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  •  Science is not a "belief" system... (0+ / 0-)

    With science, one must deal with facts, with proving or disproving hypotheses, noting observable facts.

    Religion is a belief system, believing something exists when there's no scientific theories or set of known facts one can test to prove or disprove the existence of a magical being.  When I was taking philosophy and logic in college, the profs said we could write on anything, but if we used an appeal to authority in our essays, we could not base anything on religious belief "because god cannot be proved or disproved."

    Sorry, but this is when language counts.  It always amuses me to hear the religious question from the far right who "believe in" their version of creationism: "Do you believe in evolution?"

    No..., I don't "believe in evolution."  I think there are a set of observations about physical objects (skeletal remains, for instance, or tools our forebears left behind) or other observable fossil and other remains that one can put in categories to determine what has changed over millions of years to arrive at a point some 150,000 years ago somewhere in Africa when mitochondrial DNA came into being and we can then skeletally, and sometimes genetically, map our common origins to an original "Eve" figure (since mtDNA passes unchanged from mother to child; yDNA is now being worked with, but that's a different category).

    I think there will be other skeletal remains found at some point in time to aid scientists to map skeletal changes in our very ancient ancestors, but that's not a "belief" system.  That's based on past observations and the fact that archaeologists and anthropologists are always looking for more clues to fit in the timeline of our very ancient ancestors and note observable changes in the evolution of primate species as well as other species.

    Based on lots of reading I've done for many, many decades, I do think those individuals who were our ancient ancestors who could adapt to changing situations and living conditions are the reason we are here today, and based on skeletal remains and DNA, that process started millions of years ago, but is in a recognizable form with the "original Mitochondrial Eve" and her descendants.

    Of course, the fact that the reichwingnuts do not want to "believe in evolution" has a great deal to do with the fact that they don't want to be descended from anyone who had dark skin.  That crosses their heresy boundaries.
    The Real Eve (Discovery Channel)
    This is the kind of thing that makes creationists' heads explode....!


    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Sun Aug 26, 2012 at 06:17:10 AM PDT

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