Design:All faith aside.

Discussion in 'Science & Society' started by clusteringflux, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. John99 Banned Banned

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    Do you see how ridiculous that is? You are saying that all on its own bacteria, which you need a microscope to see turned into (ok, it took 2-3mill years) an elephant and some turned int horses and some a zebra. WHY?:shrug:

    And dont forget that some did not change at all, because they are still here performing the same EXACT function. Dont you see that it makes no sense? There needed to be, at the very least, some external direction. It is so obvious. The only thing provable is variation and just by reproducing you can show variation from one generation to another.

    How do you know it was not a different species? And you know as well as i do that fossils only show so much and i would not exactly call it complex.
     
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  3. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    No, I haven't heard of them.
     
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  5. John99 Banned Banned

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  7. whitewolf asleep under the juniper bush Registered Senior Member

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    Not all innovations were/are improvements. Some must've failed along the way. Take mutations that occurred as a result of the Chernobyl tragedy: those are failures. Mutations happen naturally as well. You could take Down's Syndrome as a "failing" mutation.
     
  8. Roman Banned Banned

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    Here's a link to the abstract of probably one of the most important papers to come out in biology in the past decade.

    I'm not sure if you can access the whole paper. It's called:
    The frailty of adaptive hypotheses for the origins of organismal complexity
    Lynch, 2007, PNAS.

    Resolving the paradox of sex and recombination. is also a pretty good one, as it looks at a non-adaptionist way sex could have evolved. That one's by Otto and Lenormand, published in Nature Review Genetics.
     
  9. clusteringflux Version 1. OH! Valued Senior Member

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    Yes, I dropped out of highschool because I can't stand being lied to. I have no edgemacation.

    And if I'm Iceage then you're a monkey's uncle....Uh,I mean NOT a monkey's uncle (if that's more offensive).

    I do enjoy getting a free lesson in biology, though.
     
  10. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    The most obvious and radical change was the evolution of cooperation between cells. One step is represented by the sponges, which are separate cells living in large colonies. You can put a sponge in a blender, pour the slurry into a tank, and it will reassemble into a working sponge.

    The next step was greater integration into a body, where the cells cannot live on their own.

    The reason this all happened is variation and iteration with natural selection. Variation, you admit, is possible. If a variation gave an animal a survival advantage, it's numbers grew. Greater numbers mean more possibilities for advantageous variations. Mobility would be a great advantage, as well as size, and the ability to sustain various chemical reactions through the use of catalysts.

    Note, I said billions of years, not millions.

    Creatures also evolved various schemes that assist evolution, we could call that the evolution of evolvability. They became modular. A snake just repeats the center section of it's body to become a longer animal.


    Yes. Just like there are still wasps, even though some became ants.


    I'm sure it was. But at some point there were no bats at all. Then later, there were no bats fossils found with echolocation, and now all of them have it. It's a logical assumption.

    If species die out, but there are no new ones, why are there so many species now? The species existing now have no ancient fossils, so where did they come from? Some species existing now share a resemblence to some fossils, even down to things like the number of bones present. There's no explanation for this other than that modern ones came from ancient ones.

    The Origin of Species, by Darwin, can explain it better than I can.
     
  11. whitewolf asleep under the juniper bush Registered Senior Member

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    Check in with your local mental institution, they'll tell you all the truths you'd like to hear.

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  12. John99 Banned Banned

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    I have read it a few times. But if i did believe it at one time i certainly dont any longer.
     
  13. clusteringflux Version 1. OH! Valued Senior Member

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    In my area education is devolving and MDs give you psych drugs for a sinus infection.

    Is that because we are random organisms with no purpose?
     
  14. whitewolf asleep under the juniper bush Registered Senior Member

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    Of course not. It's because you're designed with a specific purpose, and some people have fallen under evil influences and want to interfere with that purpose. ;o)
     
  15. whitewolf asleep under the juniper bush Registered Senior Member

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    I think we're all doing a fine job. I bet we can even explain High School physics to them.
     
