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15 April 2014

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Tyler

Gould's mismeasure of man is PC good think dogma and his assertion that "human evolution ended" is pretty obviously him rolling on his side and pissing himself while exposing his belly to his academia master begging 'pwease don't hurt me".

Fred

"They should learn to keep their religion to themselves..."
Yes, please get those elected officials of ours to outlaw actually putting religious beliefs into action. Who do these people think they are, Americans or something. What other rights will you take away next?

no one

I had been meaning for a day or two to toss in the caveat to evolution theory is that speciation has never been demonstrated in the lab - nor conclusively from fossil records or any other evidence. In fact, theories explaining speciation are as whimsical as Genesis. A gene mutates in a single specimen and, instead of the organism dying - as most mutants we can observe do - you get giraffes from fish and vocals chords in humans. Quite a flight of fancy.

Incidentally, if speech is such a huge evolutionary advantage and if evolution is true, why are there not talking mongooses, cats and horses? It's these simple questions that strict evolutionists just can't seem to answer.

The big bang is another suspicious theory. A whole bunch of something out of nothing. How is that not the same as Genesis in quality of explanation?

Any how, it seems Tyler has beaten me to the drop. I'll just support then, I hope.

GulfCoastPirate

Fred said:

'Where did those supernova's come from?'

Dying stars. The facts are readily available to anyone who cares to educate themselves.

GulfCoastPirate

See my reply to Fred. Same answer.

GulfCoastPirate

Fred said:

'What other rights will you take away next?'

They have NO RIGHT to teach their version of religion in the public schools. Especially in science class.

Alba Etie

Thanks Tyler .
Lots to digest these days ." My neighbor over my nation" will be a vexing conumdrum for many years hence. Most of us I am sure are not wishing to have to make that choice - perhaps others already have .,,

GulfCoastPirate

Tell us that ark story again. That's a good one.

GulfCoastPirate

no one said:

'The big bang is another suspicious theory. A whole bunch of something out of nothing. How is that not the same as Genesis in quality of explanation?'

That's not how the theory goes but don't let that stop you.

Cieran

There are serious questions about any scientific theory, because that's the nature of the fruits of science. Science produces idealizations about the world, not mystical seamless truths. Idealizations are valued solely on their ability to predict the response of nature, and those predictions invariably have holes in their domains of understanding.

The harder it is to observe (and the origin of species is a tad hard to observe given our status as newcomers on this planet), the bigger the holes, and this is not a problem: it's a simple value-free fact.

So picking out evolution as not a valid science is like deciding not to value the law of gravity because there are some rough spots in the field theories that explain that all-too-obvious phenomenon. It's not the absence of holes in a theory that renders it useful: it's whether that theory can predict future events, and whether that theory can be validated by other independent observations.

And therein lies the problem with pseudo-sciences like creationism: they simply don't lead to predictions that can be tested for purposes of validation. Evolution can be validated, and in fact much of old-school biology from Linnaeaus to Darwin has been validated remarkably well by independent research in more modern fields such as molecular biology. The mechanisms that Darwin postulated have considerable utility in predicting biological outcomes, so they are valued as scientific theories. If they can predict important outcomes, we simply don't care about the presence of some holes. Those gaps just mean that we have more work to do.

And if someone wants to believe that God made man in his image, then that's great, because last time I checked, freedom of religion was a key part of the foundation of this nation. But belief occurs in the absence of validation, so the intellectual realm where science resides is completely disjoint from the venue of religion. It's never a good idea to confuse reproducible events in the physical world with irreproducible events in the spiritual realm. Good fences do indeed make good neighbors, and that applies to the intellectual landscape as well as to the field next door.

If you don't want to believe in evolution, then don't: that's your right. But your disbelief doesn't entitle you to demand rigorous technical proofs from others who are comfortable with the fact that there is no such thing as seamless scientific truth: there are only idealizations of the natural world, and over time, the refinement of those idealizations so the holes get smaller and fewer.

William R. Cumming

Babak! Gould lived in a time when knowledge of genetics snowballing! His problem? MUTATIONS-- MOST SPONTANEOUS AND SOME GOOD BUT MOST BAD!

MUTATIONS CANNOT BE PREDICTED THUS "PUNCUATED EQUILIBRIUM"!

William R. Cumming

YUP! No Louis Aggaisi! [sic]

no one

OK then GCP, Maybe I have it wrong. Please enlighten me. Where did all of the stuff that makes up the planets and stars come from in the beginning?

You probably didn't notice the section of my comment (or Tyler's or Babak's) concerning speciation, but, now that I draw your attention in that direction, maybe you could say something to clear my ignorance on that issue as well.

Thanks.

The Twisted Genius

Cieran,

"There are serious questions about any scientific theory, because that's the nature of the fruits of science. Science produces idealizations about the world, not mystical seamless truths."

Well said. My favorite course was "The Century of Darwin" in the history department of RPI. We looked at the long gradual process of assembling the theory of evolution in the 19th century. Darwin's "Origin of Species" contained some of the toughest critiques of the theory in the best tradition of the scientific methodology. This process attempts to discover the best explanation for a phenomena, but does not settle for an ultimate truth. It's always looking for the next best thing. Comparing this to any of the creation myths is absurd. A creation myth, whether it be Genesis or any other myth, is a truth that must be either accepted or not. It requires no proof, just faith. Darwin's faith changed over time. He began as an Anglican, then a Unitarian. Through doubt and examination he became a Theist and finally an Agnostic. Not all scientists go through this journey of faith. Gregor Mendel didn't. To me creation science is about doubt of faith and an attempt to dispel those doubts through science or a semblance of science.

