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The D.S.

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  1. I recently purchased the book and though I have yet to read it, I fully intend on doing so. I got his book merely to see how others were veiwing the "new" athiests and get a feel for whatever they could throw at us. I've been hearing a lot about "good" and "bad" athiests and to be quite honest I don't know what would qualify for a "bad" one. I'm an athiest, one quite concerned about how religions lies distort the world and undermine society. People turn to religion for moral and ethic value when society should have done that in the first place, therefore furthering the lies. I guess I nee
  2. Congratulations! Although I have not been here long, I'm sure that you have done a magnificent job and shall continue to do so. Best of luck
  3. I'd have to say this "force" could go either way- perhaps it IS measurable by science and we just haven't found it with our current senses/scientific hardware or it just be that it isn't humanly possible to understand/even know of this. I'd say anything is possible as well, although I'd much rather see a creational "force" be determined by science (certainly not religion) and (possibly Grand Unified Theory?) so that we may come to better understand everything that is. :) Guess we'll have to wait and find out
  4. After reviewing most of the posted links and info (amazing finds, thanks guys :phones:) my belief in Evolution has never been stronger, the evidence overwhelmingly supports it beyond a doubt. However... Something keeps nagging me. Perhaps I'm a tad too curious for my own good, but does it seem reasonable that Evolution in itself, the Universe in all its splendor, and all of this existance that we know as human beings could have been produced by a force unrecognizable by science? I'm not talking about the modern God of todays religions, perhaps I mean a God that is merely a creator of exi
  5. Genetics, my dear, I have a strong feeling you haven't done as I asked and researched the topic thoroughly. Go to my recent thread titled Arguing Against Intelligent Design and click on the link to the NOVA video. It explains many things in detail...you be "enlightened" :phones:
  6. Wonderous, thanks Infinite, your quite the gold-mine finder :phones:
  7. Comets...either I'm missing the big joke or I seriously don't understand how comets could start life. Please go into further detail :phones:
  8. Reason, your post below is a magnificent display of science at its best :phones: kudos my friend. On a side note... I fully believe in Evolution and its process....but I have very little knowledge concerning how life ever came to be on the planet in the first place. Can anyone ellaborate?
  9. Recently, a friend of mine (a devout christian) started making various analogies and examples for Intelligent Design that I found insightful, intriguing, and down-right...dare I say adventurous. They went like this- 1. All buildings have a builder. 2. All cars have a maker. 3. All paintings have a painter. So, all humans must have a designer, and so must the world? This was my friends arguement. At first I told him/her that they were using artificial objects as comparison, therefore, of course they are man-made and designed. I then referred to nature and animals, the way grass grows,
  10. I understand your point. I too find these forums informative, and actually, quite relaxing to find others with many viewpoints that are my own. Let's drop the topic, for this threads original question has been thoroughly answered (i started it as it may be) and i believe we should move on. As long as ppl are subscribed to this thread, let me pose a new question. It would seem that many of us here (with the exception of a very small amount) believe that Evolution holds enough evidence for us to find it true. Kids today are being taught in classrooms throughout the nation the idea of Evolut
  11. I wanna jump on in this for a sec...for the past, i dunno, couple of posts theres been bickering about "clarifying" thunderbirds apparent comment. Eco and Thunder...STOP BICKERING :lol: geez you'd think we were dealing with little kids. This is a FORUM where debate is encouraged but you two are taking it a tad far. Please stop the nonsense ok? Let's talk science ;)
  12. Oh Brinnie...:lol: I have only one thing to say...you've come to a science forum...aka a place where knowledgable people come to dicuss scientific and world events. Notice the keyword "scientific"...not "scientology". The people at Hypography are far from "critics" as you call them. I take this kinda personally as offensive merely because you haven't been a member for long and you are already firing away at the very people you asked your question to. Not a good choice my dear... If you would like to discuss Scientology I would suggest it be elsewhere than a science forum, as all of us (I
  13. First off, Evolution is atheory, therefore it cannot be "proved. Secondly, why are you asking to "prove" such a thing to a scientologist? As far as I'm concerned, if they believe in the non-sense that I hear, then trying to "prove" such athing would be impossible for those nut-jobs :) Third, you're asking for skulls and locations ect. Such things will do you no good. I would suggest instead of asking for pointless skulls and things that won't help you, that ya study Evolution using the various links and suggestions on this site while also getting more details from a library or authenticat
  14. 1. Mos def Yes 2. Because creationism has zero credibility and evolution has more of an abundance of evidence than most people give it credit for...aka look at all the posts below mine :)
  15. Hey, what it do Gazz. Welcome to the site, hope ya find it to your liking. I'm a partial newby here as well :) Just wanted to say hey!
