Evolution vs. Creation

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High school senior Zack Kopplin is leading the fight to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act of 2008.
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bohart

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#63853
Dec 7, 2012
 
The Dude wrote:
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Or it could be a natural use of His power. God created the trees, right? They reproduce naturally. Now if you wanna say that it's the "Will of God" or whatever, then be my guest. But there's no great mystery behind it. Ya know, seeds, water, sunlight, yadda yadda. Once there was a time we did not know that and "Godmagic" was enough. Hence, abio, like plant reproduction, would merely be a *natural* extension of His power.
It's just a shame that whether a God did anything at all (or even exists for that matter) can't ever be determined because it's a non-scientific concept.
There. I dared. Whaddya gonna do about it?
Jack. That's what.
Oh, maybe you'll make a few lame puddle goo jokes before running away again. That'll sure up your credibility.
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Bub, I've said that from the beginning. I know you prefer to paint me as a fundamentalist atheist who is "close-minded" on the possibility of a God, but that's simply not the case. 2,000 posts later and you're finally realizing I don't fall under the category of the typical fundie-caricature atheist?
Well you never were very observant.(shrug)
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Yeah, you keep saying that but always resort to ad-hom instead of addressing the content of my posts. So you'll excuse me if you're not taken very seriously. Except maybe by your fellow dumb people.
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(yawn)
Yeah, you have nothing of substance to say, but you just gotta get it off your chest that you don't like "puddle-goo atheists!" Big whoop. Have fun with your lame limericks.
Ahh the Dude! further proof that all fools do not die young

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Milk River, Canada

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#63854
Dec 7, 2012
 
TheIndependentMajority wrote:
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Like the historical writings of early civilizations, transcribed and passed along thousands of years, from antiquity?
World Civ History is a cool subject too.
Yes, but why stop learning at the point thousands of years ago, and ignore what more has been figured out since?

If Grimms fairy tales were 3,000 years old. Would you take them as gospel too?

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Milk River, Canada

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#63855
Dec 7, 2012
 
Subduction Zone wrote:
So do you want to debate or is nonsense all you have?
Of course it is impossible for a creationist to win a scientific debate about evolution.
No one "wins" if no one gains new insight.

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Milk River, Canada

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#63856
Dec 7, 2012
 
Cybele wrote:
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LOL. And you think everything in our history books are true?
As soon as words like "every"thing start showing up in a debate, you know someone is trying to jam the discussion into the "absolutist" corner, and the value of the conversation is being sacrificed for purposes of scoring empty rhetoric points.

The point is not the absence of all errors, but rather which book contains more errors, and how frequent and important they are, and if there is a major difference in that overall respect.
TheIndependentMa jority

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#63857
Dec 7, 2012
 
Subduction Zone wrote:
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Are you implying that Einstein believed in a god at all like yours?
He definitely did not.
At the most he believed in a god that set the universe going and that is all.
I would never be so ignorant (as you have just shown to be, because you have NO IDEA, WHAT I believe in) to imply ANY such thing for I did not personally KNOW the man, and therefore, can only base MY OPINION on what I've READ of the mans writings.

SOME of interviews WITH Eistien however, can be read BELOW--
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The following comes from "What Life Means to Einstein: An Interview by George Sylvester Viereck,"The Saturday Evening Post, Oct. 26, 1929, p. 17. The questions are posed by Viereck; the reply to each is by Einstein.

On Jesus-

"To what extent are you influenced by Christianity?"

"As a child, I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene."

"Have you read Emil Ludwig's book on Jesus?

"Emil Ludwig's Jesus," replied Einstein, "is shallow. Jesus is too colossal for the pen of phrasemongers, however artful. No man can dispose of Christianity with a bon mot."

"You accept the historical existence of Jesus?"

"Unquestionably. No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life. How different, for instance, is the impression which we receive from an account of legendary heroes of antiquity like Theseus. Theseus and other heroes of his type lack the authentic vitality of Jesus."

"Ludwig Lewisohn, in one of his recent books, claims that many of the sayings of Jesus paraphrase the sayings of other prophets."

