It appears to me that many “Ah Ha” moments developed after witnessing how pathetic and/or ridiculous most “religious” people are or appear. Mainly due to the blind believe in the FSM when there is no way to disprove the existence of the tooth fairy. I will be the first to agree on this point. Most “believers” appear about as educated as a walrus splashing on the seashore.
Looking to believers is a sure way to never believe in God. I started this post while enjoying a few brews and personally have not religiously (pun intended) gone to church for about 14 years. I almost decided not to respond to anyone because it dawned on me that most people refuse to have friendly open discussion on this topic. But I started this, so here I go.
What in movies has made you superstitious?
Variation within a species has always been around. What scientifically justifies a jump between species? This has never been observed IMHO. Few fossils have been found that truly support this claim. A lot could have resulted from “the flood” and you just need to look to today to realize mass quantities of species are going extinct every day. According to science, dinosaurs have been extinct for millions of years, but they have found preserved dinosaur blood vessels?
I respect your decision, but remember that the truth might not be in a realm of our possible:) FSM might come down an serve breakfast!
I like that quote as well.
Gravity and the second law of thermodynamics can be readily observed today. In the physical world I don’t think there is any room for debate. Anyone not believing can be told to walk off a bridge and will learn these laws are true (unless the FSM comes and saves them:)). IMHO the fossil record is greatly lacking the vast evidence to prove what should be overwhelmingly abundant examples of the in between species. The few that seem to fit could be an extinct species, the result of a catastrophe, or simply fabricated (it wouldn’t be the first time).
I am surprised you would use “the best explanation of observable facts that the smartest people of the planet have been able to come up with” as a good argument to prove it’s validity. This is like promoting the buy and hold strategy for stocks or that “They” will solve any future energy crisis. I also think the large majority of science HAS to prove evolution to get continued government funding. This is disturbing as how is “some other scientific theory” supposed to emerge if all contrary findings are smothered?
I agree that many do not have the scientific foundation. Please reference me to what should give me that in areas I am lacking. I don’t want you thinking I just like to argue!
Microevolution is not Macro and all mutations are usually a hindrance if not lethal to the specimen. There has been some interesting stuff done with flies. It is cool that they can splice DNA and make flies with sections of their bodies in the wrong places.
I agree that creationism is not very useful at inspiring research, as it does not prompt people to go out searching for life’s hidden meanings. In this respect, I think the existence of theory of evolution is great.
I agree that faith can be a bad thing. Just how many wars are fought over different religions? As for no evidence, it could be argued that everything you see is evidence?
I also agree that there will never be anything to prove there is a God, but (cover your eyes if you vomit on mention of religious books) I also think there will never be anything that disproves the Bible. To me that is important because it references things in the future as well.
I think this is true for a lot of church goers. No real belief, just following the crowd.
I think how the Catholic faith has adopted evolution to be insane, but I am not Catholic and most Christians would not call me a practicing Christian because I like to down a few…too many:) As for evolution standing heavy scrutiny, I don’t even understand why our schools waste the time teaching evolution or intelligent design when neither can be confirmed.
I love the science in your path analogy. I think this is huge in how we all see things.
Infinite degradation is what is observed in observable evolution. It is my understanding that viruses usually change in this manner (degradation, taking away from the DNA). This is true for all other observed evolution. I don’t know how degradation of genes turned into enhanced genes being passed along.
I follow the “who designed god” argument, but doesn’t the supernatural beyond comprehension “I am that I am” of God imply that we do not fathom His being and that it is eternal? I guess that is one of my problems with evolution. It requires a person to believe in the eternal or that something happened spontaneously, which in my opinion is not greatly different from belief in God. Infinium, the timeline for evolution:)
I don’t think Newton was wrong, it just doesn’t apply to quantum physics…almost like another dimension. I agree there is no reason to stop searching for other theories beyond evolution or hand waving god did it. I hope I don’t seem too smug, but we all know teachers do not know everything, and we should not be scolded either for pointing it out occasionally. Otherwise, people learn false information.