Author Topic: Evolution for Beginners  (Read 43699 times)

Offline Baruch

Re: Evolution for Beginners
« Reply #165 on: January 13, 2020, 04:17:23 AM »
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We're all mutants, we've been mutating for eons, that's how we became what we are. Mutation is the number one driver of evolution.

Fortunately most mutations are fatal.  Centaurs didn't work out.  Too much horse shit ;-)
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Re: Evolution for Beginners
« Reply #166 on: January 13, 2020, 01:31:21 PM »
Having more than one rib cage may not be ideal.
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Re: Evolution for Beginners
« Reply #167 on: January 13, 2020, 03:15:03 PM »
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Having more than one rib cage may not be ideal.

You have more ribs than a woman.  You are evil ;-)
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Re: Evolution for Beginners
« Reply #168 on: January 13, 2020, 06:50:36 PM »
I reslly enjoy these computer simulations of molecular biology:


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Offline Baruch

Re: Evolution for Beginners
« Reply #169 on: January 13, 2020, 09:31:33 PM »
Even better, some simulations let you feel the force of complicated bonds.  That is how enzymes work.  Think Fantastic Voyage, with a computer, at a scale even smaller.
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Offline Dreamer

Re: Evolution for Beginners
« Reply #170 on: January 15, 2020, 06:00:19 PM »
I will never understand Christians who refuse to believe science... Uh, hellllloooo? Is your idea of God so small and limited that God could not have designed evolution, gravity, the food chain? 

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Re: Evolution for Beginners
« Reply #171 on: January 15, 2020, 06:15:21 PM »
Yeah, Christians refuse to believe science, while using the products of science every day.
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Re: Evolution for Beginners
« Reply #172 on: January 15, 2020, 06:16:22 PM »
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Yeah, Christians refuse to believe science, while using the products of science every day.
Some Christians.


Okay.

MOST.  But not all by any means

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Offline Baruch

Re: Evolution for Beginners
« Reply #173 on: January 15, 2020, 08:10:59 PM »
All successful people are closet atheists, even if they go to Church etc ;-)
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Re: Evolution for Beginners
« Reply #174 on: January 15, 2020, 08:40:14 PM »
I believe that the vast majority of people are atheists, they just won't admit it to themselves (or anyone else) because they believe in belief. And, of course, they don't want to be ostracized from their communities.
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Re: Evolution for Beginners
« Reply #175 on: January 15, 2020, 09:32:44 PM »
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I believe that the vast majority of people are atheists, they just won't admit it to themselves (or anyone else) because they believe in belief. And, of course, they don't want to be ostracized from their communities.

Most people are agents of Putin, not just Trump ;-)  That is some good weed ...
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Re: Evolution for Beginners
« Reply #176 on: February 07, 2020, 06:29:51 PM »
I've just finished reading Irving Stone's book, You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login. It was a very good read, I feel almost as though I actually know Mr. Darwin. The thing that surprised me the most, I guess, is that he was very ill for much of his life, apparently due to his anxiety over the theological implications of his theory of natural selection. Either that, or he was just a hypochondriac!

And then this morning I came across a copy of On The Origin of Species, so I'll be reading that soon. I've never read the whole thing, I'm looking forward to it, now, having read the Irving Stone bio of him.

I've got a Jack Reacher novel to finish first, though.
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Re: Evolution for Beginners
« Reply #177 on: February 08, 2020, 07:42:04 AM »
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I believe that the vast majority of people are atheists, they just won't admit it to themselves (or anyone else) because they believe in belief. And, of course, they don't want to be ostracized from their communities.
Most people don't care any more about religion than they do about the environment, their government, their kids, or anything else. All that dead weight creates inertia.
We 'new atheists' have a reputation for being militant, but make no mistake  we didn't start this war. If you want to place blame put it on the the religious zealots who have been poisoning the minds of the  young for a long long time."
PZ Myers

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Re: Evolution for Beginners
« Reply #178 on: February 08, 2020, 10:16:38 AM »
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Most people don't care any more about religion than they do about the environment, their government, their kids, or anything else. All that dead weight creates inertia.

Status quo rules, most times.
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Re: Evolution for Beginners
« Reply #179 on: February 22, 2020, 02:34:44 PM »
Here's a good simulation of natural selection:


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