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Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pope Beanie on Sunday. 63 Replies

How valid is this model?  The situation I'm trying to describe is the way in which the biological drives to thrive, survive and reproduce have become so incredibly strong and universal within the…Continue

Christian prison chaplain 'forced to resign' for condemning homosexuality

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Paynton Nov 10, 2015. 15 Replies

What do you think about this? …Continue

How do you think clearly?

Started this discussion. Last reply by matt.clerke Nov 3, 2015. 40 Replies

It seems to me that everyone here is good at thinking.  I believe that thinking clearly is an essential life skill.  Truth is an essential component of morality.  Morality relates to the reality of…Continue

What does it mean to have integrity?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Paynton Sep 21, 2015. 25 Replies

I'm putting together a little article about integrity.  Have a think about it.  What does integrity mean to you, and what does it mean not to have integrity? This is as far as I've got.  I think it's…Continue

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Pope Beanie replied to Simon Paynton's discussion 'Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs'
"I'll throw in the towel here, but I'll be back, in another topic where I can focus on society's (er, namely creationist) over-conflation of different types of evolution and science of evolution. I don't want to hijack this…"
Sunday
TJ replied to Simon Paynton's discussion 'Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs'
"That is the evolution we are discussing though. :D"
Sunday
Pope Beanie replied to Simon Paynton's discussion 'Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs'
"Indeed! Nice and pithy."
Sunday
Pope Beanie replied to Simon Paynton's discussion 'Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs'
"Not as far as genetic evolution goes."
Sunday
SteveInCO replied to Simon Paynton's discussion 'Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs'
"In even shorter form...evolution has a direction (it must, since things do change), but it is not directed."
Sunday
TJ replied to Simon Paynton's discussion 'Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs'
"Not as far as evolution goes though. As Dr Bob, et all, reminded, the the incremental nature of the changes is more of a drift in a direction that subjects to the individual to selection pressures. :D"
Saturday
TJ replied to Simon Paynton's discussion 'Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs'
"Not supported by the geo/paleo record? The geo/paleo record confirms evolution, and, combined with genetic evidence, FURTHER confirms it. The things you say don't exist, exist.   Most species have gone extinct, over 98% of all life on…"
Saturday
Gregg RThomas replied to Simon Paynton's discussion 'Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs'
"Micheal...Micheal....Micheal, Supported???  Please show your evidence of scientific support for a Supernatural event as described in your Book of  Fairy -Tales.  A fossilized angel with wings would be good. "
Friday
SteveInCO replied to Simon Paynton's discussion 'Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs'
"Sorry, but it's quite clear to me that you've utterly missed the point.  Given I can't explain it any better than I already did, I'm going to bow out. You do NOT understand what evolution is claiming.  When you get past…"
Friday
Pope Beanie replied to Simon Paynton's discussion 'Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs'
"Simon, I'd be considering human evolution as a special case, because of how cultural evolution now matters more than genetic evolution. A "drive" to flourish makes a lot more sense wrt modern humans."
Friday
Pope Beanie replied to Simon Paynton's discussion 'Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs'
"Without debating specifics, I'm happy to know that you give science credit for solving some mysteries."
Thursday
Pope Beanie replied to Simon Paynton's discussion 'Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs'
"Yup. I think we agree on all that, but I'd clarify here (for anyone tending to miss this) "Direction" in terms of the probable page, but not in terms of being pre-determined, e.g. by intelligence. Cultural evolution gives us new…"
Thursday
Pope Beanie replied to Simon Paynton's discussion 'Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs'
"True but now we're getting into minor points, statistically. The point pretty much is that practically by definition, the good genes get passed on to more generations than bad genes. (Good vs bad in terms SteveInCO points out, i.e. those that…"
Thursday
Simon Mathews replied to Simon Paynton's discussion 'Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs'
""Not as of late many so call Fair (sic) Tales in the Bible are supported by archaeology and Satellite surveys" That's excellent news. Have they found a fossil of a snake with a voice box?"
Thursday
Michael replied to Simon Paynton's discussion 'Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs'
"The view that mutation can evolve higher complex organisms up to and including Homonid from an engineering point of view is a childlike copout. I can't began to reiterate the level of engineering and system control theory evident in animals. We…"
Thursday
Michael replied to Simon Paynton's discussion 'Question for Evolution and Natural Selection brainiacs'
"http://www.livescience.com/images/i/000/036/470/original/ancestor-placental-mammals.jpg?interpolation=lanczos-none&downsize=*:1400 It looked very mouse like to me but granted it isn't a mouse but close enough that I want to see the lineage."
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Fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 7:56am 0 Comments

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

― Genesis 2:17



If we interpret this sentence in a certain way, it tells us almost everything we need to know about personal morality.

We normally talk about the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  Fruit = consequences.  

Good and Evil can be seen as Good and Bad ― Liking and…

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Mathematics of altruism

Posted on July 27, 2012 at 12:56pm 0 Comments

http://plus.maths.org/content/does-it-pay-be-nice-maths-altruism-part-i

Mathematical evidence that cooperation evolves naturally as a successful strategy.

This is one of the most interesting things I've read for a long time.  Don't worry, it's not too mathematical.  I recommend printing it out if you want to read it. 

I believe we need to know why these things…

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