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  •  Getting back to ancestral lineage. (3+ / 0-)
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    xaxnar, rbird, RiveroftheWest

    And there are more and more questions - but of a different nature.

    How was it that in the Triassic the two lineages of the synapsids diverged?  What was it that allowed the synapsid and diapsid dinosaurs to dominate the synapsid mammals for 120 million years?

    But, I diverge.

    Your point is why I like the idea of celebrating Darwin Day in a manner that would present Darwin's momentous ideas for laymen.  Ever use a deck of cards to demonstrate how silly the anti-evolution arguments about probability are?  Think about it - you cannot separate the probability of occurrence from the event when p = 1.  The probability of the order of cards after a shuffle is 52! or about 8 to the power of 67.  So, shuffle a deck and viola, you just created a deck more improbable than creationist claims for life.  Shuffle again and - wow - you just performed another miracle.

    •  Your "diverge" is what I was talking about. (1+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest

      The everyday anti-evolution-ists just don't care about "synapsids" or even the Triassic.  They would not understand why shuffling cards has anything to do with their religion.

      My point was that you need to get to the point quickly.  You need to break through all the talk and say "ancestor" not "lineage."  You need to say "tiny change" in the DNA that will eventually result in a new animal after many more changes.

      People who sell ID are not "everyday" people. They can not be convinced and should be shunned rather than argued with.  The louder they pray the faster you should count your silverware.

      "Our problem is not that the glass is half empty or half full, but that the 1% claims that it is their glass." ---Stolen from a post on Daily Kos

      by jestbill on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 11:54:52 AM PST

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