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Is it OK to teach evolution in public schools?

Posted May 10, '13 at 10:07pm

nichodemus

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Knight

Evolution is false because it cannot give a full explanation of our origins. It can't take us right back to the beginning of the story. In order for evolutionary processes to get going, things must already be the case. For example: "there must be biological organisms; there must be an environment capable of supporting them; they must be capable of reproduction; random mutations must introduce variety"("Can Evolution Explain" n.d). The problem is that, where did simple organisms capable of reproduction come from? How are environments capable of supporting life? Evolution cannot provide answers to these questions, because evolutionary processes cannot occur until these conditions are met.Organs.
The human brain is one of the most complex things known to man. The brain stores an amazingly huge amount of information. The brain takes in all the colors and objects people see, the temperature around people, the pressure of someone's feet against the floor, the sounds around, the dryness of the mouth, even the texture of the keyboard. The brain holds and processes all natural emotions, thoughts and memories. At the same time the brain keeps track of the ongoing functions of the body like for example breathing pattern, eyelid movement, hunger and movement of the muscles in your hands. The human brain processes more than a million messages a second. The brain weighs the importance of all this data, filtering out the relatively unimportant. This screening function is what allows people to focus and operate effectively in the world. The brain functions differently than other organs "(Adamson n.d).There is intelligence to it, the ability to reason, to produce feelings, to dream and plan, to take action, and relate to other people. God created the human brain, because something as complex and intelligent can only be created by someone as complex and super intelligent like God.

The process of life starting is called abiogenesis. Evolution not equal abiogenesis. You should try reading about it sometime, instead of thinking that God is the answer everytime something in the cosmic unknown rears its head and scares the clergy and its flock, because they've never encountered it before.

 

Posted May 10, '13 at 10:07pm

KnightDeclan

KnightDeclan

487 posts

You're obviously too lazy to read this, but i could go on forever.  My religion was started by God, your belief by man.  If you don't believe in God, then... well, I don't think we can have an argument. For an argument you need to have some common belief, which would not be satisfactory unless it be God.

 

Posted May 10, '13 at 10:09pm

nichodemus

nichodemus

12,122 posts

Knight

You're obviously too lazy to read this, but i could go on forever.  My religion was started by God, your belief by man.  If you don't believe in God, then... well, I don't think we can have an argument. For an argument you need to have some common belief, which would not be satisfactory unless it be God.

I've read your entire argument, and it can be summed up in that statement. Evolution IS NOT the theory about the start of life. You claim that we need a common understanding to discuss, yet claim that understanding is YOUR answer.

Now that's not an argument, but a sermon, and a pretty narrowminded, bigoted one at that.

 

Posted May 10, '13 at 10:12pm

Kasic

Kasic

5,572 posts

You're obviously too lazy to read this, but i could go on forever.

The blatant hypocrisy is really irking me, KnightDeclan. You're the one who has not responded to any of our points, whilst we continually address yours.

My religion was started by God,

So you say.

your belief by man.

Except evolution isn't a "belief." It's far, far, far, infinitely more proven than your religion. It actually has a single piece of evidence for it.

 

Posted May 11, '13 at 12:07am

EmperorPalpatine

EmperorPalpatine

4,985 posts

Please cite/link where you copy and paste from.

Science has not found the answer to that yet.

Exactly. They're working on it.

The only answer is God.

Even if that is the answer, where does that advance us? Can we apply God to medical research? If He's got all the answers, let's all drop to our knees for cancer cures instead of doing anything productive.

Even einstein himself believes theres a God

Even Einstein himself described the very notion of your god as naive and childlike.

 

Posted May 11, '13 at 1:38am

MageGrayWolf

MageGrayWolf

9,677 posts

Knight

For instance, if your father told you one thing, and your little sister told you the opposite, which would you believe?

Let's use Santa Claus as an example. Your father tells you that Santa is coming. Your little sister says Santa isn't real and that the presents are from your parents. She further backs up this claim by showing you the stash of toys your parents are hiding. By your argument you would dismiss your little sister and continue to believe your father that Santa is coming to deliver the very presents you were just shown.

The theory of evolution was posited by Charles Darwin and was published in 1859.

Darwin didn't come up with the theory of evolution. he came up with the mechanism by which it works.

"Evolution is the idea that living things in our world have come into being through unguided naturalistic processes starting from a primeval mass of subatomic particles and radiation, over approximately 20 billion years"

That's not what evolution is. This appears to have mashed together the Big Bang and abiogenesis with a completely made up time line which doesn't at all match what what scientist actually claim the age of the universe to be.

development of life from non-life

Evolution makes no presumption.

Evolution is false because it cannot give a full explanation of our origins.

Totally irrelevant to the theory. It's speaking of what life did after it already existed. If the origin of life was a god, abiogenesis, aliens or some other as yet unknown process makes no difference.

God created the human brain, because something as complex and intelligent can only be created by someone as complex and super intelligent like God.

That would seem to suggest that God would have to have been created. If not then obviously an intelligence can exist without being created by  a greater intelligence. In such a case we can simply save the step of God. Not to mention we can see the evolutionary process within the layering of not just the human brain but in every species.

