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Teach the controversy
Authored by: Chromatix on Sunday, June 10 2012 @ 02:21 PM EDT
No random chance? Tell that to the quantum mechanics gurus.

The combination of random mutations and natural selection is the root of the evolution process.

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Teach the controversy
Authored by: PJ on Sunday, June 10 2012 @ 02:22 PM EDT
You make some rather firm statements, but
I'm not sure they can be established.

I mean, if your theory were correct, we'd
see life spring up out of whatever you posit
created the first living thing. But where is
that happening over and over?

I'd suggest being a little less sure of
unknowns, if I were you. If it can't be
proven, it may be fantasy too, your theory,
or maybe unknowns can be real but not yet
figured out, etc.

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Teach the controversy
Authored by: JamesK on Sunday, June 10 2012 @ 02:37 PM EDT
Actually, "random" chance does have a lot to do with it. Aside from
quantum mechanics mentioned in another post, cells often mutate. A big driver
of this mutation is the radiation that we're all exposed to and have been since
long before there even was an earth or sun. Of course, the randomness of the
radiation can be traced back to quantum mechanics. It's also a fuzzy line
between what's "life" and what's not. For example, bacteria is self
replicating in the right environment and can be considered life. What about a
virus? It needs a host that can replicate it. Is it life?

Bottom line, you teach what can be shown to be correct, though it may yet be
subject to revision as knowledge advances. People like Darwin, Newton, Galileo
and others have done just that, despite heavy opposition, and significantly
advanced knowledge in the process.


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4Hrs Steven Hawking last night... nothing is concrete, balance of positive & negative maintained
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, June 10 2012 @ 03:29 PM EDT
4Hrs Steven Hawking last night (birth of universe, to Greeks, various dudes
along the way, E=MC squared, string theory, M theory, etc (oh and is God
real)...= nothing is concrete, only a perception we have right now. But, the
balance of positive & negative is maintained. Universe, or rather billions
of them, per his talk on Discovery Channel, noted that it is possible that the
Universe(s) could be born from nothing where positive equals negative.

If so, born from nothing, then why, and what would trigger such an event? With
various dimensions in the picture, and other variables that we just have not,
due to our limited point of view (maybe primative on a scale), been able to
"see" except with our own eyes and reasoning, what our MINDS might
limit us to seeing?

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