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 Mike Layfield on September 26, 2009 at 9:54pm
Ockham's Razor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occam's_razor
Comment by Mike Layfield on September 26, 2009 at 9:52pm
"Pluralitas non est ponenda sine necessitate" translates "plurality should not be posited without necessity." William of Ockham came up with this formulation in the 14th century to counter the assumption-larded arguments of the Neo-platonists of his day. The idea is that explanations with fewer assumptions more closely approximate the truth than explanations with more assumptions. More ≠ better.
Comment by Jaume on September 26, 2009 at 7:14pm
Lex Parsimoniae
Comment by Marc Draco on September 26, 2009 at 5:26pm
Can someone translate the "Principle of Parsimony" into classical Latin, please? I can't get my head around it... (Latin that is, not the razor!)
Comment by Louis Davout on September 14, 2009 at 8:14am
Comment by Jim DePaulo on September 13, 2009 at 2:41pm
Vietnam was about rich white men sending the sons of poor black men to kill the sons of poor asian men.
Comment by Marc Draco on September 12, 2009 at 11:24am
Hear, hear.
Comment by Michael on September 12, 2009 at 10:45am
Since we're (more or less) on the subject of war I wanted to clear up one of the arguments used by the x-tians. I was a US Marine for 5 years and in Vietnam for 1.5. I saw quite a bit of combat and I just wanted to say that god was never in most of our fox holes. While I'm at it I may as well make a comment, that war is obscene as are all of these self-righteous &*^%# idiots who start them. Amen
Comment by Marc Draco on September 12, 2009 at 8:56am
Did anyone else catch Pope Tony in the Guardian? http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2009/sep/07/religious-communities-nations-development

Blair is so self-righteous, it's shame he won't bother to read the numerous comments - the vast majority of which are... well... have a look for yourself and enjoy!
Comment by Susan Stanko on September 12, 2009 at 8:33am
Of course not. Rich men declare War but, the poor actually fight the war.
 

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