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    posted a message on Evolution & Creationism

    I am completely knowledgeable on how science works.


    Wow.

    First, science is not a belief system. It is a process. A process that is causing our knowledge of the universe to be ever expanding.

    Second. No, you're not. You may have a working knowledge of it, but you are not completely knowledgeable in it. Do you have PhD in planetary science? In evolutionary biology? People dedicate their lives to these fields, spend years learning about them. But yet you feel that you can come onto an online forum and prove them wrong because somebody told you that they were wrong, because they go against your belief system.

    Note that I do not have a PhD in anything, either. I'm not attempting to disprove creationism. There is nothing to disprove. I have read your posts, and you still do not provide any compelling evidence to support your claims.

    Also, just a recommendation, you can be taken more seriously when you stop using the Creation Wiki, or Answers in Genesis for sources. That's like using the FOX News Opinion section to get your news.
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    posted a message on Do you belive in the "Big Bang"?
    This is a very common subject on these forums, I come here about once a month, and there always seems to be a thread on this... Anyway, I'll attempt to clear up some misconceptions.

    Quote from dietwawa

    This is basicly the question of life. How do you think you got on this world you are on today?
    It kinda makes you feel pointless if you think you were formed or something...doesn't it?
    So, please comment on what you think. are we a chance?


    The Big Bang has no connections to the creation of life, or life at all. Nor does Evolution. The current theory for the 'creation' of life is called Abiogenesis

    Quote from Shello

    Also, how is there no proof of the big bang theory? There's plenty of proof, you just don't see it right in front of you. Did you almost the entire 'universe' is moving away from one certain point? If I remember correctly, I think there's also a enormous black hole there, too. I'm not sure if I got a minor detail off on explaining this or that, but I have a better understanding then most.


    I hope you don't mind my using some shameless copying from a past post. But I'm far too lazy to write up an entirely new response.

    There isn't a center of the Universe. My favorite analogy is Raisin bread. When you roll the dough, it is compact with all the raisins close together. When you put it in the oven, and it rises, they all move apart. But there isn't a single point of expansion. You can pick any of the raisins and the bread itself seems to be expanding from that one point. Pick another one, same thing. Any point you choose is the center. This is the same with the Universe. If you pick any point, everything seems to be moving away from it.

    We know that it's moving by its 'Redshift.' When something is moving toward you, it appears blue because the wavelength is being shortened. When something is moving away from you, it appears red because the wavelength is being lengthened. But this is a different subject. By telling how long or short the wavelength is we can figure out how fast it is moving away or towards from us. This can be done by taking a spectra of the galaxy in question.

    It's really, really important that people understand that this is not the end-all and be-all answer to the creation of the Universe, but merely our current understanding. The Big Bang is not an entire answer. We may never have the complete answer. But there is no reason trying not to answer the 'Ultimate Question.'

    One last thing, at some point, someone is going to bring up the fact that it was an "explosion." I'll address that when they do. But for the time being I'll just say don't even bother, and read up on it. Because that is probably the most ignorant argument against the Big Bang.
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    posted a message on I wish I could help the poor Africans...
    Give a man a fish, feed him once. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a life time.

    As Blaster says, give them the resources to make their own food, and they'll be much better off than if they were getting food from other sources.
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    posted a message on Liberals need to learn that there is no such thing as "free"


    Never once have I thought this picture was more needed.
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    posted a message on Why do liberals circle-jerk each other?
    Funnily enough, when I ask a Conservative a question, they'll almost always quote Fox News.

    I wonder why they do that? Might it be that they prefer having someone else think for them, because they are uncomfortable with their own lack of knowledge?
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    posted a message on Your Dream Job
    Mechanical Engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. But that's subject to change.

    Particle Physics is interesting as well. Who knows.
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    posted a message on Religion
    Quote from Catmando

    Anyway, Jesus had two wills, a human and divine one. The physical body and its human will can pass away, but the divine will never dies. I'm pretty sure that's the doctrine on this matter (I guess I could look it up for you later in the CCC if you doubt me :tongue.gif: ). Does that make more sense?


    I was just recently reading a Christian Physics textbook, and they used Jesus being both God and human to explain Wave/Particle Duality. I wasn't sure whether to laugh or cry.

    Tad bit off-topic... But whatever.
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    posted a message on Religion
    Quote from Alcatraz

    Well I do have one last thing to discuss. Why did the United States of America remove prayer in school but not God on our pledge or money? This country has always been about God.


    NO. It has NOT always been about God.

    The United States WAS NOT founded on Christianity. "In God we Trust" was added to the money on 1956. "One Nation under God" was added in '54. It states pretty clearly in the Treaty of Tripoli that we are not a Christian nation:

    Quote from "Treaty of Tripoli, Article 11" »
    "As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Musselmen; and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries."


    It is true that it has now become a Christian nation, but has not always been that way. And was most certainly not founded upon it.
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    posted a message on Religion
    I am a proud Atheist, that views all Religion as nothing more than Mythology, and I respect Christianity in the same way I respect Zeus and Apollo of the Greeks.

    The only evidence for the existence of God, that doesn't have a scientific counterpart, is the Bible, Qur'an, and other Religious texts. Miracles are nothing but statistic improbabilities, and praying does nothing but give yourself confidence "knowing" that your God is listening to you. It's quite a good morale booster though.

    The difference between Atheists and people that have a Religion is that Atheists feel comfortable not knowing everything, or having an explanation to everything in the Universe. Where people that have a God to explain how the Universe was created, and why. With everything laid out on a platter, with no or little understanding of the complex nuances of the science behind the Universe (I have an intense interest in Astrophysics, and read much on Cosmology, so you can't say I'm making blanket statements. But again, I feel comfortable with what I do not understand), the bottom line is most Christan are scared of not knowing.

    I have read most of the Bible, and believe that Atheists that have not, but try to debate Religion are somewhat our of place, as one cannot argue against something they do not fully understand.
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    posted a message on Yogscast: Xepho's Texture Pack?
    It's a modified Doku's RPG Pack. There's a link in the description of their videos.
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