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Citizen MD [American Medical Association op-ed against Intelligent Design]
American Medical Association ^ | 12/02/2005 | Paul Costello

Posted on 12/03/2005 6:18:54 AM PST by Right Wing Professor

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To: 2ndreconmarine

"Let's see, RWP is an actual working scientist who actually produces science results and publishes them."

So RWP and others who derive their income from "producing science results" have more to loose than just a debate.


151 posted on 12/03/2005 1:27:26 PM PST by Amish with an attitude (An armed society is a polite society)
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To: From many - one.

I picked that up when I worked for Mr.Big, Inc. (BTW 300 tons, not pounds). It was used by R&D types to explain why it was difficult to get a change in corporate policy/direction. So I went to work for Mr.Small, Inc. and he has his own unique problems, but certainly can respond rapidly to new discoveries.

And now because of that I can bandy words with idiots on FR Crevo threads.


152 posted on 12/03/2005 1:28:05 PM PST by furball4paws (The new elixir of life - dehydrated toad urine.)
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To: JudgemAll
And by the way, those planes you fly? They fly relying on at least 3 "theories" I can think of. Unproven, evil, satanic theories.
153 posted on 12/03/2005 1:29:27 PM PST by whattajoke (I'm back... kinda.)
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To: 2ndreconmarine
re: Oh yeah, I'm just shaking in my boots!!! LOL...The entire scientific output of ID is less than just me....But these guys are going to take my programs??? Yeah, right.)))

I'm relieved to know, at lease where you're concerned, that this isn't a matter of injured vanity.

154 posted on 12/03/2005 1:29:56 PM PST by Mamzelle (evogracious#6--you unbelievably ignorant clown!)
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To: whattajoke

"a religious person has used "religious" with a negative connotation. I love it every single time."

It's OK with him. He knows that his religion is the only true one, so you can be as religious as you want in pursuit of your false God and you will still fry in Hell.

(semi-serious point)


155 posted on 12/03/2005 1:32:11 PM PST by furball4paws (The new elixir of life - dehydrated toad urine.)
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To: 2ndreconmarine; Amish with an attitude

Let us loose the dogs of debate.


156 posted on 12/03/2005 1:34:01 PM PST by furball4paws (The new elixir of life - dehydrated toad urine.)
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To: Amish with an attitude
So RWP and others who derive their income from "producing science results" have more to loose than just a debate.

That's 'lose'. My current project is building detectors for terrorist explosives. Explain to me how evolution impinges that? (Other than the fact the Islamic lunatics have the same antiscientific creationist beliefs as Christian fundamentalists. Isn't it interesting that if we lost all the creationists in the world, there wouldn't be a problem with Islamic terrorism either?)

157 posted on 12/03/2005 1:36:10 PM PST by Right Wing Professor
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To: Right Wing Professor
believes that the sophisticated questions of biology that will confront each and every American in the 21st Century will require that they know the difference between a cell and a cell phone and are able to differentiate DNA from MTV.

What questions? They are asserted to be answerable in a science class. After all, biology is science.

158 posted on 12/03/2005 1:38:28 PM PST by AndrewC (Darwinian logic -- It is just-so if it is just-so)
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To: Right Wing Professor

So, can I interest you in my Orbital Space Vacuum? We just use the vacuum of space to suck all the Creationists to an early meeting with their Creator and leave the world much better for it.


159 posted on 12/03/2005 1:39:44 PM PST by furball4paws (The new elixir of life - dehydrated toad urine.)
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To: Right Wing Professor
My current project is building detectors for terrorist explosives.

Damn good! Hope it works very well and makes you a fortune, as well as famous.

But being a scientist, you'll probably get a very good device--but no fame and fortune.

160 posted on 12/03/2005 1:39:46 PM PST by Coyoteman (I love the sound of beta decay in the morning!)
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To: Right Wing Professor
My current project is building detectors for terrorist explosives

You are gonna have a real hard time. Explosives are explosives.


161 posted on 12/03/2005 1:43:06 PM PST by AndrewC (Darwinian logic -- It is just-so if it is just-so)
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To: 2ndreconmarine
The entire scientific output of ID is less than just me.

