Skip to comments.Creationism makes a comeback in US
Posted on 06/25/2007 5:55:14 PM PDT by Alien Syndrome
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The theory of evolution is outside my field, but I have educated myself about it and can address topics from many areas of it because it's very easy to find papers by others who have done the research. You don't have to be an expert to be able to dig up papers.
The thing with creationism is there are no papers. The theory of evolution gets along well with chemistry, geology, astronomy, physics--all other fields. Findings in these areas meld well with the theory of evolution and are rapidly incorporated. But creationism has had the same data for the past 150 years and done precisely nothing with it. The other fields of science have gone back into the past and said where the various continents were at various times, what plants and animals lived there, what the environment was like (hot? cold? dry? wet?), and even the chemical composition of the atmosphere. Creationism doesn't even look at the data. If the evidence were compatible with creationism, you would be buried in papers the same way I am.
You all refer to me as a blithering idiot, and thats on your good days.
I'm sorry you think that of me, although also somewhat amused. I think of you as a blithering idiot on your bad days, like when you're asking someone why they drank the kool-aid. :-D On most days I find you to have at least average intelligence unfortunately hampered by ideology. My challenges aren't so I can feel good about stumping you, they are efforts to make you think, take a look at the evidence, and see if it really jibes with your model of origins.
Others consider me wildly optimistic because I'm still here handing out information, but since I was once a creationist I don't think it's unheard of that someone might change their mind.
Plus I really like talking about science!
Deliberate ignorance of elementary science is not a virtue.
Please reconcile 'evening and morning' with millions of years for me. Are you from the 'evening and morning' in heaven camp?
How do you tell what parts of the Bible are from a 'heavenly perspective' and therefore subject to interpretation and what parts are not? Is it only those parts that man (i.e., science) accepts as 'true' (as routinely re-interpreted)?
The periodic tables being printed today are significantly different from those I had in high school.
The electromagnetic spectrum is not the same class of concept as a periodic chart, our understanding of the spectrum has certainly been refined in the last 150 years, as have the "laws" of chemistry and gravity. There are quite a few phenomena, such as superconductivity, that were not anticipated and which are not yet fully understood.
Are you unaware of this, or are you leading up to an actual argument?
If you can demonstrate that this "empirical evidence" exists anywhere but your bizarre imagination, please show us a sample.
Shouldnt ALL the evidence be looked at,
It is but, there's only so much time in a school day for science and that short time is best spent studying science not ignorantly debating every whako idea blurted out by pseudoscience charlatans and their deluded followers.
Now you know I asked if the elements had been moving around, not being added. Were your periodic tables in a different order or are you just trying to avoid the point?
"The electromagnetic spectrum is not the same class of concept as a periodic chart, our understanding of the spectrum has certainly been refined in the last 150 years, as have the "laws" of chemistry and gravity. There are quite a few phenomena, such as superconductivity, that were not anticipated and which are not yet fully understood."<./i>
Oh? Have radio waves changed position on the spectrum? Or Infrared? Ultraviolet?
"Are you unaware of this, or are you leading up to an actual argument?"
Why did you cut it out and then pretend it wasn't there? Think no one will notice?
"Or are you incorrectly equating science with metaphysics?"
You're not being honest.
There's a reason why they call themselves "creationists". They just "create" their own interpretations to suit their current state of willful ignorance. Try not to rile them up too bad. It's upsetting them terribly to think that students are being taught elementary science that contradicts their personally created self-delusions.
The periodic chart has a history and is still subject to revisions. The sequence of elements is determined by atomic number, and several elements have been added since I was in high school.
But your basic point, as I understand it, is that there are some phenomena that are so well understood and so well documented, that we take then to be be facts.
Common descent is a fact accepted even by critics of evolution. It is subject to no more doubt than the fact that the earth revolves around the sun.
Yeah, yeah and Santa clause is your mother, and all that dribble: I have heard that before...
All I am asking is that students critically analyzy all the evidence both for, against darwinist evolution?
What do you really have against that..if its nothing then go back to your hole!
Please check your FREEPMAIL re cloture etc. today.
I think we the troops greatly need your overt wisdom, input and leadership at this crucial time.
Given this statement, I assume you have at your disposal at least some "evidence against evolution" that you would like to see added to high school biology curricula. Care to share it?
