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  •  God in the gaps (9+ / 0-)

    Fundamentalists love to point to unexplained, or unexplored phenomena and claim that as proof that God did it. A hole in the fossil record? Great, it means that God did it. Wait you found a linking fossil between two previously known ones? Even better that means that now we've got two gaps.

    200 years ago mental illness was attributed to "demons" or "possession" because we didn't have the tools to figure out what was going on. Now if someone is behaving erratically we can perform actual tests, compare those tests to known baselines and come up with an actual diagnosis. We don't have to rely on emotive rationalism to fix what is essentially an empirical problem.

    This forward momentum scares the crap out of fundamentalists because it flies in the face of their argument which is essentially; stop finding stuff out, you're ruining our racket.

    •  Each discovered missing link (1+ / 0-)
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      Actually creates two new missing links as transition s to the new discovery

      Intelligent, passionate, perceptive people will always disagree, but we should not let that disagreement, however heartfelt, lead us to become deaf to those better angels of our nature.

      by Mindful Nature on Sun Dec 04, 2011 at 01:41:10 PM PST

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