Evolution: 24 myths and misconceptions

Apr 19, 2008 | Posted by: Cash | Full story: www.newscientist.com

If you think you understand it, you don't know nearly enough about it, even though it will soon be 200 years since the birth of Charles Darwin and 150 years since the publication of On the Origin of Species .

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A defensive article from a hardcore science magazine. A group something from nothing geniouses.

Anyone want to challenge me on the sciece? I am dieing for a good fight.

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A defensive article from a hardcore science magazine. A group of something from nothing geniouses.

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Sence- I'll bite. What's your issue with the science?

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Sence- I'll bite. What's your issue with the science?
Scientists refuse to believe this reality that we live in can be more than the tangable.
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There is nothing wrong with science "true science that is".
Darwinism is quack science. After 150 years true scientists keep proving him wrong. He was nothing but a local nobody trying to make a name for himself. Anybody teaching Darwinism should be run out of town.
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I don't think that is true. Many scientists also have faith. Many scientists understand that theories are only a model of reality, and that there are things not understood and perhaps not understandable. Science is to some extent an attempt to understand how things work, not necessarily why. By understanding how, we gain the ability to manipulate or surroundings. Seeking help from a deity is anothe way of doing that, but doesn't seem to have as immediate of results for most of us.
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Don- what is "true science that is"? Also, please explain how scientists have disproved Darwinism? We have certainly modified our understanding of the basic ideas he proposed, but much of the data has supported his original ideas. If you are a the type of person who takes what they are told without question, and without the ability to re-interpret it as times change, I can see how you would hold this view. However, most of us understand that ideas develop and change over time, which doesn't negate the value of the original idea. For example, I am not religious in any way, and truly believe the bible is the work of man, subject to human error and the sands of time. However, I am fascinated how Genesis got the order of the development of the world and evolution of life correct. Some old fart 5-10,000 years ago though of all this while sitting around his campfire. He or she didn't understand it all, but sure understood a lot. We've added to that knowledge, but not taken away from the original ideas.

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Just read the other threads here, Sence. Anything you can possibly come up with to "refute" evolution has already been thoroughly debunked many times by people who actually know what they are talking about.

Sheesh... there must be a "get out the stupid" campaign going on in conjunction with that ridiculous "Expelled" rubbish flick. Cocky and waaaaaaay overconfident creos have been crawling out of the woodwork the last week or so.
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the validity of darwinism does not disprove the involvement of God, nor does the involvement of a Creator disprove the validity of darwinism. can't we all just get along?

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geronimo wrote:
the validity of darwinism does not disprove the involvement of God, nor does the involvement of a Creator disprove the validity of darwinism. can't we all just get along?
Great comment, makes perfect sense to me. But convince the creationists of that; they're the ones twisting reality and denying what is right before their eyes.

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On the same token if we understand "how" things work we get a totally new perspective on "why" they work in a particular sequence and as a result we begin to understand "what" we need to do to speed up , slow down , or halt the processes that give and take away from our normal functioning . All systems dealing with our biology range from very simple to quite complex , and without our understanding of evolution we would be dying very young and suffering from insurmountable diseases . For those of you who have difficulty understanding the processes of evolution and the genetics and dna/rna we possess and how all of this came about I suggest you start with basic readings you can understand. If at that point you decide to be critical of evolution you will be armed with information that would enable you to attack it scholastically ,otherwise , no harm no foul..
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The radical religionists don't understand that which they claim to believe. Faith is the first step, but (for Christians) the NT gives instructions on how that faith is to be tested yielding evidence. Thus, faith grows and becomes more, even until it is knowledge. In this manor, it IS testable & reproducible just like the scientific method. Faith is fundamental, but not solitary.

If faith is believing in something you cannot see, or without physical proof, then disbelieving in that which you can see is not a demonstration of faith. If one believes that God is the source of all that is good and true, then that which is seen (including science) must come from God, and who is to reject that? However, interpretation is critical, and science has had its fair share of misreading/misinterpreting evidence. Therefore, we must do as Paul counsels: "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." This is wise advice for both science and religion.

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A defensive article from a hardcore science magazine. A group of something from nothing geniouses.
Anyone want to challenge me on the science? I am dieing for a good fight.
Forget science - you failed grammar.
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Religious fanatics are not born that way...they are brainwashed.
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Evolution has always been a LIE shored up by a hoax, such as the peppered moths glued to a tree.
Josef Goebbels said that if you tell a lie often enough it becomes accepted as truth. Remember Joe. He was Uncle Adolph's Propaganda Minister in the 3rd Wreck. He also said that if the Lie is big enough, you don't even need to repeat it for the masses to believe it. Go Darwin!
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Does this mean they have finally proved DEMBHOLES are not NOT 'the missing links' of our dumb ancestors??? Amazing that we 'taught' them to walk-upright and not on their knuckles to sip their lattes correctly eh??? DEMBHOLES the modern 'Neanderthals' oppressing all what they consider the lesser species!!! Ha! DEMBHOLE POLS - the new breed of 'semi-educated' apes!!! MONKEY-SEE-MONKEY DO POLITICS!!!
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my left foot wrote:
On the same token if we understand "how" things work we get a totally new perspective on "why" they work in a particular sequence and as a result we begin to understand "what" we need to do to speed up , slow down , or halt the processes that give and take away from our normal functioning . All systems dealing with our biology range from very simple to quite complex , and without our understanding of evolution we would be dying very young and suffering from insurmountable diseases . For those of you who have difficulty understanding the processes of evolution and the genetics and dna/rna we possess and how all of this came about I suggest you start with basic readings you can understand. If at that point you decide to be critical of evolution you will be armed with information that would enable you to attack it scholastically ,otherwise , no harm no foul..
That's very good advice, but the people who try to deny evolution on religious grounds, will never accept any evidence we can show them. They have closed their minds to all of the evidence and even if Jesus himself came back and told them they were wrong I doubt if many of them could believe. They just don't want to and we cant make them and I don't care, until they start trying to cheat my kids out of a real science education by insisting that ID is science and should be taught as well as evolution, or worse, that evolotion can only be taught as a theory in the non-scientific sense.
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VespaLou wrote:
Evolution has always been a LIE shored up by a hoax, such as the peppered moths glued to a tree.
Josef Goebbels said that if you tell a lie often enough it becomes accepted as truth. Remember Joe. He was Uncle Adolph's Propaganda Minister in the 3rd Wreck. He also said that if the Lie is big enough, you don't even need to repeat it for the masses to believe it. Go Darwin!
I agree with Goebbels, and religion is the best example of his statement, every religious leader that ever opened their mouth to spread the word could rightly be called a propaganda minister.
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both evolution and any god can take care of itself...the question is can we take care of ourselves? the creation is the creator... that's why everybody is born equal!
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Awesome article, Cash. Thank you for posting.

I still remember the first time evolution and natural selection were explained to me. It was in third or fourth grade. Even to a Catholic elementary school child, it was like a light being turned on. "Of course!", I thought. "How obvious! That's exactly how it happens!"

Evolution is, and always has been, happening. It is a, maybe THE, natural process. Saying you don't believe in evolution is like saying you don't believe in fermentation, or aging. You don't need "faith" to believe in evolution: you can see it right in front of you, in the fossil record and in current life.

Keep 'em coming, Cash, tho I suspect the only folks who actually read and digest these articles are the ones who already are NOT ignorant on the subjects. Sadly, many who visit this site appear interested not in science but in advancing a facile "faith" agenda. I wish they'd stick to the religion boards.

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