That's pretty funny. I never thought of it that way. I've been part of two peer reviewed published articles, so yeah, I can say that now as well! Thanks!
162 posted on 12/03/2005 1:44:18 PM PST by whattajoke (I'm back... kinda.)
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To: furball4paws

"Let us loose the dogs of debate"

Unfortunately, those dogs won't hunt.

Have you not noticed that attempts at civil debate quickly degenerate into eye gouging, hair pulling and name calling on the part of the evo-cadre.


163 posted on 12/03/2005 1:47:43 PM PST by Amish with an attitude (An armed society is a polite society)
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To: VadeRetro
"You don't learn anything from a "science" like that. It has no place in science class. Thus, the opposition will probably be nearly total from those with a brain."

You aver to a larger and more fundamental issue in the ID debate that is also central to the article.

The ID/Evolutionary battle is central to the Culture Wars and plays to the dark side of liberalism vs conservatism.

Look at the words the IDers use when they describe University professors; Commies, elitists, privileged, entitled.....and the list goes on.

America is entering a period of profound anti-intellecualism that will ultimately damage the stature of American academics if it is allowed to continue.

The IDers are peeing in their own bath water and demanding that everyone else jump in.
164 posted on 12/03/2005 1:48:43 PM PST by beaver fever
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To: From many - one.
You can go on as much as you like about ego, but the doctor's clear statement was that the used a baboon because he didn't believe in evolution.

Then he would still have been a fool even if we had never heard of Darwin. He was ignoring Linnaeus.

165 posted on 12/03/2005 1:52:07 PM PST by Alain Chartier
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To: Right Wing Professor
Isn't it interesting that if we lost all the creationists in the world, there wouldn't be a problem with Islamic terrorism either?

Yes, but on the other hand, it would ruin the mobile home industry in the US. There are always tradeoffs.

166 posted on 12/03/2005 1:52:19 PM PST by PatrickHenry (No response if you're a troll, lunatic, dotard, common scold, or incurable ignoramus.)
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Memories of Clinton comments bump


167 posted on 12/03/2005 1:54:01 PM PST by AndrewC (Darwinian logic -- It is just-so if it is just-so)
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To: Amish with an attitude; Right Wing Professor; furball4paws; Coyoteman; Mamzelle
So RWP and others who derive their income from "producing science results" have more to loose than just a debate.

OMG, RightWingProfessor, Coyoteman, furball4paws.... we have been found out!! That Amish with an attitude really saw right through us!!! Oh, Drat!!

Creationist / ID notion of "scientific" evaluation of research proposals:

Proposal 1: OK, guys, this guy has some publications to his name. Well, that is one strike against him. And look here, his last experiment actually worked and produced results. Well, golly, this doesn't look too good. Oh, no. Look here, he has a Ph.D in Physics. Well, let's trash this one. Who is this bozo anyway??? Must be a (gasp) Darwinist.

Proposal 2: Well, this proposal certainly looks better. Look here, absolutely no publications. That't more like it. And look here, he as never done any research that actually worked. Oh, he tried demonstrating rock halos from Polonium. Well, that really failed. OK, looking good. We like those failures. Oh, this cinches it: he got is masters degree from a mail order house and his Ph.D from the Discovery Institute. Can't ask for better credentials than that. Let's give this one buckets of money!!!

168 posted on 12/03/2005 1:59:51 PM PST by 2ndreconmarine (Horse feces (929 citations) vs ID (0 citations) and horse feces wins!!!!!)
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To: shuckmaster

Judgemall made perfect sense, you just didn't like the points he made nor his point of view.

It is fashionable to belittle the intelligence of someone you disagree with...that is the Saul Alinsky method who himself copied it perfectly from the Serpent from Genesis chapter 3...ie you are stupid if you don't take the fruit but you'll be as the Gods if you do for you will be as wise as them.

Evolution belief= smart person worthy of the Scientific elite.

Evolution debunker= dumb bigoted religious hick


yeah we do get it!


169 posted on 12/03/2005 2:00:41 PM PST by mdmathis6 (Proof against evolution:"Man is the only creature that blushes, or needs to" M.Twain)
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To: Amish with an attitude

I think you should read these threads more carefully and objectively before deciding which side is least civil.


170 posted on 12/03/2005 2:01:08 PM PST by furball4paws (The new elixir of life - dehydrated toad urine.)
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To: Right Wing Professor

Now that the AMA has spoken. I am going to see my Catholic priest about my bad back.


