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 portrait is Charles Darwin, age 31, in 1840

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Your opinion please

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The Probability Of Being

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Secular Humanism in a destabilizing society

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Neanderthals, Denisovans and ancestor X

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The evolution of work

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Has man evolved?

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Living Relatives of Leonardo da Vinci have been Found

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Comment by Alice on April 21, 2012 at 7:16pm

Please sign this petition to support a campaign towards justice against the Catholic Church: http://www.change.org/petitions/update-the-case-of-the-pope-by-geof...

Comment by Neil Thompson on April 17, 2012 at 12:21pm
@Jon & @Greg
That sounds like the idea of "memes" as coined by Richard Dawkins, when he drew a comparison with genes which cause physical attributes to be inherited with memes which are ideas which are selected for and are perpetuated or die out in a similar Darwinian way. Of course the term has become popularised and now refers to all sorts of trivia circulating the Internet but it has still retained something of its meaning. It is good to notice that thanks to the efforts of Dawkins, Hitchens, Dennett, Harris et al and us in our own ways the cause of reason is getting a higher profile and enabling people who may have been previously a bit unsure about it to own their atheism.
Comment by Sarah Walton on April 17, 2012 at 4:08am

Seems action was taken in regards to our little problem here of late. Good to know the mods listen!

Comment by Jon T on April 15, 2012 at 12:40am

Is it possible that knowledge has evolved as an independent body of thought, and is the reason that becomes the instruction of the hive mind in people? And is it possible that religion is a body of knowledge whose time of influence is passing? And is it possible that the vacuum of ignorance needs to be filled with modern information to satiate the hive mind to alleviate the current struggles of dogmas that persist in the absence of education? Is it possible that our current system of education that bars less affluent and the greater body of people along economic restraints, from an education, cheating those people of the mental evolution of their minds through understanding our current evolutionary position in time? Grammar not checked--Please forgive any additional brain strain.

Comment by Sarah Walton on April 14, 2012 at 10:41pm

Good to know. Here's hoping!

Comment by Richard ∑wald on April 14, 2012 at 10:39pm

One will probably do.

Comment by Sarah Walton on April 14, 2012 at 10:37pm

Greg: Me too. Hopefully more than one complaint will make an impression.

Comment by Richard ∑wald on April 14, 2012 at 10:13pm

Yup, line that have no business even being tip=toed on this site, of all places.

Comment by Sarah Walton on April 14, 2012 at 10:12pm

Yeah, I like to think I have a pretty good sense of humor but I also have a pretty good sense of when things have crossed a line.

Comment by Richard ∑wald on April 14, 2012 at 10:08pm

I'm all for things like that said in jest.  Plus, snarky comments in general are always fun.  This guy isn't nearly as funny as he thinks he is, though.  He's just an asshole.

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