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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explanation for reality Theism or Atheism?

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Fossils illustrate evolution of life

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Jerome Bixby's The Man from Earth

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On Abolishing Religion

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Researchers Say There Might be Life After Death

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On the scientific miracles of Qur'an

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Modern Humans Interbred with Neanderthals in Europe

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DNA Links Kennewick Man to Native Americans

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Evolution is a FACT, not a theory.

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The new website called 'Grand Ideas'.

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Comment by Joseph P on August 9, 2011 at 9:44am
Not really spam, if it's topical.
Comment by Diego Veríssimo Lakatos on August 8, 2011 at 8:40pm
Hello, sorry for the spam, but it's for a good cause. Along with some friends I'm launching a website called "rational society"(www.sociedaderacional.org). The site is in Portuguese but you can translate the page to the language you wish, and send texts for publication.I invite everyone to visit us. thanks
Comment by Craigart14 on August 8, 2011 at 2:43pm
Exactly.  Science doesn't know everything, but scientists freely admit that while they keep searching.  Religion doesn't know anything, but can't admit it.  So religion tries to dictate science.
Comment by Ezra David Rose on August 8, 2011 at 11:57am

I agree with Mike K. "If" there is a multiverse, then no one universe makes up all that exists; and the definition becomes inaccurate. Even if we do not know for sure that such a scenario exists, the concept should be addressed using accurate definitions. It's ironic that throughout history how religious "facts" quickly become fictions, while fictions of science have become facts at nearly the same rate. And to address Craigart14; your post reminds me of a quote I heard: "Science doesn't know everything, but religion doesn't know anything."

Comment by Craigart14 on August 8, 2011 at 6:36am
Two separate shows, I think?  I tried to watch the half-hour panel discussion, but it seemed to be the usual science-can't-answer-the-big questions claptrap.  No one will say on TV that religion can't answer them either, and that science isn't terribly interested in them.  No one ever thinks to point out the obvious fact that religion can't answer scientific questions.  Stephen Hawking's 90 minutes were well done, with beautiful and clear illustrations.  The fact that he's alive and can communicate reveals the power of science and the need for more and more research.
Comment by Chimp Jones on August 8, 2011 at 6:08am

The comments section at curiosity.com (Discovery's domain for the show) is rather discouraging. The show however looks as if it will be one worth following. Imagining it will be torrentable in a day or so.. ;)

http://curiosity.discovery.com/topic/space-exploration/did-god-crea...

Comment by tom sarbeck on August 8, 2011 at 4:44am

Stephen Hawkings once said, during a talk about western science's big bang origins myth, he was giving the first few nanoseconds to the pope. Okay, he came to the party late.

Some cosmologists are saying time and space originated with the big bang. These guys have no excuse.

 

Comment by Annie Thomas on August 7, 2011 at 9:06pm

Joseph P- I just started a discussion thread.  I don't have a link for the entire show, but I did post one for the segments.  I'll keep looking.

 

Comment by Joseph P on August 7, 2011 at 8:59pm
Where can we watch it online?
Comment by Annie Thomas on August 7, 2011 at 8:57pm

Discovery Channel's show, Curiosity.

 

I just watched this with my family.  The premier episode featured Stephen Hawking and the question posed was "Is there a god?". <Spoiler alert> The program concluded with him saying, "There is no god."  I wonder if others watched the show, and if so, what were your thoughts?  I thoroughly enjoyed the question/answer session afterward, and felt that Sean Carroll did an excellent job. 

 

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