Evolution vs. Creation

Evolution vs. Creation

There are 221486 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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arte et marte

#110884 Apr 8, 2014
Tinka wrote:
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What?
Man you honestly best don't undress I mean address some sensitive being with you logic or wait Theory is it to what an end someone's facing?
Are you pretending to be God?
I mean after all it leaves an effect for a while Religion...Some seem to not get enough of it where as others could care less...
And well I best read the post you commented to because I sometimes jump the gun...
Maybe it was the Rifle powder that exploded.... hahahhaha
nOPE, I'm thinking you're pretending./..that there is a god.

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Since: Jul 08

Sao Paulo

#110885 Apr 8, 2014
The Dude wrote:
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...Coins do not have three sides.
Um...
MOM

London, KY

#110886 Apr 8, 2014
josh allem solving the ufo mystery on you tube
Nick

Canada

#110887 Apr 8, 2014
The Dude wrote:
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Your opinion is noted, then dismissed for being nothing else but that. Who gets to decide who is and who isn't a "real" Christian? Catholics say they are. Protestants say they are. Other Christian sects say they are. You say YOU are the one who gets to decide.
And here I was thinking that was GOD'S decision.(shrug)
You are not God, therefore you have no right to say who is and who isn't a "true" Christian.
You are simply not that important. Fact is, your religious opinions are no better than anybody else's.
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I can't be wrong when I provided BOTH sides of the coin. I said both were possible. Coins do not have three sides.
It specifically says in the bible that God is created everything if evolution is real then the bible is all wrong (which it isnt) which is why were having this debate therefore if this so called "christian" scientist believes what he does that both God and evolution can exist then he is not a christian
Nick

Canada

#110888 Apr 8, 2014
Nick wrote:
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It specifically says in the bible that God is created everything if evolution is real then the bible is all wrong (which it isnt) which is why were having this debate therefore if this so called "christian" scientist believes what he does that both God and evolution can exist then he is not a christian
Both (together)

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KREUZBERG...

#110889 Apr 9, 2014
Aura Mytha wrote:
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nOPE, I'm thinking you're pretending./..that there is a god.
If I believe in something why or how would that be pretending, how do you figure?
I believe there are greater Beings amongst us and I believe that there is another....Never mind watch the TV and you find out...
THE LONE WORKER

United States

#110890 Apr 9, 2014
Tinka wrote:
So what about land mass floating?
Then the great deep broke up and the water came up like a fountain. It brought the salt water with it.
The Dude

Birkenhead, UK

#110891 Apr 9, 2014
Tinka wrote:
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Land floats inside on the ocean's surface and if in the case of an opposite maybe in that hu????? The level lets say were to decline you still be floating?
No, land generally does not float.
THE LONE WORKER

United States

#110892 Apr 9, 2014
Tinka wrote:
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If I believe in something why or how would that be pretending, how do you figure?
I believe there are greater Beings amongst us and I believe that there is another....Never mind watch the TV and you find out...
Don't pay those soap operas much attention.
The Dude

Birkenhead, UK

#110893 Apr 9, 2014
Tinka wrote:
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Still no what?
Did someone ask you to get down on your knees?
No, you're still not making much sense. Sorry.
The Dude

Birkenhead, UK

#110894 Apr 9, 2014
SevenTee wrote:
On rare occasions a mutation in DNA improves a creature's ability to survive
Good, so then we both agree you were lying previously when you claimed that mutations are never beneficial.

I notice also you have still not apologized for your previous mistakes or addressed them. So thanks once again for a fine demonstration of creationist intellectual dishonesty.
SevenTee wrote:
so it is more likely to reproduce (natural selection).
Natural selection and mutation are two separate mechanisms. Once the mutations occur THEN natural selection can act upon them.
SevenTee wrote:
That is evolution's only tool for making new creatures.
Wrong. You're leaving out other mechanisms such as genetic drift, horizontal gene transfer, etc.
SevenTee wrote:
It might even work if it took just one gene to make and control one part. But parts of living creatures are constructed of intricate components with connections that all need to be in place for the thing to work, controlled by many genes that have to act in the proper sequence.
Already dealt with the previous post. Since EVERY CELL in our bodies contain our complete genome even when we're only a cluster of cells, or even a single-celled zygote. At which point we don't HAVE any of those intricate components with interconnecting parts. And since the next generation already HAS all that DNA too all it needs is for the DNA to change slightly each time. Which is what we see.