171 posted on 12/03/2005 2:02:24 PM PST by stocksthatgoup (Polls = Proof that when the MSM want your opinion it will give it to you.)
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To: 2ndreconmarine

Good satire. (They'll hate it of course.)


172 posted on 12/03/2005 2:02:35 PM PST by Coyoteman (I love the sound of beta decay in the morning!)
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To: whattajoke; PatrickHenry
I never thought of it that way. I've been part of two peer reviewed published articles, so yeah, I can say that now as well! Thanks!

You win the funniest post of the day! I really bust a gut when I read it.

173 posted on 12/03/2005 2:03:28 PM PST by 2ndreconmarine (Horse feces (929 citations) vs ID (0 citations) and horse feces wins!!!!!)
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To: 2ndreconmarine
LOL!

(Not that anyone is getting funded next year anyway. After 5 years of spending like a drunken sailor, the congressional GOP is looking for cuts to restore its cred, and why fund science when you can pour money into 'faith based initiatives?)

174 posted on 12/03/2005 2:08:07 PM PST by Right Wing Professor
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To: furball4paws

Ton it is. Reading with my preconceptions.

Just makes the image better. :-)


175 posted on 12/03/2005 2:09:53 PM PST by From many - one.
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To: 2ndreconmarine; Coyoteman; Right Wing Professor; Physicist; RadioAstronomer
Love to have you in the foxhole next to my pond scum. I'm sure C-man will supply the bones (hopefully BBQued) and RWP some artificial light. Physicist can supply the ghostly improbable tales. We can pop a few quarks and have a luau under the eye of RA. So, I guess we'll now all have to leave FR. I mean our covers have been blown.
176 posted on 12/03/2005 2:12:24 PM PST by furball4paws (The new elixir of life - dehydrated toad urine.)
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To: 2ndreconmarine

"OMG, RightWingProfessor, Coyoteman, furball4paws.... we have been found out!! That Amish with an attitude really saw right through us"

that takes all of about 2 seconds.

Despite that, I do thank you for your service to our country, if I'm reading your nick name accurately...folks like you keep our country free so that we can bicker with each other freely.


177 posted on 12/03/2005 2:14:51 PM PST by mdmathis6 (Proof against evolution:"Man is the only creature that blushes, or needs to" M.Twain)
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To: AndrewC
You are gonna have a real hard time. Explosives are explosives

Oh well. Better give up then.

178 posted on 12/03/2005 2:14:57 PM PST by Right Wing Professor
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To: Right Wing Professor

"(Other than the fact the Islamic lunatics have the same antiscientific creationist beliefs as Christian fundamentalists. Isn't it interesting that if we lost all the creationists in the world, there wouldn't be a problem with Islamic terrorism either?)"

A bandit with a red shirt robbed a bank therefore, if all red shirts are destroyed there will be no more bank robberies.

hopefully you are more adept at the design of terrorist explosive detectors than analogies.


179 posted on 12/03/2005 2:15:08 PM PST by Amish with an attitude (An armed society is a polite society)
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To: CarolinaGuitarman

"I know your dishonesty is no embarrassment to you, but what can I say? Especially the way you mangled Ruse's quote. :)" ~ CarolinaGuitarman

If you want to believe that someone "mangled Ruse's quote", you would have to accuse John S. Wilkes at talkorigins.com, since he is the one who quoted him. Duh.

So you can't legitimately continue to claim that I misrepresented the views of Ruse by "taking him out of context", I will post the whole commentary here. Read it and weep:

Evolution and Philosophy Is evolution just another religion?

http://216.239.51.104/search?q=cache:02zk66Fs1xoJ:www.talkorigins.org/faqs/evolphil/metaphysics.html+Ruse+metaphysics&hl=en

by John S. Wilkins
Summary: Evolutionary theory is a scientific theory dealing with scientific data, not a system of metaphysical beliefs or a religion. It does, however, set the sorts of general problems biology deals with, and also acts as a philosophical attitude in dealing with complex change.

