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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 August 9, 2011 at 11:14am
What about James Earl Jones?  I swear, for the reading of the Bible that he did, they should have marketed it as 'The Bible: as read by the Voice of God'.
Comment by Bob on August 9, 2011 at 10:43am

 

from, The Carl Sagan Portal

yeah..I do..it's the old "argument from authority" .."Arguments from authority carry little weight (in science there are no "authorities"). Carl Sagan Baloney Detection Kit

 

Post hoc, ergo propter hoc - "it happened after so it was caused by" - confusion of cause and effect. Carl Sagan The Demon Haunted World
Comment by Marc Draco on August 9, 2011 at 10:08am

Because WLC is a tit and doesn't understand how "time" works.

 

D'oh!

Comment by Joseph P on August 9, 2011 at 9:46am
Yeah Michael, I've run into this sort of thing several times, in my discussions at work, along with all of the grotesque misunderstandings of Evolution.  The Big Bang is not creation ex nihilo.  It's just an expansion event.
Comment by Joseph P on August 9, 2011 at 9:44am
Not really spam, if it's topical.
Comment by Diego Veríssimo Lakatos on August 8, 2011 at 8:40pm
Hello, sorry for the spam, but it's for a good cause. Along with some friends I'm launching a website called "rational society"(www.sociedaderacional.org). The site is in Portuguese but you can translate the page to the language you wish, and send texts for publication.I invite everyone to visit us. thanks
Comment by Craigart14 on August 8, 2011 at 2:43pm
Exactly.  Science doesn't know everything, but scientists freely admit that while they keep searching.  Religion doesn't know anything, but can't admit it.  So religion tries to dictate science.
Comment by Ezra David Rose on August 8, 2011 at 11:57am

I agree with Mike K. "If" there is a multiverse, then no one universe makes up all that exists; and the definition becomes inaccurate. Even if we do not know for sure that such a scenario exists, the concept should be addressed using accurate definitions. It's ironic that throughout history how religious "facts" quickly become fictions, while fictions of science have become facts at nearly the same rate. And to address Craigart14; your post reminds me of a quote I heard: "Science doesn't know everything, but religion doesn't know anything."

Comment by Craigart14 on August 8, 2011 at 6:36am
Two separate shows, I think?  I tried to watch the half-hour panel discussion, but it seemed to be the usual science-can't-answer-the-big questions claptrap.  No one will say on TV that religion can't answer them either, and that science isn't terribly interested in them.  No one ever thinks to point out the obvious fact that religion can't answer scientific questions.  Stephen Hawking's 90 minutes were well done, with beautiful and clear illustrations.  The fact that he's alive and can communicate reveals the power of science and the need for more and more research.
Comment by Chimp Jones on August 8, 2011 at 6:08am

The comments section at curiosity.com (Discovery's domain for the show) is rather discouraging. The show however looks as if it will be one worth following. Imagining it will be torrentable in a day or so.. ;)

http://curiosity.discovery.com/topic/space-exploration/did-god-crea...

 

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