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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 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......
Comment by Marc Draco on December 21, 2010 at 4:37pm

Damnit, that's twice I lost what I was trying to say: in essence what we have is this:

 

Pavlov's American Dogs.

Comment by Rhonda Floyd on December 21, 2010 at 2:30pm

  I grew up in Maine, and evolution was taught all throughout high school. 

  As soon as I was able to read and comprehend, I realized religion was a farce.  I had great parents, I was never forced or brainwashed into belief of mythical creatures.  I do see it where I live now, TX (ugh, don't ask) they force their children into believing only the KJV.  Sad, but true.  It is truly disgusting the way the children have only one viewpoint.  Almost "Stepford wife-ish". 

Comment by Joseph P on December 21, 2010 at 2:18pm

@Rhonda

It's because they only cover the material briefly in middle school science and one year of high school science.  Meanwhile, their parents and fundamentalist preachers are opposing the school teaching the whole time the kids are in school, and the anti-educational brainwashing is continued long after the real education has ceased.

 

When almost all of what they hear about Evolution is from the people who deliberately lie and misrepresent it, they don't have much of a chance of understanding what it actually says and how beautiful it is.  All they hear about is the crocoduck, only said seriously, not mockingly, as it deserves.

 

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