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prodromas said:
GiC do you know any other Orthodox (or any other christians) who hold views similar to yours?
I've actually met quite a few, depending on what views you're refering to, especially being strongly pro-choice,  highly valuing scientific knowledge, supporting embryonic stem-cell research, having a dislike of piety and fundamentalism, etc...including influential members of some communities.
 

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greekischristian said:
I've actually met quite a few, depending on what views you're refering to, especially being strongly pro-choice,  highly valuing scientific knowledge, supporting embryonic stem-cell research, having a dislike of piety and fundamentalism, etc...including influential members of some communities.
Why do you class yourself as Orthodox? Are you "cradle" or convert?
 

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To deny scientific truth is infinitely worse than heresy...we really don't need people like that in the Church.
I'd rather be wrong in this life than the next.
 

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NihilNominis said:
I'd rather be wrong in this life than the next.
Why would anyone deny the evidence of science for fear of "being wrong" in the next life? Is God the master trickster? Are we to live in fear that God places evidence in the physical world that will trick His creatures, creatures that he endowed with the intelligence to read such evidence and come to certain conclusions? Then, when they arrive at the Pearly Gates, he cries "Gotchya!" If God were such a fraudster, who would want to spend eternity with Him?

BTW, Welcome to the forum, NihilNominis!  ;D

 

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prodromas said:
Why do you class yourself as Orthodox? Are you "cradle" or convert?
I'm a convert...but still, I think I continue to classify myself as Orthodox because I have some degree of cultural connection to the Greek Orthodox Church; if I can, I might even try to make it to liturgy for Pascha.
 

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If the administrators could change this thread with "Lets Ask Brother GIC" that would be great  ;D

What is your convert story? Were you Christian before or even a theist (or Deist)? Did you have a mentor that helped you with your unique set of beliefs?
 

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prodromas said:
If the administrators could change this thread with "Lets Ask Brother GIC" that would be great  ;D

What is your convert story? Were you Christian before or even a theist (or Deist)? Did you have a mentor that helped you with your unique set of beliefs?
I'll PM you so we don't bring this thread too far off topic.
 

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Why would anyone deny the evidence of science for fear of "being wrong" in the next life? Is God the master trickster? Are we to live in fear that God places evidence in the physical world that will trick His creatures, creatures that he endowed with the intelligence to read such evidence and come to certain conclusions? Then, when they arrive at the Pearly Gates, he cries "Gotchya!" If God were such a fraudster, who would want to spend eternity with Him?
Ah, perhaps you misunderstood.  My comment was a reply to GIC's assertion that:

"To deny scientific truth is infinitely worse than heresy...we really don't need people like that in the Church."

In context, presuming both science and Orthodoxy are true, my comment was merely to say that heresy is infinitely worse than denying scientific truth, for it has eternal consequences.

Remember what St. Anthony of the Desert wrote about intelligence: it has nothing to do with the knowledge of this world, but rather the acquisition of holiness through right-mindedness.  (you can find it in the Philokalia, forget where)

BTW, Welcome to the forum, NihilNominis! 
Thank you.
 

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John taught that if you cannot love your neighbour, whom you can see, you cannot love God, whom you cannot see. Those who claim to love God and use this as an excuse to hate their neighbour do not truly love God.

By the same logic, if you can't believe in observable truths of the very world in which you live, how can you believe in that which you cannot see? Those who claim to believe in God and use this as an excuse to deny that which they can observe in the world cannot be said to truly believe.
 

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John taught that if you cannot love your neighbour, whom you can see, you cannot love God, whom you cannot see. Those who claim to love God and use this as an excuse to hate their neighbour do not truly love God.
This sounds reasonable, but only God knows the heart.

By the same logic, if you can't believe in observable truths of the very world in which you live, how can you believe in that which you cannot see? Those who claim to believe in God and use this as an excuse to deny that which they can observe in the world cannot be said to truly believe.
This sounds reasonable, but only God knows the spirit.

Please don't presume to judge the faith of others.  If it apparently exists, do not cast it down in favour of a lesser thing, for it is worth more than all  the riches of all the kings, powers and principalites throughout the world.
 

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By the same logic, if you can't believe in observable truths of the very world in which you live, how can you believe in that which you cannot see? Those who claim to believe in God and use this as an excuse to deny that which they can observe in the world cannot be said to truly believe.

