ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN

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ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN

We debate origins of the Universe, life, Earth, humans, religion, atheism, using common sense, evolution, cosmology, geology, archaeology, and other sciences, to repel biblical creationism and other religious beliefs.

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Comment by Bryon on December 31, 2010 at 2:40pm
I watched the Ben Stein film and was not impressed. It is all the same old BS and not even presented well. Very pathetic.
Comment by Tony Davis on December 31, 2010 at 12:06pm

Hey folks, appreciate all the help on the "research into the origins of life" question.  I think I have pretty much inundated him now.

 

I don't know how clear I was last night but apparently this guy (again, an otherwise rational person who I've known for over 20 years) watched Ben Stein's "Expelled" and really bought into the things Stein was saying about how "Evolution doesn't explain how life got started (or the origin of the universe, or gravity, etc.)"  Well, of course, it is not supposed to explain those things!  LOL

 

Thanks again folks!

Oh, and as they say in Korea (since it is already 2011 there) 새해복많이받으세요 (seh hey bok manhi baduh seh yo), or HAPPY NEW YEAR!  :-)

Comment by CDB on December 31, 2010 at 6:56am

The wikipedia has pretty good synopsis also on miller/urey......

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miller%E2%80%93Urey_experiment and subsequent work on AA

Comment by Terrence Lee Reed on December 31, 2010 at 6:16am
Here is a short video that gives a quick summary of abiogenesis:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6QYDdgP9eg
Also Reference:
http://genetics.mgh.harvard.edu/szostakweb/index.html
Comment by Bryon on December 31, 2010 at 1:55am
as far as Miller-Urey is concerned, it is not invalidated as a mater of fact, further examination of the results of the original experiment and subsequent experiments have revealed it was far more successful then originally thought.
Comment by Bryon on December 31, 2010 at 1:47am
The Teaching Company - Origins of Life - Robert M. Hazen. Hazen is a leading researcher working in this field for the Carnegie Institution and George Washington University I think. This Lecture will gives a record of much if not most of the research, experiments, and leading hypothesis with vivid detail of results. Check it out, it is fascinating.
Comment by Tony Davis on December 31, 2010 at 12:14am

Mike,

Thanks for the reply.  I actually mentioned this experiment but I also told him (perhaps prematurely but I don't think so) that there are tons of studies and lots and lots of scientific brain power going into this problem.  BUT, even if there were not a single scientist looking at it today, and even if we can't explain it conclusively, this does not by extension mean "GOD DID IT".

 

Also, and I hate to demonstrate my ignorance here but  what the heck, I heard somewhere (can't remember where) that the Miller-Urey study was discredited for some reason.  Any insight on this?  I hope this was bad information as I am often using it as an example!

 

Thanks again!

Tony

Comment by Tony Davis on December 30, 2010 at 11:28pm

OK, so THIS query actually does relate directly to the origins of life, etc...  I just had an interesting night of drinking and catching up with an old friend who I've not seen in years..  I mentioned writing a book; he asked about what; I told him; and he brought up the Ben Stein movie "Expelled".  Well, I'd had a couple and immediately told him how disappointed I was with Ben Stein, having been a long time fan of his.  I pointed out that he was quite dishonest about his perspectives and misrepresented the facts in many instances.  The one thing my friend kept harping on was "Why is there nobody doing research on how life started in the first place?"  I pointed out that this is not Stein's major contention and that he argues, ad naseum, about the supposed weakness in evolution....  OK, sorry for rambling, as I said, I was out drinking with an old friend and probably had a few more than I should have before posting here, BUT, can anyone point me to scientific research that is being done on abiogenesis?  For some reason he is convinced that science is so focused on evolution that nobody gives a rat's ass about how it all started in the first place.  I assured him that legitimate scientists are looking into this but I don't have any examples of peer reviewed literature to point him to.

 

Thanks in advance and I apologize if I rambled a bit much.

 

VR,

Tony

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Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on December 28, 2010 at 1:39pm

3 items of interest to free thinkers:

Your Brain: A User's Guide

New books "Self Comes to Mind" and "On Second Thought" examine the origins of consciousness, and the unconscious pulls that influence our behavior.
LEARN MORE 

http://www.miller-mccune.com/science-environment/your-brain-a-users...

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PROTEUS
2004NR 60 minutes available on Netflix.com

Director David Lebrun's animated documentary film examines the work of ERNST HAECKEL, the German biologist-artist who dedicated his life to finding and documenting the connection between the disparate worlds of art and science. Drawing on Haeckel's fascinating lithographs of the tiny undersea organisms called radiolarian, Lebrun's poetic film brings the biologist's visions to life and further explores the artistry of the natural world. Haeckel was a naturalist and an artist who became a champion for the theory of evolution. He adhered to a philosophy of "Natural Mysticism" the idea that the essence or spirit of "God"  permeated all life whether single cell organisms to humans -- something non-theists would probably call physics or chemistry.
    Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Art & Design
http://www.nightfirefilms.org/proteus_home.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernst_Haeckel
See also the external links at the bottom of Wikipedia page.

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The Fixation of Belief
Charles S. Peirce
Popular Science Monthly 12 (November 1877), 1-15.

"If liberty of speech is to be untrammeled from the grosser forms of constraint, then uniformity of opinion will be secured by a moral terrorism to which the respectability of society will give its thorough approval. Following the method of authority [reason] is the path of peace. "

text on line
http://www.peirce.org/writings/p107.html

Web text with hyperlinks and notes:
http://oregonstate.edu/instruct/phl201/modules/peirce/peirce00.html

Charles Sanders Peirce (C.S. Peirce) (1839-1914), American logician, mathematician, scientist, philosopher, founder of pragmatism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Sanders_Peirce

 

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