants. It is the lack of heavier elements that led to the guess that this is (at least similar to) a first generation star. There are scenarios in which a star could be formed from hydrogen and helium that is not significantly contaminated with heavier elements, and there is the further complication in that HD 140283 is a giant. Giants are not postulated to live long lives because they burn through fuel faster than smaller stars.
Incidentally, that there is more than one of these older than old stars, indicates that the dating process should be revisited.
Not having read the original story, I appreciate your outline above. Makes a bit more sense to me now (i.e., lack of heavier elements comprising the planet/1st generation/etc).

Still not satisfied with this star/planet/whatever being "*OLDER* than the universe", though.

Either they've found something that is outside of the universe, or they've changed the definition of the word "universe" to exclude this particular object.

Neither seems plausible.

That's where my disconnect is.

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#107520 Dec 10, 2013
Kong_ wrote:
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Not having read the original story, I appreciate your outline above. Makes a bit more sense to me now (i.e., lack of heavier elements comprising the planet/1st generation/etc).
Still not satisfied with this star/planet/whatever being "*OLDER* than the universe", though.
Either they've found something that is outside of the universe, or they've changed the definition of the word "universe" to exclude this particular object.
Neither seems plausible.
That's where my disconnect is.
You can think of the halo star as being akin to a galactic comet. http://physics.uoregon.edu/~jimbrau/BrauImNew...
It is not fixed in relation to the galactic center, but instead has a relatively high velocity. Since they can't definitely backtrack it and say it was born in this nebula or that, it's origin is something of a mystery. This just adds to the error of speculating its age as predating the CMBR. The only disconnect comes from defending the present system of dating the age of certain stars when faced with an apparent anomaly - which isn't one.

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#107521 Dec 10, 2013
Kong_ wrote:
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I'll be the first to admit the whole concept of "older than the universe" baffles me.
Where would this halo star be, if not IN the universe? And wouldn't that just push back the age of the universe to the formation of this halo star?
"Lucy! You gots some 'splainin' to do!"
If the universe us cyclic , then there would be things that existed before this one. CCC conformal cyclic cosmology.
The Dude

Macclesfield, UK

#107522 Dec 10, 2013
Aura Mytha wrote:
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If the universe us cyclic , then there would be things that existed before this one. CCC conformal cyclic cosmology.
(Dude scans vicinity for signs of Mikey activity)
The Dude

Macclesfield, UK

#107523 Dec 10, 2013
MikeF wrote:
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Too funny!
(No, not that one)

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#107524 Dec 10, 2013
ChristineM wrote:
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I understand, itís a stupid argument that surpasses most stupid arguments funnymentalist can come up with. I was trying to consider his arguments logically and thatís where I hit a brick wall.
Its the perfect Creationist argument. Chas just keeps repeating his stupidity over and over no matter how much logic and evidence you bring to the table, and everyone gets riled up, and at some point in the "debate" Charlie cues to camera, looks straight into the lens and says, "See, you can tell I am right, because my argument has completely upset the opposition and they have no more answers, look how unbalanced they are by my statement of TRUTH".

That is how moron debate works. And they don't care how many people who know better laugh at them, they just need enough morons to accept their premise and then they can sell books and seminars forever.

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#107525 Dec 11, 2013
ChromiuMan wrote:
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Humphry Davy invented the electric light bulb in 1800, therefore Davy owns your LED monitor.
What's illogical about that?
Electroluminescence was discovered at Marconi Labs in 1907 and the first LED was invented in Russia in 1927, nothing to do with light bulbs

So what is illogical about that? only logic and fact.

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