  16. After listening to Dennets video, I can see points I agree with and see concern about. First off, incorporating religion into schools is a good idea in my book. Learning about the various types and their cultures would certainly aid in educating younger students. I can definitely see how through time, religion would come under scrutiny by those better educated through the schooling system, and given long enough, we could see less "toxic" versions of religion come through the smoke, or even better, the ultimate conversion of society to a reasonable, scientific form. But...I also can see how
  17. I merely asked this question because I have spoken to several people who have heard the same thing and I was beginning to get concerned. It wouldn't have changed anything, but if such a thing were true, then it would make me grimace a tad, knowing he refuted something so great and that was his own. If there are people who truly think Darwin refuted his claims at death, they need to know its a hoax so the spread doesn't give others false info, there by giving more fuel to their religious fire.
  18. Buffy, your arguement that we should pick our battles, and that... "We're talking about *societal* problems, and in my view, attacking religion is a wild goose chase that actually *weakens* the argument that society should become more rational and analytical!" ..is purely genius. I could not have said it better myself. I personally have thought that religion should go away, yet you have managed to change my mind. What good would it really do? Kudos.
  19. Wow. Thanks for finding that lil peice of knowledge. I was seriously gonna be if I found out it was true. I'll be sure to spread the word that it is NOT true to all who ask and speak of it.
  20. I have a quick question that many of you may/may not know the answer to. Ive been hearing that Darwin, on his death bed, refuted his own claims of Evolution and claimed Christianity. I have heard this from several public school graduates as well as a private Christian school grad. Is any of that true? Why would teachers be telling there students such claims? I did find out, however, that not all of Darwins ideas originated from his own mind. Herber Spencer coined the phrase "survival of the fittest", not Darwin, as he used it in his book Origin of Species. Spencer came up with his theory
  21. I bet we would see a significant increase in public knowledge of such basic things like the Earth revolving around the Sun ect. if only the public school system was given additional funding by the government. Do they not realize how essential a quality education is to societies future?
  22. I see your point, Reason, and the hint is duely noted. I would like to point out why I am trying to convince moyself of my views. As long as religion exists in the world we shall find those that oppose scientific claims and hinder societies educational and knowledgable process forward. I am merely trying to do society a favor by starting a new age of reason and try, keyword try, to get the religious to see that logic and reason define our very world, not an un-seeable God. By the way, I happen to find nature and evolution no less amazing as the idea of God, and I think that our very life
  23. lmao, moyself, this is a forum! i encourage u to take the time u need to back up ur claims, for i would indeed need the same if i were in ur shoes.
  24. So the Bible has, somewhat, predicted all these things? It would seem to me that first I need this: 1. Where does it state these predictions and how? 2. Are there any futuristic predictions it has failed/not gotten right? 3. How sure are you that such things aren't just darts somewhat close to the bullseye, meaning, that is just a nice coincidence for believers that a book told them this? Im sorry for all the questions, its merely a part of my nature to rattle the cage of reason and force out knowledge :doh: as for ur time constraint...by all means take ur time in answering me. Thanks.
  25. Mind and Spirit represent two entirely different realms, one of truth and the knowable, the other of opinion and the unknowable. Plato adressess such a topic in his book, Republic, by contrasting the Philosophers and the Sophists. He states that one is a lecturer of truth while the other preaches falseness and lies.
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