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 Tony Davis on December 25, 2010 at 1:25pm
On this point of religious images during Christmas I am wondering something.  I have not lived in Europe for a while but do still visit often.  I am concerned that in the wake of increasing Islamification of Europe that non-Muslims might feel it necessary to "band together" and the easiest thing to rally around if you feel threatened by Islam is Christianity.  Has anyone had similar thoughts or seen any evidence of a resurgence in Christianity because of this?
Comment by Marc Draco on December 25, 2010 at 12:46pm
BBC is known for spreading a religious message even though it's supposed to be a secular organisation. When I looked at this slideshow, 9 of the 10 images were of people praying yet Christmas is as much a secular holiday these days as a religious one. The BBC is becoming increasingly pious against the flow of feeling in the uk and that is both irritating and wrong.
Comment by Susan Stanko on December 25, 2010 at 12:44pm
I don't see what is wrong with that either.
Comment by AJ on December 25, 2010 at 11:15am
I don't see what's so bad about posting Christmas pictures from around the world....!!!! It's Christmas day after all... Am I missing something?
Comment by Marc Draco on December 25, 2010 at 6:19am

The BBC just can't help itself with this fecking religious message...

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-12078559

Comment by Rudy V Kiist on December 21, 2010 at 10:26pm
And speaking of which, yes I noticed I should have wrote "an" instead of "a" (^_^)
Comment by Rudy V Kiist on December 21, 2010 at 10:24pm

Well, the whole education system in the states seems to need a bit of a overhaul.

http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-general/20101221/US.Military.E...

Comment by Marc Draco on December 21, 2010 at 7:50pm

Dr. Cowboy - I don't think they have a choice; think Pavlov's dogs and you can see how I'm reasoning this out.

 

It should make an interesting (hopefully, last) chapter for my book as its quite intensive stuff; but in essence I think once we're conditioned to think a particular "truth" it becomes so ingrained that it is (almost) impossible to overcome.

 

A delusion if you like - but there appears to be a real mechanism behind this that we're all prone to.

Comment by Dr. Cowboy on December 21, 2010 at 5:03pm

Oh, they don't doubt ALL science, just the parts that contradict their view that the world is magical.  Of course, they don't actually realize that the same science that proves the universe is over 13 billion years old also allows their TV to work.  They love science when it doesn't contradict them, but when it does they believe scientists just make stuff up.  Oi.

Comment by CDB on December 21, 2010 at 4:50pm
I think anyone that doubts evolution, doubts science and should have to give up all the science advances they enjoy in everyday life and go back to a cave......
 

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