When will the religious people realize there is NO afterlife ?

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    But the 'absence of evidence..' argument is legit. Maybe the Egyptian God Thoth magiced the universe into existence. Can I prove it? No. But can i categorically disprove it? No, I can't, no-one can. Look I'm not religious. I'm not 'spiritual'. I have no dog in this race. But to say you know for certainty there is no higher power in the universe, for certain, is an act of faith. You can't know that. It's impossible to know that. Such is the nature of the ineffable. It has to be agnostic, one way or the other, no-one can possibly, ever, know.
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    (Original post by QE2)
    Determined by what?
    No. The genetic mutations are random. Only those that lead to increased reproductive capacity increase (darker colouring = less likely to be eaten, therefore larger next generation carrying that trait). The ones that decrease reproduction, decrease (lighter colouring, more eaten, fewer offspring carrying that trait)

    More of less. It may not necessarily fit its environment better. It may give it some other advantage that allows it to out-reproduce others. Other mutations may be detrimental, many have no effect.

    Every time DNA copies itself, there is a chance that a mutation may occur. Less frequently, an external influence can cause mutation - chemical, radiation, and now manipulation.
    I did google "peppered moth" and read that this gentlemen, Kettlewell, has pretty much been trashed as a researcher.
    And your saying that the same random mutations that brought us polio and ALS brought us from nothing to modern behavioral man in under a billion years. All by chance. I wish I had your faith.
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    (Original post by oldercon1953)
    I did google "peppered moth" and read that this gentlemen, Kettlewell, has pretty much been trashed as a researcher.
    And your saying that the same random mutations that brought us polio and ALS brought us from nothing to modern behavioral man in under a billion years. All by chance. I wish I had your faith.
    It's not a matter of faith. It is a matter of evidence. It is all there for those who are interested.

    And Kettlewell's work "trashed" Really? I'm not surprised that you don't understand evolution if that was the conclusion you drew from the available information! He had one major critic (all the creationist "trashings" use this one source), whose opinions were refuted by later experiment and review by other scientists.

    However, I must say that I admire your determination to reject evolution, desoite the conclusive evidence in support of it.

    Oh, and BTW, life on earth is 4 billion years old, not under 1 billion.
 
 
 
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