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Evolution: Science or Myth?

Re: Evolution: Science or Myth?
« Reply #15 on: January 01, 2011, 12:30:39 PM »
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Done:  http://www.talkorigins.org/  :D
You should at least link directly to their evidence of macroevolution page.

The first one is a bait-and-switch and fails though, so maybe it is best to leave it vague.

I don't like to waste my time doing research for people who don't care and are trolling the forum...so I just typed in the main address from memory.[/quote]
So are you going to enlighten me on what you meant by "a long time ago?" do you, for an example, have dates?

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Re: Evolution: Science or Myth?
« Reply #16 on: January 01, 2011, 07:37:51 PM »
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Thanks. However, I have a question about the section of the site where it says "From embryological studies it is known that two bones of a developing reptile eventually form the quadrate and the articular bones in the hinge of the adult reptilian jaw (first reported in 1837 by the German embryologist Karl Reichert). However, in the marsupial mammalian embryo, the same two structures develop, not into parts of the jaw, but into the anvil and hammer of the mammalian ear. This developmental information, coupled with common descent, indicates that the mammalian middle ear bones were derived and modified from the reptilian jaw bones during evolution (Gilbert 1997, pp. 894-896).

Accordingly, there is a very complete series of fossil intermediates in which these structures are clearly modified from the reptilian jaw to the mammalian ear (compare the intermediates discussed in prediction 1.4, example 2) (Carroll 1988, pp. 392-396; Futuyma 1998, pp. 146-151; Gould 1990; Kardong 2002, pp. 255-275)."
The example given in the below section contradicts the example given above?
I guess I'm missing something.  Where is the contradiction between these two examples?

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...my goal here is to crush the creationist viewpoint once and for all...
Interesting, but futile.  Scientists have already supplied voluminous evidence that evolution (both "micro" and "macro") has occurred and is occurring.  Creationists deny it.  You can compile a very nice dossier of said evidence and it will have negligible effect (if any) on those who've chosen to assert that their god is responsible for the diversity of life we see around us.

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So are you going to enlighten me on what you meant by "a long time ago?" do you, for an example, have dates?
One famous early example of evidence which supported the theory of evolution was the discovery in 1861 of Archaeopteryx lithographica.

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From Examples of Evolution:
The descent of birds from dinosaurs was first proposed in the late 1860s by Thomas Henry Huxley, who was a famous supporter of Darwin and his ideas. Evidence from fossils for the reptile-bird link came in 1861 with the discovery of the first nearly complete skeleton of Archaeopteryx lithographica in Upper Jurassic limestones about 150 million years old near Solenhofen, Germany. The skeleton of Archaeopteryx is clearly dinosaurian. It has a long bony tail, three claws on each wing, and a mouth full of teeth. However, this animal had one thing never before seen in a reptile - it had feathers, including feathers on the long bony tail. Huxley based his hypothesis of the relationship of birds to dinosaurs on his detailed study of the skeleton of Archaeopteryx.
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Re: Evolution: Science or Myth?
« Reply #17 on: January 01, 2011, 08:22:07 PM »
Bubblepot, I suggest you try some science websites and various forums on the subjects that involve discussions on Evolution. Why pick an atheist forum? Atheism and evolutionary theory are not necessarily linked by anything other than some basic correlatives. Lots of non-atheists are evolutionary supporters and teachers.

Go to credible science sites on: biology, genetics, and evolutionary theory for the details you seek and you will learn what you need, without wasting a lot of time getting responses from people who are not experts in the subject areas.

By all means, welcome here, but don't expect people to believe that you are not simply a troll playing games, and don't expect to have all your questions answered quickly or fully. We have members who are knowledgable in many areas, but the information you seek is better found elsewhere.
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Re: Evolution: Science or Myth?
« Reply #18 on: January 01, 2011, 09:19:12 PM »
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...I suggest you try some science websites and various forums on the subjects that involve discussions on Evolution.
Excellent advice.  One particular forum that you might find useful is Biology Online, which has a section devoted to "Discussion of everything related to the Theory of Evolution."
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Re: Evolution: Science or Myth?
« Reply #19 on: January 01, 2011, 10:08:10 PM »
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So are you going to enlighten me on what you meant by "a long time ago?" do you, for an example, have dates?

