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Titanoboa!

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Just wait — this one will be featured in some cheesy Sci-Fi channel creature feature in a few months. Paleontologists have dug up a fossil boa that lived 58-60 million years ago. They haven’t found a complete skeleton, but there’s enough to get an estimate of the size. Look at these vertebrae!

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a, Type specimen (UF/IGM 1) in anterior view compared to scale with a precloacal vertebra from approximately 65% along the precloacal column of a 3.4 m Boa constrictor. Type specimen (UF/IGM 1) shown in posterior view (b), left lateral view (c) and dorsal view (d). Seven articulated precloacal vertebrae (UF/IGM 3) in dorsal view (e). Articulated precloacal vertebra and rib (UF/IGM 4) in anterior view (f). Precloacal vertebra (paratype specimen UF/IGM 2) in anterior view (g) and ventral view (h). Precloacal vertebra (UF/IGM 5) in anterior view (i) and posterior view (j). All specimens are to scale.

Just to put it in perspective, the small pale blob between a and b in the photo above is an equivalent vertebra from an extant boa, which was 3.4 meters long. The extinct beast is estimated to have been about 13 meters long, weighing over 1100 kg (for us Americans, that’s 42 feet and 2500 pounds). This is a very big snake, the largest ever found.

The authors used the size of this snake to estimate the temperature of this region of South America 60 million years ago. Snakes are poikilotherms, depending on external sources of heat to maintain a given level of metabolic activity, and so available temperature means are limiting factors on how large they can grow. By comparing this animal’s size to that of modern tropical snakes, and extrapolating from a measured curve of size to mean annual temperature, they were able to calculate that the average ambient temperature was 30-34°C (American cluestick: about 90°F); less than that, and this snake would have died.

From other data, they know that the atmospheric CO2 concentration at this time was about 2000 parts per million, and that the forests it lived in were thick, wet, and rainy. They also estimate that slightly later, about 56 million years ago, mean tropical temperatures would have soared to 38-40°C (102°F), and would have killed off many species.

So there you go…this is one place I think I’d avoid if I had a time machine. It was a thick-aired, muggy, sweltering oven, with giant snakes crawling about. They were likely to have eaten large crocodilians, so I suspect a time-traveling human would be nothing but a quick hors d’ouevre. They’re still interesting, though, especially as an example of evolution and climate science meeting in a mutually revealing fashion.

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Head JJ, Block JI, Hastings AK, Bourque JR, Cadena EA, Herrera FA, Polly D, Jaramillo CA (2009) Giant boid snake from the Palaeocene neotropics
reveals hotter past equatorial temperatures. Nature 457(7230):715-718.

Comments

  1. #1 hje
    February 5, 2009

    Hey, I just saw this on MonsterQuest : )

  2. #2 Glen Davidson
    February 5, 2009

    It’s amazing what fossils Satan buries to fool the righteous.

    Anyway, teach the controversy.

    Seriously, what a fright that snake would be.

    Glen D
    http://tinyurl.com/6mb592

  3. #3 Steve
    February 5, 2009

    Great, nightmarish, beautiful stuff.

    PS. But what about this did I not already know? What did I NEED to know? Ha!

  4. #4 Janine, Ignorant Slut
    February 5, 2009

    I wish my good friend, Garfunkel, would stop by and explain that there is not enough evidence and that this is largely a philosophical affair.

    But I am sure that millions of kids think that Titanoboa is the coolest thing.

  5. #5 Holbach
    February 5, 2009

    I had a feeling I saw that giant crusher cloned to life in the movie “Ananconda”!

  6. #6 Prillotashekta
    February 5, 2009

    I remember when the authors announced this at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology symposium last October. At that point it was sort of like a movie preview; a “Hey, check this out, and watch for our paper coming soon!” Details were sketchy at that point, but it was already the talk of the meeting.

  7. #7 Tulse
    February 5, 2009

    Science is always interesting, but sometimes it is So. Frickin’. Cool.

  8. #8 hje
    February 5, 2009

    “It’s amazing what fossils Satan buries to fool the righteous.”

    They would rationalize it to being the serpent from the garden of Eden–drowned in the great flood!

  9. #9 Lorax
    February 5, 2009

    Sweet, I dodged away from that croc! Wait, whats that sound? AAIIIIEEEEEEE……

  10. #10 Sauve
    February 5, 2009

    Was wondering how long until you posted about this one.

    Neat find.

  11. #11 The Science Pundit
    February 5, 2009

    @Glen D (#2)

    It’s amazing what fossils Satan buries to fool the righteous.

    Mock all you want, but you’ll be eating your words when scientists find that serpent’s larynx and prove that the Genesis account is true!

  12. #12 Marsha
    February 5, 2009

    Eye-yai-yai… maybe religion is good for something because all I can think of is HOLY MOLEY!

  13. #13 JD
    February 5, 2009

    Well sir,

    You need to know that snakes had babies on land at one time, and what a profound revelation that is!

    Just another rambling idiot,
    DH

  14. #14 Cruithne
    February 5, 2009

    It’s amazing what fossils Satan buries to fool the righteous.

    Tsk tsk Glen, didn’t you know that it’s God who puts these things there in order to test our faith.
    God’s a southern baptist and an anti intellectual.

    As any fule kno

    Anyway, awesome snake, imagine the boots you could make out of the fucker,

  15. #15 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 5, 2009

    I just love the correlation between size and temperature. And the confirmation from other sources of possible greenhouse effects. Sniff. The smell of science. Thanks PZ.

  16. #16 Anon
    February 5, 2009

    Doesn’t look the same without J-Lo.

  17. #17 The Science Pundit
    February 5, 2009

    Damnit! hje beat me to it. :-(

  18. #18 Nick
    February 5, 2009

    This post got 11 comments (12, counting my own).

    The long-winded letter from the very angry young man got 273 comments.

    Just sayin’.

  19. #19 TheNaturalist
    February 5, 2009

    Is it any wonder that this creature is extinct? There’s no way it could fit on the ark!
    ;-)

  20. #20 Bckcntry
    February 5, 2009

    “But I am sure that millions of kids think that Titanoboa is the coolest thing.”

    I’m 28 and I think this is the coolest thing.

  21. #21 Randy
    February 5, 2009

    This must be the snake from The Garden of Eden(R). If a bruiser like that told me to eat an apple I wouldn’t pause to ask if it was okay with Gawd.

  22. #22 jimmiraybob
    February 5, 2009

    From viewing the image of the bones and consulting my Bible science adviser, I?ve dated the fossil to be 5,732 (±6.83 days) years old. [/getting jump on AIG]

    This would explain why Eve listened to the snake.

  23. #23 NJ
    February 5, 2009

    The long-winded letter from the very angry brain-damaged young man got 273 comments.

    Edited for accuracy.

  24. #24 Vic
    February 5, 2009

    When I first mentioned this snake to my gf last night I forgot to add the word “extinct” in my description. She became very concerned!

  25. #25 strangest brew
    February 5, 2009

    14*

    ‘Anyway, awesome snake, imagine the boots you could make out of the fucker’

    ‘Okay we need non-volunteers to take one step backward…where the fuck do you think you are going Garfunkel’?

  26. #26 Brownian
    February 5, 2009

    Enough is enough! I have had it with these motherfuckin’ snakes in this motherfuckin’ Palaeocene!

  27. #27 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 5, 2009

    Bownian L Jackson

  28. #28 Tiranna
    February 5, 2009

    You think it would bother to eat a human? We’d be so small it’d barely have to open its mouth. I keep imagining what it would look like unhinging its jaw to swallow a much tastier, larger meal.

    Would the 38-40°C temperatures kill these snakes? It wouldn’t make them bigger or less active/nocturnal?

  29. #29 Matt White
    February 5, 2009

    #26
    “Enough is enough! I have had it with these motherfuckin’ snakes in this motherfuckin’ Palaeocene!”

    LOL! How did I miss that one?!?

  30. #30 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 5, 2009

    Brownian L Jackson even

    KoT

  31. #31 Bostonian
    February 5, 2009

    We know the vertibrae were extra huge, but I don’t quite see how the length can be estimated except by applying this larger girth to a larger length. I’m no snakespert, but is it possible these estimates are in error and that this extra-thick snake was far shorter in proportion, or perhaps even had use of its limbs?