Some claim that evolution is a metaphysic equivalent to a religion. To attack evolution, these critics feel the need to present it not as just a scientific theory, but as a world view that competes with the world views of the objectors. For example:

"When we discuss creation/evolution, we are talking about beliefs: i.e. religion. The controversy is not religion versus science, it is religion versus religion, and the science of one religion versus the science of another." [Ham, K: 1983. The relevance of creation. Casebook II, Ex Nihilo 6(2):2, cited in Selkirk and Burrows 1987:3]

"It is crucial for creationists that they convince their audience that evolution is not scientific, because both sides agree that creationism is not." [Miller 1982: 4, cited in Selkirk and Burrows 1987: 103]

Metaphysics is the name given to a branch of philosophical thought that deals with issues of the fundamental nature of reality and what is beyond experience. It literally means "after the physics", so-named because Aristotle's book on the subject followed his Physics, which dealing with the nature of the ordinary world, which in Classical Greek is physike . It is defined in the 1994 Webster's Dictionary (Brittanica CD edition) as

"a division of philosophy that is concerned with the fundamental nature of reality and being and that includes ontology, cosmology, and often epistemology: ontology: abstract philosophical studies: a study of what is outside objective experience".

Metaphysical systems come in three main flavors: philosophical systems (overall systems such as Kant's or Hegel's, or more recently Whitehead's or Collingwood's); ideologies , which are usually political, moral or other practical philosophical systems; and religions which in their theologies attempt to create comprehensive philosophical structures.

A metaphysic is often derived from first principles by logical analysis. Aristotle, for example, started with an analysis of "being" and "becoming" (ie, what is and how it changes); Kant, with an analysis of knowledge of the external world; Hegel, from an analysis of historical change. Religious metaphysics often attempt to marry a philosophical system with basic theses about the nature and purpose of God, derived from an authoritative scripture or revelation.

In some traditions, metaphysics is seen to be a Bad Thing, especially in those views sometimes called "modernisms". The great 18th century Scottish philosopher Hume once wrote that any book not containing reasoning by number or matters of fact was mere sophistry and should be consigned to the flames (he exempted his own philosophical writings, apparently). This distaste stems from the excesses of the medieval Scholastics, whose often empty formalism was applied to Aquinas' theology based on Aristotle's metaphysics. Early science arose in part from the rejection of this vapid quibbling.

No-one can deny that views such as Luther's and Marx's rely upon metaphysical assumptions and methods. If views like these come into conflict with science, then there are four options: change the science to suit the metaphysics; change the metaphysics to suit the science; change both to fit each other; or find a place for the metaphysics in a "gap" where science hasn't yet gone. The last option is called the "God of the Gaps" approach [Flew and McIntyre 1955], and of course it has the disadvantage that if (when) science does explain that phenomenon, the religion is diminished.

Historically, evolutionary science grew out partly from natural theology such as Paley's and Chambers' arguments from design, which defined the problems of biology in the early 19th century [Ruse 1979: chapter 3]. These writers sought evidence of God in the appearance of design in the natural world, yet, only a century later, when the evolutionary biologist JBS Haldane was asked what biology taught of the nature of God, he is reported to have replied "He has an inordinate fondness for beetles", since there were so many species of beetle. Other than that, he couldn't really say. Evolutionary science removed the ground from underneath natural theology. Arguments from design for the existence of God were no longer the only conclusion that could be drawn from the adaption of living things [Dennett 1995].

All the furore generated about the nature of chance in evolution is based not upon challenges to the scientific nature of the theory, but upon the need to find purpose in every facet of reality [cf Dennett 1995]. Often, this derives from religious conviction, but sometimes it arises from a more considered philosophical view.

Metaphysical theories tend to fall into two kinds: those that view everything in nature as the result of Mind (idealisms) and those that view Mind as the result of mechanisms of Nature (naturalisms).

One may take a naturalistic approach to some things, and still be an idealist in other domains; for example, one may accept with equanimity that minds are the result of certain sorts of physical brains and still consider, say, society or morality to be the result of the workings of Mind.

Typically, though, idealism and naturalism are held as distinct and separate philosophical doctrines.

Idealists, including creationists, cannot accept the view that reality cares little for the aspirations, goals, moral principles, pain or pleasure of organisms, especially humans [cf. Dawkins 1995:132f]. There has to be a Purpose, they say and Evolution implies there is no Purpose. Therefore, they say that evolution is a metaphysical doctrine of the same type as, but opposed to, the sort of religious or philosophical position taken by the idealist. Worse, not only is it not science (because it's a metaphysic, you see), it's a pernicious doctrine because it denies Mind.