The eye can distinguish among seven million colors. "It has automatic focusing and handles an astounding 1.5 million messages -- simultaneously.

And functions completely backwards in humans.

Evolution focuses on mutations and changes from and within existing organisms. Yet evolution alone does not fully explain the initial source of the eye or the brain -- the start of living organisms from nonliving matter" (Adamson n.d). The only answer is God.

In other words "I don't know, therefore God." Unfortunately for this argument.
The Origin of the Brain
Evolution Of The Brain
And
Evolution of the eye
The Evolution of the EYE

Evolution on the other hand, has a begininng. Tell me what came before bacteria and before that and etc..

Even more simplistic organisms, basic organic compounds, basic chemical compounds, The planet made up of the various elements, those elements floating around space in a dust cloud, supernova, a protostar, hydrogen helium and a couple other trace elements, electrons protons neutrons and quarks, just electrons and quarks, singularity.

Oh, you didn't actually want an answer did you?

Even einstein himself believes theres a God

Besides the plea to authority fallacy.

"The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this." -Albert Einstein

Einstein was an pantheist, going with Spinozism

One reason why God prove evolution wroong is the argument of motion posited by Thomas Aquinas Catholic Phlisopher). His first proof was that "some things are in motion, anything moved is moved by another, and there cant' be an infinite series of movers. So there must be a first mover"

Oh the cosmological argument

From the link.
"1. It does prove enough, but instead replaces the proposed problem with a larger problem. If the universe was made by a god because nothing can exist without cause, then something must have "caused"/made that god, otherwise the argument requires special pleading to make its point. If something else were to make that god, he would not be the god of creation anymore. It has been argued, however, that God can exist without cause, because he, unlike everything else, is pure act.

2. It is non-specific: Even if the universe was devised by some creative force, there is no evidence that this creative force was a religious god. There are an infinite number of causes other than a human-inspired god that could have caused the creation of the universe. The creator of the universe need not even be supernatural, or sentient or intelligent to satisfy this argument of "first cause".

3. In addition to these, the argument makes the assumption that a causal chain of events cannot be infinite, that it must terminate at a point. While the nature of cause and effect is observed by experiment (within the limits of the uncertainty principle at least), whether this chain can be infinite or not is certainly not mandated by experiment and is only inductively preferred. One could even consider it an act of begging the question to assume that a causal chain is finite in order to prove a first cause."

Thus, if Aquinas' argument is correct,

As shown, it's flawed.

Here's more, http://wiki.ironchariots.org/index.php? … l_argument
Counter arguments presented on wiki, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmologic … rarguments
An d just to beat this dead horse, http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/ … gical.html

What the argument means "since objects in the universe come into being and pass away, it is possible for those objects to exist or for those objects not to exist at any given time.

On the most basic level this isn't happening. It's just matter/energy rearranging, changing states.

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Posted May 11, '13 at 2:22am

HahiHa

HahiHa

5,046 posts

Knight

The blatant hypocrisy is really irking me, KnightDeclan. You're the one who has not responded to any of our points, whilst we continually address yours.

Well then don't. He has shown clear enough that he won't be argued with. Every post of him is trying to guilt-trip us into his erroneous fanatism, what he thinks to be the only right way. We can go on throwing proof at him as much as we want, it won't matter. So why not leaving him to his little fantasy world.

 

Posted May 11, '13 at 3:32am

MageGrayWolf

MageGrayWolf

9,677 posts

Knight

We can go on throwing proof at him as much as we want, it won't matter. So why not leaving him to his little fantasy world.

Personally I was more interested in addressing his arguments for people on the side line who either might be questioning their views or wouldn't know what to say if faced with these arguments.

It's pretty clear KnightDeclan is completely closed minded and apparently finds it offensive to even try and change his mind.

 

Posted May 11, '13 at 3:36am

MageGrayWolf

MageGrayWolf

9,677 posts

Knight

Oh might as well get this out of the way sine I'm thinking about it and use this as an excuse to post an image I just came across.

My religion was started by God, your belief by man.

Your religion is just men claiming what they are saying is from God with nothing to back that claim up.

Now for that image. Which actually has something to do with the topic.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/486712_646561635369267_871047410_n.png

 

Posted May 11, '13 at 11:44am

pangtongshu

pangtongshu

8,676 posts

KnightDeclean..I'm not even going to address your asinine remarks...as everyone else has them covered.

What I am going to say, however, is that Evolution is science. And science that can be backed up with plenty of evidence...and thus should be taught in a science class.

You belief, which you say is contradicted by evolution, is not science..and thus has absolutely NO place in a science class. You could always learn in it a theology class...along with the creation beliefs of other religions.

If you don't believe in God, then... well, I don't think we can have an argument. For an argument you need to have some common belief, which would not be satisfactory unless it be God.

Sure we can have an argument. A common belief is, by no means, necessary.
And it seems that having that common belief is just more of trying to reach a compromise, rather than educate you from your ignorant beliefs.

 
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