  32. #32 DaveX
    February 5, 2009

    I saw this (minus the super-cool bone photo) over at BoingBoing yesterday. I loved all the comments from folks heralding this as YET ANOTHER good reason to fight global warming, haha! Nobody wants giant snakes making a return!

  33. #33 strangest brew
    February 5, 2009

    28*

    ‘Would the 38-40°C temperatures kill these snakes?’

    Nope the opposite apparently…that is why this mutha existed!

  34. #34 justin
    February 5, 2009

    So could this be turned into some sort of argument to be used against the global warming denialists. We can’t let the temperatures rise because then the world becomes perfect for big mofo snakes. It could be an easy to digest Hollywood movie, “Snakes on Plane 2 – Global Warming” and Samuel L Jackson could become snake kibble at the end of the movie.

  35. #35 Ted
    February 5, 2009

    To all the faith-driven snake-handlers: Handle this!

  36. #36 strangest brew
    February 5, 2009

    33*
    28*

    ‘Would the 38-40°C temperatures kill these snakes?’

    Nope the opposite apparently…that is why this mutha existed!’

    Actually nope… me bad…misread temps it would have killed them…according to the text!

  37. #37 Romeo Vitelli
    February 5, 2009

    There must have been a lot of other animals in those days for this thing to eat. A breeding colony of these suckers must have had an incredibly large territory to keep themselves fed. How long did it take for them to go extinct?

  38. #38 Gryphin
    February 5, 2009

    #31: Actually, the relationship between vertebrae size and body size in snakes is a pretty well-kept ratio. A short, wide snake would not be able to propel itself properly, be able to climb a tree, or in the case of a boa, attack in a non-venomous fashion.

    As far as if the fossil had legs, I’m not cool enough to know if the existing bones could preclude that theory, but since the guys who dug it up are calling it a boa, I’m going to rely on their expertise until something or someone else comes along, and gives proof otherwise. My guess, is that since snakes have been at an evolutionary standstill, (or perfection, depending on your love for snakes) that the bone structure has distinguishing characteristics that separate it from a leg-bearing reptile. Probably something along the lines of bone density and rib connection points.

  39. #39 Andrew Campbell
    February 5, 2009

    Cryptozoologists are already touting this find as evidence for giant snakes still alive today.

    http://www.cryptomundo.com/cryptozoo-news/titanoboa/

  40. #40 Valis
    February 5, 2009

    Holy shit! That is one big snake.

    There must have been a lot of other animals in those days for this thing to eat. A breeding colony of these suckers must have had an incredibly large territory to keep themselves fed.

    Well, in my (admittedly limited) experience in keeping boas, they don’t eat very often. One good meal keeps them satisfied for a week or two. I’d guess something the size of a turkey would keep this one happy for a while. Snakes are very sedentary, and don’t burn a lot of energy, especially being cold-blooded.

    BTW, thanks PZ for using units that 95% of the world uses and understands.

  41. #41 Brownian
    February 5, 2009

    The biomass necessary to keep a population of these snakes might not have been that large. Poikilotherms only need a third to a tenth of the energy than similarly sized homeotherms to maintain a population, especially given a tropical environment where the ambient warm temperatures can support greater hours in the day available for hunting.

  42. #42 Watchman
    February 5, 2009

    Our snakes go to “11″.

  43. #43 Her Reference Ron Sullivan
    February 5, 2009

    (sigh) Isn’t she loooovellyyyyy…

    Brownian wins this thread, tho’.

  44. #44 Erp
    February 5, 2009

    Well human size prey was probably for the kiddies (or for the crocs that in turn the snake probably ate).

    I also note they found bones from 28 different individual snakes. Apparently 8 were this large size.

  45. #45 Nangleator
    February 5, 2009

    Wow, the movie “Anaconda.”

    I remember that huge thing. The way it moved. Imagining it smothering me. So scary.

    The snake was just bad CG, though.

  46. #46 varlo
    February 5, 2009

    Is the 1100 kg figure before or after ingesting a giant sloth (or a prehistoric Rush Limbaugh)?

  47. #47 Richard
    February 5, 2009

    42 foot snake? That’s nothing. We’ve got 49-footers in Asia today! http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3845750/

  48. #48 S.Scott
    February 5, 2009

    Why did it have to be a snake?!

    Stacy

  49. #49 FishNChimps
    February 5, 2009

    Where is the fossilised voicebox? Was there a fossilised apple nearby?

  50. #50 Mother Batherick
    February 5, 2009

    Land snakes! Snake’s alive! For Christ’s snake!
    I got a million of ‘em….

  51. #51 LisaJ
    February 5, 2009

    Saw this on the news last night… so cool! I can’t believe the size difference between those vertebrae. One of the authors proclaimed that this snake could have taken, and beaten, a T-rex. Now either that’s one super proud (and biased) scientist, or this was one monstrous beast of a snake.

  52. #52 Knathon
    February 5, 2009

    “Snakes are poikilotherms, depending on external sources of heat to maintain a given level of metabolic activity, and so available temperature means are limiting factors on how large they can grow.”

    Ok, being an marine invert biologist, this seems a bit confusing to me. There are 1000lb+ Mesonycoteuthis in Antarctic waters, which are much colder. So this doesn’t seem to be a universal principle with poikilotherms, so when is different about snakes that causes this limitation. I guess I should go read the article…..but that time and being a grad student thing…..

  53. #53 LisaJ
    February 5, 2009

    … or a little of both. (An extension of my post @ #51).

  54. #54 Mother Batherick
    February 5, 2009

    Anyway, it’s still not as big as what I’ve got in my pants. Ladies, please form an orderly queaue to my right, your left…
    (Hey, somebody had to say it…)

  55. #55 60613
    February 5, 2009

    Gigantic (titan) snakes don’t bother me.
    What would freak me out is if they found a SPIDER that large – or even worse, a >shudder< SCORPION.

  56. #56 Andyo
    February 5, 2009

    Great. I come here for the atheism, and what do I find? Science! Where is the atheism? WHERE!?

  57. #57 giotto
    February 5, 2009

    We’ve got 49-footers in Asia today!

    Not so much:
    http://www.snopes.com/critters/wild/bigsnake.asp

    I like esp. the quote from a python expert: “These giant pythons always shrink whenever a tape measure turns up.
    Empiricism 1, Rumor mill 0

  58. #58 Rystefn
    February 5, 2009

    It was a thick-aired, muggy, sweltering oven…

    So it was east Texas? Well, I will say this – at least there aren’t any 50ft snakes about eating our alligators.

  59. #59 Pierce R. Butler
    February 5, 2009

    Wait for the correction, when the authors say, “On further analysis of the vertebrae, it now appears that this specimen was in fact … just a baby!”

  60. #60 S.Scott
    February 5, 2009

    I looked and looked for it but I can’t find where PZ mentions that these scientists are from the Univ. of Florida! http://news.ufl.edu/2009/02/04/giant-snake/

    See!!Some Floridians are not backward hicks! :-)

  61. #61 blf
    February 5, 2009

    Is it any wonder that this creature is extinct? There’s no way it could fit on the ark!

    Nah, it’d fit just fine. It’d just have to eat?or scare away?everything else first. Including the T. Rex.

  62. #62 Paper Hand
    February 5, 2009

    #60

    Yes, UF does have a lot of good science. How that happens in Florida, I could never figure out. :-)

    they were able to calculate that the average ambient temperature was 30-34°C (American cluestick: about 90°F); less than that, and this snake would have died.

    I’m confused – why do higher temperatures allow for larger sizes? I would’ve thought it would be the opposite, due to gigantothermism.

  63. #63 Jadehawk
    February 5, 2009

    What would freak me out is if they found a SPIDER that large

    I second that.

    though I’d prefer to avoid any contacts with carnivorous fauna that’s heavier than me :-/

  64. #64 Andyo
    February 5, 2009

    Posted by: giotto | February 5, 2009 1:32 PM

    We’ve got 49-footers in Asia today!

    Not so much:
    http://www.snopes.com/critters/wild/bigsnake.asp

    I like esp. the quote from a python expert: “These giant pythons always shrink whenever a tape measure turns up.
    Empiricism 1, Rumor mill 0

    Wow, what a shoddy piece of lazy-ass reporting from NBC. Not surprising, I guess.