"Superlative is their folly, for they prejudge divine things from human." Tertullian 207 A.D.

"If one expects to comprehend all things by the senses, he has fallen far from the truth." Clement of Alexandria 195 A.D.


"Men either undertake religion and pay no attention to wisdom, or else they devote themselves to wisdom alone and pay no attention to religion. However, the one cannot be true without the other." Lactiontius 310 A.D.


"The fountain of wisdom and religion is God. And if those two streams turn aside from Him, they will dry up. For those who are ignorant of Him cannot be wise or religious." Lactantius 310 A.D.





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Interesting quotations. Unfortunately, in their quest to look to God as the fountain of wisdom and religion, the creators of this museum prejudge human things from the divine. Expecting to comprehend all things by their own interpretation of Scripture, they have fallen far from the truth.
 

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There is error on both sides.  Truth is elusive; hence Christ calls his way "narrow".
 

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Here is a link that some might find interesting concerning the topic of the Creation Museum:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27119188

An interesting statistic: 
The museum in rural northern Kentucky, a 30-minute drive south of Cincinnati, has drawn more than 550,000 visitors in 15 1/2 months, by its own count.
 

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They raised $27 Million in private funding for said museum - The Prosperity Gospel works after all.  ;D
 

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Only here could 27million be wasted on some imaginary dreamed-up creation theory instead of feeding, clothing, and providing shelter and health-care to those in need.  If they knew their bible they'd know all about Matthew 25, far more important than some mystic fairy tale that is creation theory. 
 

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Only here could 27million be wasted on some imaginary dreamed-up creation theory instead of feeding, clothing, and providing shelter and health-care to those in need.
Why help others in the first place?  Shouldn't it be survival of the fittest for the evolutionist? 

Add that to the fact that 27 million is nothing compared to the BILLIONS of dollars spent on looking for missing links, aliens and black holes.

If they knew their bible they'd know all about Matthew 25, far more important than some mystic fairy tale that is creation theory.
Their bible is not just Matthew 25.  ::)
 

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Theognosis said:
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Only here could 27million be wasted on some imaginary dreamed-up creation theory instead of feeding, clothing, and providing shelter and health-care to those in need.
Why help others in the first place?  Shouldn't it be survival of the fittest for the evolutionist? 

Add that to the fact that 27 million is nothing compared to the BILLIONS of dollars spent on looking for missing links, aliens and black holes.

If they knew their bible they'd know all about Matthew 25, far more important than some mystic fairy tale that is creation theory.
Their bible is not just Matthew 25.  ::)
So who is spending the millions on black holes and aliens, the same people that are spending the money on this so-called museum?  I was specifically referring to the money being spent on this particular museum.  I am well aware that their bible has more content than Matthew 25. 
 

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Theognosis said:
Add that to the fact that 27 million is nothing compared to the BILLIONS of dollars spent on looking for missing links, aliens and black holes.
Those billions have pushed science to new levels, created new medicines, saved lives, and improved our standard of living...the advancement of science benefits all of humanity. Those 27 million dollars accomplished nothing more than the spreading of ignorance and superstition and the undermining of scientific advancement, the very thing that leads to the improvement of the human race.
 

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Those billions have pushed science to new levels, created new medicines, saved lives, and improved our standard of living...the advancement of science benefits all of humanity.
Rubbish.  I was not referring to science in general.  Please check my post.  ::) 

Anyway, please give one example of a medicine that was derived from missing links, aliens and black holes.  Could it be viagra?

And while you're at it, kindly give concrete examples of how the search for extra-terrestrial life has saved lives and improved our standard of living.
 

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So who is spending the millions on black holes and aliens, the same people that are spending the money on this so-called museum?  I was specifically referring to the money being spent on this particular museum.
I say it's a wise investment, and it's not even tax-payers' money.  By now, the museum should be generating income, and the proceeds can be used for charity. 

I will not be surprised if they are actually doing that today.

I am well aware that their bible has more content than Matthew 25.
And you should be aware that there are other lessons to learn from the rest of the Bible.  Think of the Parable of the Talents.
 

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Theognosis said:
Add that to the fact that 27 million is nothing compared to the BILLIONS of dollars spent on looking for missing links, aliens and black holes.
See? Shows how scientists really are smart after all.
 

