Sources: Nature [journal paper], Science [journal paper], University of Alberta [press release], The Guardian
quote: I don't believe that we were created by a god, but we (humans and our planet) could be the experiment or creation of some other technologically advanced species.
quote: There is no difference in believing that the earth was created by a deity vs believing a consensus - in both cases that which is unknown cannot be proven
quote: Eric I respect you and consider you a brother in the eternal struggle against the Socialist Libtards
quote: I'm not understanding why you think evolution wouldn't allow one species to rise above others.
quote: Also I'm not seeing this equilibrium you've mentioned. We know from fossil records that unchecked evolution in the past has lead to several "super predators" both on land and sea. Creatures which evolved to be so dominant, they had NO natural enemies other than themselves.
quote: Balance? Millions of species have been wiped out by other species that adapted and evolved to gain dominance over them. What balance?
quote: Well that's fine but there is ZERO evidence for this. There aren't even clues.You're right, evolution isn't perfect. But we can see it happening, we can view it's history through fossils. There is at least SOME scientific proof of it as a concept.It's simply the best explanation we have right now, today, using the knowledge we've gained. Which is why it's still a theory.
quote: Okay I have a big problem with this one. We can prove how planets and stars are created. We've actually observed the process. We have images of planets being born, stars being created, star nurseries. Remnants of dead stars and destroyed proto-planets. There's MOUNTAINS of observable data to back up these theories. At this point I'm shocked people still debate this.
quote: To say this takes the same kind of "faith" as believing in a deity is just mind boggling to me. We have a fairly accurate and complex model of how the physical Universe works. No, it's not perfect, and we're learning new things by the day it seems. But to say it's even close to the "theories" put forth by Creationists is frankly insulting.
quote: Right, but it's more like a pendulum swinging back and forth, and the species are all subject to the whims of the pendulum's magnitude. In many instances, if humans feel threatened by that same swinging we can just build a new pendulum.
quote: We've seen other planets forming but we have yet to discover another planet that's like ours, or even some shadow of what earth used to be throughout its development.
quote: but I do not think that the true story of how earth came to be the way it is today is an open and closed book.