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Comment by Homer Edward Price on September 14, 2013 at 4:37pm

Shaun Johnson's thought shows the classic theistic assumption that if something happened, "somebody" had to make it happen. The assumption is that the "somebody" is an anthropomorphic being, having  consciousness and free will like ourselves.  This is the way children think.  It is not the way scientists think.   Children in school should be exposed to real science, not to childish pseudo-science.

Comment by Dorian Moises Mattar on September 14, 2013 at 2:30pm

Shaun, it would seem to me that all animals are conscious, they simply don't possess the brain power to understand things the way we do because consciousness is directly proportional to the brains capacity.

Consciousness therefore is a natural occurrence and had to evolve with time and could not have simply popped into existence.

Comment by Shaun Johnston on September 14, 2013 at 1:51pm


I think there is a controversy, but it doesn't involve creationism. It involves how free will and consciousness evolved. If we can be conscious then consciousness can be an agent in the world through other "creatures." And it is only faith in Darwinism that makes some people deny free will--most others experience us as having it. Grant us free will and that too could exist in other agents in the world. To me it seems plausible that the creation (small "c") of conscious creatures like us with free will involved the operation of a process also involving (in some way) conscious and free will of its own.

Isn't that controversial?

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2013 at 1:40pm

Watch A Musician Give The Coolest Science Lecture This Side Of Anyw...

Let's talk about expectations, led by Bobby McFerrin, who demonstrated the universality of melody and how music affects our brains and emotions.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2013 at 1:13pm

Creationists Once Again Threaten to Make a Mockery of Texas Science...

"Earlier this year, the BoE (Board of Education) sent out letters to “experts” asking to help them evaluate the high school biology textbooks being considered for use. ...Several of the “experts” were creationists, and they met recently to give their opinions. Several statements given by them have been made public, :

"I understand the National Academy of Science's [sic] strong support of the theory of evolution. At the same time, this is a theory. As an educator, parent, and grandparent, I feel very firmly that ‘creation science’ based on Biblical principles should be incorporated into every Biology book that is up for adoption."
~ Member of Board of Education 

" the First Amendment of the United States Constitution makes it clear that you cannot teach creation “science” in public schools. There have been many, many court cases about that, and they tend to fall on the side of reality. Teaching religion as fact in public schools is a big no-no."

 Phil PlaitPosted 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2013 at 9:05pm

Spud, evolution, in all its varieties! Gears on an animal surprises me, however,  I should know better by now. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 12, 2013 at 5:18pm
Comment by D R Hosie on September 8, 2013 at 5:15pm

Conflating goodness with God

Seeking ultimate justice

Comment by Joseph P on August 31, 2013 at 10:07pm

That sounds a lot like the sort of thing I rail against.  Absolute certainty is a worthless standard to hold a claim to.  Any but the most dishonest theists (mostly the presuppositional apologetics idiots) admit to some degree of uncertainty in everything.  You can't know anything with absolute confidence, when you come right down to it.

It's stupid to expect absolute certainty from atheists, when you don't maintain that standard for anything else.  Forget default atheism, which is sufficient to embrace the label of atheist.  I'm a strong atheist, at least in regards to the Abrahamic god.  I'm positive that the god they worship doesn't exist, to any degree that it's worth worrying about certainty.

Comment by D R Hosie on August 31, 2013 at 9:46pm

Why so many still claim to be agnostic.

Re-examining our God of the gaps


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