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Theognosis said:
Rubbish.  I was not referring to science in general.  Please check my post.  ::) 
No, just physics, biology, and astronomy. Though I'm sure if abiogenesis came up, you'd take a cheap shot at Organic Chemistry as well. In the end, it is the task of science to challenge conventional thought and our presuppositions...to hold nothing as sacred and only allow that which survives its rigorous analysis. Accordingly, it is inevitable that it conflicts with religion.

Anyway, please give one example of a medicine that was derived from missing links, aliens and black holes.  Could it be viagra?
No, not Viagra, that drug it owes its development more to molecular biology than to evolution and genetics; however, it is telling that you would try to so belittle that particular advancement of medicine. They didn't actually start out researching a treatment for Erictile Disfunction (not that there would have been anything wrong with them having done so), they were actually adapting a drug that treats hypertension to treat Coronary Artery Disease and Angina. Which Sildenafil Citrate (Viagra) actually does quite well...well enough that today it's actually used as a performance enhancing drug in certain endurace sports as it expands the arterial walls, notably improving blood flow, and thus increasing VO2 Max. It was during the clinical trials of this drug that it was discovered that it improves blood flow throughout the entire body, most notably around the genitals...thus a very notable side effect was the creating an erection in men and increasing lubrication in women, both of which can lead to increased libido (assuming, for both sexes, of course, that the problem is physical rather than psychological/neurological, which is more often the case with men, which is the reason for a higher success rate of these drugs amongst men).

Is it really that bad that while researching methods to treat CAD and save lives, science accidently discovered a drug that can improve our quality of life?

So why don't you pop some Sildenafil Citrate or Vardenafil or Tadalafil (though you might want to wait until next Friday for that one, it has something like an 18 hour half-life) and get some exercise and recreation today? Your heart will be healthier and you'll be happier tomorrow.

But as for medical advancements that have come out of the study of evolution, the most notable is the annual Influenza vaccine which is designed around the predicted evolution of the pathogens. If evolution were not understood the the degree it is today the vaccines would be much less effective, if effective at all, especially against rapidly evolving viruses. Of course, any treatment of HIV is dependent on an understanding of the evolution of the virus, ignoring this could lead to a drug that does more harm than good. New drugs to treat antibiotic resistant forms of bacteria are dependent on the studying of the evolution of bacteria. And a knowledge of genetics and evolution is indispensable in the treatment of genetic disease. One notable example is the identification of the allele that causes Huntington's...using the presupposition of common ancestry and comparing various genomes computationally.

And, of course, the entire field of bioinfomatics and genomics is based on the assumption of common descent with modification. Not to mention the impact that genetic algorithms, derived from our studies of natural selection, have had on our world, being the basis of any pattern recognition software or even nominally sophisticated artificial intelligence.

Now it's your turn...give me one pracical example of how anti-evolutionary theory has advanced science or medicine and improved our standard of living or quality of life?

And while you're at it, kindly give concrete examples of how the search for extra-terrestrial life has saved lives and improved our standard of living.
If you're narrowly refering to SETI, I would have to agree...it's probably not worth it. It has developed a few advancements in astronomy, radio technology, and, especially, radio astronomy...but probably not enough to justify the price tag (of course, compared with the Creation Museum which has and will contribute NOTHING to scientific or technolgical advancement, SETI is a bargain...it's all relative). But, of course, SETI has only cost millions, your claim is that this pursuit has cost billions...to consider that price tag one must look at the entire space program.

Now the cultural and purely scientific accomplishments of this program are undeniable, they helped were essential in establishing the United States as a superpower and leader of the free world, they put us at the forefront of science attracting talented researchers from around the world to come to our universities and laboratories, driving R&D and Economic Growth. It has been estimated that every dollar spent on the space program has resulted in a return of 7 dollars in the form personal and corporate income tax revenues...creating jobs and economic growth in the process.

