All Blog Posts Tagged 'evolution' (82)

HR Diagram

rosettastone The Hertzsprung Russell Diagram is the "Rosetta Stone" of stellar astronomy and it's simple, very simple. So to put it simply, it's just a graph that plots lots of stars' luminosities against their surface temperatures. As simple as that sounds, it is the key to understanding stellar evolution.



In case you thought "Rosetta Stone" is some sort of educational software for…
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Added by Brad Snowder on April 5, 2014 at 11:53pm — No Comments

The Male-Competetive Nature of Sex in Evolution and Culture

The following is speculative and reliant on memory, not yet citing scientific references. I feel it includes significant insight, but wouldn't mind if anyone posts evidence to the contrary.

Sex's advantage/purpose in life's evolutionary processes is not yet as simply definable as, say "it enhances genetic diversity". But obviously there are several, complexly related advantages of sex in evolution that outweigh its disadvantages, on the whole. (Recall, bacteria are still evolving,…

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Added by Pope Beanie on April 4, 2014 at 7:07pm — 6 Comments

Black Holes

198838_568935179795155_1811269485_n A black hole is a region of space where the force of gravity is so intense that it is best pictured as having curvy criss-crossing lines on it. Nothing can escape, not even snarky comments.

If you've ever thrown a baseball into the air, you probably noticed it quickly returned to the Earth. The harder you throw it, the…

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Added by Brad Snowder on February 9, 2014 at 10:15am — 10 Comments

"Atheists go ballistic" over up coming debate. Bollocks!

So while I was trolling the Evolution is a Lie Facebook page I came across a link on Ken Ham's discussion about his up coming debate against Bill Nye. Needless to say I was choking on my tea within the first few lines of his post. 

According to him, atheists are going mad about the discussion and many are 'calling on Bill Nye to cancel'. He then quoted a few of these people who were urging Bill to…

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Added by Teri G on January 3, 2014 at 7:42am — 14 Comments

Evolution and homosexuality

A friend of mine asked me a while ago what I thought about homosexuality in light of evolution. I thought about it for a while and googled it a bit, but I'm not sure I've found a satisfactory answer.

I currently believe that humans (and every other animal on the planet) are basically bags of animated DNA whose ultimate goal is to survive long enough to procreate in order to continue the particular DNA that each is created from. This is largely unconscious, but we all fight for…

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Added by IkeArrumba on December 30, 2013 at 9:21pm — 6 Comments

Feeling like an island in the middle of a sea of stupidity

Day in and day out life seems to be becoming mundane with no intellectual stimulation unless you actually go LOOKING for it. 

I had a nice surprise the other day when I discovered a new friend of mine was capable of having a philosophical debate. Yes! I am not alone! I can finally have someone in my life who doesn't want to talk small talk! I hate small talk. It's repetitive and mind numbingly useless. So I get all excited and think that I can FINALLY discuss all the things I've been…

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Added by Teri G on December 6, 2013 at 11:17am — 39 Comments

Could a "Heat Death" be Necessary for Life? The Second Law Redefined

We have met the "heat death" of the universe in progress, and it is... us?



EXCERPT "Organic cells form, reproduce, and die within complex organisms that are born, reproduce, and die, within species and civilizations that eventually result in new species and civilizations or simply carry on until they become extinct. All because stars are born, die, and are replaced, some former and current stars facilitating habitable planets and life."…

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Added by Mike Donohoe on June 30, 2013 at 5:17pm — No Comments

Just finished "The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution" by Richard Dawkins.

Just finished "The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution" by Richard Dawkins. Here's my brief review on GoodReads.com:



"In typical Dawkins form, this is a fabulous complimentary supplemental to Jerry Coyne's "Why Evolution Is True", and drives home the FACTS of evolution that vindicate Darwin's theory. After reading this book, you will never again question the age of the earth, or the rise of speciation of life upon it."

Haven't…

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Added by Darren Hancock on May 31, 2013 at 5:44pm — No Comments

My thoughts on the Pg 2 of Bible Story by Arthur S Maxwell

Some more of my annotated comments on the bible story. It says the evolution and plate tectonics are strange ideas I strongly disagree with that line of thought. I have also pointed on the parts of the text where this claims are made.…

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Added by atheistrising on October 30, 2012 at 10:14pm — No Comments

Help needed

Hey good people, here, I have been having a discussion with an anon gentleman going by the moniker j.w who I think lives on this side of the blue ball. 

