Why you should think that the Natural-Evolution of species is true


#7091

This is exactly the kind of response I mean. Do you think arrogance and scoffing make your points stronger?


#7092

That’s not order from disorder. The reduced temperature is what affects the water that way in a very predictable way. This example is like pointing to things falling down consistently due to gravity as an example of “order.”


#7093

It is a matter of revealed truth that the Almighty could predict the outcome of building the possibility of mutations due to a defined range of physical assaults on DNA into how life would unfold better than I could predict the outcome of rolling a pair of dice.
We start from the premise that the hairs on our heads are counted and that not a sparrow falls outside the awareness of the Almighty. You couldn’t arrange a single universe-sized explosion in such a way that a humanity in need of redemption would be its result. God could, and it wouldn’t be a blind creation, either.


#7094

Hey, let’s not get so precious here. You are not some innocent student making honest mistakes in interpreting your subject matter. Your are not, in effect, asking questions. Despite the fact that they are written in an interrogative manner. Let’s be honest here. You are making an argument. You are making a stand: ‘Show me this if you can!’

If I were the expert in criminal law or theology and I was subect to such an attitude by a student then she would get both barrels. Before one dares to question the veracity of any given matter, it is a matter of common courtesy that one attempts to gain enough knowledge about the subject before demanding answers to what might well be, due to ignorance of the subject matter, nonsensical questions (and getting both barrels).

Notwithstanding that you were given an answer in any case. Forum rules and my natural (but severly tested) good nature and bonhomie allowed for that. So how about, rather than complaining that there appears to be an all too obvious difference in my knowledge about the matter and yours, you address the answer and respond to it.


#7095

I am not your “student”, you have that right. I’m making an argument, (was that in doubt, ever?!!). What does this have to do with your inability to converse without arrogance? The people I explain Catholic theology to are without exception people arguing STRONGLY against it based on all sorts of misconceptions about it. This excuse doesn’t fly.


#7096

This is not randomness you’re describing.


#7097

Well, I used to scoff for Australia back in the nineties. But I think that pointing out that Ed knows very little about evolution, in a humorous and lighthearted manner, is entirely acceptable. As I implied earlier, both barrels only results in a real mess.

Maybe he’ll take the scoffing more seriously than a rant and a rave. I can still rant with the best of them, but my raving days are, I’m afraid, over.


#7099

There’s nothing “random” about water freezing into a solid or gas into liquid. The cold temperature mediates that process as predictably as gravity causes everything to fall in one direction rather than flying all over the place. There’s nothing random about the shift from liquid to solid at all.

Perhaps you should stop assuming everyone besides yourself is daft. Your example is a copout. You might as well point to things getting into earths orbit and being dragged in one direction as an example of things "RANDOMLY " going from disorder to order. This is what happens when you go around assuming you have twice the brain of everyone else.


#7100

From the outside looking in, it is not reasonable to expect a “discussion” to go on for over 7,000 posts without being sunk by a profound sense of frustration on all sides. This is beyond the limits of human endurance.

Well, yes and no, because there isn’t just one way a concerted effect could be seen.

Let me imagine a random sort of mechanism. Let’s say, for instance, that a particular kind of virus occasionally mutates into something that makes a defined chromosomal change to the hosts. I’m talking about a reproducible range of changes in all the hosts. Let’s say in the vast majority of the cases when this kind of virus arises it never spreads because it kills the host. We’re talking about a huge change, here, like an ape going from 24 to 23 or 25 chromosomes. Let’s say, though, that sometimes the virus hits this “sweet spot” in which this sea change is survivable in at least some small fraction of hosts. The virus, having some live hosts, spreads to an entire population. Even if it were to still wipe out most of the population, it is possible it could hit a very successful population very hard and leave a small remnant to come out the other side, survive and form a new species that can only breed within its own population.

That’s an example of a situation where quite a few stars have to align all at once for the process to work, but we know we’re not talking about something that happens very often. It would be the kind of thing that is so rare that biologists haven’t ever seen it happen. I don’t know what other kind of mechanism it could be, though.


#7101

This is just not an excuse. No one has a gun to anyone’s head forcing them to talk to anyone.


#7102

You have yet to see the limits of human endurance. This sort of discussion has been going on for years.


#7103

And if I… comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge… but do not have love, I am nothing. (1 Cor. 13:2)

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing.
For we know partially and we prophesy partially, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.
When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things. At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known.
So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Cor. 13:9-13)

We only know one thing in this discussion: when “enduring” makes it impossible to be patient, or kind, or we cannot avoid seeming inflated or quick-tempered or brooding over injury, it is time to stop. Who is right or who is wrong about whether evolution was God’s method of creating the living world is just not that important. Christ did not die for us so we could understand science or battle ignorance about the natural world. That is all fine, it is a worthy work to do, but only as long as we keep the main thing the main thing. The main thing is that we love one another.


#7104

Patience is not patience unless you can remain patient with someone who has lost all patience with you.


#7105

Given the sheer number of changes we are talking about, I would still call that sort of thing happening without intelligently built constrains or processes pure magic. How many times would stars have aligned in the way you describe to have produced all the species this planet has been home to from a microbe?


#7106

You can roll dice a lot of times in 100,000 years.

As for intelligence, I believe that omnipotence and omniscience even covers foreseeing humans as the result of the Big Bang. When I talk “omni,” I really mean omni!


#7107

That certainly doesn’t explain anything. How do brains self-upgrade? Honestly, such a complex part of the body becoming more complex by itself? I think not.


#7108

You can’t talk of omnipotence and random in the same sentence though. And I doubt rolling a dice in a hundred thousand years you could be lucky as much as all forms of species apparently have.


#7109

Once you accept what is involved for all those proteins inside you to fold correctly, it is far easier to suspend disbelief. Nature regularly outdistances our meager imaginations.


#7110

That’s because none of it is “random”.


#7111

Nah… for me, it just means I have to buy more and more popcorn. :slight_smile:


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