Evolution: 24 myths and misconceptions

Evolution: 24 myths and misconceptions

There are 1628 comments on the www.newscientist.com story from Apr 19, 2008, titled Evolution: 24 myths and misconceptions . In it, www.newscientist.com reports that:

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 .

Join the discussion below, or Read more at www.newscientist.com.

“Think For Yourself”

Since: Feb 08

Reno, NV

#46 Apr 20, 2008
blogman wrote:
All life has a common origen: Therefore God is! This is exactly what Genesis 1:1 tells us. In the beginning God.... Why is this so hard for intelligent people to accept?
Why? Because truly intelligent people generally possess the critical thinking skills that allow them to separate fact from fiction.
Daniel

United States

#47 Apr 20, 2008
Joe wrote:
<quoted text> The Creator made the creation, it is not him, it comes from Him, He spoke it into existence. If one calls him or herslf a Christian, there is no room for both evolution and creation. It has to be one or the other, not both. Either GOD created all that we see, hear, smell, touch and feel or he didn't. Does a computer come together by itself or is it designed and every piece placed where it will work and do what it is supposed to do? Do you really think all this came about by accident. You have to have MORE faith to believe in evolution than Creation.
GOD loves us and wants the best for all who will put their trust in His Son Jesus The Christ. People who belive in Darwinism simply don't want to be held GOD's standard. They want to do what ever they want and believe they will escape the consequences of their actions. Trust me you won't.
Most of the great scientist's of the world were Christian's, Rene Descartes, Blaise Pascal, Louis Pasteur, Francis Bacon, Johann Kepler, Jocelyn Bell, and the names of countless more who have contributed to the betterment of mankind.
Good post Joe....GOD Bless!

“Ma0 BaMa THE GREAT DECEIVER”

Since: Mar 08

somewhere i BELONG

#48 Apr 20, 2008
blogman wrote:
All life has a common origen: Therefore God is! This is exactly what Genesis 1:1 tells us. In the beginning God.... Why is this so hard for intelligent people to accept?

ok if there is a god, why wont he make it rain in africa so the starving can grow food? does god hate them? if he hates them, why does he starve millions? whyy doesnt god put rain clouds in the sky. he is almighty right?

allmighty god seems evil to me. does he rejoice in seeing the millions of the suffering?

if god is so loving to all. why does he enjoy suffering?
Daniel

United States

#49 Apr 20, 2008
Burrow Owl wrote:
<quoted text>
Why? Because truly intelligent people generally possess the critical thinking skills that allow them to separate fact from fiction.
Who are these truly intelligent people? Are they the Easy Believing Liberals who believe just about any Slop that comes down the track? Are they the ones who believe that we evolved from Apes? Name one Liberal that is known not, for their intellect but, for their Wisdom.

Since: May 07

Indianapolis, IN

#50 Apr 20, 2008
Henry wrote:
<quoted text>
Theories are a model of POSSIBLE reality, that is why they are theories. A working model of reality is... TRUE science!
Nooo.... a theory IS a working model of reality. Therefore, it IS true science. Don't you creos get tired of copy-pasting the same lies over and over?

Since: May 07

Indianapolis, IN

#51 Apr 20, 2008
Matt wrote:
<quoted text>
Darwin is a Quack!! Plain and Simple. I Refuse to believe My Great Ancesters were Freakin Apes and Monkeys. Sorry but were better then that. Animals Don't have souls. We do!
Prove animals don't have souls. Alternatively, prove that people do.

And saying "The Bible says so" is not proof, that's religious faith.

Darwin isn't the quack, YOU are the quack. That's why creationist cretins like you lie your asses off, so that you can pretend man holds some exalted place in the grand scheme of things. Come on, tell us how the sun revolves around the earth. You know you want to.

“Think For Yourself”

Since: Feb 08

Reno, NV

#52 Apr 20, 2008
Daniel wrote:
<quoted text>
Who are these truly intelligent people? Are they the Easy Believing Liberals who believe just about any Slop that comes down the track? Are they the ones who believe that we evolved from Apes? Name one Liberal that is known not, for their intellect but, for their Wisdom.
A predictable Fundy tactic: ad hominem attacks and tossing out a scapegoat to demonize.