I'm waiting because I think you are just trolling...

Re: Evolution: Science or Myth?
« Reply #20 on: January 02, 2011, 08:43:33 AM »
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Err, no. Whales are not fish, and indeed they are only related extremely distantly. Their closests relatives are hippopotami, and then domestic cattle. And they do indeed have vestigial limbs.
By this logic you might as well say that snakes are not lizards because snakes don't have limbs, (which they do by the way: check out http://www.sciencemag.org/content/287/5 ... 0.abstract, and that's just for starters).
Besides, "fish" is a very ambiguous term; depending on its usage it can be viewed as practically all the aquatic life in the ocean or a few select species.

Quote from: "Recusant"
I guess I'm missing something.  Where is the contradiction between these two examples?

I'll give you a clue: compare "the mammalian middle ear bones were derived and modified from the reptilian jaw bones during evolution"; and "these structures are clearly modified from the reptilian jaw to the mammalian ear", and then look at this example as a whole on its original page.

Quote from: "Recusant"
Interesting, but futile.  Scientists have already supplied voluminous evidence that evolution (both "micro" and "macro") has occurred and is occurring.  Creationists deny it.  You can compile a very nice dossier of said evidence and it will have negligible effect (if any) on those who've chosen to assert that their god is responsible for the diversity of life we see around us.
I disagree; by the time I'm finished here not even creationists will be able to deny it.


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One famous early example of evidence which supported the theory of evolution was the discovery in 1861 of Archaeopteryx lithographica.
Please respect Whitney enough to let her speak and think for herself.

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From Examples of Evolution:
The descent of birds from dinosaurs was first proposed in the late 1860s by Thomas Henry Huxley, who was a famous supporter of Darwin and his ideas. Evidence from fossils for the reptile-bird link came in 1861 with the discovery of the first nearly complete skeleton of Archaeopteryx lithographica in Upper Jurassic limestones about 150 million years old near Solenhofen, Germany. The skeleton of Archaeopteryx is clearly dinosaurian. It has a long bony tail, three claws on each wing, and a mouth full of teeth. However, this animal had one thing never before seen in a reptile - it had feathers, including feathers on the long bony tail. Huxley based his hypothesis of the relationship of birds to dinosaurs on his detailed study of the skeleton of Archaeopteryx.
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Wow, now this is actually a very interesting find. Do you have pics?

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Bubblepot, I suggest you try some science websites and various forums on the subjects that involve discussions on Evolution. Why pick an atheist forum? Atheism and evolutionary theory are not necessarily linked by anything other than some basic correlatives. Lots of non-atheists are evolutionary supporters and teachers.
In answer to your question, shouldn't a forum that has an entire section devoted to evolution be a good enough choice? Or are you saying that an atheist forum is an inappropriate place to discuss things such as evolution and science?

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Go to credible science sites on: biology, genetics, and evolutionary theory for the details you seek and you will learn what you need, without wasting a lot of time getting responses from people who are not experts in the subject areas.
As I said, this site has an entire section devoted to evolution; I would expect that many here are experts on the topic. Is this presumption wrong?

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By all means, welcome here, but don't expect people to believe that you are not simply a troll playing games, and don't expect to have all your questions answered quickly or fully. We have members who are knowledgable in many areas, but the information you seek is better found elsewhere.
Don't expect to have questions about evolution and science answered fully? Sorry, but could you explain this to me?

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...I suggest you try some science websites and various forums on the subjects that involve discussions on Evolution.
Excellent advice.  One particular forum that you might find useful is Biology Online, which has a section devoted to "Discussion of everything related to the Theory of Evolution."

While I appreciate the link, I find it a little surprising that when someone walks in with questions about evolution they'd just be bumped off to some other site. Besides, this site is about biology; evolution isn't just about biology. Any scientist will tell you that evolution is a subject that will appear in every branch of science, whether biological, geological, psychological and even astrological. In fact I'd say it's a bit narrow minded of you to try and look at evolution from a purely biological perspective.