"No man," Einstein replied, "can deny the fact that Jesus existed, nor that his sayings are beautiful. Even if some them have been said before, no one has expressed them so divinely as he."
TheIndependentMa jority

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#63858
Dec 7, 2012
 
AustinHook wrote:
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No one "wins" if no one gains new insight.
Footnote: They don't pay me anything for dealing with these DUHMMies.

lol.
TheIndependentMa jority

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#63859
Dec 7, 2012
 
AustinHook wrote:
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Yes, but why stop learning at the point thousands of years ago, and ignore what more has been figured out since?
If Grimms fairy tales were 3,000 years old. Would you take them as gospel too?
They're not though, or they would be called Grimms Gospels.

Stop trying to distort the archivial reference subjectors.
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#63860
Dec 7, 2012
 
AustinHook wrote:
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Yes, but why stop learning at the point thousands of years ago, and ignore what more has been figured out since?
If Grimms fairy tales were 3,000 years old. Would you take them as gospel too?
Do you thik abiogenesis should be classified as PHYSICS?

I do.

Since: Nov 12

Milk River, Canada

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#63861
Dec 7, 2012
 
TheIndependentMajority wrote:
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No, it is not.
It is teachers jobs to teach the SECULAR subjects. It is parents jobs to teach WHATEVER FAITH they choose to instill in ther children, and there is nothing WRONG with that (as long as it is NOT harming OTHERS)!!!!!!!!!
Well it probably does harm the kids to teach that evolution is false, but there is a limit to what we should expect government to intervene in. These are the kind of things that government has to treat delicately, and let general opinion and discussion sort out later. We don't want the government to crusade (!) against religious fallacies, because that creates too much strife. If the majority in society want to believe in the tooth fairy, it's not the government's job to set them straight. There are other ways that common sense will eventually prevail. Allowing government to assume the parental role, or to be the nanny, is counter-productive and leads to other social dangers of it's meddling.

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#63862
Dec 7, 2012
 
TheIndependentMajority wrote:
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The difference between mere animalistic behavior, and civilized society.
Civilized people can control themselves by litening to a little thing called conscience. Animals often can't.
You come back home and the dog hangs his head, and kind of hides, you start looking for what broke or where the mess is. I wouldn't conclude that no animals can have a conscience.

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#63863
Dec 7, 2012
 
thewordofme wrote:
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So, who the heck is Eisntien???
He is a different guy from the real Einstein only for those who can't see through a typo or two....:-)

“I have upset the hand of god”

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#63864
Dec 7, 2012
 
TheIndependentMajority wrote:
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Do you thik abiogenesis should be classified as PHYSICS?
I do.
I would think it was chemistry.

“I have upset the hand of god”

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#63865
Dec 7, 2012
 
AustinHook wrote:
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He is a different guy from the real Einstein only for those who can't see through a typo or two....:-)
When they have nowhere to go, they jump on to the typing police bandwagon.

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#63866
Dec 7, 2012
 
Ms Moo wrote:
Religion is belief. One either believes or not.
Not so. There is a lot of half believing that goes on.
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As such, the subject of the belief is not subject to veracity (independent proof).
Not so. That's the whole point of doing experiments, which often are just to either confirm or to disprove beliefs. Happens all the time. Also, one can do psychological experiments to pretty reliably determine if someone believes in something or not, even when one tries to falsify one's own beliefs. Not 100% reliable, but usually good enough.
Ms Moo wrote:
Rather, what can be questioned is whether the individual actually believes or not. E.g., a belief in God. God can't be proven except by relying on more beliefs. What can be proven is whether the individual actually believes in God.
Not so, anything can be questioned.
Ms Moo wrote:
Science is the direct opposite. It's about facts. Facts are, by definition, subject to veracity. Beliefs of facts is nonsense; the facts exists whether you believe in them or not.
Operationally speaking, beliefs of facts is incredibly useful. Disbelief of them usually leads to disaster.
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E.g., fire is hot. It can be proven that fire is hot. Try it. Ergo, a belief in God is akin to a belief in unicorns.
Might be true. I suspect it is, but it still doesn't necessarily follow from any of the above.

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Everton, Australia

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#63867
Dec 7, 2012
 
Igor Trip wrote:
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That's why it's an intermediary between dinos and birds.
For a dino to evolve into a bird it has to loose some features and gain others. In between we will find animals with a mix of both and that's what the article is describing.
Arch has not gained any bird traits nor loose any dino traits, that appears to be what you refuse to suck up.

Arch has a wishbone just like a theropod, feathers like a theropod, three digits like a theropod, has a moveable thighbone like a dinosaur and a beak like a dino and a plethora of other species.