Only the amateur adventurers like David Tallichet, Larry Vardiman and Carl Wieland thought that.
Well, that's unfair to Mr. Tallichet; No one really knows what Wieland & Vardiman think, they're just sniping from the sidelines.
David Tallichet actually made the effort to get to Greenland to look for the planes in 1977, but crashed his airplane on the ice and had to cancel his search.
Professional meteorologists expected that based on 2m /snow per year, the squadron could be under as much as 300ft of snow & ice after 50 years.
In 1984, observations by Pursuits Unlimited confirmed that the pros were correct.
In 1986, the Greenland Expedition Society (not the 'Greenland Society of Atlanta' as Larry Vardiman wrote) made an expedition to the site but couldn't locate the aircraft. The site, being an active glacier, had moved ...
GES re-examined the data and two years later, the Society made another expedition and found the "Lost Squadron" at 260ft below the surface --two kilometers down-stream from where the crews had had landed in 1942. Then, 4 years later, they had "Glacier Girl" on the surface.
And as Paul Harvey says: "Now you know the full story."
They were working on assumptions that werent true. If you start out with wrong assumptions, then how can your conclusions be reliable?
However, it seems that the assumptions used by GES were correct ... No?
I came to the fear and conclusion a long time ago that this creationism and intelligent design silliness will contribute to and expedite the end of the conservative movement in the U.S.
Because the light that was created on day one, is different than the lights (plural) created on day four...sun stars, etc.
Now, what that light was on day one, I don't know, and I don't pretend to know. All I know is that there is a distinction between the two. This failure, by many, to understand this very clear, simple point, leads me to believe that those who raise an argument such as yours, simply have not read the text with any type of diligence.
That said, let me refer you to one of your previous posts in which you propose that creation is from God's perspective. In fact, I agree with you, so why is it so hard to understand that God would establish such a standard unit of time, from the beginning, for the purposes of understanding and communication with his special creation...and by extension, he would set the earth in motion to comply with this standard.
What is so hard to understand about that.
Again, please give one example of this alleged evidence against evolution.
What do you really have against that..if its nothing then go back to your hole!
You seem to have your head stuck up yours!
Actually, they are usually better informed than the naturalists; for whom willful ignorance is assumed 'a priori'.
"It's upsetting them terribly to think that students are being taught elementary science that contradicts their personally created self-delusions."
Wrong again. They are being taught a philosophically-created self-delusion masquerading as science (knowledge).
Again, I will point out that I asked if the elements of the periodic table have been 'moved around'. They have not. Your insistence on equating 'moved around' with 'added' in order to avoid the point is noted, however.
"But your basic point, as I understand it, is that there are some phenomena that are so well understood and so well documented, that we take then to be be facts."
Such phenomena would be science, but not because they are 'well understood and so well documented'. This is a reasoning error again. The reason this would be science is because it is testable and repeatable. This is only true to the extent that the Humean philosophic position is not invoked and this too is a metaphysical choice, not a reasoned or 'scientific' one.
"Common descent is a fact accepted even by critics of evolution. It is subject to no more doubt than the fact that the earth revolves around the sun."
This would not be science. It is not testable and repeatable. This is metaphysical belief.
"Can we formulate physical laws so that they are valid for all CS [coordinate systems], not only those moving uniformly, but also those moving quite arbitrarily, relative to each other? [ ] The struggle, so violent in the early days of science, between the views of Ptolemy and Copernicus would then be quite meaningless. Either CS could be used with equal justification. The two sentences: the sun is at rest and the earth moves or the sun moves and the earth is at rest would simply mean two different conventions concerning two different CS."
Einstein, A. and Infeld, L. (1938) The Evolution of Physics (New-York: Simon and Schuster), 1961.
"The relation of the two pictures [geocentricity and heliocentricity] is reduced to a mere coordinate transformation and it is the main tenet of the Einstein theory that any two ways of looking at the world which are related to each other by a coordinate transformation are entirely equivalent from a physical point of view.... Today we cannot say that the Copernican theory is 'right' and the Ptolemaic theory 'wrong' in any meaningful physical sense."
Fred Hoyle, Nicolaus Copernicus (London: Heinemann Educational Books Ltd., 1973), p. 78.
Day and night only require a source of light. Read Rev 21:23.
The day was 24 hours long.