GulfCoastPirate

Nonsense. The guy hadn't been paying his grazing bill since 1993. What does Obama or any law have to do with the fact the guy is nothing but a deadbeat and a lot of know-nothings (also probably deadbeats) were supporting him? Harry Reid is correct - it isn't over. Once they take his cattle they need to give him a bill for 150+ years of overdue taxes since he thinks his family has owned that land for that long.

Cieran

TTG:

You've hit the nail on the head with this: "To me creation science is about doubt of faith and an attempt to dispel those doubts through science or a semblance of science."

The beauty of faith is that it doesn't require external validation, and those folks seeking scientific justification for their religious beliefs are looking in all the wrong places.

Your "Century of Darwin" course sounds like a history of science dream come true. But then again, RPI is one of the finest schools of science and engineering in the world, so it's no surprise you got a great education there.

I just got home from a few days spent at RPI (well, at Watervliet for work, but whenever I get the chance to spend time near a great university, I always take it, so Troy is where I like to stay). We even had some snow there this week to remind me why I no longer live in the north!

GulfCoastPirate

no one asked a couple of questions:

1. Energy
2. Yes, I noticed your and Tyler's comments. Personally, I'm not that interested in the question. Scientists will work it out over time and there will be appropriate reworkings of the theory. I'm more interested in making sure that people like you and Tyler don't bring your religious dogma into science classes in the public schools. If you want to teach religion you can do it in private schools like the Catholics (where I sent my kids and grandkids) or you can do it at home. Your religious dogma has no place in public schools.

Charles

Life and vision are fuzzy.

These commonly perceptible established paradigms have irrefutably advanced both our store of knowledge, and our capacity to retain, utilize, preserve and manitain it. Anyone who believes in both Creation and the laws of physics etc, i.e., the planet is billions of years old, I cannot argue with per se. Unless their evidence, or system of analysis is as variable and as fuzzy as our sacred texts.

Its my understanding from Northrup Frye, the great Canadian biblical scholar, that we are currently on the 7th iteration of an ancient Sumerian account of Perfect Creation, human imperfection, wanton destruction, redemptive intervention and elevation to Grace.

Same story, but the details and accounts are fabulously varied, contradictory and open to many, many interpretations, applications and ends. To the point where there can be basic disagreement as to why the sky is blue in a way no prism subject to the, er Laws of physics would or could entertain.

Notwithstanding that, Frye also observed that with the passing of the Biblical universal codex our souls will be adrift in a hopelessly unstructured amalgam of truth, lies, power and human nature streaming at us 24 7 at the speed of light.

Charles

agreed, except I pity the Creationist foll who is a biblical literalist

Charles

Anybody watching You Inner Fish on PBS this week, its pretty fascinating.

I am a man of science. Prepared to put faith in the notion of a 13bn+ yea old universe, cause and effect and all that has unfolded as it apparently should have according to models we have built by reverse enginneering the available evidence, as we did with Enigma in WWII. E&Os Excepted.

Big bang, Creation, that Cause awaits, but accepting evolution from 3.4 billion years ago, mindful Creationism as expressed in our times cannot be, but by chance or Divinity, as set out in those human accounts stipulating temporal in-errancy of divine prescription generated in the past few thousand of years by humans.

Our Creation myths have yet to address many of these questions in a coherent manner that science has at least attempted to order and replicate to manifest universal human application and substantial material benefit. I pray for the continued success of their experiments.

So for life I go with science for now, although my science includes personal experience with physcotropically enhanced encounters with Nature demonstrating that something greater than I or my conscious apprehension is capable of anything more than believing it occurred, must underlie the phenomena observed and perceptions of the moment. Something in my mind and soul most seemingly incorporeal and non-temporal occurred though I in the same breath emphatically insist I FELT it. Whatever It is. I tend to electricity and biochemistry I am led to believe originated from distant stars.

I cannot explain them all. I would stake my life that the Purpose Creationists seek can not be found denying science without systematic explication, replication, and challenge of their own paradigms as best as they can manifest in this temporal world to explicitly support Creationist assertions. As science does on its way to the consumer and military markets.

optimax

A scientific theory can be proven false but not true. Evolution, like the general theory of relativity, has never been proven false, though it has been refined by modern fossil finds and genetic observations, experiments and applications. Because the origin of life and a species is not observable through experimentation and the fossil evidence is incomplete, there is a great diversity of hypothesis as to many of the inner workings of of evolution, the theory remains intact.

One of many facts I find persuasive of evolution is that the modern human is 98.4 percent indistinguishable from the modern chimpanzee. There is more difference between a zebra and a horse, or between a dolphin and porpoise, than between man and chimp. Calling someone a Monkey's Uncle (which I haven't heard since sixth grade) is more truthful than insulting.

Tyler

By the giant walls of text you built to assauge an argument I never made, you prove my point about evolution adherents acting more like cultists while smugly wrapping themselves in Sciencianity.

Tyler

Lol yeah Harry Reid also forgot to mention that his son lobbied hard for the land in order to benefit a Chinese company.

Again, you either enforce all the laws or you'll be able to enforce none of them.Keep defending your chocolate messiah though.

Tyler

Its said to see someone reduced to bitchy sniping when he knows he doesn't have an argument. : /

Tyler

Dude you could have just written "I can only parrot the words of other people and in reality have no clue how evolution works" and saved yourself some time.

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