Do you believe in evolution?
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02-19-2009, 03:40 PM
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Re: Do you believe in evolution?
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Humans took a long time after we appeared as a species to develop writing, and in the intervening millions of years any idea we had that we came from a common ancestor with apes was lost. Not that we likely ever had such an idea. Evolution is so incredibly gradual that no species can notice it happening to themselves unless they have extensive records going back millions of years.
If humans have evolved so many years, why aren't we more technologically advanced? Wouldn't we have developed a language early enough and then immediately start developing things?
Because religion is a very powerful meme.
Something about the way our brains are wired makes us accept the idea that gods exist (the idea of just one god is much less supported by our "gut feelings") couple that with children being taught that it is true from the instant they are born, and it becomes hard for most people to doubt that their religion is true.
Well, I've been reading some fascinating novels and they've said that the Bible did and does make prophesies. The ones it made in the Old Testament were fulfilled in the New Testament. The prophesies the Bible makes about the future from know, are yet to be fulfilled because of the 100% chance of them being right! The Rapture is predicted, but not of when it will happen because God has specifically kept the exact time of it hidden from us. Why? I don't know, but He has a wonderful plan. As you have given me a book to read, I'll also do the same (if you don't mind hehe): Armageddon by Grant R. Jeffery and Seven Signs of the End Times by Mark Hitchcock. They're pretty interesting although I never knew the Bible prophesied that much. No other religious texts have prophesied. There was a study that analyzed the accuracy of the top ten psychics. Only two percent of their predictions were fulfilled.
Couple that with the fact that most religions make believers feel special and important; all the divine focus is on them, while science constantly re-enforces the idea that we are not the centre of the universe, and may not even be completely unique.
The aim of the Bible is to get people to glorify God because He is the one who created us, according to the Bible.
[Then abandon the Bible.
When faced with two options, one of which is nice to believe in, indeed, that may be your driving force in life, but that contradicts the evidence and a belief that isn't as nice to believe in (though I'd disagree there) that contradicts the first, then the best scientist will throw out his deeply-held belief.
Then I am not the best scientist, although I will strive to bring glory to God in whatever I do.
The most common anecdote is this: A professor at a university had spent all of his post-student days refining a theory of some sort. He was now 80 something and had created a very nice model of his area of study.
He goes to attend a lecture and one of the speakers is a young student who proceeds to do nothing but point out the flaws in this model that the professor has striven all his life to make. The student then proposes a few other ideas that may work better.
At the end of the lecture the professor goes to the front of the auditorium and shakes the student's hand, saying: "Thank you! All these years I was wrong."
Humans definitely will need help from others to perfect theories and equations, but God did not receive help from anyone of what was right and wrong about the Bible. None of the writers pointed out its flaws because it had none. I believe it has none as of now but people would disagree with me and other followers of Christ.
The anecdote changes often, but I would be very surprised if something like this does not happen regularly, because that's how science works: You follow the evidence, no matter where it leads you, and no matter how hard it is to go there.
Ok. Although, in my beliefs, evolution never happened seeing as though we only have clues and we can only speculate how we became since we cannot travel back in time to truly see what happened.
I highly recommend you read (or watch, though the show is not quite as in-depth) Carl Sagan's
. It's an amazing book for kindling a wonder in nature and in what science can do, and has a chapter that's not a bad explanation of evolution.
Alright. I'll try it out.
Nope. The two have pretty much n0thing to do with each other. Each can come about without the other being true.
Then the Big Bang Theory is a theory of how the universe started and evolution is a theory (since we did not actually see the process in the past) of how we came. Is my answer correct?
"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."
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