  16. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    Any particular ecosystem may fail if an important component is removed, but it will just turn into a different ecosystem. It may not be as "beautiful" by our subjective standards, but it still "works." That asteroid that darkened the skies and wiped out the dinosaurs also wiped out many other species, a significant fraction of the total in existence at the time. IIRC, something like one fourth. It utterly destroyed entire ecosystems. But plenty of living things survived. Mutations that wouldn't have had a chance of survival suddenly found themselves perfectly adapted to a new world and throve. Within a few million years the earth was remade by evolution into a new kind of place. Endothermic (warm-blooded) animals and angiosperms (seed-bearing plants) became the apex species on land and similar changes took place in the sea. To use your model, many of the key components of the watch were removed. The watch was never rebuilt, but in its place a digital clock arose.
    You express a weakness that virtually all humans have: the inability to understand huge numbers. You can't grasp how the law of averages works when it has billions of years to work. Our entire civilization, starting charitably with the first farms which technically don't even count as civilization, is only twelve thousand years old. Give us two or three billion years and see what we might come up with!
    What is "logical" about design? Where does the designer live? What does he eat? Why don't we see him? What kinds of processes does he use to perform this design?

    At the very best, if you manage to come up with answers to all of these questions, you are left with the one unanswerable question: Where did the designer come from? Who designed him? Your reasoning ends up being circular.

    This is not "logic," this is one of the oldest classic bonehead fallacies.
    This is not a correct paradigm. #5 does not belong there. Science is the logical derivation of theories from empirical observation, but experimentation is not required. Astronomy is the oldest science and no one has yet performed an experiment in astronomy. (The "experiments" that have been performed all involve only new techniques of observation.)
    We just went through that. One dies but another takes its place.
    Either you are joking or you are being disingenuous. Surely you understand how perfect conditions must be for anything to become a fossil. Weather, lack of predators/scavengers, geology. It's amazing that there are as many fossils as there are. Some of them turned to mush, like petroleum. Some turned to vapor, like natural gas. Some turned to a solid mass of indistinguishable molecules, like coal. Most just got ground up into the soil, dissolved in the water, evaporated into the air, eaten by scavengers, or ripped asunder by tectonic activity.
    Of course they do. Belief in the supernatural is an archetype, an instinctive belief programmed into us by the vagaries of evolution. An instinct that was a survival trait during conditions we can't imagine, a synapse that we all inherited through a genetic bottleneck, not all archetypes have been explained yet. But many of them have to be outgrown because they are remnants of the Stone Age. Religion, for example, may have been an advantage during our tribal era because it helped tribes bond. Today it is atavistic because it continues to hold us back in the tribal era and prevents us from coming together into larger communities.
    No. If this turns out to be the case he will be permanently banned.
    I'm not quite ready to dismiss this as trolling. But I do recommend that the Moderator combine this with the Sticky on Evolution Denialism. It's just the same discredited arguments all over, taking up our bandwidth.
    Oh come on now. You make yourself out to be an intelligent, educated person, and then you say something that sounds like a not particularly precocious twelve-year-old???Did I already say "disingenous?" Fourteen-year-olds know that bacteria did not turn directly into fish but went through a couple of billion years of intermediate forms as they became slowly more complex.
    There were other single-celled species besides bacteria, but basically yes.
    Eohippus, the ancestor of all the equines including the zebra. It arose in what is now North America but ultimately no species of that line survived here.
    Because there were ecological niches for both species. Mutations only survive if they have a survival advantage over their ancestral species. This often happens during times of environmental distress.
    I'm not sure that's true. We talk about alligators and cockroaches still being here, but they're not the same species of alligators and cockroaches. But even if they are, all this shows is that there were ecological niches available for both the ancestral species and the mutation. This does happen, after all. The polar bear is a mutation of the grizzly bear, the most recent speciation we have yet discovered, yet the grizzly bear still thrives in its original environment. There was a new environment for the polar bear so it evolved to fill it.
    What kind of "external direction?" The "designer" that was mentioned earlier? The hypothesis that only results in circular reasoning? This is not science. This is starting to sound suspiciously like religion, which on this board is trolling. We have ghettos for religionists with antiscientific arguments and if they don't stay there we ban them. Postulating an unobservable supernatural universe is by definition antiscientific, because the essence of science is the premise that the natural universe is a closed system whose behavior can be predicted by deriving theories logically from empirical observations of its past and present behavior. This premise has been tested for about five hundred years and it has not been disproven. There is no need to give up on science and postulate supernatural phenomena like "designers."
    Yes, America is getting pretty stupid. It started with the Religious Redneck Retard Revival about thirty years ago. True academia has lost all respect and "science" is being taken over by corporations who have products to sell.
     
