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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A huge tragedy in our past

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Did Jesus Save the Klingons?

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Dunbar's number

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Leader of the Church of England doubts the existence of god

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Limb Regeneration Ability

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Scientific Adam and Eve

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Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on October 24, 2013 at 5:34pm

Oh, Ok.

Comment by Joseph P on October 24, 2013 at 5:07pm
I'm not sure I've started one in this group. I've started several in other groups, though.
Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on October 24, 2013 at 5:02pm

Joseph, I've never seen you post a discussion or video. Your commentaries are good though.

Comment by Joseph P on October 20, 2013 at 3:04pm

Jeffrey, I'd suggest starting a discussion, in the section above this one.  A conversation like that would be a little difficult to hold in a linear format like this.  The nesting format of a discussion is much better for keeping things sorted and coherent.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 20, 2013 at 12:58pm
Chris, I was able to download the first chapter and will purchase the Kindle version after reading it. I like the ideas he posted on his web site. The neurological aspects intrigue me. Doing brain scans, FMRI, makes the information plausible, not just speculation.
fmri Web definitions
functional magnetic resonance imaging: a form of magnetic resonance imaging of the brain that registers blood flow to functioning areas of the brain
Thanks for the lead.
Comment by Plinius on October 20, 2013 at 8:30am

I read Het Morele Instinct by Jan Verplaetse, a Flemish teacher of moral philosophy - I can't find if it has been translated into English. Anyway, he describes in detail the evolution of different moral attitudes and it shows clearly how the different strategies have had their uses. The book gave me lots to think about and made me understand much more about groups of people and other animals and their behaviour. Also good ammunition to use with people who believe that morality came with xtianity. 

http://www.themoralbrain.be/node/7 

 

Comment by Jeffrey Rowan on October 20, 2013 at 8:04am

So, who wants to discuss the evolution of human morality? I find this topic the most interesting one in Atheist discussions.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 17, 2013 at 11:57pm

New Skull Discovery Causes Controversy

Abstract: "The site of Dmanisi, Georgia, has yielded an impressive sample of hominid cranial and postcranial remains, documenting the presence of Homo outside Africa around 1.8 million years ago. Here we report on a new cranium from Dmanisi (D4500) that, together with its mandible (D2600), represents the world's first completely preserved adult hominid skull from the early Pleistocene. D4500/D2600 combines a small braincase (546 cubic centimeters) with a large prognathic face and exhibits close morphological affinities with the earliest known Homo fossils from Africa. The Dmanisi sample, which now comprises five crania, provides direct evidence for wide morphological variation within and among early Homo paleodemes. This implies the existence of a single evolving lineage of earlyHomo, with phylogeographic continuity across continents."

A Complete Skull from Dmanisi, Georgia, and the Evolutionary Biolog...

"An iconic new skull from Dmanisi, Georgia, dated to 1.8 million years ago, presents a new face for our genus Homo. The stunningly complete skull of an adult man has a surprisingly primitive, protruding upper jaw, and a tiny braincase. Combined with skulls found earlier at Dmanisi, it suggests that ancient people from the same time and place could look quite different from each other."

Stunning Skull Gives a Fresh Portrait of Early Humans

As the Sensuous Curmudgeon states, there will be debate over the meaning of this find among and between scientists, yet it offers one more piece of the puzzle of the most complete pre-human skull uncovered. 

The fun will be to watch the Intelligent Design people crawl all over this, much as the Blob from science fiction did. 

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on October 15, 2013 at 10:54am

Killing for America

A satirical look at killing people.

Smart Dog Videos London (UK) production for Napoleon Bonaparte's channel on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/user/pdrquay

'Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel'

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Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on October 11, 2013 at 7:17pm

                                Athée Voyous 無神論者悪漢

 

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