The discussion, so far has covered several issues among them how the universe came to be, historicity of Jesus, a bit on god and a major part has been on evolution and it is here that I need some help. I have in my responses tried to explain evolution as I…

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Added by onyango makagutu on October 17, 2012 at 12:25am — 15 Comments

The Contribution Of Religion To The Ubiquitous Desensitization To Harming

The Ubiquitous Desensitization To Harming



The biological asymmetry of the survival of the human species depending on pregnancies and births being severe harm only to women, while men are spared, is no rational justification for accepting harming as natural.
In entry 552 I attributed…
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Added by maruli marulaki on August 6, 2012 at 12:01pm — 8 Comments

Harm And The Evolution Of The Gullibility For Religion

Harm And The Evolution Of The Gullibility For Religion

In entry 547 I compared two videos revealing the atrocities suffered by the children in Kinsey's research.    While one was as seemingly unbiased documentary, the other was biased by the christian religion.



This brought me back to the old question, why…

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Added by maruli marulaki on August 3, 2012 at 5:28am — 6 Comments

In U.S., 46% Hold Creationist View of Human Origins

From: http://www.gallup.com/poll/155003/Hold-Creationist-View-Human-Origins.aspx?version=print



"Despite the many changes that have taken place in American society and culture over the past 30 years, including new discoveries in biological and social science, there has been virtually no sustained change in Americans' views of the origin of the human species since 1982. The 46% of…

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Added by Sagacious Hawk on June 2, 2012 at 12:11am — 1 Comment

The Evolutionary Purpose of Male Homosexuality

A recent show on the science channel alerted me to an interesting new hypothesis about the evolution of homosexuality. Contrary to popular thought, it does not appear to be an accident. (If anyone can find documentation about this new hypothesis... let me know). Particularly interesting is the behavior of primate males in family groups. As is well known, apes (such as chimanzees, bonobos, and gorillas) that live in family groups consist of many females, one dominant male that gets exclusive…

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Added by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on March 6, 2012 at 4:30pm — 111 Comments

No Evolution For You

 I recently found out my daughter's High School "science teacher" is unwilling to teach 'conventional evolution' based on her reservations about teaching a theory she doesn't believe in. I guess this is one of those things you say you saw coming but never thought would happen to you (your family). I am wondering about how best to pursue this issue. My first inclination is a scorched earth take no prisoners assault on the principals office…

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Added by Cali4niaSon on February 28, 2012 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

What Darwin Never Knew

Last night on PBS NOVA aired a new showed entitled "What Darwin Never Knew." It is 2 hours of fascinating insight on recent scientific developments into the "how to's" of evolutionary biology. Explanations on homo sapien's brain expansion, DNA switches, analysis of the human genome, and genetic mutation are clearly and graphically presented. I really can't recommend this particular programming enough. The god equation loses great "face" in the process. 

Added by Ed on December 22, 2011 at 11:49am — 1 Comment

Noah's Ark

I was having a bit of a debate with a creationist on Twitter yesterday and it got round to Noah and his Ark. I questioned the logistics of it and I got a fantastically stupid reply. So I was compelled to make it into a comic. Hope you enjoy.

 

Added by Mr. Anderson on September 21, 2011 at 5:08am — 1 Comment

Welcome to our Semi-Dark Age: The Darkness Strikes Back

I've begun a series of video-essays on YouTube titled "Welcome to our Semi-Dark Age". The first episode is now up (in three parts, due to time-length restrictions by YouTube) - hopefully, my skills at video recording/editing will improve as I make more videos. Similarly, my pronunciation of English words remains a work in progress ... In any case, I've embedded herein the three videos of this first episode of the series, titled…
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Added by Pierre H. Vachon on September 8, 2011 at 7:56pm — 3 Comments

Government petition against creationism in UK schools.

I would appreciate your support to raise awareness about  this petition to the US government about discouraging creationism in UK schools and forcing all schools to teach evolution as part of science.

To sign the petition you have to be a UK citizen or resident, so if you are or know of any, please sign it or make them aware of it, respectively.…

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Added by Luke Scientiae on August 18, 2011 at 5:55pm — 4 Comments

Mendeleev and the Fossil Record

What can the history of chemistry teach us about the popular-level objection to evolution regarding the “gaps” in the fossil record? I think we can gain insight from Dmitri Mendeleev and the creation of the Periodic Table of Elements.

 

Mendeleev (1834 – 1907) sought to group the known elements in an organized and informative way. He arranged the elements into columns (groups) and rows (periods). These are based on certain properties of their atomic components. Based on these…

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Added by Michael Gage on August 17, 2011 at 2:48pm — No Comments

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