So again under your model you would not be born.
SevenTee wrote:
Natural selection would not choose parts that did not have all their components existing, in place, connected, and regulated because the parts would not work.
Natural selection does not "choose". If the parts still work after mutations change them slightly then, barring other factors (like being hit by a truck), there's no reason for natural selection to weed it out. Keep in mind that the gene for cytochrome C has 10^93 different functional configurations. Also we're all born with 125 to 175 mutations per generation, and for the most part the human race is fine with that. And has been for thousands upon thousands of years. Our genome is over 3 BILLION bases long.

In short, that's a LOT of legroom.

2 or 300 mutations per generation is not a big deal. But it IS a big deal when they accumulate over millions of years. That's why the numbers work out.

End of part 1
The Dude

Birkenhead, UK

#110895 Apr 9, 2014
Part 2
SevenTee wrote:
Thus all the right mutations (and none of the destructive ones) must happen at the same time
Wrong. There ARE no "right" mutations. Just mutations that cause problems and those that don't. If they do then natural selection takes care of them. They don't HAVE to be simultaneous for the same reason your internal organs don't have to be in place simultaneously for you to survive. Yet despite your claims to the contrary, your body spends over 20 years before it develops into full adulthood. That is because it has 3 billion chunks of DNA telling it what to do. Just like everything ever born, which is ALWAYS slightly different each time.
SevenTee wrote:
by pure chance.
Wrong. Natural selection is NOT "chance". You're mentioning evolutionary mechanisms that enable evolution then ignoring them later, causing you to contradict yourself. This is why you're not taken seriously.
SevenTee wrote:
That is physically impossible.
Sure it is. But luckily evolution doesn't work that way. Evolution works the way the theory of evolution describes. You just don't have a clue about the theory which leads you to make wrong arguments against it. Meaning you will be wrong forever until you get an education.
SevenTee wrote:
To illustrate just how hopeless it is, imagine this: on the ground are all the materials needed to build a house (nails, boards, shingles, windows, etc.). We tie a hammer to the wagging tail of a dog and let him wander about the work site for as long as you please, even millions of years. The swinging hammer on the dog is as likely to build a house as mutation-natural selection is to make a single new working part in an animal, let alone a new creature.
Except your analogy in no way resembles the mechanisms of evolution. On top of that, your alternative to evolution is GODMAGIC. Therefore AGAIN, under your own premise, NOTHING is impossible. Which again undercuts any argument you will ever come up with.

Here's a hint - if you're utterly clueless about science, and you are, don't talk about science.
The Dude

Birkenhead, UK

#110896 Apr 9, 2014
JM_Brazil wrote:
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Um...
Okay okay! I'm using an analogy, I'm conversing with a teenager here! Gotta keep it simple.
The Dude

Birkenhead, UK

#110897 Apr 9, 2014
Nick wrote:
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It specifically says in the bible that God is created everything if evolution is real then the bible is all wrong (which it isnt) which is why were having this debate therefore if this so called "christian" scientist believes what he does that both God and evolution can exist then he is not a christian
It specifically says in the Bible that the Earth is a flat square circle at the center of a geocentric universe which revolves around it.(and that's not how the Earth is by the way)

So therefore the Bible is:

1 - Wrong.

or

2 - An allegory. Parable. Uses metaphors instead of explaining things literally.

Which is it?

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#110898 Apr 9, 2014
Nick wrote:
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Why di you guys feel like you have to be such jerks you do know theres this thing called freedom of religion
You are free to believe whatever you like. You chose to air your beliefs in a PUBLIC forum that, had you done a little reading here before you started posting, is frequented by posters that don't share those beliefs.

