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Creationist Lies Jun 10, 05, 11:15 a.m.
"Creationism was never based primarily upon scientific findings or upon a scientific approach to uncovering the origins of life. Many modern forms of creationism, particulary Young Earth Christian creationism, were created to defend the literal interpretation of the biblical account of creation in genesis, when evolution started to become scientific orthodoxy. Many modern creationists are widely regarded as 'anti evolutionists' rather than as people putting forward an honest alternative to explain the origins of life. Indeed, many creationist and anti-evolutionist arguments are directed in the form of attacks towards evolutionary theories.
Creationists sometimes minimize the explanatory power and validity of evolution theory by criticizing it as being "just a theory" implying that the word "theory" is synonymous with "conjecture" or "speculation", instead of the technical, scientifically accepted use of the word "theory" to mean a model of the world (or some portion of it) from which falsifiable hypotheses can be generated and be verified through empirical observation. In this sense, evolution is a very powerful theory.
Critics charge that Creationism is not a theory that has come about through a similar systematic accumulation of evidence. It is based on a literal interpretation of religious scripture and the emphasis of scripture over other sources of knowledge. Young Earth Creationism also fails the criteria of falsifiability and parsimony. While the hypothesis that the Earth is only a few thousand years old allows many predictions, evidence which refutes these predictions cannot invalidate creationism, because creationism itself is a belief and not a scientific theory. The belief can persist in spite of evidence to the contrary.
There is a fundamental difference between the scientific approach and the approach used by creationist advocates. The scientific approach uses the Scientific Method as a means of discovering information about the natural world. Scientists use observations, hypotheses and deductions to propose explanations for natural phenomena in the form of theories. Predictions from these theories are tested by experiment. If a prediction turns out to be correct, the theory survives. This is a meritocratic form of systematic enquiry, where the best ideas supported by evidence and positive experimental results survive. Science does not seek answers that fit a certain theory.
All scientific theories are falsifiable; that is, if evidence that contradicts any given theory comes to light, or if the theory is proven to no longer fit with the evidence, the theory itself is shown to be invalid. Evolution is a theory that its supporters say fits in with all known biological evidence, fits in with all known genetic evidence, and is backed up by overwhelming evidence in the fossil record. Contrary to some claims, transitional fossils exist that show a gradual change from one species to another. Because of this and other evidence, there is little debate within scientific circles as to whether evolution is a fact or not. It is mainly in the public sphere, where young Earth creationists (especially in America) have fought for recognition of their world view, that the debate about creationism and evolution rages."
instagram Dec 8, 10, 3:27 p.m.
Who is using instagram here? I want to follow the creative crowd!
Game of Thrones Apr 17, 11, 11:48 a.m.
Premiering tonight on HBO.. The look of the show is amazing.. Looking forward to this epic..
NTPE I - The Results Thread May 31, 05, 8:40 a.m.
This is the NT Print Exchange I Results Thread.
Your latest DESIGN purchase May 27, 08, 6:49 a.m.
In light of alnoves post which did not go in the right direction. I stand here pointing down the right route:
WHAT IS THE MOST RECENT
DESIGN INSPIRED OBJECT
YOU HAVE BOUGHT.
Me, I gave in and bought my GF a si Scott poster for her B'day:
And myself a supermundane poster:
I love detail
Immigration Protest Mar 25, 06, 8:13 p.m.
damn that's a big protest. Half a million people. I almost went just to take photos.
Official NSFW Thread Apr 13, 12, 3:01 p.m.
I mean why no have one? Is there a reason we don't have one? Let's keep it free of dead people, deaths, and pooping. Okay?
(this thread is going to be full of dead people, deaths, and pooping isn't it?)
Punches For: Oct 11, 11, 12:50 p.m.
Anyone who calls drums a "trap kit."
What other pretentious shit deserves a punch?
Myspace Whore Jul 10, 05, 1:10 a.m.
I'm sorry, but am I the only myspace whore on nt? i didnt intend on becoming this way... but dude chicks...
EBBAY NHL Playoff Pool Apr 3, 07, 4:24 p.m.
NHL playoff pool $15 USD buy in. Winner takes all and you can win some ebay garbage also if your real good.
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Apple tablet launch Jan 8, 10, 10:41 a.m.
WSJ is saying they will demo the product in a couple weeks (Jan 27) and begin selling them in March.