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To: kathsua
Science can only deal effectively with the present. It cannot observe or manipulate the distant past to verify theories.

Ever hear of archaeologists, geologists, and astronomers?

In fact, I am an archaeologist. And I guarantee you that we can indeed observe the past.

8 posted on 06/10/2007 7:36:51 PM PDT by Coyoteman (Religious belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge.)
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To: Coyoteman

“And I guarantee you that we can indeed observe the past.”

Incorrect statement. Archaeologists can observe the fossil record of plants and animals that lived in the past.


73 posted on 06/12/2007 9:33:16 PM PDT by ffusco (Maecilius Fuscus,Governor of Longovicium , Manchester, England. 238-244 AD)
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To: Coyoteman

Hey, what ever happened with the walls of Jerico? Any body ever dug up those crumbled things?


103 posted on 06/13/2007 9:03:19 PM PDT by gbs
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To: Coyoteman
In fact, I am an archaeologist. And I guarantee you that we can indeed observe the past.

No, you cannot. You can observe the relics and artifacts left from the past and make deductions and guesses.

178 posted on 06/14/2007 4:57:52 PM PDT by LexBaird (PR releases are the Chinese dog food of political square meals.)
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To: Coyoteman

Archaeologists engage in historical research,not scientific research. They look for evidence about the past and base conclusions on that evidence. Scientific knowledge may aid in that research such as by helping determine diets and diseases of people in the past. But the study of the past is not a science.

Geology is a science when it examines such matters as determining what geological formations might indicate locations where petroleum could be found. Determining how those formations developed involves historical research.


282 posted on 06/17/2007 9:58:10 PM PDT by reasonmclucus (solving problems requires precise knowledge of the cause and nature of the problem.)
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