  65. #65 Sili
    February 5, 2009

    Does this mean Noa needed a bigger arc, or was this critter killed in the Flood?

    Soooo … do poimegatherms live in volcanoes?

  66. #66 DGKnipfer
    February 5, 2009

    Any word on how closely related to the modern Anaconda this monster might be?

  67. #67 Nessa
    February 5, 2009

    Thank you for posting this! It’s so exciting!

    I’m thinking you might want to avoid my city too. It’s in the present, but gosh, what a horrible weather.

  68. #68 Qwerty
    February 5, 2009

    I read about this yesterday and thought of the Los Vegas woman who was snake-sitting when her child became Purina snake chow. It took about 5 police officers to cart the snake away after they killed it.

    This ancient snake would need an army to cart it’s carcess away. Impressive!

    I am sure someone will make a movie. It will probably be a Japanese horror movie with bad dubbing.

  69. #69 Richard Wolford
    February 5, 2009

    Sweet zombie Jesus! Somebody get my lightsaber!!!

    Which one is it???

    The one that says “bad motherfucker”!

  70. #70 CG
    February 5, 2009

    @55

    You had to bring up giant spiders didn’t ya? Now I won’t sleep for a week. Seriously I’d take two snakes that size over a skittery creepy arachnid half the size. *shiver* Well I guess I wouldn’t take them anywhere really, they are pretty big…

  71. #71 meh1963
    February 5, 2009

    Snakes are poikilotherms, depending on external sources of heat to maintain a given level of metabolic activity, and so available temperature means are limiting factors on how large they can grow.

    That’s amazing. I would have thought that anything that large had to have developed some means of regulating temperature. A snake that big basking in the sun would give me the shivers, 40C or no.

  72. #72 dNorrisM
    February 5, 2009

    It’s name is Nasu and it eats heffalumps in the Gaian underground cave system.

  73. #73 Longtime Lurker
    February 5, 2009

    Wow, it’s amazing what a toss-up the planet was after the K-T extinction event cleaned out so many ecological niches-terrestrial crocs, killer flightless birds, now this beauty.

    I bet the folks at AIG are searching for giant pumpkins that it could have eaten before “the Fall”…

  74. #74 Larry
    February 5, 2009

    While running errands in the car I occasionally tune to the AM to see what sort of inannity I can find from a wingnut for some amusement. I happened to catch the Glen Beck show as he was talking about this very topic. Holy Crap! My brain still hurts from the stupid. Feast your brain on this if you dare:
    http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/198/21101/

  75. #75 Eric Saveau
    February 5, 2009

    Its name is Nasu and it eats heffalumps in the Gaian underground cave system.

    Ha! And it will soon be seen wrapped around a wanna-be god in the form of a 50-foot tall copy of Marilyn Monroe!

  76. #76 Rey Fox
    February 5, 2009

    “or even worse, a >shudder”

    A shudder that big would only be dangerous if it closed on you.

  77. #77 Zemmie
    February 5, 2009

    Yesterday’s ‘In the News’ picture on Wikipedia showed thousands of people cheering at the Super Bowl. The snippet reporting the finding of titanoboa was right beside it.
    For one brief and happy moment I thought ‘Wow, paleontology has more fans than I would have expected!’

  78. #78 Sili
    February 5, 2009

    I have to admit that the pictures of Clock-spiders make me squirm, but I do realise that the dangerous ones and the small ones.

    Now – if you show me evidence of a mansized snail/slug, I’ll be the first to scream like a little girl and have a nervous breakdown.

    I hate hate hate gastropods.

  79. #79 erasmus31
    February 5, 2009

    That’s all very well, but did they get enough DNA to clone this thing?

  80. #80 David Marjanovi?, OM
    February 5, 2009

    I remember when the authors announced this at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology symposium last October. At that point it was sort of like a movie preview; a “Hey, check this out, and watch for our paper coming soon!”

    Oh yeah. They showed the comparison to the Boa vertebra, and the whole room was taken aback.

    Details were sketchy at that point, but it was already the talk of the meeting.

    What? What crowd did you hang out with? :-)

    We know the vertibrae were extra huge, but I don’t quite see how the length can be estimated except by applying this larger girth to a larger length. I’m no snakespert, but is it possible these estimates are in error and that this extra-thick snake was far shorter in proportion,

    What reason is there for such an assumption? The proportions of known snakes are fairly constant.

    or perhaps even had use of its limbs?

    No. It’s not just simply a snake, it’s specifically a boa. Therefore, it can’t possibly have had functional legs (though, being a boa, it almost certainly had the typical spur-like hindlimbs used for holding each other during copulation).

    How long did it take for them to go extinct?

    Unknown. All of the vertebrae found so far are from the same level (and ribs, skulls, or pelvic girdles haven’t been found yet).

    Is the 1100 kg figure before or after ingesting a giant sloth (or a prehistoric Rush Limbaugh)?

    Sloths didn’t exist yet, and (I hope) neither did Limbaughs…

    One of the authors proclaimed that this snake could have taken, and beaten, a T-rex.

    Silly herpetologists! Once the T. rex bites, the snake is history.

    Wait for the correction, when the authors say, “On further analysis of the vertebrae, it now appears that this specimen was in fact … just a baby!”

    Nope, that’s easy to see by whether the neural arches and the centra of the vertebrae are fused.

    I’m confused – why do higher temperatures allow for larger sizes? I would’ve thought it would be the opposite, due to gigantothermism.

    Bigger snakes have slower metabolisms. Too big snakes at too low temperatures would have too slow metabolisms to survive.

    And how can anything snake-shaped be seriously gigantothermic? The only known gigantotherm is the leatherback turtle — constant locomotion, locomotor muscles located inside the shell, shell and thick fat layer adding to the insulation that the shape already provides…

    Any word on how closely related to the modern Anaconda this monster might be?

    The anaconda, too, is a boine boid.

  81. #81 blf
    February 5, 2009

    I hate hate hate gastropods.

    They are quite tasty. Try some with a bit olive oil, garlic, and some wine.

  82. #82 dNorrisM
    February 5, 2009

    OUCH! Beaten by
    MONTHS!

  83. #83 cactusren
    February 5, 2009

    So. Fucking. Cool.

  84. #84 Lee Graham
    February 5, 2009

    I wonder if the temperature estimate based on body size jibes with estimates from other sources and methods for the same time period and location. Always a beautiful thing when multiple independent methods point to the same value. Anyone know?

  85. #85 Rich Lawler
    February 5, 2009

    I think God did a bang-up job on this one. Probably went down like this: God was stumbling home a little buzzed from a party, perhaps a bit lit up and thinking about that one dude who kept monopolizing the conversation while in line for the kegger. God’s mumblin’ to himself “…’connoisseur of scotches’…my ass!…who does this guy think he is?” And a few steps later, God is all like “f_ck it, I’m making a snake the size of a f_cking bus!”

    And Shazzam! 60 million years later Bloch et al., are digging up vertebrae the size of milk crates.

  86. #86 SnakeEnvy
    February 5, 2009

    What would the diameter of that monster be?

  87. #87 DGKnipfer
    February 5, 2009

    David Marjanovi? @80,

    I understand they are both boine boid. I’m wondering if it is even more closely related. Perhaps a direct line ancestor species or even a nearly identical species. Or are they no more closely related than modern Anaconda and other modern constrictors? I imagine that is extremely difficult to determine considering the limited information at present, but I’m curious.

  88. #88 Roger
    February 5, 2009

    I hate snakes. Really, really, really hate them. Imagining this…beast is probably going to haunt my dreams tonight.

    Yeah, let’s wonder how the AiG people are going to spin a behemoth like this as a “good” thing. Like, what the frak was “God” thinking when he created that? I’m sure they’d say some shit like, “Oh, but it was a pretty, nice snake before Eve (that whore) saw the apple and listened to the pretty, nice snake.”

  89. #89 kermit
    February 5, 2009

    Larry: Holy crap, I couldn’t finish that Beck article. It was like wandering into one of the two offices here at work where Rush Limbaugh rants at high volume.

    Among other things, that idiot gloated that science doesn’t know everything yet. Duh. I’d feel sorry for ignorant and simple-minded folks if they weren’t so determined to stay that way.

