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 Fred Trellis on April 13, 2012 at 4:37am

I'm going to second what The Flying Atheist says, with one huge caveat.

"In Our Time" fails utterly when talking modern(ish) science.  History of science - no problem.  The cultural significance of "Waiting for Godot" - no problem.  Feminist readings of Marxian geography, with particular reference to Detroit gangland culture - no problem.

I don't recall the exact episode  - there was some very well spoken woman trying to discuss (light bulb filaments?   Magnets (how the frack do they work?) ?.  Space travel? - I forget what exactly) and it was so abysmally ill-informed, I never listened again.  

It was like "In Our Time" was a series of lectures on science, presented by C. Tidman.

Comment by Richard ∑wald on April 13, 2012 at 2:43am

Is the Christ Id Man show still on?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 13, 2012 at 1:54am

@Fred Trellis

An interesting coincidence that you bring up the name Lamarck.  Earlier today I listened to an old podcasts from 2003 of "In Our Time" from BBC Radio with Melvyn Bragg.  The topic discussed with his three panelists was "Jean-Baptiste Lamarck and Natural Selection."

Podcast info here:  Lamarck and Natural Selection

Podcast player:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/p005495d

For everyone:  if you're not familiar with the "In Our Time" program, you should check it out.  Every episode is an interesting discussion with Melvyn Bragg and three scholars.  Topics vary from history, science, religion, cultural...everything...old and new.  I was introduced to it last year and am in the process of listening to past years' episodes.  I just finished the year 2003!!  Great stuff. 

Comment by Fred Trellis on April 12, 2012 at 11:32pm

@tidman.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamarckism

This is the third comment you have made which suggests you do not understand the current synthesis that is evolutionary theory.  You are investing the individual with an evolutionary effect or significance the individual simply does not have individually as an individual individual.  As an individual in a group - yes.  As an individual on their own - no.  

Comment by Joseph P on April 12, 2012 at 12:25pm
He's too important to read what others say, correcting his preaching.
Comment by Littlejohn Dellar on April 12, 2012 at 11:47am

@Kenneth Hilland

If you really want to find out what that kind of experience is like, but without quite so much associated risk, I suggest you try smoking 30x concentrated Salvia Divinorum.

The effects are very similar but last only a couple of minutes.

Comment by Joseph P on April 12, 2012 at 11:46am
Denise, you're not being fair. He's a Very Important Person and is therefore immune to having to support the bat-shit insane things he says.
Comment by Littlejohn Dellar on April 12, 2012 at 11:45am

@Kenneth Hilland.

DMT is not a plant.  N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is a naturally occurring psychedelic compound of the tryptamine family. DMT is ubiquitous in plants. It occurs as trace amounts in mammals, including humans, where it may putatively function as a trace amine neurotransmitter. It is originally derived from the essential amino acid tryptophan and ultimately produced by the enzyme INMT during normal metabolism. The significance of its widespread natural presence remains undetermined. Structurally, DMT is analogous to the serotonin (5-HT), the hormone melatonin, and other psychedelic tryptamines, such as 5-MeO-DMT, bufotenin, and psilocin (the active metabolite of psilocybin).

Comment by Kyu on April 12, 2012 at 11:38am

I thought the secret to learning to fly was in throwing yourself at the ground and then getting distracted on the way down so that you forgot you couldn't....

Comment by Jennifer Moran on April 12, 2012 at 10:36am
Okey dokey then. Time to unfollow. This thread jumped the shark about 50 posts ago.
 

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