  17. clusteringflux Version 1. OH! Valued Senior Member

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    I surely don't have all of those answers and, I'll admit it, but In my experience with Engineering and Manuf. when you find a good design you don't change it. If you want to make a lot of something, if the parts can't be interchangeable(1st choice) you at least keep them similar enough that you don't have to retool and hire a new engineering department. It would be wrong, though to tell my customer that everything on the machine came from the same source unless that source was me.

    Yes, we even design things that adapt (evolve). like 4x4s and Virus protection software. Even robots designed in our Image.
    And think of our image compared to others.Even though I know you think I'm nuts, I've nothing but respect for you.
     
  18. clusteringflux Version 1. OH! Valued Senior Member

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    Hey, the topic tags said "social responsibilty" and such. How can you discard religion talk?(which I'm trying to avoid )

    You all would sound smarter without all the insults. I mean, the last scentence would send shivers down my spine if I were Jewish. Ha!
     
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    If you want to know how evolution really happened, read the Secret Doctrine by Helena Blavatsky.

    there are several builders, but i can't say what they are because science has not seen them yet. ancient myths/science speaks of them. back in those days we could see them.

    life is big and not everything that our eyes can see are real. sometimes you have to find a way to see the invisible to find the answers to some questions. we know that there are invisible things like radio waves, so it's not insane to think that there are also beings who live in invisible worlds like we live here.

    it's not more unanswerable than "where did matter come from?"

    people often say that things created by humans are unnatural. cars and computers for example. as if we humans were not part of nature. so... intelligence is "supernatural".

    speaking of archetypes: An archetype (pronounced: /ˈarkətaɪp/) is a generic, idealized model of a person, object, or concept from which similar instances are derived, copied, patterned, or emulated.

    organisms are complex. before creating something complex, we make a model, a blueprint.
     
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  20. clusteringflux Version 1. OH! Valued Senior Member

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    Yorda, Your views are interesting!
    Welcome and thanks for posting.
     
  21. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    You still haven't addressed the question of who built the builders so this is still circular reasoning, which violates the rules of science.
    Fine. That's a common science fiction plot and it makes fun reading. But it still does not answer the question of where did life ultimately come from. It just keeps begging the question. It's still circular reasoning and it still violates the rules of science.
    You think not? A singularity which, once ever, split into matter and antimatter, which then dissipated and cooled according to the laws of physics, has a very low probability of occurring but it's not impossible beyond a reasonable doubt because it's still a remarkably simple system. What you're postulating is the same thing happening but yielding a remarkably complex system.
    We don't use layman's imprecise language on the science boards here. Cars and computers are components of the natural universe. So is human intelligence. It evolved naturally.
    That's an artist's definition. I repeat: you're posting on a science board so please confine yourself to scientific terminology. I'm using the standard Jungian definition. Psychology is at least a "soft science."
     
  22. Roman Banned Banned

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    But they're not good designs. They're designs that work, but any engineer will point out the flaws and say "If I was God (ie, had access to the molecualr tool kit) I would have made that better."

    Furthermore, Creationism cannot possibly answer the problem of diversity. Other than the lack of falsifiability for Creationism (wtf is your working hypothesis, and what would demonstrate it false? a whale that turns into an elephant?), it lacks ability to explain most biological phenomena. It's entirely unsatisfying.
     
  23. clusteringflux Version 1. OH! Valued Senior Member

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    Roman,Roman!

    We've already established that we as humans can't do better. Please, If you talk to children don't limit them.
     

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