    Anyway, let me be the first to welcome our heartless, expressionless, serpentine overlor… aw, the hell with it. I can’t say it. I’m not normally creeped out by snakes but this is absolutely magnificent.

  90. #90 DGKnipfer
    February 5, 2009

    My apologies to both Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly. I was wrong. Very clearly there is somebody less intelligent than both of you. Glenn Beck defiantly takes the prize for Media Moron. That level of stupid goes way beyond burn.

  91. #91 Larry
    February 5, 2009

    kermit: Sometimes I feel like I need to bear witness to the idiots like Beck, Limbaugh, O’Liely and Sean Inannity so that I may warn others when this nonsense comes up. Sadly, this moron has a pretty large following, sort of like Palin, but at least he is where he belongs now, on Fox, where the facts and reality never get in the way of their blathering. And worse, Beck thinks he’s funny!

  92. #92 Jadehawk
    February 5, 2009

    Larry, that transcript was headache-inducing. is it possible to call a Godwin on a radio-show?

  93. #93 Lance
    February 5, 2009

    You all are all so very wrong. As we all know, nothing died before The Fall. This was a regular boa and nothing more. It’s just like how a T-Rex is really just an older crocoduck…err dile.

    Serious time now. Sweet. I am also glad we don’t have those anymore.

  94. #94 JDP
    February 5, 2009

    Quoting David Marjanovi?, OM

    The proportions of known snakes are fairly constant.

    Yes, but with some really notable exceptions. Big boas and pythons tend to break the rules pretty regularly (see Head and Polly 2007, Head et al.’s citation #13), and you have both long, slender snakes with small vertebrae (e.g. the Morelia amethystina complex) and short-bodied snakes with rather large vertebrae (the Python curtus complex). I was not satisfied with how Head et al. 2009 dealt with the conclusions of Head and Polly (2007).

    However, there’s no doubt at all that this is a huge snake. I remember, at SVP, holding my hands out in front of me to visually estimate size when they mentioned the vertebrae were about 10 cm in diameter, and nearly falling out of my chair.

  95. #95 Andrew JS
    February 5, 2009

    I think this is a pretty interesting find.. thats a big snake! But I’m more impressed that the lead researcher teaches not only at my school but my campus! University of Toronto Mississauga making media appearances. I like it.

  96. #96 JDP
    February 5, 2009

    RE: DGKnipfer

    Head et al. suggest a phylogenetic relationship with genus Boa to the exclusion of other boine snakes on the basis of features of the paracotylar fossa and foramen. They do not subject the material to a phylogenetic analysis, though, which is understandable given the nature of the material (and the nature of the snake record in general).

  97. #97 Chakolate
    February 5, 2009

    If there is a well-defined relation between snake size and the temperature at which a snake can live, surely this snake must be an outlier. Isn’t there a danger in extrapolating data beyond what is observed?

  98. #98 Ricky
    February 5, 2009

    For a snake that was as long as a bus (estimates up to 15 meters), and as heavy as ute (over 2 tonnes) that snacked on crocodiles, could munch a grown human as a single-bite apetiser, no wonder there is a huge fascinatiion over such monster.
    If one ruled over the world today, it could easily crush any animal it faced, swallow goats and bulls, and nothing could be used to excavate such animal for further investigations.
    So, if you are living in a Colombian rainforest, I d suggest that you close all your windows (not that windows would stop such monster enter your house), and hope that this monster doesnt flatten your house from the top.

  99. #99 Rob
    February 6, 2009

    Darn humans and their SUV’s back the must have caused the global warming that killed off the snake :-0

  100. #100 John Scanlon FCD
    February 6, 2009

    Run come see! – David Marjanovi?, OM made a factual error!

    Wait for the correction, when the authors say, “On further analysis of the vertebrae, it now appears that this specimen was in fact … just a baby!”

    Nope, that’s easy to see by whether the neural arches and the centra of the vertebrae are fused.

    Actually, snakes don’t have neurocentral sutures at any stage (or epiphyses, at least in the crown clade). However, it’s still possible to tell a juvenile from adult by proportions (relatively short, wide and depressed vertebrae with large neural canal) and histology (more endochondral and less lamellar bone, with few or no LAGs).

    Good point JDP: there are assumptions about vertebra number still implicit in the size-estimation method that may not be strictly accurate, but it’s an advance on simple linear scaling from a Recent skeleton (the best we could do previously). The best way to estimate the length of a fossil snake is to find the complete skeleton in articulation, but failing that, you want at least one sequence of articulated vertebrae long enough to measure a gradient (and substitute it into a model of size variation over the whole column). I note that multiple articulated sequences are reported for Titanoboa (Head et al Fig. 1e, and Supplementary Table 1) but gradient-based methods have not yet been applied.

    There aren’t a large number of discrete characters you can score from snake vertebrae, so hardly anyone has bothered doing phylogenetics with no skull. The number of articulated chunks of Titanoboa lying around makes me very hopeful that skull remains will turn up as well.

    I was actually blathering on the radio about this story yesterday. Can’t remember exactly what I said, but you can listen here if you’re interested. I think I managed not to say “Crikey!” even once.

  101. #101 Azkyroth
    February 6, 2009

    I propose the next striking snake specimen have the genus name “Matricoitophis.”

  102. #102 JohnnieCanuck
    February 6, 2009

    Okay, I’m starting a breeding program immediately. If only snakes’ genes are as plastic as those of canids, I’ll soon be on my way to recreating that ancient snake god.

    We’ll recruit some of those Pentecostals who are experienced at this sort of thing because, if as they say, they truly believe in Jesus, they will be safe. If not, they become one with the snake god and it is still win-win.

    What do you mean, atheists can’t start religions? I’m sure that’s how every single one had its beginnings.

  103. #103 Romeo Vitelli
    February 6, 2009

    “What do you mean, atheists can’t start religions? I’m sure that’s how every single one had its beginnings.”

    Atheists don’t make good prophets. The Bible leaves out the part about Moses’ smarter atheist brother, Manny. When he saw the burning bush, he just went out and invented the first fire extinguisher. Doesn’t have the same ring.

  104. #104 Knockgoats
    February 6, 2009

    The post suggests Titanoboa ate crocodilians. Is there any actual evidence for that, or is it just speculation to make it seem even more fearsome than its mere size does? There was a photo posted on the web a few years ago of a constrictor that had swallowed an alligator and burst – I wonder if this gave rise to the idea about Titanoboa.

    BTW, the rise in temperature that would have killed off Titanoboa (if it were still around at the time) would be the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) of 55.8 Mya, which while not anthropogenic, was apparently due to a sudden rise in atmospheric CO2 – in that case, from vulcanism.

  105. #105 Alan Clarke
    February 6, 2009

    This phenomena of gigantism was described in the Bible before actual fossil discoveries were made: Genesis 6:4 – “There were giants in the earth in those days…” (Click here for more descriptions of gigantism.) And don’t forget about leviathan and behemoth!

  106. #106 David Marjanovi?, OM
    February 6, 2009

    OUCH! Beaten by
    MONTHS!

    That was about the announcement at the SVP meeting. This is about the published description, with a name for the beast and everything.

    Actually, snakes don’t have neurocentral sutures at any stage

    <slowly taking hat off>

    <throwing hat on floor while jumping>

    <jumping up and down on hat>

    Well, I never claimed to be a herpetologist. In fact, I never even claimed snakes are interesting. Dinosaurs, now, dinosaurs are interesting!

    The post suggests Titanoboa ate crocodilians. Is there any actual evidence for that, or is it just speculation to make it seem even more fearsome than its mere size does?

    Anacondas regularly eat caimans, and in the time and place where Titanoboa lived, there simply weren’t any reasonably large mammals that could have sustained such a big predator.

    in that case, from vulcanism.

    Nope, from a sudden degassing of methane clathrates on the sea floor, which may or may not have been triggered by tectonic or other volcanic events.

    This phenomena of gigantism was described in the Bible before actual fossil discoveries were made:

    Come ooooon. Gen 6:4 is about giant humans or rather demigods. The leviathan and the behemoth are the Nile crocodile and the hippo, respectively. And the very existence of the Paleocene contradicts both creation stories in Genesis!

    Creationism can’t explain Titanoboa. It can explain everything and its opposite, in other words, nothing.

