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ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 17, 2013 at 2:46pm
Troy, that is my thinking as well.
Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on February 17, 2013 at 10:59am

Wisely put, Troy.

Comment by Troy Warner on February 17, 2013 at 10:54am

The fact that we are here due to the deaths of many stars makes life more awesome than we were created by some being for that being's amusement.

Comment by Gerard R.Johnson on February 12, 2013 at 10:50am

Happy Darwin day everyone.

Comment by Chris Dodds on February 12, 2013 at 10:44am

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 11, 2013 at 11:22pm

"You know the elephant seal I made"

Evolution "fixes problems ... like dirty noses. 

Comment by Joseph P on January 24, 2013 at 6:15pm

... hate, ostracize, monger-war, dominate, exploit, and exclude do not engender honor

You're referring to Fox News with all of that, right?

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 24, 2013 at 5:52pm

Left-wing, right-wing, the key word is church. 

Those who hate, ostracize, monger-war, dominate, exploit, and exclude do not engender honor.

Comment by Joseph P on January 24, 2013 at 5:11pm

Speaking of Fred Phelps's clan, did you know that:

 

Conservative bikers turned out yesterday to protect Newtown mourners from Democrat Fred Phelps and his Westboro cult from protesting.

From http://nation.foxnews.com/connecticut-elementary-school-shooting/20...

You didn't know that the Westboro Baptist Church was a left-wing cult, did you?

Comment by Joseph P on January 24, 2013 at 5:07pm

Its premise is over-exaggerated, even if it wasn't horribly flawed.  And its premise is simplistic and flawed, in its treatment of the factors that contribute to intelligence.

You can translate the metaphor into other areas, though.

A more serious issue is the spread of memes, with nut-jobs like the Duggars pumping out 19 kids and passing on their fucked-up, fundie-Christian memes to their children.  On our side, we have people like TNT666 not having any children, when I think she'd do a much better job of raising contributing members of society, were she so inclined.

The bright point in that is that we're siphoning off members of the religious community, into our number.  The internet and the increased spread of scientific information is helping with that.  We've got almost no attrition due to children from secular families becoming religious, later in life, since religiosity requires childhood indoctrination, which they're not getting.

Hell, we've got at least one of the Phelps clan who's gone secular, so maybe we can pick off a couple of the Duggar children, if they ever receive sufficient outside education ... although, I admit that's doubtful, considering that they're all home-schooled.

All that aside, Idiocracy is a fairly amusing movie.  I wouldn't put it on any list of greats, but it's worth watching.

 

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