As for the 'evolved from apes' comment, you have demonstrated the validity of the cliche':

"99% of the people who don't believe in evolution can't even define it."

Did you even read the article at the beginning of this thread?
Ignorance detector

United States

#53 Apr 20, 2008
Burrow Owl wrote:
<quoted text>
Why? Because truly intelligent people generally possess the critical thinking skills that allow them to separate fact from fiction.
Then what happened to YOUR critical thinking skills? Oh, you must be one of those not so intelligent ones....THAT'S why you believe in evolution.

bloodyvisigoths

Since: Apr 07

Courtland, CA

#54 Apr 20, 2008
Phoenix wrote:
<quoted text>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.
That is exactly what they want to do; they want to cheat your kids and mine--they want to cheat *all* of our kids and other future generations-- out of a science education and inject their fifteenth-century religious beliefs into the school system, all in the name of "fairness." They see science as a "religion" that is being paid for with our taxes, and they want "equal time" for theirs. They know they're lying by equating science and religion, but as Gobbles once said, if a lie is repeated often enough it eventually becomes accepted as truth.

God help America.

“a'Round We Go”

Since: Apr 08

AOL

#55 Apr 20, 2008
Burrow Owl wrote:
<quoted text>
A predictable Fundy tactic: ad hominem attacks and tossing out a scapegoat to demonize.
As for the 'evolved from apes' comment, you have demonstrated the validity of the cliche':
"99% of the people who don't believe in evolution can't even define it."
Did you even read the article at the beginning of this thread?
If your want to know how I know Scientifically that there is at least a common energy among all living this I will tell you.

A living thing depends on water for life. Your and my emotional state affects the moleculear geometry of water is distorted and diffused. A person with a bad outlook on life is more likely to get cancer for this reason. I have had a person sit next to me with an outlook so bad that when they sat next to me I felt like they were sucking the life out of me.

Since: May 07

Indianapolis, IN

#56 Apr 20, 2008
Ignorance detector wrote:
<quoted text>Then what happened to YOUR critical thinking skills? Oh, you must be one of those not so intelligent ones....THAT'S why you believe in evolution.
Does your "ignorance detector" go off especially loudly when you pass in front of a mirror?

“a'Round We Go”

Since: Apr 08

AOL

#57 Apr 20, 2008
TYPO CORRECTION

If you want to know how I know Scientifically that there is at least a common energy among all living things this is what I will tell you.

A living thing depends on water for life. Your and my emotional state affects the moleculear geometry of water and is distorted and diffused when you have a bad outlook on life. A person with a bad outlook on life is more likely to get cancer for this reason. I have had a person sit next to me with an outlook so bad that when they sat next to me I felt like they were sucking the life out of me.

bloodyvisigoths

Since: Apr 07

Courtland, CA

#58 Apr 20, 2008
Matt wrote:
<quoted text>
Darwin is a Quack!! Plain and Simple. I Refuse to believe My Great Ancesters were Freakin Apes and Monkeys. Sorry but were better then that. Animals Don't have souls. We do!
My dog does. I see it in is eyes, and in the wagging of his tail. You can't tell me he doesn't.

bloodyvisigoths

Since: Apr 07

Courtland, CA

#59 Apr 20, 2008
marcuss wrote:
blogman wrote:
All life has a common origen: Therefore God is! This is exactly what Genesis 1:1 tells us. In the beginning God.... Why is this so hard for intelligent people to accept?
ok if there is a god, why wont he make it rain in africa so the starving can grow food? does god hate them? if he hates them, why does he starve millions? whyy doesnt god put rain clouds in the sky. he is almighty right?
allmighty god seems evil to me. does he rejoice in seeing the millions of the suffering?
if god is so loving to all. why does he enjoy suffering?
It depends upon how one defines "God." You'll never be able to convince a christian that he or she does not believe in God, but rather believes in the Bible. God is Nature, pure and simple.(In my own humble opinion, anyway.) Does God love or care about us? I think God gave us the ability to--or, perhaps, cared about us enough to give us the ability to--love and care for each other so that He or She could move on to other projects.