Then there are the scientific advancements, too numerous to list...but I'll give a few highlights, the Hubble Space Telescope, at first attacked as a waste of tax dollars because of its flawed optics has since given us the best pictures of deep space ever seen by humans...but it's done more than that, the technology developed for the telescope lead directly to the development of Charge Coupled Device chips for digital imaging of breast biopsies...which has saved thousands of lives. Other technoogies include the MRI, Lazer Angioplasty, Ultrasound application to burn victims, auotmated urinalysis, programable pace maker, water purification without chlorine, enriched baby food, scratch resistant lenses, cubing of semi-conductor technology, and numerous advancements in aeronautics...just to name a few.

And all this is in 50 years of the space program...what has creationism produced, what has it done to improve our quality life or save our lives in the 4000+ years it has been around?
 

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^^While I agree in essense with the above post, I would like to point out that most early scientists were Christians; even those investigating evolution. I also believe that had it not been for fundamentalists, in various ages, ignoring scientific evidence and stubbornly clinging to literal interpretations of Genesis we would not have the chasm between science and religion that we have today. As a result, many people have made the choice for science alone, leaving the faith because they feel that they can no longer accomodate the medieval mindset of fundamentalism. This "either/or" situation is something that fundamentalist Christians should be deeply ashamed of. The point of Christianity is the salvation of mankind and fundamentalist Christians, in their pitiful and wilful ignorance of science, have put an unnecessary stumbling block in the way of far too many souls.
 

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Theognosis said:
username! said:
So who is spending the millions on black holes and aliens, the same people that are spending the money on this so-called museum?  I was specifically referring to the money being spent on this particular museum.
I say it's a wise investment, and it's not even tax-payers' money.  By now, the museum should be generating income, and the proceeds can be used for charity. 

I will not be surprised if they are actually doing that today.

I am well aware that their bible has more content than Matthew 25.
And you should be aware that there are other lessons to learn from the rest of the Bible.  Think of the Parable of the Talents.


I agree,


These people are not stupid. I know alot of the people on this forum think they are, but that's far from the truth. There is a British and an American history to all of this that goes back to the 16 hundreds.....Maybe even before then.

Creationism is not a myth, and any "Christian" who thinks it is, is automatically assuming either an "Atheistic" worldview or a Monistic worldview in which matter is eternal.

If matter is not eternal

and if something """CAN'T""" come from nothing (all by itself)

Then Everyone who believes in God """must""" automatically believe in Creationism.

Now there are many different forms of Creationism. They are not all the same.

The school of thought of that Museum is of the Y.E.C. (Young Earth creationism)

But there are other schools of thought as well. Like:

O.E.C. (Old Earth Creationism)

and

T.E. (Theistic Evolution)


And there maybe hybrids of the three different models. So everyone who believes in God is a Creationist. There is no getting around it.



Now some may hate the word "Creationism" because it has been demonized by the secular humanists/Atheists. But if you are not an Atheist, if you are not an Agnostic, if you are not a secular humanist, then why should that word be a problem?


Those who believe in God will """always""" have a different presupposition than those who either "hate God" (Maltheists) or "reject His existence" (Atheists).


We will always interprete the physical evidence differently. And I am comfortable in knowing that fact. It doesn't bother me at all.

We are different and we will always be different from those who base everything through the eyes of "Philosophical Naturalism"/Scientific Materialism".





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Theognosis said:
Rubbish.  I was not referring to science in general.  Please check my post.  ::) 
No, just physics, biology, and astronomy. Though I'm sure if abiogenesis came up, you'd take a cheap shot at Organic Chemistry as well. In the end, it is the task of science to challenge conventional thought and our presuppositions...to hold nothing as sacred and only allow that which survives its rigorous analysis. Accordingly, it is inevitable that it conflicts with religion
and other scientists.  Bohr remarked that his theories would become accepted when the holders of the others died out.

Anyway, please give one example of a medicine that was derived from missing links, aliens and black holes.  Could it be viagra?
No, not Viagra, that drug it owes its development more to molecular biology than to evolution and genetics; however, it is telling that you would try to so belittle that particular advancement of medicine. They didn't actually start out researching a treatment for Erictile Disfunction (not that there would have been anything wrong with them having done so), they were actually adapting a drug that treats hypertension to treat Coronary Artery Disease and Angina. Which Sildenafil Citrate (Viagra) actually does quite well...well enough that today it's actually used as a performance enhancing drug in certain endurace sports as it expands the arterial walls, notably improving blood flow, and thus increasing VO2 Max. It was during the clinical trials of this drug that it was discovered that it improves blood flow throughout the entire body, most notably around the genitals...thus a very notable side effect was the creating an erection in men and increasing lubrication in women, both of which can lead to increased libido (assuming, for both sexes, of course, that the problem is physical rather than psychological/neurological, which is more often the case with men, which is the reason for a higher success rate of these drugs amongst men).

