This group is for those fascinated by the origin of things, especially ideas. Etiology (the study of causes) is the discipline most closely matching the theme of this group. Subjects include: evolution, abiogenesis, epistemology, cosmology, etc.

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Many subjects deal with origins. They accommodate almost anybody's interests. Here's some ideas for subject matter:

Genesis (Old Testament)
Epistemology (theory of knowledge)
Origins of concepts like freedom, free will, atoms, germs, creation, love, God, etc.
Cosmology (origin of the universe)
Panspermia (the proposal that life originated in comets or meteors)
Astrobiology (life elsewhere in the universe)
Abiogenesis and protocellular research
Synthetic biology (creating new lifeforms)
Amino acids and DNA
Feedback mechanisms (self organization) in biology and neurology
Biomolecules (template-directed polymerization)
Complexity theory (dynamics of complexity) and emergent properties

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origins of humans news blurb

Started by Pope Beanie Aug 31, 2012. 0 Replies

Ancient genome reveals its secretsMax Planck researchers describe Denisovan genome, illuminating the relationships between…Continue

Tags: Neanderthal, Denisovan, human genome, human evovlution

Epilepsy, the Origin of Islam

Started by Atheist Exile. Last reply by Atheist Exile Feb 27, 2010. 1 Reply

Has a major branch of history been determined by one man's bout with epilepsy? I think so! Epilepsy Toronto has, on its web page, a list of famous people who have had epilepsy. The idea of the list…Continue

Tags: muhammad, toronto, epilepsy, dostoevsky, Pickford

The Origin of Free Will

Started by Atheist Exile Feb 26, 2010. 0 Replies

Some assert that man has free will. Some assert that all is determined. Some say that free will can co-exist with determinism. The debate has raged, unabated, for at least 1600 years.Clearly, a…Continue

Tags: Epicurus, bible, Prime Mover, catholic, St. Augustine

An Objective Source for Morality?

Started by Atheist Exile Nov 25, 2009. 0 Replies

Nature is, as Alfred Lord Tennyson said, “red in tooth and claw”. It has no morals. Morality is a human construct that usually reflects our social norms. As such, morality is formed by an amalgam of…Continue

Tags: objectivity, values, morality, morals, prime directive

The Origin of a New Paradigm: Epigenetics

Started by Atheist Exile. Last reply by Atheist Exile Nov 12, 2009. 1 Reply

There was a fascinating show on BBC's Horizon program about the recent discovery of epigenetics. If…Continue

Tags: genes, paradigm shift, horizon, bbc, genetics

The History of Ideas

Started by Crystal Shard. Last reply by Atheist Exile Nov 10, 2009. 1 Reply

The Dictionary of the History of Ideas, on line as an ebook at the University of Virginia…Continue

Tags: philosophy, religion, dictionary, ebook, ideas

The Origin of Everything: NOTHING

Started by Atheist Exile. Last reply by Dave G Nov 3, 2009. 18 Replies

This amazing summary of our latest understanding of cosmology, by Lawrence Kraus, will blow your mind. It's what the majority of physicists now believe about the universe. It's the most informative…Continue

Tags: fluctuation, nothingness, eternity, flux, space

The Holographic Universe

Started by Atheist Exile. Last reply by Atheist Exile Oct 23, 2009. 1 Reply

This is an old article I saved about a decade ago. Because of the impression it made on me, it's managed to survive one PC after another and is still on my hard drive (I just happened upon it, again,…Continue

Tags: paradigm, Pribram, Bohm, holographic, hologram

The Origins of Quantum Computing

Started by Atheist Exile Oct 18, 2009. 0 Replies

There was a fascinating article, by Eugenie Samuel, at It explains an experiment in which…Continue

Tags: spin, quantum computer, laser, dark state, Harvard

Trying to find Carl Sagan's Amniotic Universe

Started by Atheist Exile. Last reply by Reggie Oct 18, 2009. 1 Reply

Decades ago, I read a short article, by Carl Sagan, in Reader's Digest, called "Amniotic Universe". I think it was excerpted from his book, "Broca's Brain". I've repeated Google searches over the…Continue

Tags: Reader's Digest, Carl Sagan, Amniotic Universe, Broca's Brain


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