Christian creationism may rely upon a literal interpretation of Christian scripture, but its foundation is the view that God's Mind (Will) lies directly behind all physical phenomena. Anything that occurs must take place because it is immediately part of God's plan; they believe that the physical world should, and does, provide proof of God's existence and goodness (extreme providentialism). Evolution, which shows the appearance of design does not imply design, is seen to undercut this eternal truth, and hence they argue that it must be false. In the particular (actual) demonology of fundamentalism, it follows as a corollary that evolution is the work of the devil and his minions. [note 11]

It should be noted that many evolutionists think that the mere fact and scientific theory of evolution in no way prohibits further moral or spiritual meaning, and many do not think that any particular purpose to the universe is implied just by evolution, but requires some religious or philosophical commitment.

Philosophers of science mostly conclude that science is metaphysics neutral, following the Catholic physicist Pierre Duhem [1914]. Science functions the same way for Hindus as for Catholics, for Frenchmen as for Americans, for communists as for democrats, allowing for localised variations that are ironed out after a while. However, science does indeed rule out various religious etiological myths (origin stories), and often forces the revision of historical and medical stories used in the mythology of a religion. And when cosmologies are given in ancient scriptures that involve solid heavens, elephants and scarab beetles, science shows them to be unqualifiedly false as descriptions of the physical world as it is observed.

Science can rule out a metaphysical claim, then. Is evolutionary science therefore a metaphysical Weltanschauung (a nice pretentious German word meaning world-view)? I don't think so. Many things claimed by metaphysical views such as fundamentalist Christian biblical literalism are not themselves metaphysical claims.

For example, the claim that the world is flat (if made by a religious text) is a matter of experiment and research, not first principles and revelation. If "by their fruits shall ye know them", false factual claims are evidence of bad science, not good religion.

Many of those who do hold religious views take the approach that they get their religion from their scriptures and their science from the scientific literature and community. They therefore treat the factual claims made in those scriptures the same way they treat the metaphysical views of scientists: as not germane to the function of that source of knowledge [Berry 1988]. Does the fact that Stephen Jay Gould admits to learning Marxism at his father's knee or Richard Dawkins to being an atheist mean that evolution is either Marxist or atheistic (as so many immediately and fallaciously conclude)? Of course not.[note 12]

If it were the case that personal views of scientists defined the results of scientific work, then the broad range of metaphysical views of practising scientists would mean that -- at the same time -- science was Christian, Hindu, Marxist and probably even animist, as well as agnostic or atheist. While some extreme cultural relativists do try to claim that science is no more than the sum of its cultural environments, this view fails to explain how it is that science gets such consistent results and acquires such broad agreement on matters of fact. Nevertheless, this does not stop idealists from sometimes disingenuously claiming that science is what you want (or "will") to make of it (see the section on the nature of science).

There is a tradition in modern Western philosophy, dating at least from the Romantic philosophers of the 18th century, that treats overall theories of the natural world as self-contained and self-validating systems of belief that are beyond criticism from other such systems. Many Christian and some Jewish philosophers and theologians have claimed that Christianity (or any religion) is indeed a self-contained Weltanschauung, and that it is immune from attacks upon its claims by scientific research. This takes several forms. One theologian, Rudolph Bultmann, once said that even if Jesus' physical remains were found, Christianity (as he interpreted it) would still be true. Others hold that all of science is just a religion, in the sense that it is a self-contained belief system, and therefore it cannot objectively disprove or challenge the claims made by another system (ie, Christianity). This is the approach often taken by creationists.

In the final analysis, this boils down to an "anti-science" prejudice, for science is not, in this sense, a metaphysical system. Since science is not a system of thought deduced from first principles (as are traditional metaphysical systems), and that it deals precisely with objective experience, science is not, nor is any theory of science, a true metaphysical system.

However, the claim is sometimes, and more plausibly, made that evolutionary theory, along with some other scientific theories, functions as a kind of attitudinal metaphysical system [Ruse 1989]. It is (in my opinion, rightly) thought to influence the kinds of problems and solutions dealt with by science. There is no problem with this, since in order for a discipline to make any progress, the field of possible problems (essentially infinite, to use a malapropism) must be restricted to some set of plausible and viable research options. The theory of evolution as now consensually held acts to narrow the range and limit the duplication required. This is harmless, and is true of any field of science.