Is it really that bad that while researching methods to treat CAD and save lives, science accidently discovered a drug that can improve our quality of life?

So why don't you pop some Sildenafil Citrate or Vardenafil or Tadalafil (though you might want to wait until next Friday for that one, it has something like an 18 hour half-life) and get some exercise and recreation today? Your heart will be healthier and you'll be happier tomorrow.

But as for medical advancements that have come out of the study of evolution, the most notable is the annual Influenza vaccine which is designed around the predicted evolution of the pathogens. If evolution were not understood the the degree it is today the vaccines would be much less effective, if effective at all, especially against rapidly evolving viruses. Of course, any treatment of HIV is dependent on an understanding of the evolution of the virus, ignoring this could lead to a drug that does more harm than good. New drugs to treat antibiotic resistant forms of bacteria are dependent on the studying of the evolution of bacteria. And a knowledge of genetics and evolution is indispensable in the treatment of genetic disease. One notable example is the identification of the allele that causes Huntington's...using the presupposition of common ancestry and comparing various genomes computationally.

And, of course, the entire field of bioinfomatics and genomics is based on the assumption of common descent with modification. Not to mention the impact that genetic algorithms, derived from our studies of natural selection, have had on our world, being the basis of any pattern recognition software or even nominally sophisticated artificial intelligence.

Now it's your turn...give me one pracical example of how anti-evolutionary theory has advanced science or medicine and improved our standard of living or quality of life?
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I'd bring up bioethics, but....

And while you're at it, kindly give concrete examples of how the search for extra-terrestrial life has saved lives and improved our standard of living.
If you're narrowly refering to SETI, I would have to agree...it's probably not worth it. It has developed a few advancements in astronomy, radio technology, and, especially, radio astronomy...but probably not enough to justify the price tag (of course, compared with the Creation Museum which has and will contribute NOTHING to scientific or technolgical advancement, SETI is a bargain...it's all relative). But, of course, SETI has only cost millions, your claim is that this pursuit has cost billions...to consider that price tag one must look at the entire space program.

Now the cultural and purely scientific accomplishments of this program are undeniable, they helped were essential in establishing the United States as a superpower and leader of the free world, they put us at the forefront of science attracting talented researchers from around the world to come to our universities and laboratories, driving R&D and Economic Growth. It has been estimated that every dollar spent on the space program has resulted in a return of 7 dollars in the form personal and corporate income tax revenues...creating jobs and economic growth in the process.

Then there are the scientific advancements, too numerous to list...but I'll give a few highlights, the Hubble Space Telescope, at first attacked as a waste of tax dollars because of its flawed optics has since given us the best pictures of deep space ever seen by humans...but it's done more than that, the technology developed for the telescope lead directly to the development of Charge Coupled Device chips for digital imaging of breast biopsies...which has saved thousands of lives. Other technoogies include the MRI, Lazer Angioplasty, Ultrasound application to burn victims, auotmated urinalysis, programable pace maker, water purification without chlorine, enriched baby food, scratch resistant lenses, cubing of semi-conductor technology, and numerous advancements in aeronautics...just to name a few.

And all this is in 50 years of the space program...what has creationism produced, what has it done to improve our quality life or save our lives in the 4000+ years it has been around?
4000+ years?  I thought you thought we made it up just over 2000 years ago.

And the Protestantism that spawned the Creationism we are talking about doesn't date back more than a few centuries.

But they came up with things like Abolitionism and the Civil Rights Movement, while your side was busy about the natural inferiority of blacks.
 

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No, not Viagra, that drug it owes its development more to molecular biology than to evolution and genetics;
You should have stopped right there.

Is it really that bad that while researching methods to treat CAD and save lives, science accidently discovered a drug that can improve our quality of life?
You are not making any sense at all.  Discovering drugs by accident doesn't support your assertion that evolution leads to the discovery of medicine.

