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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The portrait is Charles Darwin, age 31, in 1840

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Comment by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on March 20, 2009 at 10:58am
Good summary of the differences between Fundie "evilution" and the scientific stuff. It seems that is was pearls cast before swine, as some Jewish chap said some time ago.
Comment by Grill Vogel on March 18, 2009 at 3:17pm
Ahahahaha, check out what I've been up to: http://richarddawkins.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=75994
Comment by Alex Donovan on March 11, 2009 at 8:33am
Thanks!
Comment by Amy on March 10, 2009 at 10:06pm
I like it Alex! I sent your comment to some fellow atheist friends for their enjoyment. Don't worry I gave you credit! :)
Comment by Alex Donovan on March 9, 2009 at 7:54am
The Fundy Mentality:
No stem cell research, but brain-dead vegetables like Terry Schiavo should be kept alive indefinitely.
"Pro-life" when it comes to fetuses, but let's execute mentally retarded people when social programs are cut, and, left without resources or rehabilitation, a mentally retarded person commits rape or murder.
The Christian 'right to die' plan: If you are in the final stages of a terminal illness, and would rather die than suffer or put your family through the financial hardship, then simply kill the guy in the bed next to you, and they'll ship you to Texas for a free ride on the electric couch.
Comment by Marc Draco on March 6, 2009 at 5:06pm
"I strongly support expanding research on stem cells," he said on the campaign trail.

"I believe that the restrictions that President Bush has placed on funding of human embryonic stem cell research have handcuffed our scientists and hindered our ability to compete with other nations."

-- President Obama, quoted on BBC News
Comment by Marc Draco on March 6, 2009 at 5:02pm
WASPs all over America are now dropping to their knees and praying. Hopefully, those prayers will be answered the same as all other prayers are.
Comment by Leslee Love on March 6, 2009 at 3:36pm
Yes! And isn't it fantastic! Obama!!
Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on March 3, 2009 at 5:34pm
Re Claudia's comment, below:

These matters are very tricky.
They are at the cutting edge of advanced cosmology and mathematics, and are in the course of being solved.
The answer, though, should lie in quantum mechanics as Vic Stenger, physicist, proposes.
Before the Big Bang. because the implied void is so unstable, there could have been a Big Crunch.
Crunches and Bangs could alternate.
Universes exist in real time. Big Bang starts as real time. Big Crunch ends as real time.
The one leads towards the other and to the implied void and instability. This would be timeless chaotic emptiness, but immediately quantum mechanics suggests that a new Universe formed because a new BB would immediately follow. The situation could well continue ad infinitum. Universes always were. In REAL TIME universes are all there can be. They are eternally present, forever existing, because their absence would imply an unstable state of the void that cannot exist in time.
Therefore, a universe–or universes—must be. They always were and always shall be.

It is best to raise these deep questions on the open discussion board, to allow expert mathematicians and cosmologists to expand the argument. Try doing that. Other promising approaches involve string theory, multi-dimensional states and colliding branes.
Terence.
Comment by Franrose O on February 17, 2009 at 12:15am
The book that was established by Charles Darwin explained the theory of life sciences. On his 50th birthday, he unleashed the idea that species evolve and adapt to their environments. He investigated the changes of species and considered his theory of natural selection. Natural selection is one of the hottest points of discussions in the world, never mind payday loans. No other idea has been so praised and vilified perhaps in all history.
 

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