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 Troy Gorsline on October 31, 2011 at 10:45am
I have to comment on the amazing event that happened to me over the weekend. I was at an Occupy Rally at my state capitol. Before the march started, I noticed a disply decrying evolution. Baffled, I began reading the display. Before I knew it, I was surronded by at least five asking me to prove evolution. To name a study that proves it. I replied name any study and there you go. They replied no study is conclusive. I asked to prove the existence of a higher power who created everything. They replied it's a matter of faith, but my faith in science was flawed. Over an hour of this. I was dumbfounded. Two days later I am still amazed. How can one argue with this?
Comment by George on October 25, 2011 at 9:56am
What are the main topics, anyway?
Comment by Marc Draco on October 25, 2011 at 9:09am

PLEASE. Can everyone stop this thread on the wall. It's nigh on impossible to follow and this is what the discussions are for.

 

Everyone would also do well to remind themselves of the Dunning-Kruger paradox, too.

Comment by George on October 25, 2011 at 8:40am
@ Natalie - color is perception - blue is blue, Raleigh scattering or not.  Aside from hallucination or other stimulation of the optic nerves, all color is some type of emitted or reflected light.
Comment by Joseph P on October 24, 2011 at 7:53pm

Aww, shit.

Solipsism dead ahead!  You can only see the top 10%!  Hard to port!

Comment by Alecks Gates on October 24, 2011 at 7:50pm
Philip:  Of course, and there's no proof that it does, either :P.
Comment by Philip Jackson Armstrong on October 24, 2011 at 7:49pm
I think you are all assuming that the human mind actually has a grasp on true reality. Trust me it doesn't!
Comment by Natalie A Sera on October 24, 2011 at 7:18pm
And, Alecks, you need to think about just what IS 100% certainty (there's another thread going on about are you 100% positive there is no god -- I stopped reading it because that's an unanswerable question). I can be 100% certain that the sky will be blue next time I look at it on a clear day, but it really isn't -- it's just Raleigh scattering. In other words, it's just my perception. But we humans make conclusions based on our perceptions all the time. I'm open to the possibility that a god exists -- but find it extremely improbable, and won't believe it until it's proven to me, and so far, no one has been able to do that. So, yeah, I leave a tiny portion of my mind open to that, but I certainly am not waiting for it to happen, and so-called "proofs", like faith healing still leave me skeptical. Coincidences happen, and sometimes serious illnesses have actually been misdiagnosed, and sometimes they even DO remit, but I'm far more likely to believe it was a coincidence, or something that hasn't been studied sufficiently -- no reason to invoke supernatural causes.
Comment by Joseph P on October 24, 2011 at 7:08pm
We're not thinking in absolutes though.  We're thinking in overwhelming improbabilities.
Comment by Alecks Gates on October 24, 2011 at 7:01pm
I'm not specifically talking about any subject.  I'm just saying you need to be open-minded in general.  Thinking in 100% absolutes is, quite frankly, stupid.
 

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