The 13th foundational falsehood of creationism: “Evolution is a fraud!”
By: Aron Ra
Ernst Haeckel was a pioneer zoologist and taxonomist whose numerous contributions to biology go largely unnoticed compared to a couple rather odd errors. First, he proposed that “ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny", suggesting that embryonic development reflects the organism’s evolutionary ancestry. To illustrate this, he produced about a hundred drawings of embryos at various stages.… Continue
Added by John on January 9, 2009 at 11:19pm —
The 12th falsehood of Creationism: “Creation science”
By: Aron Ra
Paleontology in its early days was a difficult discipline. We had to devise a way to test and confirm the claims that were made because 19th Century pioneers were often confused by their own preconceptions, and often made simple mistakes that went undiscovered for decades. Unwary professors were sometimes made the victims of pranks, and not every respected scientist was entirely… Continue
Added by John on January 9, 2009 at 11:16pm —
The 11th foundational falsehood of creationism: “Macroevolution has never been observed.”
By: Aron Ra
You share more traits in common with your siblings than you do with your cousins due to the recent ancestors you share with them, your parents. Deeper down, you share more in common with those in your extended family than you do with neighbors and classmates, etc., people you don’t recognize as part of your biological family. But you must realize that on some level… Continue
Added by John on January 9, 2009 at 11:13pm —
The 10th falsehood of creationism; “The evolutionary ‘tree of life’ is nowhere implied neither in the fossil record, nor in any aspect of biology.”
By: Aron Ra
Creationists often complain that science supposedly says there was only one universal ancestor of all livings and that along the way, we evolved both into, and then from, bacteria. But that doesn’t seem to be the case. 21st century revelations in genomic research now imply that the origins of evolution come… Continue
Added by John on January 9, 2009 at 11:08pm —
The 9th falsehood of Creationism:“No transitional species have ever been found.”
By: Aron Ra
When Charles Darwin published his landmark observations in 1859, he lamented that the fossil record was still quite poor at that time. It was only in the last century or so earlier that anyone had even proposed the possibility that a single species could completely die out, and the first dinosaur wasn’t discovered until Darwin was a boy. Fossils were known by previous… Continue
Added by John on January 9, 2009 at 11:03pm —
The 8th foundational falsehood of creationism: “Mutations are rare, harmful decreases in genetic information.”
By: Aron Ra
"Mutations are genetic disorders that occur in the DNA in a random and unconscious manner.
Like all accidents, they cause harm and destruction.
...The changes affected by mutations can only be like those experienced by people in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Chernobyl; that is death, disabled, and the freaks of… Continue
Added by John on January 9, 2009 at 11:01pm —
The 7th foundational falsehood of Creationism: “Evolution is random.”
“Do you believe in fate, Neo?”
“Because I don’t like the idea that I’m not in control of my life.”
Some say it is a contradiction to believe both in prophesy and simultaneously in free will –for they can’t really co-exist. Because if anything a time traveler does in the past might dramatically alter the present, then anything done in the… Continue
Added by John on January 9, 2009 at 10:49pm —
The 6th falsehood of Creationism: “Evolution-ism” (Part II) “Evolution must explain the origin of life, the universe, and everything.”
By: Aron Ra
It is fair to say that none of the people who deny evolution exhibit any understanding of what it is. But it's not always their fault because many of the people promoting evolution don’t know what it is either. Hollywood producers certainly don’t!
“Are they the next link in the evolutionary chain?
Added by John on January 9, 2009 at 10:45pm —
I would like your help,assistance,advice,and guidance. For a few months now, I've been brainstorming ideas for a short story/novel/column,that I want to obviously write.
Initially it was going to be about suicide:at the time this was my strongest emotion.
Since then I've been happier than I can recall and love every second of my life and those lives in it.
I was going to abandon the few things I had written and all ideas regarding it.
I've read blogs lately and noticed… Continue
Added by It's just Matt on January 9, 2009 at 9:56pm —
On January 18 there will be an atheist meet in Berkeley. If you want information message me.
