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 Joseph P on June 29, 2011 at 9:05pm
And yet, they gave us Ray Comfort.  Something screwy going on over there.
Comment by Raul Alva on June 29, 2011 at 6:54pm
I must aknowledge in my country, Mexico, the science education problem is something like yours ;)
Comment by Raul Alva on June 29, 2011 at 6:53pm
Although beauty contestants may be not a standard sample from USA population, there are these results to be taken into account: Gallup poll among Americans, in december2010 shows 40% believe in Creationist view, 38% believe in Theistic evolution, and 16% believe in Naturalistic evolution. I think "math" parody video shows the best answer to this illiterate or perverse question, "do you believe in evolution?", and it is "Is that a joke?" (the one a science educated person -no matter the age or professional activity- should respond).
Comment by Jennifer R on June 29, 2011 at 5:50pm
We're talking about Miss USA who gets to compete in the Miss Universe pageant. Not Miss America.
Comment by Park Bierbower on June 29, 2011 at 5:32pm
I'm sorry, I must be missing something, but the miss america website says that the winner for 2011 was from nebraska.  anyone know what thats about?  maybe thats where she was born, but I don't see why that would be listed on her info for having won.  I must be missing something here.
Comment by Alice on June 29, 2011 at 5:19pm
It is very surprising though, that a self professed science geek would win Miss America - I didn't think they have those values.  Perhaps she had other 'assets'.
Comment by Rudy V Kiist on June 29, 2011 at 1:44pm
No offense, but how is she any different than most of your politicians and dignitaries?
Comment by Jennifer R on June 29, 2011 at 12:04pm
I think we should start a separate topic for this discussion instead of pinging everyone's inbox.
Comment by Chuck VonDerAhe on June 29, 2011 at 11:40am
The way I express it is, "I accept the fact of the evolutionary theory".
Comment by Marc Draco on June 29, 2011 at 11:19am

No Mike, we don't... we can separate "belief" in the demonstrable (2+2=4) from belief in the supernatural; theists, on the other hand, cannot!

 

Hence my use of quotes around "believe".

 

English is a very powerful way to express yourself - it has the 2nd highest redundancy of all popular languages - but when a word like belief is hijacked in two different meanings, then one side has to stop using it to avoid confusion.

 

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