The Talk Origins index to creationist claims shows why this debate has a long way to go toward resolution. What we need is a good film to illustrate how all of the claims of creationist wackaloons can be met with the strong, fact-based, cogent debunking they deserve.
Hear! Hear! Rickaroo!
Milton Friedman was, along with that devil Ronald Reagan, the architect of some of the worst and most despicable economic policy known to man. The 'Chicago Boys' with their covert intrusions into Central American attempts at self rule led to assassinations, murder, mayhem, negation of open popular elections and establishment of neo-liberal capitalist colonialism which our spook works are still today busily fomenting unrest to re-establish in Venezuela.
See John Pilger's film "A War On Democracy" for yet another reason to despise the foreign policy disasters that make America hated in the world.
Corporatism is destroying our government ... in ALL its branches. Democracy is threatened with becoming a lost dream, defeated by predatory capitalism and greed.
The religionist will spend his whole life trying to convince people that an ephemeral sprite, a wisp in the wind; an unquantifiable, unseen product of the primitive calculations of Bronze Age minds scrawled on Papyrus is the source of all we see - including ourselves.
The 'get rid of human inquiry to grow knowledge' faith.
A regressive, denialist, baseless paradigm with no evidence to support it....NONE.
A scourge on humanity.
A threat to our existence.
A dying curse.
Hey Clint - what's a hospitol?
Let's see Conman, the "process" of tree growth is difficult for a man to observe. A female pine cone will release its seeds to fall to the ground forgotten. The lucky ones among those seeds sprout and use the nutty nutrients to send up a sprout green with chlorophyll, and send down a taproot. The leaf, using the miraculous but unseen "process" of photosynthesis, takes unseen carbon dioxide from the air, unseen moisture and mineral nutrients from the soil captured by the root and, in the unseen recesses of unseen specialized cells called Chloroplasts, use sunlight to produce unseen carbohydrates (sugars) that provide food and energy for the plant to grow.
Some of the largest and oldest living things on earth are trees whose growth was certainly not observed by man. I'm just curious, do you deny that these organisms grew from a seed, inch by inch, over thousands of years utilizing photosynthesis because the process that we know from studies of living plants today is logically judged to be the same one they used? Or do you believe that your god sneezed and they sprang into instantaneous existence despite their possession of annual growth rings which CAN be observed and counted to reveal their age? Bristlecone pines atop craggy cliffs and Giant Redwoods on the seacoasts of California and Chile are different species which live in distinct habitats chosen through millions of years of adaptation and differentiation from the coniferous plants we know from the fossil record. To say man has never "observed" evolution is to display ignorance of the process on such a grand scale and to deny the growth of human knowledge from science and free inquiry on everything around us is just pathetic.
Many were persecuted and murdered by religionists for advancing knowledge that helped humanity escape the dungeon of the dark ages when religion ruled the world. Had they not succeeded, a sneezing god might be considered the origin of all things and we would still fear getting too close to the edge of the earth.
Good grief, Rick. People who know you as an intelligent, educated person must be reeling. Such idiocy coming from your pen is, honestly, shocking. The new Cosmos series starting tomorrow night, will hopefully recapture many minds, particularly among the young, which have been led into the wilderness by the rantings of pseudo-scientific frauds and outright liars waving their holey babbles. Hope you can get back on track and escape the control of whatever demons have invaded your mind.
So can people with no faith.....
Wendy Davis won her primary - and if Texas voters have any sense, they will help her defeat her opponent who has gobs of money but has been cultivating the regressive, right-wing extremist Rethuglicans of the state and would be as much a liability for it as Rick Perry has been.
Reading the examination of William Jennings Bryan by Clarence Darrow (http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/disp_textbook.cfm?smtID=3&psid=1160) shows that, in the case of Jonah and the "big fish" Bryan intimates that if the bible had said Jonah swallowed the whale, he would believe it. Such is the blind ignorance engendered by fundamentalism. So keep digging, Bryan College - where the flame of intellectual inquiry goes to be extinguished. It is characteristic of intransigent biblical fundamentalism that as knowledge gifted us by science and free inquiry grow and begin to overwhelm it, adherents retreat further and further into the dungeon of mandated magical thinking.