  107. #107 Alan Clarke
    February 6, 2009

    Behomoth is a “hippo”? Hardly. Job 40:17 – “He moveth his tail like a cedar…” The same holds for leviathan. This animal is described a being impervious to spears unlike a crocodile: Job 41:7 – “Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?” You are overlooking one of the greatest attestations to the Earth’s past when you disregard (and distort) the Bible.

  108. #108 David Marjanovi?, OM
    February 6, 2009

    Job 40:17 – “He moveth his tail like a cedar…”

    The KJV translators were too ashamed to translate “penis” correctly. They also talk about “stones”? those are the testicles. External testicles only occur in some kinds of mammal (not even in elephants).

    The same holds for leviathan. This animal is described a being impervious to spears unlike a crocodile: Job 41:7 – “Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?”

    What do you mean by “unlike”? To wound a crocodile with a spear, you have to aim between the armor plates. Crocodiles have lots of bone in the skin. The massive skull directly underlies the skin, unlike in mammals.

    You are overlooking one of the greatest attestations to the Earth’s past when you disregard (and distort) the Bible.

    You are the one who’s doing the distorting here. You aren’t even looking beyond the letter of the KJV!

  109. #109 bootsy
    February 6, 2009

    Hey Alan Clarke, why are there two contradictory genesis stories in the bible? And how did T. Rex fit on the ark (you gigantic dipshit)?

  110. #110 Alan Clarke
    February 6, 2009

    The KJV translators were too ashamed to translate “penis” correctly.

    ?Penis? was first used in 1676 according to Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition so is it any wonder that it doesn?t appear in the 1611 KJV? Your chronology is all messed up.

    ?Stones? are not ?testicles?. A quick jump to a Hebrew lexicon describes them as broken pottery or ?shards?. So again, the Bible is way ahead of “modern science” in describing something like a projecting armored plate, like those shard-like projections on the back of a stegosaurus.

  111. #111 David Marjanovi?, OM
    February 6, 2009

    Your chronology is all messed up.

    Yours is. I’m saying that what’s moved like a cedar is a(n erect) penis, mammal-style, not a tail.

    Concerning “stones”, forget the Hebrew lexicon. Instead, try to find out which word is there in the original.

    The lexicon you cite gives Job 2:8 and 41:22 as occurrences of the word you looked up. 2:8 is translated as follows in the KJV:

    “And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.”

    41:22 is in the description of the leviathan: “In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.”

    While the “stones” of the behemoth are in 40:17.

    BTW, compare the KJV translation of Job 40:15?17 to the translation by Stephen Mitchell:

    “40:15 Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. 40:16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly. 40:17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.”

    “40:15 Look now: the Beast that I made: he eats grass like a bull. 40:16 Look: the power in his thighs, the pulsing sinews of his belly. 40:17 His penis stiffens like a pine; his testicles bulge with vigor.”

    If the “stones” are potshards, what does “sinews of his stones” mean?? You quote-mine the Bible, it’s incredible.

    So again, the Bible is way ahead of “modern science” in describing something like a projecting armored plate, like those shard-like projections on the back of a stegosaurus.

    Massive fail. The rest of the description doesn’t fit Stegosaurus at all, and? Stegosaurus didn’t occur outside North America and what is today the Iberian peninsula. Wasn’t Israel under water in the Late Jurassic?

  112. #112 Alan Clarke
    February 6, 2009

    What a mess! ?Tail? becomes ?penis? and KJV translation is supplanted by translation of “Stephen Mitchell?. Is it any wonder your road map has landed you in ?Alice in Wonderland?? Who on earth is Stephen Mitchell? I wonder how he compares to KJV translator John Bois, who not only read the entire Hebrew Bible at six years of age but wrote Hebrew elegantly at this age.

    Concerning “stones”, forget the Hebrew lexicon. Instead, try to find out which word is there in the original.

    Good idea. The reference you gave about Job using a ?potsherd to scrape himself? supports my argument even more. These sharp broken pieces of pottery (likely triangular in shape) are like the armor on a stegasaurus? back.

    Job 2:8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.
    Job 41:30 – Sharp stones [are] under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.

    If the “stones” are potshards, what does “sinews of his stones” mean??

    It?s pretty clear from the text that behemoth likely had the ability to move his armored plates (slightly or greatly?) since there were sinews attached to them. Sinews and muscle tissues are not preserved well by fossil evidences whether mammal or reptile. That?s why these Biblical descriptions are priceless. None of this is ?incredible? when you consider that a modern-day porcupine or a frilled lizard has the ability to move its protection. When one puts ?flesh? on a fossil such as a coelacanth, the evolution argument dissolves.

    The rest of the description doesn’t fit Stegosaurus at all?

    Never was my intention to say behemoth was a Stegosaurus. I was using its armor for visualization purposes only.

    Wasn’t Israel under water in the Late Jurassic?

    Without even knowing where you live, I bet you?re standing on top of water-laid sediments right now. Pretty strong evidence for a global flood, eh?

  113. #113 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 6, 2009

    Talking about this big bastard on NPR science Friday right now.

  114. #114 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 6, 2009

    Without even knowing where you live, I bet you?re standing on top of water-laid sediments right now. Pretty strong evidence for a global flood, eh?

    No.

  115. #115 Alan Clarke
    February 6, 2009

    No global flood? You’re not one of those contortionists are you?

  116. #116 'Tis Himself
    February 6, 2009

    ?Penis? was first used in 1676 according to Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition so is it any wonder that it doesn?t appear in the 1611 KJV? Your chronology is all messed up.

    Penis is a Latin word meaning penis.

    Why should we accept the KJV, with every mistranslation, use of what was then archaic language, and use poetic language at the cost of accuracy in translation? The KJV is a masterpiece of English literature. It is not a particularly good translation of the Bible.

  117. #117 Owlmirror
    February 6, 2009

    The reference you gave about Job using a ?potsherd to scrape himself? supports my argument even more. These sharp broken pieces of pottery (likely triangular in shape) are like the armor on a stegasaurus? back.

    Job 2:8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.
    Job 41:30 – Sharp stones [are] under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.

    Wait, what?

    You’re choosing two verses 39 chapters apart and saying they have something to do with each other?

    Especially when you’re talking about stegosaurus — which lived on land — and referring to the description of fucking Leviathan?

  118. #118 Owlmirror
    February 6, 2009

    You’re choosing two verses 39 chapters apart and saying they have something to do with each other?

    Oh, I see. You’re referring to the word “???”, specifically.

    That is the same word in both places.

    In the first instance, the Septuagint gives the obvious “????????”; in the second, it says “????????? ?????”. Hm.

    But still. The verse says under.

    Why do the words “?????? ????????” show up in the LXX at all? “Golden sea”? That’s not in the Hebrew.

    Stupid inconsistent texts. Bah.

  119. #119 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 6, 2009

    No global flood? You’re not one of those contortionists are you?

    No, but you are obviously a crank.

  120. #120 Owlmirror
    February 6, 2009

    Hm. Maybe it’s not “golden sea”, but trying to describe a hard-to-describe color. “??????” can also mean yellow; “????????” can also mean “blue”.

    And I note that: “Nile crocodiles have a dark bronze colouration above, with black spots on the back and a dirty yellow on the belly.

    Job 41:30 looks like an attempt to be poetic about the crocodile’s claws, with what might be a reference to its belly that was missing in the Hebrew version that made it into the canon.

  121. #121 Alan Clarke
    February 6, 2009

    No, but you are obviously a crank.

    When science fails to support an argument, resort to ad hominem attacks. That always impresses the ignorant.

    Penis is a Latin word meaning penis.

    The KJV is English, remember? If the Hebrew was ?shophkah? which actually is ?penis?, then the translators would no doubt have used something like ?privy member? as they did in Deut 23:1. But since the Hebrew word is ?zanab?, they correctly chose the word ?tail?, for behemoth?s cedar-like appendage.

    Why should we accept the KJV, with every mistranslation, use of what was then archaic language, and use poetic language at the cost of accuracy in translation? The KJV is a masterpiece of English literature. It is not a particularly good translation of the Bible.

    All that?s been illustrated thus far in this thread is that the KJV is a masterpiece in translation as well. If a work is ?archaic? in language, that does not discredit its voracity. Click here to see how KJV English supersedes modern-day English in articulating exactness in pronouns.

  122. #122 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 6, 2009

    Oh, we have alive one, someone who doesn’t recognize a work of fiction when he sees it.

