ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN

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ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN

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Comment by Christopher Wilton on February 20, 2010 at 8:39am
If anyone is on facebook, could you please consider lending support to my new facebook group; "Hospital Chaplains SHOULD Pay Their Own Way!!!"
I really want to make a noise about this and massive support on facebook has been known to catch the eye of the press. Please spread the word as wide as possible, it doesn't have to be restricted to the UK.

Cheers.

(P.S. - I've only just set it up, so there's not much content, all suggestions welcome.)
Comment by LarryW on February 19, 2010 at 7:55am
Why is this article riddled with links to Add's. Kind of takes away some of the credibility of the publication. The article itself, however, is very interesting and provocative.
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/An_Answer_To_Another_Of_Life_Big_...
(earlier post by Stephen Bant )
Comment by Steve Nelson on February 18, 2010 at 10:06pm
Hey everyone, I wanted to comment about some misconseptions that I think people may be having about my Wonderful series of stories, the Tomorrow's World Scifi/Love books.
Some people get the wrong impression because I put on the label 18+ Only. That's because this society, Being 2 faced hypocrits, can't seem to get the idea that a whole society could be different than theirs. Example The Early British explorers & the Polynesians. To the High & Mighty British the island people were a Filty Immoral people. The truth is the British & other europeans 'Stunk' & carried diseases that wiped out whole populations. The islanders & other's had their own social systems that the europeans found disgusting. Maybe some were. But the point is that these were 'Different societies' with different customs...
It's the same with my stories about the Genetically Engineered humans of the future. In their society they have 0 disease. They live all their lives Naked. Sex is 'Safe' & the very currency of their society. From the moment they are 'Designed' by other Loving Humans who were intern 'Designed' in a Genetics lab, They are instilled with genes that promote only LOVE & not Hate. There are No BAD Seeds in their society. So they Love Sex & they are Naked, So What!
I know that those 2 things right there are repugnant to many in our current society that delights in killing each other as fast as possible in the most ingenious of ways as possible.
I just think that my stories are of a 'Better' type of society on every conceivable level.
Do you know some of the basic reasons that the hero of the story, Male501E, was chosen to be revived was that brain scans showed him to be totally divoid of Hateful & Violent thought waves, also he was free of any dangerous diseases, plus there was his life long desire & reputation of being truthful.
Anyway I just invite all to visit my site, read excerpts. If you want more just ask. My e-mail is right there on the CONTACT page. Please also Read the swell Review at My Favorite Nudes.
Gosh I hope I aint gone on too long here. Plus please forgive my horrid spelling. I am currently deep into writing a 3rd book. This one about a Maintenance Engineer of a deep space vessel that gets attacked by Something? He defends the vessel when the captain & the entire bridge crew are killed. How's the ending? I don't know yet... I'll aint got that far. Most Sincerely everyone, Steve Nelson
Comment by jeric harper on February 13, 2010 at 9:31pm
anybody in north colorado? check out darwin day at colorado state univ.

http://www.atheistnexus.org/events/darwin-day-movie-night
Comment by Hitman on February 13, 2010 at 1:51pm
@ Marc thanks for that. Would love to read your paper.
Comment by Sally Morem on February 9, 2010 at 6:12pm
Thanks Stephen for the link.

"The team found that the cellular machinery needed to create mitochondria was constructed from parts pre-existing in the bacterium. These parts did other jobs for the bacterium, and were cobbled together by evolution to do something new and more exciting."

Another piece of evidence that show Behe's irreducible complexity idea is irreducibly silly.
Comment by Marc Draco on February 7, 2010 at 3:06pm
Hitman, your friend has his factoids all of a muddle.

Mutation is (in essence) random. Selection is not. Evolution is therefore a random process guided by selection.

Evolution doesn't fix dates; but knowing how A evolved into C can help you pinpoint B in a rock strata by predicting when and where it should be. This has been used to find previously undiscovered fossils.

As for disability: if we assume a disability is a mutation then some disabilities might give a person an advantage. Humans have messed it up by trying to fix everything that nature produces but in nature, mutation continues unperturbed and mutations - often incredibly slight - over time will occasionally give advantages.

I've done a paper on this (applied to language) with examples if you want to see it.
Comment by Hitman on February 7, 2010 at 2:53pm
A friend is claiming this is a contradiction between dates given for the age of humans by evolution theorists and the archaeologists. I have never come across this arguement before. He is going to send me his evidence. Does evolution fix dates?
Another friend, when I argued that evolution wasn't random, said we claimed the mutations are. Doesn't that mean that every disability is 'designed'?
Comment by Sally Morem on February 7, 2010 at 12:47pm
After reading "Chaos" I read a number of other books related in theme. I wrote a lengthy essay linking the ideas discussed in these books called "The Grassroots Creation." Check it out here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/3301028/The-Grassroots-Creation
Comment by Steve Nelson on February 7, 2010 at 11:55am
Sally, I'll have to look for that book. Sounds interesting. I personally can't wait till religion is in the dust bin of history. I just think of the MILLIONS who have died because of religions. It is astounding! My stories about the future are about this. Yes they are erotic. So what. I don't think Sex is a Dirty Thing. I believe sex is Normal, Natural and Necessary for humans to function properly. So that's what my stories are about. TW1 and TW2 Desert Trek. Look'em up here on my blog or by Googling my name and story titles. Please Enjoy.
"Chaos" reminds me of Jeff goldblume in Jarrasic Park. Sincerely Yours, Steve Nelson
 

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