But as for medical advancements that have come out of the study of evolution, the most notable is the annual Influenza vaccine which is designed around the predicted evolution of the pathogens. If evolution were not understood the the degree it is today the vaccines would be much less effective, if effective at all, especially against rapidly evolving viruses. Of course, any treatment of HIV is dependent on an understanding of the evolution of the virus, ignoring this could lead to a drug that does more harm than good. New drugs to treat antibiotic resistant forms of bacteria are dependent on the studying of the evolution of bacteria.
Evolution is a lame excuse.  More than anything else, these cases demonstrate the weakness of Inductive Reasoning in medical research.  Researchers should just admit that vaccines are only effective on certain specimens that they have studied in their laboratories; it's a fallacy to conclude that their vaccines are effective for all strains that exist on the ENTIRE earth.

And a knowledge of genetics and evolution is indispensable in the treatment of genetic disease. One notable example is the identification of the allele that causes Huntington's...using the presupposition of common ancestry and comparing various genomes computationally.
Genetics and Creation are not mutually exclusive.

And, of course, the entire field of bioinfomatics and genomics is based on the assumption of common descent with modification.
Creationists don't have problems with modification and common descent among kinds either.

Not to mention the impact that genetic algorithms, derived from our studies of natural selection, have had on our world, being the basis of any pattern recognition software or even nominally sophisticated artificial intelligence.
Who gave you the idea that software developers use genetic algorithms in their code?  I've been programming for 23 years and I don't know what you're talking about.

Now it's your turn...give me one pracical example of how anti-evolutionary theory has advanced science or medicine and improved our standard of living or quality of life?
Not after you give me the correct answers.

If you're narrowly refering to SETI, I would have to agree...it's probably not worth it.
That's nice.  At least we agree on something.

Now the cultural and purely scientific accomplishments of this program are undeniable, they helped were essential in establishing the United States as a superpower and leader of the free world, they put us at the forefront of science attracting talented researchers from around the world to come to our universities and laboratories, driving R&D and Economic Growth. It has been estimated that every dollar spent on the space program has resulted in a return of 7 dollars in the form personal and corporate income tax revenues...creating jobs and economic growth in the process.
I don't like the way you argue.  In the first place, the search for aliens is not space exploration.  What you're trying to do here is associate evolution and alien-hunting with the entire space program and convince me that these have amounted to something.

And all this is in 50 years of the space program...
Please tell me how evolution and alien-hunting have contributed to the development of the rocket engine.

what has creationism produced, what has it done to improve our quality life or save our lives in the 4000+ years it has been around?
Isaac Newton.
 

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Theognosis said:
Who gave you the idea that software developers use genetic algorithms in their code?  I've been programming for 23 years and I don't know what you're talking about.
The concept exists as evident from the Penn State University citations website:

You may never need genetic algorithms in your line of software development and there are applications of genetic engineering to software engineering, notably high performance computing, robotics, biotechnology, nanotechnology, et al.:)
 

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SolEX01 said:
You may never need genetic algorithms in your line of software development and there are applications of genetic engineering to software engineering, notably high performance computing, robotics, biotechnology, nanotechnology, et al.:)
To say that GA is used in some applications is one thing, but to say that it is being used in any pattern recognition software is stretching it.  I also don't consider GA as a valid representation of evolution.  It's all hype.

Besides, a programming guru can CREATE wonders for an orginization in 6 days.
 

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Theognosis said:
You are not making any sense at all.  Discovering drugs by accident doesn't support your assertion that evolution leads to the discovery of medicine.
That wasn't the point, the point was to point out your questionable knowledge of pharmacology.

Evolution is a lame excuse.  More than anything else, these cases demonstrate the weakness of Inductive Reasoning in medical research.  Researchers should just admit that vaccines are only effective on certain specimens that they have studied in their laboratories; it's a fallacy to conclude that their vaccines are effective for all strains that exist on the ENTIRE earth.
They don't claim it's effective for ever variation, only the ones that share a degree of evolutionary closeness to the ones vaccinated against. Using the principles of evolution they can determine the best viruses to include in the vaccine.

Genetics and Creation are not mutually exclusive.
But the necessary assumption of common descent and creationism are.

