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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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The portrait is Charles Darwin, age 31, in 1840

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Comment by Neil Thompson on July 3, 2012 at 1:21am

@James The problem with these people is not necessarily lack of intelligence, it's more likely to be lack of education.  I didn't really "get" science until I met real scientists and discovered the scientific method and some of the clever ways used to get nature to reveal its secrets, thanks to the Open University.  There is also a difficulty, at least for the religious, that in order to accept science as real they may have to give up a lifetime's investment in another philosophy.  Daniel Dennett had some interesting thoughts on that in Melbourne recently http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/183745/watch-daniel-dennetts-how-to...

Comment by Alice on July 2, 2012 at 8:09pm

LOL - exciting news!

Comment by James Bradford on July 2, 2012 at 4:17pm

I read through most of the comments and I can honestly say that the combined I.Q. of these people is about the equivalent of an eggplant. It's sad that so many people in today's society are completely clueless when it comes to intellectual topics.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 2, 2012 at 2:59pm

The news about the Higgs particle is very exciting.  I was, however, quite disappointed (outright pissed, actually) with the ignorant "journalism" from Yahoo! article author, Jeff Stacklin. 

Scientists unveil proof of 'God particle'

The last line of his article:  "Oh, those wacky scientists."

If you want to get depressed, continue past the end of the article and read the comments by our "enlightened" masses. 

Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on July 2, 2012 at 7:57am

amazing times! not so amazing distractions and corruptions though...

Is The Hunt For The 'God Particle' Finally Over?

NPR - 5 hours ago
The buzz is that they're closing in on the elusive Higgs particle. That would be a ... Physicists hope they are hot on the trail of the Higgs particle.

In-Depth: Scientists may announce discovery of Higgs Boson, the 'God particle ...New York Post
Blog: David Willetts: I'm just a science minister, not a particle physicistThe Guardian (blog)
God Particle: Is Higgs boson really found?Economic Times
Phys.Org - Fox News
all 465 news articles »

now as for learning about the not-so-distant church/state past.. this book is #1 w/how things went down for the USA in courts...
made pic small as to not hog up wall here
just click or right click open larger etc.. cyapeace!

Comment by Lillie on June 18, 2012 at 3:35pm

Read this today in New Science, one of the most hopeful things I have read in a long time.

Stephen Hawking is a scientific rock star, we all know that. But what is surprising is the youth of the 70-year-old physicist’s fan base. Before his lecture in Seattle this weekend, pre-teen boys and girls pressed against a velvet rope in the gilded lobby of the Paramount Theater, hoping to catch a glimpse or maybe even snap a picture of him.

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/culturelab/2012/06/hawking-and-ra...

Comment by Lillie on June 4, 2012 at 10:15am

This is one of my favorite topics.  My favorite quote is from Colbert:  "Everyone knows reality has a liberal bias."  Glad to join.

Comment by Marc Draco on May 4, 2012 at 6:03pm

Courtesy of Eugine Scott

http://www.webcitation.org/67Prx6lgG

How many of the speakers are climate change experts? I don't know, but I do note that they claim a UK MP - he's not, he's an MEP (for Europe) and does not hold anything like as much respect; and let's be honest, not many MPs do have much respect these days.

Comment by John Jubinsky on April 22, 2012 at 7:46am

Thanks Alice - I signed it.

Comment by Jon T on April 22, 2012 at 5:07am

@Greg & @ Neil or anyone

The meme idea i will research, it sounds promising. Yet, I am sensing that as a function of our socialization, we gather together and around central controlling ideas driven by our nature for the good of the group and to satisfy belonging, as opposed to reason. It is as though the religious have a natural drive or compulsion to answer first to the group requirements and rationale without question. I think even Academia has this kind of blind following as well, although the body of academic information supports a different out look and understanding of the world. What I am considering is the idea that knowledge gives us our soul or identity; irregardless of how we expound upon the base of knowledge or bring things to the logical conclusion to grow our understanding, I believe our conscience is part of our acting within the body of knowledge. In other words, we are a part of a human group conscience finding its way through space and time learning as we are kind of blown by this wind of revelation that utilizes our intellect and brain in a maturing and growing collective conscience. This is why our morality changes and is thought anew to the next generation, such that old teachings begin to fail rather than be regurgitated throughout time, like both our nature and our practice would have as religion reflects. I think that some of our subconscious functions to manifest this collective body of thought and thinking to carry knowledge growth into the future, and is the driving force behind recording and transmitting to add to the knowledge base in the evolution of our awareness. Any ideas where I could find thought on this?

 

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