20 January 2011

Quote for the day -- coming of age

"Intelligent life on a planet comes of age when it first works out the reason for its own existence. If superior creatures from space ever visit earth, the first question they will ask, in order to assess the level of our civilization, is: 'Have they discovered evolution yet?' Living organisms had existed on earth, without ever knowing why, for over three thousand million years before the truth finally dawned on one of them. His name was Charles Darwin. To be fair, others had had inklings of the truth, but it was Darwin who first put together a coherent and tenable account of why we exist."

Richard Dawkins

3 Comments:

Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

Odd thing about evolution and all the debating over it, is that there is clear as day evidence of evolution, I never really looked at evolution as a theory, but more fact ... and never understood, if a person "truely" believe's in some higher power ... how could they "not" believe in evolution? Just never made a lick of sense to me I reckon.

21 January, 2011 00:00  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

What I mean when I used the word "theory" is that I understand why they call it theory by definition, just that I see no other "theory" that need's to explain the occurance. Kind of like why does an apple fall out of the tree to the ground, I wouldnt buy a half a dozen theories on that, or why the water fall's/ pour's downhill instead of shooting off to the sky. If you get my point here. This is why I dont see the importance of having scientific factual finding debated in a science classroom, with a theory that there isnt no answer's, because this higher power does thing's that we werent meant to understand. The arguement from Texas fundamoralist's for instance trying to incorporate this into school's, was that science should be "open" to theory, which is another snowjob scam to make it sound "fair" ... but no different than having culinary classes in my opinion in math class. These are all religious scam's of course, there was also an attempt a few year's back to sneak in religion into literature class, which it is literature, but that of course is NOT their intention to examine it for "that reason". This is all slippery, slimey tactic's that these folk's use, and they all have a history of doing this since their beginning root's.

21 January, 2011 00:16  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Evolution is a fact -- scientists use the word "theory" in a different way than it's used in casual language. They don't mean there's any doubt that evolution is the real explanation of the development of life.

Rejection of evolution is caused by misunderstanding it, or by ignorance of the evidence, or by the fact that some people not only believe in a "higher power" but also cling to belief in the literal truth of random myths inherited from ancient primitives who didn't have the foggiest idea what was going on.

21 January, 2011 03:40  

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