Ruse also describes what he calls "metaphysical Darwinism" [Ruse 1992] (as opposed to "scientific Darwinism") which is indeed a metaphysical system akin to a worldview, and which has expressed itself in numerous extra-scientific philosophies, including Spencer's, Teilhard's, and Haeckel's, or even the quasi-mystical views of Julian Huxley. These must be considered separate to the scientific theory, and are often in contradiction to the actual scientific models.

Other than this, the "metaphysic" of evolution by selection is primarily a research-guiding mindset that has been extraordinarily fruitful where no others have been [Hull 1989]. However, as a metaphysic, evolutionary theory is fairly poverty-stricken. This is what should be true of a scientific theory; for the number of conclusions beyond the empirical evidence that can be conjectured is unlimited. Any theory that committed itself to a metaphysical conclusion as a logical inference would be almost certainly false.

Those who need Cosmic Meaning need not fear that any version of evolutionary theory prohibits it; although neither does nor can it support it. Those evolutionists who have either argued in favour of Cosmic Meaning on the basis of evolutionary theory, or have argued that there can be no Cosmic Meaning because things evolve, are both wrong. The conclusions do not follow from the premises, simply because 'is' does not imply 'ought'.


180 posted on 12/03/2005 2:17:54 PM PST by Matchett-PI ( "History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid." -- Dwight Eisenhower)
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To: Amish with an attitude
A bandit with a red shirt robbed a bank therefore, if all red shirts are destroyed there will be no more bank robberies.

Yeah, but if all the red shirted people magically disappeared it wouldn't be a major planetary improvement. And thinking of it wouldn't give me a nice warm feeling.

181 posted on 12/03/2005 2:21:47 PM PST by Right Wing Professor
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To: Amish with an attitude

BTW what is an Amish doing anywhere near an electronic device? Or is that the "with an attitude" part? Of course that means you can't be Amish. I'm so confused.

What are you, exactly? Other than what you reveal in your posts.


182 posted on 12/03/2005 2:22:00 PM PST by furball4paws (The new elixir of life - dehydrated toad urine.)
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Stay-Puft-Man placemarker.


183 posted on 12/03/2005 2:23:57 PM PST by jennyp (WHAT I'M READING NOW: Art of Unix Programming by Raymond)
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To: mdmathis6
Evolution belief= smart person worthy of the Scientific elite.

Evolution debunker= dumb bigoted religious hick

yeah we do get it!

Or, conversely:

Evolution belief = Godless athiest, anti-Christian bigot.

Evolution debunker = Good Christian who is in the graces of the Almighty.

Yeah, we get it too!!

Ain't bickering fun???? LOL

184 posted on 12/03/2005 2:24:42 PM PST by 2ndreconmarine (Horse feces (929 citations) vs ID (0 citations) and horse feces wins!!!!!)
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To: jennyp; Gumlegs

I'm waiting for Gumlegs to post a picture.


185 posted on 12/03/2005 2:25:12 PM PST by furball4paws (The new elixir of life - dehydrated toad urine.)
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To: furball4paws

Perceptive of you, that is ideed the attitude part.


186 posted on 12/03/2005 2:25:52 PM PST by Amish with an attitude (An armed society is a polite society)
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To: b_sharp
"The message and the value of post 71 is easily understood. What is hard to understand is your penchant for presenting 'quote mines'. For those lurkers out there. A quote mine is a quote taken out of context and presented in such a way that its meaning is changed. The usual purpose is to make the original author appear to be agreeing with the miner. It is a contrived use of the 'Appeal to Authority' logical fallacy."

A contextomy is to quote someone out of context in such a way as to misrepresent what he believes about the subject of which he is writing or speaking.

If there was any misrepresentation of Ruse's beliefs, it was done by John S. Wilkes, since he is the one who quoted him. DUH.

Now if you want "context", you got context, my friend - I just posted his whole commentary HERE.

187 posted on 12/03/2005 2:30:41 PM PST by Matchett-PI ( "History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid." -- Dwight Eisenhower)
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To: whattajoke; JudgemAll

"Unproven, evil, satanic theories."


They are not unproven, one can demonstrate the "fact" regarding the "theory" of lift simply through the use of colored smoke and a wind tunnel with the corresponding math to describe what is going on. Or yet, build a plane.

