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Was there a legitimate argument in that rabble? Stop pretending to know what you're talking about. If you think you have a valid argument, present it as such so I can dismantle it and make you look foolish again.
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And all of this just happened through trial and error? You know, that statement isn't right is it? It wasn't trial and error because that implies an intelligence which recognizes when an error has occurred.
no. That is not the way it works. When a mutation performs successfully, it gets to re-produce. If it fails it is less successful at reproduction, or it fails to reproduce at all.

Another example of "choice" that has nothing to do with intelligence.

How does an electron decide which is the path of least resistance? Is there s sentience that analyzes the situation in real-time and makes decisions faster than the speed electric transmission? No.

Imagine you are an analogous electron. A double door in front of you represents two possible paths to ground. You outstretch both arms and push against the doors. One gives way easily, the other stays closed because it is barred by trash cans. You move through the path of least resistance because that did not impede your progress.
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Are you pushing your own short comings on us and safely hating them from a distance?

Is this the virtue of faith? To never change your mind: especially when you should?

Young Earth Creationists take offense at the idea that we have a common heritage with other animals. Why is being the descendant of a mud golem any better?
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stahrwe wrote:Maybe I'm a Koolaid drinker
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Robert, I read that the same way. Pretty creepy! I wonder if he wears Nike sneakers? :P
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*****ONLINE PETITION*****

The following people implore "Stahrwe" to read a book about evolution so that he can stop posting things that demonstrate his complete lack of understanding in this area.

P.S. It can't be a book written by a Creationist!

Recommended: Why Darwin Matters by Michael Shermer.
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geo wrote:*****ONLINE PETITION*****

The following people implore "Stahrwe" to read a book about evolution so that he can stop posting things that demonstrate his complete lack of understanding in this area.

P.S. It can't be a book written by a Creationist!

Recommended: Why Darwin Matters by Michael Shermer.
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geo wrote:*****ONLINE PETITION*****

The following people implore "Stahrwe" to read a book about evolution so that he can stop posting things that demonstrate his complete lack of understanding in this area.

P.S. It can't be a book written by a Creationist!

Recommended: Why Darwin Matters by Michael Shermer.
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His problem is more fundamental. It is the bias that is the problem. His reading comprehension of any given book would be less than a fifth grader since the only thing he would be searching for are reasons why not rather than looking to understand the material. He'll read that last sentence and assume I'm recommending absolute agreement with all material. Hint: a lack of bias would suffice. It's a beautiful thing; you can understand what the author means by filling in the blanks(there are always blanks where you're required to read between the lines), and at the same time be aware of the weaker points of the author's argument. Prior to reading a book on evolution, I think Stah should become familiar with how his thinking is biased.

Here's what I recommend first:

"Why People Believe Weird Things," by Michael Shermer.

http://www.amazon.com/People-Believe-We ... 0805070893

The most recent book we discussed by Riniolo would also be an excellent start. "When Good Thinking Goes Bad."
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Interbane wrote:His problem is more fundamental. It is the bias that is the problem.
Good point. I revoke my petition. I would say Shermer's Why People Believe Weird Things would be an excellent starting point. And since that book doesn't address religion so much, maybe Stahrwe would actually be receptive to it. But like an alcoholic, he has to want it.

By the way, Shermer reworked one of the chapters from that book and published it as an article, "Why Smart People Believe Weird Things."

One of the answers to the question, by the way, is

"Smart people believe weird things because they are skilled at defending beliefs they arrived at for non-smart reasons."

http://www.skeptically.org/logicalthreads/id15.html

By the way, I've read the article, but not the book yet. I do like the way Shermer writes.
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Interbane wrote:His problem is more fundamental. It is the bias that is the problem. His reading comprehension of any given book would be less than a fifth grader since the only thing he would be searching for are reasons why not rather than looking to understand the material.
This actually reminds me of Thomas Hood who last we heard was intent on reading Sagan's A Demond-Haunted World precisely so he could search out reasons why not. He's never come back. I wonder how he fared. :hmm:
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