Hey everyone I'm a recent religious drop-out, and I have a basic question. For obvious to christians reasons I never paid much attention to evolution, or any other 'questionable' science in school. Now I find myself very curious, but also overwhelmed trying to figure out where to even start as an adult not in a school setting. That's my question, where do I even start to learn? What subject is a good starting off point?
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I've always wanted to bring DaVinci into the future, and show him a multi-ton Jumbo Jet, flying!
He'd love to see a helicopter, too; he drew something at least once with a giant auger pointing straight up.
I agree with you, Gregg. Science is not like religion, with a rigid set of unbending rules. It ebbs and flows with every new discovery, every new study, and every new breakthrough. If you don't uinderstand the scientific method, it might get confusing. Science itself is an evolutionary process.
I like that:
Science itself is an evolutionary process.
I may steal it. :)
If the study of evolution piques your interest, I can't think of a more all-inclusive book to read than Richard Dawkins' The Ancestor's Tale. Although Dawkins is certainly an atheist, this book is not an attempt to contrast theistic beliefs with Darwinian principles, just a very thorough explanation of where everything living came from.
If you truly want to learn, I know of no better place to start.
There's a fantastic youtuber by the name of "Philhellenes". You should check him out and listen to him for a while. There's also Thunderf00t, but he's a bit more technical with his wording. Lawrence Krauss' "A Universe From Nothing" is an amazing book that should give quite a bit of insight on cosmology. Lisa Randall's "Knocking on Heavens Door" is about how scientific thinking makes the world much more worthwhile and delves lightly into particle physics. Dawkins is a good read for insight into biology and plain old ripping theists a new one, Hitchens is also exceptionally good at that. Learn and be free!
"Questionable"? Is there anything "questionable" about the study of electricity? Is there anything “questionable” about the study of earth science? Is there anything “questionable” about biology? No there isn’t. Evolution is nothing more than biology my friend. Nothing “questionable” about it.
Thanks Jason, but I think you missed the sarcasm. I was saying that's what I thought when I was still a christian, not that those sciences are actually "questionable".
I think Jason missed the significance of the quotation marks --
This video is a good explanation of Evolution (and what it is not).
Or if you only have a few seconds --
From Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" series.
I went to my local library which had the full collection and I burned the discs on to my computer. Too good not to pass up!