If you don't want to open your beliefs up to ridicule, keep them to yourself. Problem solved

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mutilate. Point down range.

#110899 Apr 9, 2014
Nick wrote:
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No ones listened to some of the christian scientists and at least i have my beliefs and can clearly see that the right despite my age
I assume you are referring to that small number of scientists and pseudoscientists that support ID and young earth creationism. They weren't ignored. What they said has been evaluated and shown not to be supported by a evidence and the basic tenants to be untestable and thus not science. It can't even hold up in court. You said it yourself. It is belief. That is what you clearly have.

Denial and ignorance have no age barrier.

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#110900 Apr 9, 2014
Nick wrote:
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Why di you guys feel like you have to be such jerks you do know theres this thing called freedom of religion
No one is preventing you from practicing your religious beliefs. When did disagreeing with someone become suppressing their rights? Why is it that those that want to force their particular religious views on everyone else seem to fall on using this as a defense?

Nick you are making one of the basic mistakes of learning. You have decided you have all the answers.

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#110901 Apr 9, 2014
SevenTee wrote:
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On rare occasions a mutation in DNA improves a creature's ability to survive, so it is more likely to reproduce (natural selection). That is evolution's only tool for making new creatures. It might even work if it took just one gene to make and control one part. But parts of living creatures are constructed of intricate components with connections that all need to be in place for the thing to work, controlled by many genes that have to act in the proper sequence. Natural selection would not choose parts that did not have all their components existing, in place, connected, and regulated because the parts would not work. Thus all the right mutations (and none of the destructive ones) must happen at the same time by pure chance. That is physically impossible. To illustrate just how hopeless it is, imagine this: on the ground are all the materials needed to build a house (nails, boards, shingles, windows, etc.). We tie a hammer to the wagging tail of a dog and let him wander about the work site for as long as you please, even millions of years. The swinging hammer on the dog is as likely to build a house as mutation-natural selection is to make a single new working part in an animal, let alone a new creature.
Well pasted from all the anti-science propaganda material. Previously refuted here, in the field, in the laboratory, the science literature and court.

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Earth

#110902 Apr 9, 2014
Nick wrote:
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Why di you guys feel like you have to be such jerks you do know theres this thing called freedom of religion
Adam and Eve
Talking snakes
Talking donkeys
Global flood
Flat Earth
Fish submarines
You mean anybody who comprehends that nothing on that list is real is a jerk for saying so?

Freedom of religion... I suppose you mean that certain allowances in reality should be made for Christian believers under the headings of tolerance, diversity and acceptance? How do you feel about atheists, Moonies, Scientologists, Shiites, Wiccans and Leveyan Satanists, then? Do you honestly think anyone believes you wouldn't rather vote for a certifiably insane fundamentalist snake handler than any of the above if they were running for a senate seat?

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Earth

#110903 Apr 9, 2014
SevenTee wrote:
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On rare occasions a mutation in DNA improves a creature's ability to survive, so it is more likely to reproduce (natural selection). That is evolution's only tool for making new creatures. It might even work if it took just one gene to make and control one part. But parts of living creatures are constructed of intricate components with connections that all need to be in place for the thing to work, controlled by many genes that have to act in the proper sequence. Natural selection would not choose parts that did not have all their components existing, in place, connected, and regulated because the parts would not work. Thus all the right mutations (and none of the destructive ones) must happen at the same time by pure chance. That is physically impossible. To illustrate just how hopeless it is, imagine this: on the ground are all the materials needed to build a house (nails, boards, shingles, windows, etc.). We tie a hammer to the wagging tail of a dog and let him wander about the work site for as long as you please, even millions of years. The swinging hammer on the dog is as likely to build a house as mutation-natural selection is to make a single new working part in an animal, let alone a new creature.
70, are you going to pretend you authored this or are you going to provide a citation?

The fallacy (of this part of Fischer's argument - there are many more) is that evolution does not work on the organism, it works on the instruction set. If you tied a pencil to a dog's tail and set it loose to walk on a blueprint for millions of years - with the auto-correction eraser of natural selection following him about, you could end up with plans for an entire apartment building.

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