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  •  are you a paleontologist? No, obviously. (3+ / 0-)
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    Are you saying there is no evidence of early amphibians, that part of the fossil record is pretty solid.

    Nothing in science can nor should put a dent in the idea of a higher power.  But as one's perception of the world and how things happened changes, everything else in our minds has to shift and thus one's perception of a higher power and one's interpretation of literature should change.

    There is solid evidence for "crawling out of the sea", it seems really odd that you would just feel free to state that there isn't.  Clearly you've not looked for the evidence.  

    I should also point out that even gravity is a theory-- everything is conjecture and theory at best.  I should, but why bother?

    "Pelosi was the only damn one of the entire lot who showed any ounce of leadership the last two years"-- The Dead Man

    by musicalhair on Thu Mar 17, 2011 at 10:13:08 AM PDT

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    •  I agree with you (0+ / 0-)
      I should also point out that even gravity is a theory-- everything is conjecture and theory at best.  I should, but why bother?

          Yes I agree with everything you just said.  I also agree with the diary.  What I disagree with is deriding people just because you feel your opinion is better than their opinion.  The universe is awesome. Or planet is unique in this solar system and just from the science we currently have, is quite special.  We do not have all the answers and even some very important people that were and are great scientists will tell you that.

         The problem that I was pointing out is that in our quest for education and discovery, we must constantly keep in mind that so long as the greater masses of people continue to be slightly less informed than some of us we must not start off the conversation by saying I’m right your wrong.  It is one of the first lessons of Dale Carnegie Training.  "Do not criticize, condemn, or complain".   The reason for this is that when you do that you lose all hope of winning the argument and wind up arguing just for the sake of arguing.

         As to your question about the amphibians, I am not asserting that there is no evidence of them, what I am saying is that there is no evidence that can link our evolution to amphibians.  To get to that point one must take a leap of faith and "assume" that happened.  

        In conclusion, what I am trying to get across to everyone here is that yes evolution occured and yes we share common ancestry with semians, but to go much further than that requires a leap of faith that is not much different than the faith that religious people use to believe what they believe.  The problem is our human nature.  Most humans crave being right.  They want to have people say "Yes by golly you are right on".  I just really have a problem with anyone who believes we have all the answers, when we are so far away yet.  Science itself is evolving and we will continue to make discoveries.  Another concept that hurts us as a species is that we are so darn blind when it comes to the concept of time.  

        Our time on earth is quite short in the grand scheme of things so why is it that we can not understand that we have only been recording a shared history for around 2500 years and only recently in the grand scheme of things have figured out the basics of how our laws of physics work. There will be more discoveries, and who knows quite possibly someone reading this will find one.  What we must do is continue to evolve and make our world a better place and we do not do that through conflict.

      I am the flail of God. Had you not commited great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you. - Ghengis Khan.

      by wargolem on Sat Mar 19, 2011 at 09:09:13 PM PDT

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