What hasn't been proven is that life can arise from non-life...though evolution is supposedly more concerned with the Origin of species and their development into modern forms and not with Life's(in the macro sense) origins per se.

The problem with the theory of evolution as opposed to the theory of Lift is that you can concretely demonstrate lift,(build a plane with certain mathematical and physical characteristics and it will fly). Evolution at best can only be demonstrated INFERENTIALLY through measurements and predictions based on observations of strata, age of rocks and fossils,ect and "educated" speculations.

You science types are ultimately going to have to build a time machine so that you can show concretely that evolution unguided by any sort of the divine actually occured, inferences won't make the "plane" fly so to speak.


188 posted on 12/03/2005 2:34:48 PM PST by mdmathis6 (Proof against evolution:"Man is the only creature that blushes, or needs to" M.Twain)
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To: js1138

What I find wrong with it is its use as a quote mine.


189 posted on 12/03/2005 2:36:45 PM PST by b_sharp (Science adjusts theories to fit evidence, creationism distorts evidence to fit the Bible.)
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To: 2ndreconmarine
"But the reason is the same as for you creationists: we are really uncomfortable with some of the things people teach or want to teach our children."

I am not a "creationist" as that word is understood by Darwinists, nor do I want to teach your children anything. What your children are taught is YOUR responsibility and none of my business. And I want the same attitude extended to me. This problem will never go away as long as people insist that they have the right to ursurp parental rights and use "the government" to indoctrinate school children with ideas their parents object to. That is the REAL debate.

190 posted on 12/03/2005 2:39:32 PM PST by Matchett-PI ( "History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid." -- Dwight Eisenhower)
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To: 2ndreconmarine

"Ain't bickering fun???? LOL"


Well one things for sure...Wahabist Muslims want to kill both evolutionist and Christian infidel. I'll guard your back when the fighting starts if you guard mine...when the smoke clears...we can always bicker again later!


191 posted on 12/03/2005 2:40:05 PM PST by mdmathis6 (Proof against evolution:"Man is the only creature that blushes, or needs to" M.Twain)
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To: Amish with an attitude

So you must exist "mostly", outside the fold. Yet you seem to cherish the Amish part, too. Are you young and expect to rejoin later? Or are you cut off, permanently?

If I'm too curious, just say so.


192 posted on 12/03/2005 2:42:21 PM PST by furball4paws (The new elixir of life - dehydrated toad urine.)
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To: Alain Chartier

Agree. Not much question he was a fool. Bu Linnaeus was going by appearances, modern evolutionary analysis is mostly molecular


193 posted on 12/03/2005 2:46:20 PM PST by From many - one.
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To: mdmathis6

"I'll guard your back when the fighting starts if you guard mine...when the smoke clears...we can always bicker again later!"

Very witty and all to true, count me in too.


194 posted on 12/03/2005 2:46:31 PM PST by Amish with an attitude (An armed society is a polite society)
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To: furball4paws

Never been Amish officially.

After spending 38 years immersed in the world of high tech electronics in a land called Kalifornistan, I now prefer the outwardly simple life here on the ranch many miles from whence I came.


195 posted on 12/03/2005 2:57:50 PM PST by Amish with an attitude (An armed society is a polite society)
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To: Amish with an attitude

Ah, so a Lancaster Co. adoptee. OK everything makes sense now. Too bad. A real Amish would have been very interesting.


196 posted on 12/03/2005 3:00:14 PM PST by furball4paws (The new elixir of life - dehydrated toad urine.)
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To: 2ndreconmarine
Proposal 3: Let's determine if he believes in the Intelligent Designer and all he/she/it Designs. If 'No', then no money for you. If 'Yes', then we'll give you some money but we'll be watching you closely.
197 posted on 12/03/2005 3:07:32 PM PST by ml1954 (NOT the disruptive troll seen frequently on CREVO threads)
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To: furball4paws

Sorry I couldn't help on the Amish thing.

Made myself too old in that last post, make the 38 a 15.


198 posted on 12/03/2005 3:08:07 PM PST by Amish with an attitude (An armed society is a polite society)
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To: balrog666
you unbelievably ignorant clown!

This thread is a veritable circus.

199 posted on 12/03/2005 3:08:46 PM PST by RightWingNilla
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To: furball4paws

He's so big, he doesn't fit!

200 posted on 12/03/2005 3:11:14 PM PST by Gumlegs
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