  123. #123 Owlmirror
    February 6, 2009

    If a work is ?archaic? in language, that does not discredit its voracity.

    LOL.

    My favorite KJV fuckup:

    Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son

    She did what now?

  124. #124 Alan Clarke
    February 6, 2009

    Fiction or non-fiction? It’s all in the details. When a fiction writer goes out on a limb with too many details, he can easily be discredited. And the converse is true. When too many details are validated, then the “fiction” aspect disolves:

    Luke 3:1-2
    Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene, Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.

    Study your history. Just recently, Herod’s tomb was discovered.

  125. #125 CJO
    February 6, 2009

    When too many details are validated, then the “fiction” aspect disolves

    So, I suppose Dickens’ accurate descriptions of Victorian London are evidence that Oliver Twist was a historical person?

  126. #126 Feliz
    February 6, 2009

    Just thought I’d point out that this is clearly the skeleton of a basilisk and therefor incontrovertible proof of the existence of Harry Potter.

  127. #127 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 6, 2009

    Alan, I counter with the recent Nova episode The Bible’s Buried Secrets where the Torah was written over hunderds of years, and very inaccurately. Your god doesn’t exist and the bible is work of fiction. Prove otherwise. Show details of your work.

  128. #128 Owlmirror
    February 6, 2009

    When too many details are validated, then the “fiction” aspect disolves:

    LOL, again.

    http://ebonmusings.org/atheism/otarch.html

    Just recently, Herod’s tomb was discovered.

    Platform 9¾ exists at King’s Cross Station. Therefore, the “fiction” aspect of Harry Potter is dissolved by this validated detail!

  129. #129 'Tis Himself
    February 6, 2009

    All that?s been illustrated thus far in this thread is that the KJV is a masterpiece in translation as well.

    No, all that’s been illustrated is that you’ve made that claim. Very little evidence to support that claim has been offered. That English which was already archaic in the early 17th Century had more pronouns than modern English has is not a strong argument that modern translations are inferior to KJV.

    Many claim that the KJV is the inspired work of God, and that all changes and mistranslations are the direct work of God and any research that questions it is wrong. This is not supported by the historical reality. King James did not encourage a translation of the Bible in order to enlighten the common people; his intent was to deny them the marginal notes of the Geneva Bible, the favored Bible of the time. The marginal notes of the Geneva version made it popular with the common people and contained over 300,000 words that questioned many concepts of orthodox religion.

    James I of England was a devout believer in the “divine right of kings,” a philosophy claiming a king’s power came from God, thus the king then had to answer to no one but God. The reasoning was that if a king was evil, that was a punishment sent from God. The citizens should then suffer in silence. If a king was good, that was a blessing sent from God. James took this idea so far that he believed even disagreeing with him for a political act was an offense against God. If one considers James himself as inspired by God, the public record must be considered carefully in that judgment.

    The KJV translators were limited in the manuscripts available to them. The Dead Sea Scrolls had not been discovered yet (1947). Ancient Greek manuscripts had not yet been uncovered. Aleph, a Fourth Century AD codex, was discovered in 1859 in a monastery at Mt. Sinai. Codex Vaticanus, also from the Fourth Century AD at the Vatican Library, was not made available until a photographic facsimile was published in 1890.

    The current KJV being printed differs in a number of details from the 1611 KJV. There are also numerous printing errors in different editions of the KJV. The 1611 editions have “Then cometh Judas” instead of “Then cometh Jesus” in Matthew 26:36. There is the “Wicked Bible” edition where “not” is omitted from the seventh commandment saying, “thou shalt commit adultery.” William Kilburne in 1659 found 20,000 errors in six different KJV’s. In 1701 Bishop Ussher’s chronology was added. Even today there are differences between the KJV published by various publishers.

    A number of words are mistranslated by the KJV. The KJV is not a perfect word for word translation. There is some paraphrasing like “God save the king” (I Samuel 10:24, II Samuel 16:16, I Kings 1:25, and II Kings 11:12). A number of words or phrases are mistranslated like John 20:17 which says “Touch me not” but should be rendered “Do not keep holding me.”

    The “Unicorn” is mentioned nine times in the KJV (Num 23:22; 24:8; Deut 33:17; Job 39:9,10; Psalm 22:21; 29:6; 92:10; Isaiah 34:7). In Deut 33:17 it says the unicorn has “horns” plural, so the KJV solved this problem by translating “unicorn” as plural “unicorns.” It is a mistranslation of the Hebrew “reem” which means “wild ox.”

    The KJV uses the term “dragon” which comes from the Greek word drakon which means “serpent.” It refers to a monster with a scaly snake like body. The Greek New Testament uses drakon 12 times only in the book of Revelation which the KJV translates as “dragon” (Rev 12-13, 16:13, 20:2).

    The KJV is a mediocre translation. It’s outdated. It’s written in archaic English. There are better modern translations that make the Bible easier to read and understand.

  130. #130 Alan Clarke
    February 6, 2009

    Harry Potter
    Oliver Twist

    These two works were chosen for examples because they are known to be fiction. How do we know it? The authors will/would admit it. What more can I say? Paul, who wrote a large portion of the New Testament, did not present his writings in such a way. The cities he wrote about (Damascus, Tarsus, Ephesus, Rome, etc.) existed then and they exist now. Tolstoy wrote of St. Petersburg in “Crime & Punishment” but never attempted to publish his work as non-fiction. How about Joseph Smith? He wrote ?The Book of Mormon? as non-fiction but the cities contained therein exist nowhere. You need a combination of both. Israel fought against the ?Philistines? then and they are fighting against the ?Palestinians? in the same Gaza Strip area today. Even the city that Samson frequented, Askelon, has been in the news lately. (Ashkelon) The mechanisms for discernment are all rather elemental.

  131. #131 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 6, 2009

    Alan, no physical evidence you are right. Either put up or shut up. Given your evidence to date, you need to shut up. Welcome to science.

  132. #132 Owlmirror
    February 6, 2009

    Paul, who wrote a large portion of the New Testament, did not present his writings in such a way.

    Granted: Paul claimed to be have absolute truth.

    Fortunately, we are not obligated to accept Paul’s assertions about “truth” and his access to same.

    The cities he wrote about (Damascus, Tarsus, Ephesus, Rome, etc.) existed then and they exist now.
    [...]
    He wrote ?The Book of Mormon? as non-fiction but the cities contained therein exist nowhere. You need a combination of both.

    The Iliad and Odyssey refer to various Greek city-states, and to Troy, which we now know existed then (well, actually, several cities built on the same location at different times), and some of which still exist now.

    Will you bow down to and worship gray-eyed Athena, or bright Apollo? Maybe sacrifice your daughter to Zeus of the thunders?

    Israel fought against the ?Philistines? then and they are fighting against the ?Palestinians? in the same Gaza Strip area today. Even the city that Samson frequented, Askelon, has been in the news lately. (Ashkelon) The mechanisms for discernment are all rather elemental.

    Elemental dumbfuckery, you mean, given that the Philistines were Mycenean, and the Palestinians are Semitic.

  133. #133 Patricia, OM
    February 6, 2009

    Dammit Tis Himself – You weren’t supposed to give away the dragon and unicorn mistranslations. Those are two of my favorite subjects to quote on, and I was about to ask the Three Stooges about fossil remains.

    Kill joy.

    Now I’ll have to fall back on asking them why gawd sacrificed his son 4000 years AFTER Adam & Eve ate the apple.

  134. #134 windy
    February 6, 2009

    “These two works were chosen for examples because they are known to be fiction. How do we know it? The authors will/would admit it. What more can I say?”

    What do you say about Whitley Strieber’s Communion: A True Story ?

  135. #135 'Tis Himself
    February 6, 2009

    Sorry, Patricia.

    You can ask about pi being equal to three.

  136. #136 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 6, 2009

    ‘Tis, Patricia might take your spanking couch privileges for a couple of days, but don’t worry. Keep whacking the godbots like you have today and she will most likely forgive you. Just leave a little room for others to jump in (fear to jump in is usually not a problem around here though-as Heddle is finding out). (Now where’s my list…)

  137. #137 Rey Fox
    February 6, 2009

    Can I ask about the part where that guy breeds striped goats by mating them in front of a bunch of reeds or something like that?