“Think For Yourself”

Since: Feb 08

Reno, NV

#60 Apr 20, 2008
Ignorance detector wrote:
<quoted text>Then what happened to YOUR critical thinking skills? Oh, you must be one of those not so intelligent ones....THAT'S why you believe in evolution.
Your 'ignorance detector' is obviously malfunctioning.

The ignorant ones are not those of us who have examined the massive body of evidence supporting the theory of evolution and accepted the implications. The ignorant are those who consciously reject and ignore those facts- choosing, instead, to cling to the tenets of a Bronze Age mythology.

“a'Round We Go”

Since: Apr 08

AOL

#61 Apr 20, 2008
Sence wrote:
TYPO CORRECTION
If you want to know how I know Scientifically that there is at least a common energy among all living things this is what I will tell you.
A living thing depends on water for life. Your and my emotional state affects the moleculear geometry of water and is distorted and diffused when you have a bad outlook on life. A person with a bad outlook on life is more likely to get cancer for this reason. I have had a person sit next to me with an outlook so bad that when they sat next to me I felt like they were sucking the life out of me.
http://www.scienceblog.com/cms /stress-fear-cancer-recurrence -risk-study-says-15572.html
Wanda

United States

#62 Apr 20, 2008
Mr Boffo wrote:
<quoted text>
You hit this subject pretty well with one step short of a conclusion. Religion, and in some cases science, are used to fill in the informational gaps in man's existence. The type of religion, or science that anyone embraces depends wholly on what answers gives that person comfort. Face it, we all carry our individual "security Blankets" with us for ever; whether they be in the form of a "boo boo", binky, or solid acceptance of whatever "reasoning" makes you feel safe. The trouble is 1). not being happily secure with your own answers (self doubts are nasty); and 2). to resolve the first issue too many people try to get everyone else behind them as a validation of their own assumptions. Remember, everyone you look at is just hiding an older, uglier three year old inside.
I completely agree. My own "banky" happens to be rationality based on empiricism and scientific knowledge, but I'd never begrudge those who find solace in another belief system. Some in my family believe in a literal interpretation of, say, the Noah's Ark story, which I find preposterous, and we have simply agreed not to discuss this topic. I do object, though, to the harangues against scientific findings from those who have already concluded that science is bogus and have not actually considered the ideas therein. Their attacks are not debate, they are just attacks, and their "faith" is not a substitute for research and learning, it is just faith. More power to them, I guess, but please take it outside the discussion of science. Some of us really want to learn.

“Think For Yourself”

Since: Feb 08

Reno, NV

#63 Apr 20, 2008
Sence wrote:
<quoted text>If your want to know how I know Scientifically that there is at least a common energy among all living this I will tell you.
A living thing depends on water for life. Your and my emotional state affects the moleculear geometry of water is distorted and diffused. A person with a bad outlook on life is more likely to get cancer for this reason. I have had a person sit next to me with an outlook so bad that when they sat next to me I felt like they were sucking the life out of me.
Methinks you are confusing science with mystical New Age bullsh!t.

Since: Feb 08

Hypoluxo Fl

#64 Apr 20, 2008
bloodyvisigoths wrote:
<quoted text>
That is exactly what they want to do; they want to cheat your kids and mine--they want to cheat *all* of our kids and other future generations-- out of a science education and inject their fifteenth-century religious beliefs into the school system, all in the name of "fairness." They see science as a "religion" that is being paid for with our taxes, and they want "equal time" for theirs. They know they're lying by equating science and religion, but as Gobbles once said, if a lie is repeated often enough it eventually becomes accepted as truth.
God help America.
He's to busy helping the creationists.

Since: Feb 08

Hypoluxo Fl

#65 Apr 20, 2008
bloodyvisigoths wrote:
<quoted text>
My dog does. I see it in is eyes, and in the wagging of his tail. You can't tell me he doesn't.
My dog does that too. But he just wants another treat. he believes in the treat god.

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