You are correct that your confusion is not of God.
So is it your contention that these cultural stories of catastrophic floods are the result of countless different local floods? Have you even read the legends themselves to find out whether they support this claim?
It’s clear that Voldemort carved the Grand Canyon, just like he carved a lightning bolt in Harry’s forehead via curse.
I plan to go with whatever creation myth the people of Lemuria (or Mu) had. They actually experienced great floods.
Don't be ridiculous. God will kill us with fire.
Flooding! You wish! Try using water wings during that!
Same science course no doubt, but I was awake.
v. re·volved, re·volv·ing, re·volves
1. To orbit a central point.
2. To turn on an axis; rotate. See Synonyms at turn.
3. To recur in cycles or at periodic intervals.
4. To be held in the mind and considered in turn.
5. To be centered: Their troubles revolve around money management.
1. To cause to revolve.
2. To ponder or reflect on.
1 roll, revolve
cause to move by turning over or in a circular manner of as if on an axis; “She rolled the ball”; “They rolled their eyes at his words”
2 orbit, revolve
move in an orbit; “The moon orbits around the Earth”; “The planets are orbiting the sun”; “electrons orbit the nucleus”
travel; go; move; locomote
3 revolve, go around, rotate
turn on or around an axis or a center; “The Earth revolves around the Sun”; “The lamb roast rotates on a spit over the fire”
Indiana University let those guys go after the basketball coach (Bobby Knight) and things haven't been the same since.
Can we expect to know when the apocalypse arrives when we see four guys come riding into town on different colored horses?
You were wrong about both the common and the scientific usage of the word revolve. Admit it before you dig your hole deeper. The word revolve can mean rotate, but in common usage, the earth revolves around the sun and rotates on its axis.
As I recall, you have a lot of trouble with idiomatic English. You write correctly, but seem unfamiliar with the most common usages.
Did I include enough commas?
An inability to properly utilize commas is almost always the sign of inappropriate weening.
There is an apparent structure totally underwater near Yonaguni, Japan (called Iseki Point by the discoverer of the structures).
All of this was underwater for many thousands of years before the Noah stories.
Give it up. You are simply wrong. I checked the definition of "revolve" against a dozen websites before posting a response to you. I've looked at more of them since.
You are not going to find any source to back up your position. The phrase "revolve around the sun" is the single most common example of usage for the word "revolve."
Einstein's view is that the Sun distorts space/time causing a deviation in the Earth's path.
That is, it only seems to orbit the Sun. In reality it is continuing on a straight line albeit on a curved path.
I do believe you’re being jerked around.
just like I said, you posted 3 didn't you.
I don't care who carved the Grand canyon, as long as he/they/whatever used erosion... or explosives. Explosives would be OK also.
Your words. Now it's a little early in the evening for the vodka so I really don't know what your problem is neither do I care. I wrote nothing about the Grand Canyon or erosion or anything to do with what you posted waaay back there. I propose we go our separate ways and agree to disagree about whatever.
I don't know what is funnier, a comment to you that you didn't get or this exchange. So, I went back and verified, yep you are absolutely correct you posted #3, and yes my post was intended for you. Somewhere I have an old Monty Python LP that has a skit about an argument clinic, Now would be a good time to go listen to it again. It is a real crack up.
And if it is my fault, for taking things so lightly on a serious thread (Creation vs. Evolution), I apologize.
No harm no foul. Go in peace. My statements were my beliefs that a nation which turns from God will fail. I still believe that. I enjoy humor as much as the next person but yours must be over my head.
Good choice of words.
No, whats even more undbelieveable is that you don’t want people to study things on their own, but to just “believe what they’re told” by the ‘expert’ be it teacher, scientist, me, YOU, whoever
As for evidence against evolution:
NOT that I Owe you Anything..
I Will NOT be insulted by you!
All I want to do is stand up for the right of students to study the evidence and decide for themselves, apparently that is too big for some individuals that don’t want people to use their minds...
Then you need to separate scientific evidence from religious belief. (See tagline.)
Ever wonder why they find fossils in Flint Rock? Bothers me.
I predict that no one's opinion will change, so save the bandwidth.
NEBRASKA MAN: A SINGLE PIG TOOTH
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Evolution is NOT observable,
Evolution is NOT testable; and,
Evolution is NOT repeatable.