  138. #138 CJO
    February 6, 2009

    Paul? We’re talking about the gospels –let’s just go with Luke, since you started it. Since we have no idea who the author was, nor any about what s/he would or would not admit, your only proffered “mechanism for discernment” is useless.

  139. #139 Patricia, OM
    February 6, 2009

    While I do forgive you Tis Himself, you were naughty.

    Go to the back of the line for the spanking couch. And no twirling while you wait.

    It’s tough to be so harsh, but I learned it from gawd.

  140. #140 Alan Clarke
    February 6, 2009

    …you mean, given that the Philistines were Mycenean, and the Palestinians are Semitic.

    We’re getting off the subject somewhat of giant snake fossils but for the record concerning the word, “Palestine”: The word itself derives from “Plesheth”, a name that appears frequently in the Bible and has come into English as “Philistine”. (source)

    Note to “Tis Himself”: Wouldn’t you feel better about yourself if you developed your own arguments instead of relying on Stephen C. Meyers? At least give him credit if you’re going to copy & paste. (http://www.bibleandscience.com/bible/kjv.htm) Perhaps the bigger question is, “Does you life adhere to the modern versions of the Bible or do the modern versions provide less conflict with your current life?”

    The KJV translators were indeed aware of the LXX which is the basis for several versions you spoke of and they rejected it. From the translators preface to the KJV: “The translation of the Seventy dissenteth from the original in many places, neither doth it come near it for perspicuity, gravity, majesty;”

    Unicorns?

  141. #141 Patricia, OM
    February 6, 2009

    Rey Fox – That is from Genesis 30, 31 they were called ringstraked (striped). The animals conceived before the rods of hazel, chestnut, and green poplar set at their watering troughs.

    It would be a long post to quote it all, so I’ll leave it up to you to look it up if you care to. It’s quite amusing.

    er..I mean inspiring and proof of gawd. Whew, almost sent myself to hell.

  142. #142 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 6, 2009

    When science fails to support an argument, resort to ad hominem attacks. That always impresses the ignorant.

    Science has no problems with creationism.

    Name a currently accepted evolutionary piece of research that you can refute with creationism.

    Be specific. Show your work.

  143. #143 Alan Clarke
    February 7, 2009

    Name a currently accepted evolutionary piece of research that you can refute with creationism.

    Why resort to creationism? Science rejects jumping from inorganic matter to living cells. You wanted me to be specific, so how about the law of biogenesis? How about mathematical probability refuting chances for all components assimilating randomly so badly that even Dawkins in his interview with Ben Stein alluded to life coming from another planet. If it can?t happen on Earth where there is known life, then the HOPE in deep space is nothing more than Star Trek Religion. Get a life! Many ?scientists? reject evolution theory. Einstein who was agnostic stated, ?God doesn?t play dice.? Evolution can?t exist without ?dice?. Presently, ?science? is supported by the government, as are casinos. Since both are ?fixed?, you?ll lose at either if you play long enough.

  144. #144 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 7, 2009

    Massive fail Alan. But that is to be expected. Go read some science books. One must really know what is going on to be able to refute it. You fail miserably, because you don’t understand science.

  145. #145 JDP
    February 7, 2009

    The worst part about this is that references to LVTN are not consistent throughout different books. The book of Yov has been reasonably well-established to have been written by a non-monotheistic author, and fits well within a rather extensive debate genre from Sumer and the various Akkadian city-states. Other references associate LVTN with Tihamat from Akkadian literature both thematically and textually, so you’re essentially claiming that a primordial sea-chaos deity is actually a Stegosaurus. This is patently absurd.

  146. #146 Wowbagger
    February 7, 2009

    Alan Clarke wrote:

    Science rejects jumping from inorganic matter to living cells.

    If that’s the case then how did the Judeo-Christian god create humans from clay? How about all the plants and animals, which are living cells? Are you implying that said god made them from himself? And are you then implying that God is made of cells and organic matter?

    You might want to rethink that one, Alan.

  147. #147 JDP
    February 7, 2009

    Quoting John Scanlon FCD

    Good point JDP: there are assumptions about vertebra number still implicit in the size-estimation method that may not be strictly accurate, but it’s an advance on simple linear scaling from a Recent skeleton (the best we could do previously). The best way to estimate the length of a fossil snake is to find the complete skeleton in articulation, but failing that, you want at least one sequence of articulated vertebrae long enough to measure a gradient (and substitute it into a model of size variation over the whole column). I note that multiple articulated sequences are reported for Titanoboa (Head et al Fig. 1e, and Supplementary Table 1) but gradient-based methods have not yet been applied.

    I agree that it’s better, but at the same time, it’s perhaps even more problematic, because giant boids and pythonids are precisely where you would expect the method to fail. Additionally, the regressions in Head & Polly (2007) do not provide squared residual values, which tends to be an indication that the squared residual value is actually rather low. As for gradient-based methods, I am unsure of whether the articulated units are long enough to actually recognize a size gradient.

    There aren’t a large number of discrete characters you can score from snake vertebrae, so hardly anyone has bothered doing phylogenetics with no skull. The number of articulated chunks of Titanoboa lying around makes me very hopeful that skull remains will turn up as well.

    Well, given the current state of snake phylogeny, I’m not convinced that skulls are that great, either. Or, for that matter, the molecules. Too many long branches in too many places, methinks.

  148. #148 Alan Clarke
    February 7, 2009

    JDP: Please add this to your Stegosaurus portfolio. I figure any contribution to the “knowledge base” can’t hurt.

  149. #149 Alan Clarke
    February 7, 2009

    Thanks Wowbagger for the correction. I should have stated, ?inorganic matter jumping to living cells through pure randomness? is not scientific. But even if all of a cell’s atoms were properly in place, would it be living? I say “no”. I realize Darwin’s theory of evolution speaks nothing about this, but “evolutionism” picks up where Darwin leaves off. The followers are like the Trekkies that William Shatner could never rid himself of.

  150. #150 Azkyroth
    February 7, 2009

    Clarke: read this.

    Go learn.

  151. #151 clinteas
    February 7, 2009

    Alan Clarke,

    from your comments,you seem to be lacking some basic knowledge about biology and evolution.

    I suggest if you are confused about the distinction between “living” and “inorganic”,which by the way is your distinction and not one used in science,you could start with looking up the definition of a virus.

    Your assertion btw that science says these living things come into existence by pure randomness,is of course a lie,or shall we say,misrepresentation.

  152. #152 Rey Fox
    February 7, 2009

    “We’re getting off the subject somewhat of giant snake fossils”

    Off the subject? You’re the one who brought up the Bible. How much further off the subject can you get?

    “Why resort to creationism? Science rejects jumping from inorganic matter to living cells. You wanted me to be specific, so how about the law of biogenesis? How about mathematical probability refuting chances for all components assimilating randomly so badly that even Dawkins in his interview with Ben Stein alluded to life coming from another planet. If it can?t happen on Earth where there is known life, then the HOPE in deep space is nothing more than Star Trek Religion. Get a life! Many ?scientists? reject evolution theory. Einstein who was agnostic stated, ?God doesn?t play dice.? Evolution can?t exist without ?dice?. Presently, ?science? is supported by the government, as are casinos. Since both are ?fixed?, you?ll lose at either if you play long enough.”

    I can hear the grinding as Alan strips his mental gears bare.

    “I should have stated, ?inorganic matter jumping to living cells through pure randomness? is not scientific.”

    You would be right. Fortunately, “pure randomness” does not enter into the equation, as there are physical constraints that narrow probabilities. To grossly simplify, it’s not “pure randomness” that makes the small pieces of dirt and rock pass through a sieve and the larger stuff stay on top.

    Plus, for abiogenesis and evolution, you have a stepwise process where each step builds on the previous one. Since you are the one claiming life to have been “poofed” into existence, you have a lot more explaining to do than us since your explanation is so far outside what natural processes would produce. You are the one who has to account for some extra entity in the process. And pointing to a storybook to explain is considered bad form to those who actually have to consider the physical evidence.

    “But even if all of a cell’s atoms were properly in place, would it be living? I say “no”.”

    Um, vitalism has been dead since the 1800s.

    “I realize Darwin’s theory of evolution speaks nothing about this, but “evolutionism” picks up where Darwin leaves off. The followers are like the Trekkies that William Shatner could never rid himself of.”