Arch does not have a reversed hallux like a bird, hollow bones like a bird, a moveable thighbone like a bird, a wishbone like a modern bird, nor a beak like a modern bird.

So I will ask again seeing as you evos have bombed out with every try,eg hollow bones what traits are intermedicate or a mix that suggests arch is anything more than a variety of dinosaur?
Evos are you still wiping egg off their faces around their hollow boned dinosaurs?

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Everton, Australia

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#63868
Dec 7, 2012
 
Igor Trip wrote:
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“decelerating fitness gains” means the rate at which fitness increases slows down not that it becomes negative. The beneficial mutations are still improving the bacterias adaption to its environment.
And beneficial mutations are evolution!
The full abstract.
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/332/6034/11...
“Epistasis has substantial impacts on evolution, in particular, the rate of adaptation. We generated combinations of beneficial mutations that arose in a lineage during rapid adaptation of a bacterium whose growth depended on a newly introduced metabolic pathway.”
So beneficial mutations can and do happen.
“The proportional selective benefit for three of the four loci consistently decreased when they were introduced onto more fit backgrounds.”
When the bacteria were moved onto a more fit background the mutations were less needed and so selection slowed down (It didn't stop).
“These three alleles all reduced morphological defects caused by expression of the foreign pathway.”
Three of the mutations reduced defects so increasing fitness of the bacteria.
“A simple theoretical model segregating the apparent contribution of individual alleles to benefits and costs effectively predicted the interactions between them. These results provide the first evidence that patterns of epistasis may differ for within- and between-gene interactions during adaptation and that diminishing returns epistasis contributes to the consistent observation of decelerating fitness gains during adaptation.”
All was as predicted by evolutionary models.
So how does the genome know what is or is not a beneficial mutation?

"When the bacteria were moved onto a more fit background the mutations were less needed and so selection slowed down (It didn't stop).
“These three alleles all reduced morphological defects caused by expression of the foreign pathway.”
Three of the mutations reduced defects so increasing fitness of the bacteria."

I did not say the research said that adaptation would stop. I said that the cost is more than the benefits.

So a REDUCTION in defects is now what has happend for billions of years. A reduction is not sufficient because over 4 billion years the ever accumulating effects of deleterious mutations and compounded epigentic effects should have grinded the process of adaptation to at least a halt.

The process would have to clean out all 'the badies', not just reduce them, for the 4 billion year thing to work?

The other thing again is that evos could not accept their own initial data. They had to mess around with more biased algorithmic magic, another landscape, to make it fit in with TOE.

I still maintain the data supports a creationist paradigm and rhetoric supports TOE.

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Milk River, Canada

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Dec 7, 2012
 
TheIndependentMajority wrote:
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Do you thik abiogenesis should be classified as PHYSICS?
I do.
Sounds more like chemistry to me, but close enough. Why classify?

“Darwin was right..of course.”

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McMurdo Station

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#63870
Dec 7, 2012
 
bohart wrote:
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Hah! a typical defense reponse from the sidekick of the Stygian witch, the slut of Beelzebub.As you sit stewing in the bubbling pool of Satans semen carefully lift the Devils nutsack out of your eyes and commence your fornicaton with the evolutionist whore of Babylon that your offspring may populate the bowels of Satan to prepare for the apocalypse.
Hail the Goo!
Yep, typical creotard...much much more evil than any atheist ever thought of being.
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#63871
Dec 7, 2012
 
Jeez! Have all the potty-mouth trolls run out of places to bump #icks on the other forum threads? Less vitriol, more content, folks!

“I have upset the hand of god”

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Dec 7, 2012
 
MazHere wrote:
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Arch has not gained any bird traits nor loose any dino traits, that appears to be what you refuse to suck up.
Arch has a wishbone just like a theropod, feathers like a theropod, three digits like a theropod, has a moveable thighbone like a dinosaur and a beak like a dino and a plethora of other species.
Arch does not have a reversed hallux like a bird, hollow bones like a bird, a moveable thighbone like a bird, a wishbone like a modern bird, nor a beak like a modern bird.
So I will ask again seeing as you evos have bombed out with every try,eg hollow bones what traits are intermedicate or a mix that suggests arch is anything more than a variety of dinosaur?
Evos are you still wiping egg off their faces around their hollow boned dinosaurs?
Ladies and gentleman, Maz Here the Mad Hare once again declaring victory in the face of utter defeat. Give her a big round of applause.

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