Added by Adam Johnson on January 9, 2009 at 9:22pm —
As most of you know, I walked away from my Christian faith some time ago. I am quite happy with my lack of belief - in fact, there is no other way I can imagine being now. The last few years of being a believer were difficult, as I struggled to reconcile my longtime faith with new doubts that emerged daily. I still have a lot to learn, and I am still growing, but I truly feel like I am on the right track.
Now, for the downside.
I know I am about 20 years premature in my… Continue
Added by deletedsoul on January 9, 2009 at 9:11pm —
The 4th Foundational Falsehood of Creationism; belief = knowledge
By: Aron Ra
The next in our series of foundational falsehoods of creationism is a logical fallacy illustrative of the fundamental sophistry behind the creationism movement; the idea that really really believing something is the same thing as knowing it.
Every religion claims to believe as they do because of reason, education, or intelligence given by their god in revelation. But whether… Continue
Added by John on January 9, 2009 at 8:48pm —
The 3rd Foundational Falsehood of Creationism; human interpretation = absolute truth
By Aron Ra
George Harrison, the guitarist for the Beatles was a Bhakti Hindu. He believed in a personal god, and he said that if one chants the mantras with devotion, Lord Krishna would visibly appear and speak to him in an audible voice. Many pagans are similarly convinced of having met their deities too. For example, a cat fancier in Texas insists he began worshipping Bast only… Continue
Added by John on January 9, 2009 at 8:23pm —
Free will is agency and volition. There's nothing mysterious about it. It doesn't mean that the "laws" of physics are being violated nor does it mean that any chains of causality are being broken. It also doesn’t prove anything about gods, souls, spirits or ghosts in the machine. It’s a completely natural product of evolution.
Free will requires
causality. Acausal events are essentially random. There is no choice in randomness, only chance. Therefore, anyone still stuck on the… Continue
Added by Knowledge Is Power on January 9, 2009 at 7:00pm —
Originally posted on my own blog (http://car-pool-to-hell.blogspot.com/), I figured I would share this with like minded people here as well. Enjoy!
The universe is large. So large, in fact, that it is believed to be in a state of near infinite expansion. To concider near infinity, however, is, at the best of times, an oxy-moron and, at the worst of times, an oxy-moron. Those who are under this assumption of near infinite expansion… Continue
Added by carpooltohell on January 9, 2009 at 5:50pm —
The National Research Council has advised the incoming Obama administration to streamline our export and visa controls on the flow of science and scientists in and out of the US. From this Reuters article
"Our visa controls have made it more difficult or less attractive for talented foreign professionals to come and learn what is great about this country, or to stay and help grow the American economy," the… Continue
Added by Planetologist on January 9, 2009 at 4:41pm —
I saw a good friend of mine for the first time in nearly a year the other night. I've been in a much more reflective mood the past couple of nights.
It feels like its been forever but I've only been an atheist for the past two years. Before that I was in a constant state of denial. I didn't want to cope with more own mortality. I wanted my relationships with those I care for to have a significance beyond reality. I didn't bond quicker with some people because our personalities were… Continue
Added by Creature on January 9, 2009 at 3:17pm —
One of my best friends is in a dire financial situation and needs a full time job (long story - suffice it to say, she's not kidding). She sent an email out to her closest friends and asked for us to pray that God sends her that job she so desperately needs. I wanted so badly to tell her that I wouldn't pray for her. I would definitely wish her well and always have, but I won't pray. If and when she gets a job, it'll be because she made it happen.
Yes, I wanted to tell her this, but… Continue
Added by Whalehugger on January 9, 2009 at 3:08pm —
Here is a suggestion from Malcolm Hutton: National Secular Society Newsletter, 9 January 2009
"One could take action when a bible is presented in hotel or hospital. First of all go prepared with a yellow highlight pen and ask if the bible is yours to keep. Then highlight some of the most damaging verses, such as –
Luke 14:26 – hate your mother and father
Matthew 10:34/36 – he came not for peace but with a sword
Psalm 137:9 – it will make you happy to dash your… Continue
Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on January 9, 2009 at 2:00pm —
"Everyone should believe in something. I believe I'll have another drink."
Added by Rick on January 9, 2009 at 3:30am —