quote: My real beef with this thing is I'm not sure I buy into:Genetic Diversity = Evolution
quote: While you are correct in claiming that natural selection is a primary evolution-producing force,
quote: There is an amazing theory called epi-genetics. It basically states that while we all have genetic markers "enabled" at birth, by introducing specific proteins and chemicals into our bodies we can actually disable / enable markers at will.
quote: Actually epigenetics is far more than a theory, it's an observable (and rather wide) field of research.
quote: In scientific usage, a theory does not mean an unsubstantiated guess or hunch, as it can in everyday speech. A theory is a logically self-consistent model or framework for describing the behavior of a related set of natural or social phenomena. It originates from or is supported by experimental evidence (see scientific method). In this sense, a theory is a systematic and formalized expression of all previous observations, and is predictive, logical, and testable. As such, scientific theories are essentially the equivalent of what everyday speech refers to as facts. In principle, scientific theories are always tentative, and subject to corrections or inclusion in a yet wider theory. Commonly, a large number of more specific hypotheses may be logically bound together by just one or two theories. As a general rule for use of the term, theories tend to deal with much broader sets of universals than do hypotheses, which ordinarily deal with much more specific sets of phenomena or specific applications of a theory.
quote: My point is that evolution is a proven fact.
quote: Kind of like the Theory of Relativity, The Theory of Evolution, Quantum Field Theory, The Theory of Plate Tectonics, ect.
quote: You sound like an intelligent person. You should already know that in science Theory != Hypothesis.
quote: I'd rate you up if I could.
quote: If that new child introduces a novel gene, then its evolution for the population, or if it changes the distribution of genes in the population. If its just a little trailer park miracle that changes nothing, its not evolution, its reproduction.<\quote>I said that if the child does change the amount of variation then its evolution. If the child does not change the amount of variation (if it say, has a genotype that is such that it introduces no new variation, or it has the same genes as the majority of the population) then it has not changed anything.Just because there is a new child born, it does not necessarily introduce any increase in variation.
quote: Why, because then you'll have to strive extra hard to remain relevant and useful to society?
quote: As it is, intelligent people feel compelled to mate with other intelligent people, beautiful people with other beautiful people, and the stupid and ugly mate with other similarly stupid and ugly people.
quote: Well, they feel compelled to engage in the act of mating, but statistics show the highest achievers in society have the fewest kids.
quote: Should driving a car, speaking your mind, and owning a gun not be a right because they have the potential to cause suffering?
quote: If the human genome had evolved at the current pace during the period of 6 million years since the human lineage separated from the Chimpanzee lineage
quote: It's funny, after surfing through Youtube and/or Myspace (plus others) for a few minutes, I would actually be inclined to say we were devolving.
quote: Just because we're different, don't make us better.Mutations that give us near-sightedness used to be selected out, now we correct them with glasses.
quote: It seems like it would be better to not "knock anyone up."
quote: Yeah, you can be slow, stupid and unfit -- and reproduce -- but will your kids really have much of a shot of making it past that? Or their kids even?Not everyone starts are zero when they are born. An alarming number of children born in broken homes don't make it to reproduction age, and if they do, their kids certainly don't.
quote: It has nothing to do with understand how it works. The problem is multiple systems "evolved" and met at a single point. THAT is impossible without an intentional design.
quote: Remember, according to evolution, the organisms did not go "Okay, time to grow eyes" and poof, they were there. Instead, it developed the eye over time. This would have been IMPOSSIBLE for both systems to develop independently of each other, not to mention what was the purpose of the in between stages of evolution of that eye? How did the tissue growing in the part it was growing know it needed to grow there for a future addition of an eye?
quote: all of the scientists that study genetics, geology, biology, and paleantology (as well as a myriad of other fields) all disagree with your conclusion.
quote: This is a false statement.Numerous scientists believe evolution by itself is impossible.
quote: At least 50,000 changes would be needed to go from a land creature to a sea dwelling creature. Where are all of the changes in between the two? Where is the evidence such in between creatures ever existed?
quote: No one on this earth can ever prove that macro evolution ever happend or happens. Evolution IS a religion. You have to have faith to believe in it.
quote: I belive some dinosaurs are still here we just call them reptiles today. I also belive dragons are aka Dinosaurs. (dont tell me the entire world has dragon stories, and that they were all fake.) (fire breathing may be an exagerating tho)
quote: How are they comming up with those facts and figures?? They date the dinosaur bones by which rock layer they are in. And they date the rock layer by the bones that are in them. See the logic?
quote: All types of carbon (any any other type of elemental dating method) dating have been proven to be totally inaccurate or false. If you dont believe me then kill an animal and do your testing. I guess the animal has to be dead at least 100,000 years for the test to be accurate. Live animals have been reported to be thousands of years old.
quote: People will do anything to try to disprove god.
quote: Just because you say something, then post a link to something doesnt automatically make you right.
quote: Also, just because a "scientist" claims something, does not automatically make him right either.
quote: Evolution is a religion because you have to believe that long ago and far far away something happend that no one observed.
quote: You still didnt answer my question about macro evolution. Show me something.
quote: Evolution is not a religion no matter how you look at it. It does not provide a moral guide. It does not tell us how to live our lives. It does not explain the meaning of life, nor does it explain how it originated.