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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The evolution of work

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 12. 61 Replies

Has man evolved?

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The Probability Of Being

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A new theory explaining the origins of life?

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Map of Archaic Ancestry

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Homo Erectus food processing

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Comment by Chris Dodds on March 17, 2013 at 9:03pm
Comment by Idaho Spud on March 8, 2013 at 11:31am

Thanks for the earth clock Joan.

Comment by Plinius on March 8, 2013 at 12:33am

A good clock, thanks Joan!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 7, 2013 at 10:11pm

Notice the very narrow line at 2 Ma: were the first hominoids. Humans  have been on this Earth for such a short period of time, there have been many extinctions, and the only constant is change. This beautiful planet is our home. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 7, 2013 at 9:52pm

Evolution evidence:

Glyptodon Skeleton & Shell 

Glyptodon,  Pleistocene epoch 2,588,000 to 11,700 years ago, spanning the world's recent period of repeated glaciations. It was roughly the same size and weight as a Volkswagen Beetle relative of modern armadillos.

Armadillo, modern, The giant armadillo grows up to 59 in. and weighs up to 130 lb, while the pink fairy armadillos are diminutive species, with an overall length of 5 to 6 in. All species are native to the Americas, where they inhabit a variety of environments.

Comment by Zohaib Javed on March 7, 2013 at 4:55pm

Chris, that is one hilarious comment you got there! haha.

Comment by Chris Birdsong on March 4, 2013 at 3:25am

I saw this earlier today and thought the group might be interested.  Betting has commenced for the next Pope and it appears that we might have a horse in this race, albeit a long shot.  The line on Richard Dawkins as the next pope is set at 666/1...  fingers crossed.  http://www.paddypower.com/bet/novelty-betting/current-affairs/pope-...

Comment by John Jubinsky on February 19, 2013 at 9:58am

There is certainly no doubt that our existence is not attributable to a god. However, in my opinion, being in awe of the physics to which it is attributable would be almost as bad as worshiping. Remember, nature is indiscriminately ruthless. It would sacrifice good as much as anything. Accordingly, I don't care to honor it. I think our perspective should be to understand it, not only to satisfy our curiosity, but to render it harmless against us.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 17, 2013 at 8:27pm

And OI see no reason to remain silent about playing "Let's Pretend" when it comes to the origins of the universe and the beginning of life. Some say respect the believer even as we disrespect the beliefs. I am not able to compartmentalize that way. I know the grief believers put me through when I first expressed doubts and then renounced the existence of god and the spirit world. 

Comment by Thomas Moore on February 17, 2013 at 3:44pm

Yeah, my wife says we are "animated stardust". It's one thing to make up stories about how we came to be, but to try to pass off them as true is just wrong. And it's worse to make laws and public policy based on those stories.

 

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