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So are you going to enlighten me on what you meant by "a long time ago?" do you, for an example, have dates?

I'm waiting because I think you are just trolling...
So, let's analyze this logically for a moment. You specifically said
Quote from: "Whitney"
It [evolution] was proven once and for all a long time ago.
Now this was after I requested a single piece of solid evidence for evolution; absolutely anything would do just so long as it was solid. Don't think that's very vague response to such a query? And now that I've calmly asked for the specific date you thought of when evolution was proven once and for all, you're not able to provide this either? Now I might have completely misunderstood what you're trying to say here so correct me if I'm wrong, but is this what you're trying to tell me?

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Re: Evolution: Science or Myth?
« Reply #21 on: January 02, 2011, 08:47:45 AM »
Give it up, Bubblepot. You're not fooling anybody. You're not really trying to prove evolution once and for all, you're trying to disprove it. And you're failing. Stop being a troll.

By the way, this site doesn't have an entire sub-forum dedicated to evolution. It has an entire sub-forum dedicated to creationism. I think there's a slight difference between the two.

Re: Evolution: Science or Myth?
« Reply #22 on: January 02, 2011, 09:06:09 AM »
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Give it up, Bubblepot. You're not fooling anybody. You're not really trying to prove evolution once and for all, you're trying to disprove it.
What makes you think that? Or did you come to this thread to try and start trouble? Anyway try not to feel too intimidated that I'm actually asking for evidence, LegendarySandwhich; that would be just what the creationists want. This thread will serve to strengthen evolution's position, I hope so much that creationism is actually disproved once and for all. You could even learn something from it, if you paid more attention to what's being discussed instead of groundlessly accusing people. (it doesn't say good things about you) Besides, evolution could never be disproved as it was already proven once and for all a long time ago. Just ask Whitney. :)

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Re: Evolution: Science or Myth?
« Reply #23 on: January 02, 2011, 02:19:29 PM »
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Give it up, Bubblepot. You're not fooling anybody. You're not really trying to prove evolution once and for all, you're trying to disprove it.
What makes you think that? Or did you come to this thread to try and start trouble? Anyway try not to feel too intimidated that I'm actually asking for evidence, LegendarySandwhich; that would be just what the creationists want. This thread will serve to strengthen evolution's position, I hope so much that creationism is actually disproved once and for all. You could even learn something from it, if you paid more attention to what's being discussed instead of groundlessly accusing people. (it doesn't say good things about you) Besides, evolution could never be disproved as it was already proven once and for all a long time ago. Just ask Whitney. :)
Bye bye bubblepot, you won't be around here much longer unless you significantly improve your attitude. You don't fit, and probably will be shown the door within, oh I'd guess another dozen posts, unless you start behaving in a considerably less 'trollish' manner. This place is not a democracy, it's a beneficent dictatorship, you post here because Whitney lets you. Unless you can grasp that you won't be around much longer.
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Re: Evolution: Science or Myth?
« Reply #24 on: January 02, 2011, 03:42:00 PM »
Bubblepot, you are The lucky recipient of two board warnings in one. You have decided to continue to try and move forward with your very obvious and pathetic ruse of creating a thread that will once and for all (sad head shake) prove evolution true, while everyone here knows that is not your intent. This board is the place to discuss it, not prove it, as it has already been done, and the evidence for it can be learned about on sites dedicated to evolution. These have been given you. Additionally, you have taken to personal attacks in the Atheism thread, which will not be tolerated.

And I happen to be one of the people who has been credentialed in the biological sciences and who also works in the field of Oncology via targeted molecules and therapies through genetic manipulation. That does qualify me to tell you that you need to look at other sites and that this forum is a place to discuss the subjects.  

I was considering responding more, but it simply isn't worth the effort. Your next infraction in this regard will result in a banning from the forum of one week, then a permanent ban if the behavior continues. Either you accept that or not. There is no debate on this.
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