Creationists don't have problems with modification and common descent among kinds either.
But nearly all work in bioinfomatics and genomics includes comparing genomes of different species...it provides far more useful information than remaining within a single species. In fact a current project at MIT is comparing as many as 30 different mammalian genomes, outlining not only our evolutionary past but also determining the function of various genes in all the mammalian species, with special consideration for homo sapiens.

Who gave you the idea that software developers use genetic algorithms in their code?  I've been programming for 23 years and I don't know what you're talking about.
Sounds like you're doing the programming that will be replaced by more sophisticated computer programs in the next couple decades...I'm glad you already have 23 years in.


I don't like the way you argue.  In the first place, the search for aliens is not space exploration.  What you're trying to do here is associate evolution and alien-hunting with the entire space program and convince me that these have amounted to something.
I'm sorry you don't think I play fair...LOL. SETI and the Space Program are both driven by the same desire to discover the unknown, to discover new things purely for the advancement of science and human knowledge. But, for all its faults, at least SETI is a research project, it's asking questions and seeking to answer them...it's not simply dictating myths as dogma like creationism does. The creation museum is not doing viable research, they will not advance the frontiers of science, they will not add to the corpus of human knowledge.


Please tell me how evolution and alien-hunting have contributed to the development of the rocket engine.
You also mentioned black holes, one of the main reasons Hubble was deployed was to gather more information on black hole candidates.

Isaac Newton.
None of whose theories are dependent on the theory of creationism.
 

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greekischristian said:
You also mentioned black holes, one of the main reasons Hubble was deployed was to gather more information on black hole candidates.
We interrupt this thread to bring you some useful information:

Edwin Hubble was from Marshfield, Missouri, just a few miles up the road from where I teach.

Okay, back to the pointless debate.
 

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ytterbiumanalyst said:
We interrupt this thread to bring you some useful information:

Edwin Hubble was from Marshfield, Missouri, just a few miles up the road from where I teach.

Okay, back to the pointless debate.
Which is most certainly a credit to your state...though I must also note that, though like my grandfather he was born in Missouri, he like my grandfather, died here in the great state of California. ;)
 

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greekischristian said:
They don't claim it's effective for ever variation, only the ones that share a degree of evolutionary closeness to the ones vaccinated against. Using the principles of evolution they can determine the best viruses to include in the vaccine.
You just have to acknowledge that inductive inferences in medical research has its limits.  Unless researchers are able to take into account ALL the variations in the make-up of a particular virus and discover ALL of its strains on the face of the earth (as opposed to using induction given a sample population of a known specimen), they cannot assume that evolution is the cause of vaccine failure over time.

But nearly all work in bioinfomatics and genomics includes comparing genomes of different species...it provides far more useful information than remaining within a single species.
That is not as simple as it sounds.  The methodology of classifying animals into species and subspecies is by itself problematic.

Sounds like you're doing the programming that will be replaced by more sophisticated computer programs in the next couple decades...I'm glad you already have 23 years in.
Sounds like you know nothing about programming and how it has evolved over time.  Thanks anyway. :)

I'm sorry you don't think I play fair...LOL. SETI and the Space Program are both driven by the same desire to discover the unknown, to discover new things purely for the advancement of science and human knowledge.
No. Unlike the Space Program, SETI is driven by fantasy.

But, for all its faults, at least SETI is a research project, it's asking questions and seeking to answer them...it's not simply dictating myths as dogma like creationism does.  The creation museum is not doing viable research, they will not advance the frontiers of science, they will not add to the corpus of human knowledge.
I don't think it's fair to compare a project that has existed for more than 40 years with a privately-funded museum that has just been open for months.

By the way, have you by chance visited the museum already?  You sounded like you know everything about the place.

You also mentioned black holes, one of the main reasons Hubble was deployed was to gather more information on black hole candidates.
Cool.  That's a better way of saying that evolution has got nothing to do with rocket science.

None of whose theories are dependent on the theory of creationism.
Newton himself was a product of Creationist thought.
 

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ytterbiumanalyst said:
Theognosis said:
No. Unlike the Space Program, SETI is driven by fantasy.
So said the detractors of those who wanted to split the atom.
Which is irrelevant, of course.  What exactly is your point?

Theognosis said:
Newton himself was a product of Creationist thought.
One word: Anachronism.
Newton dismisses evolutionary concepts in his writings.  He was way ahead of his time.  If you want me to quote him, I'll do it.
 
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