Is atheism predicated partially on the belief in evolution and the current prevailing views of science.
If so, then such a belief is subject to drastic changes as discoveries and theories
have recently arose that shatter the paradigm that is the foundation of such a belief:
Discoveries keep pushing back the inception of civilization, indefinitely back in time
Evidence of coastal civilizations existing during the ice age are arising in now inundated coastal region due to rising seas.
The concept of a missing link is no longer postulated as a bush of hominids lineages walked the earth. With what was once considered ancestors, actually being contemporary with postulated descendants. A bush of hominids actually existed as recently as 30,0000 B.C.E.
Though theories of evolution abound no working scientific model exists for the emergence of life.
Our very existence is interwoven with the anthropic principle. As such this has required scientist to postulate the multiverse to explain how the anthropic principle is mindlessly satisfied by nature. However this just substitutes one unfalsifiable believe for another.
In truth, Darwin's world has been shattered and the truth has become intractable. Even as we cope with dark matter and energy. Terms that falsely connote that we have defined them, when in fact they are no more apparent than God. As such new scientific theories continue to emerge based on the inadequacy of the standard model. This will continue into infinitum since, as God there is no means to detect these alleged entities with scientific instrumentation.
In your case, I suspect that means any girl with a pulse, and my guess is that pulselessness itself may not really be a dealbreaker.
No - there were atheists long before evolution was described.
I did not become an atheist/humanist just so I could 'believe' in evolution. I had a falling out with the catholic church way before I ever had any exposure to the theory of evolution. My Biology teacher in HS, would not teach us anything about evolution, even after I and my science club had a conversation with him about his 'hangup'.
I had been collecting fossils since about 1st grade(some of these went to my HS Biology teacher when I graduated) , and read the 'Origin of Species' about the 9 th grade, but did not start to understand what it ment till after a year of Anthropology classes early 80's, about 10 years later!
While in HS, my nerd friends looked for plant mutations/variations on their travels. I still remember a strange mutation/variation in some snapdragon flowers I saw in a friend's flower bed. One of the few times I got to share a 'wow' moment.
Gardening and plant propagation has exposed me to stange/interesting plant variations and behaviors. Growing lots of tomatoes from seed can offer you the occasional weird plant, once with no leaves-only stem.
A puppy we have, we recently noticed she had 11 tits, not 6-10 as expected. She is still a great puppy.
I think it is still sinking in as to 'what it means'. Just walking into a field and collecting samples of 'grasses' can be a mind opener.
Is Atheism Predicated Partially on the Belief in Evolution?
No, it's predicated on the fact that there is no fucking evidence for a god, deities or any mythical nonsense.
At least for me it is.
Scientific evidence of a spiritual being? Might as well be scientific evidence of dark matter. How do you taste, see or touch that which is nonbaryonic. Clearly there is a vast nonbaryonic aspect of this universe alone that accounts for the missing 60% of it.
Even when a spirit materializes it is unclear what we can scientifically make out of it. Some believe that Yetti is a fallen angel consigned to manifest as such. Foot prints yes, but excrement and hair that we can experiment with no.
These articles are the best, so many intelligent people... and some not so intelligent. All talking about things I don't understand. (Just started advanced Physics classes) All of these words and theories flying around, It shows me just how little I really know, and inspires me to do research. I absolutely love that sensation when you understand something you didn't before, and these discussions provide truckloads of that feeling. Now if only I could remember the things I learn.
Not relevant to the discussion- but wanted to post anyway.
That is the trick Daniel, to remember everything one reads - I would be a frigging genius if only.... and I agree, that moment of 'Ah, now I get it' - priceless.
Sadly, I have decided to stop following the postings from this page. I am very sick of reading Michael's twisted crap in my mail box! I might cheak in randomly to see if Michael has started to talk to himself, and babble uncontrolably in his private cybercell.
@James Cox - well, that really is what Michael is doing. Everything he comes up with, is totally refuted by evidence, and when he is stumped he just doesn't answer a question. His cut and paste finger must be quite bruised by now. Not an original thought in his head. Very sad, really.
I do hope he takes Heather's advice, and keep on with his meds. I would hate to see him babbling, but from his posts, I would say that is already happening.
There are 200 replies on this post, You see more than 4 pasted articles? At three I would be suprised.
Sadly, you can't make the bugyman go away with acrimony. Did it work for you as a kid?
RE: "you can't make the bugyman go away with acrimony. Did it work for you as a kid?"
With acrimony? Depends, if acrimony leads one to research and research leads one to reason - just the tiniest dose of reason can kill the most pesky god, they're far more fragile than you'd think.
So yes, by twelve, I was completely god-free, the bugyman was gone.