    You are a very confused individual.

  153. #153 Alan Clarke
    February 7, 2009

    Clinteas: Isn’t hydrogen gas “inorganic”? Doesn’t “evolutionism” (not Darwinian evolution) stipulate that the other elements originated from hydrogen, then molecules, then amino acids, then single-cell organisms, multi-cell organisms, then… man? And the progression was without any goal or higher form of intelligence. Correct? Or am I among the company of theistic evolutionists?

  154. #154 Alan Clarke
    February 7, 2009

    To grossly simplify, it’s not “pure randomness” that makes the small pieces of dirt and rock pass through a sieve and the larger stuff stay on top.

    Exactly, it?s in the ?design? of the sieve. I once debated with a guy who claimed a computer program could randomly generate the sentence, “THIS IS REALLY REALLY SILLY BUT WTH LETS DO IT ANYWAY” in under 8000 iterations. But he placed the entire sentence in the program and whenever his ?random? attempt didn?t achieve his goal, he discarded it. Try to generate it without placing the sentence in the program. Allow your ?sieve? to create itself. Trying to achieve life without ?life? as the goal is vanity. Achieving life accidentally is not possible.

  155. #155 clinteas
    February 7, 2009

    Alan Clarke,

    -isms like evolutionism are the nomenclature of creationists,not scientists.

    As has been suggested to you above,go learn something,try it !

  156. #156 Alan Clarke
    February 7, 2009

    Clinteas: Excuse me for attempting to label you. May it suffice to say many “scientists” who hold to Darwinian evolution, extrapolate their theory to describe non-living things such as planet and star formation. Extrapolating in reverse traces man’s origins to primordial HYDROGEN gas as I stated before.

  157. #157 Jadehawk
    February 7, 2009

    you’re severely confused. astrophysicists don’t extrapolate shit from biology. they are completely independent disciplines, and astrophysics has shit-all to do with the ToE.

    and don’t come back with “then why are they talking about star evolution”?. I realize creationists are fully incapable of separating words from the things they describe, so I’ll explain right away:

    nuclear processes in stars != Evolution by Mutation and Natural Selection

  158. #158 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 7, 2009

    I see Alan doesn’t want to understand the research in abiogenesis. A lot of progress has been made, but still a long way to go. Real scientists have also postulated the possibility of primitive one-celled life arriving via comet. Gawd is not needed for anything.

    By the way Alan, your imaginary god can never be part of any scientific endeavor. We will never use imaginary deities for any explanation, or a reason for something to occur. It’s been that way for a couple of centuries, and that will not change. That appears to be your major complaint.

  159. #159 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 7, 2009

    Why resort to creationism?

    Because it is blatantly obvious (at least to me) that that is where you a drawing your “inspiration” from.

    And it is a big overflowing cup of fail.

    You wanted me to be specific, so how about the law of biogenesis?

    This law of biogenesis you speak of, you should maybe read about it a bit more.

    How about mathematical probability refuting chances for all components assimilating randomly so badly that even Dawkins in his interview with Ben Stein alluded to life coming from another planet.

    Oh please. Show us the mathematics and we’ll who you exactly why those types of calculations are worthless in these types of discussions. Mainly because at some point you are pulling numbers out of your ass. And Dawkin’s only left open the possibility that it could have happened that way. A extremely slim possibility. He was not asserting that it did.

    A pattern is forming here. And that pattern is that your comprehension skills need some tuning.

    If it can?t happen on Earth where there is known life, then the HOPE in deep space is nothing more than Star Trek Religion

    What the hell are you even talking about now? How does this even fit into this discussion? Are you tired?

    Many ?scientists? reject evolution theory.

    Are you suggesting a scientist cock off? I’ll put our measurements up against yours any day.

    Einstein who was agnostic stated, ?God doesn?t play dice.? Evolution can?t exist without ?dice?.

    Einstein was a physicist not a biologist. I’m willing to bet that he would be 100% in support of evolution if you sat him down today and laid out the massive amounts of evidence for it. And you’ll have to qualify what you mean about dice. I’m pretty sure I know, but It’ll be fun watching you throw a few more shovels full of dirt from the hole you are digging.

    Presently, ?science? is supported by the government, as are casinos. Since both are ?fixed?, you?ll lose at either if you play long enough.

    There is so much wrong with that that It’s hard to know where to begin. The scare quotes around science are nice a touch. yes science is supported by the government. Show me where that is a problem with the subject we are discussion. No assertions, back it up with actual evidence.

    Your casino analogy is, frankly, stupid.

  160. #160 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 7, 2009

    JDP: Please add this to your Stegosaurus portfolio. I figure any contribution to the “knowledge base” can’t hurt.”

    Um no

  161. #161 David Marjanovi?, OM
    February 7, 2009

    Who on earth is Stephen Mitchell? I wonder how he compares to KJV translator John Bois, who not only read the entire Hebrew Bible at six years of age but wrote Hebrew elegantly at this age.

    O RLY? Why, then, does the KJV have 30,000 known translation mistakes, and why are there so many instances where it seems to have been translated from the Septuagint rather than the Masoretic Text?

    If the “stones” are potshards, what does “sinews of his stones” mean??

    It?s pretty clear from the text that behemoth likely had the ability to move his armored plates (slightly or greatly?) since there were sinews attached to them.

    Then why are the sinews “wrapped together”?

    Sinews and muscle tissues are not preserved well by fossil evidences whether mammal or reptile.

    Your ignorance shows again. They aren’t preserved at all — but their attachment sites on bones are easily visible! It follows that no stegosaur had mobile plates (various suggestions to the contrary in older literature notwithstanding).

    Without even knowing where you live, I bet you?re standing on top of water-laid sediments right now. Pretty strong evidence for a global flood, eh?

    Yes and no, respectively, because not all water-laid sediments have the same age. Read this and then come back here.

    But since the Hebrew word is ?zanab?, they correctly chose the word ?tail?, for behemoth?s cedar-like appendage.

    And what would a cedar-like tail look like? Or, rather, how could a tail be moved like a cedar?!?

    If it’s another appendage that stiffens till it can be compared to a cedar, everything falls into place. Last but not least the context — “loins” and “stones”…

    concerning the word, “Palestine”: The word itself derives from “Plesheth”, a name that appears frequently in the Bible and has come into English as “Philistine”.

    Well, yes. The area is named after the Philistines (one of the “Sea Peoples” turns up in Egyptian records as p-l-s-t), and today’s Palestinians are named after Palestine. Duh. :-|

    Fiction or non-fiction? It’s all in the details. When a fiction writer goes out on a limb with too many details, he can easily be discredited. And the converse is true. When too many details are validated, then the “fiction” aspect di[s]solves:

    Bullshit. I had to read Das Fräulein von Scudéri at school. It’s an 18th-century novel by Adalbert von Chamisso. Every single person in the book is real, not to mention the locations, and nonetheless the entire plot is fictitious from beginning to end. Some of the people probably never even met. Looks like the author tried to express his admiration for Mademoiselle de Scudéri by making her the heroine of a novel.

    The reason we know it’s fiction is not that the book says so. (I don’t even remember if it says so.) The reason is that the plot contradicts known facts.

    Many ?scientists? reject evolution theory.

    Yes, the one who deserve scare quotes reject the theory of evolution because they don’t understand it.

    Einstein who was agnostic stated, ?God doesn?t play dice.?

    Einstein was some kind of pantheist, and this quote was his objection to quantum physics. It was wrong. Einstein was wrong about quantum physics.

    Evolution can?t exist without ?dice?.

    Too bad for Einstein — who, see above, was talking about something else anyway. Stop quote-mining him (…and the Bible, too).

    Presently, ?science? is supported by the government, as are casinos. Since both are ?fixed?, you?ll lose at either if you play long enough.

    This is the stupidest thing I’ve read all week. Man. Dude! Get a grip.

    JDP: Please add this to your Stegosaurus portfolio. I figure any contribution to the “knowledge base” can’t hurt.

    1) Doesn’t look like any stegosaur. The neck is missing, the head is way too big (it looks like a rhino’s except for the missing horn(s)), the tail spikes (and in fact most of the tail) are missing, the forelimbs are much too long and straight, and so on.
    2) Stegosaurus itself is only — only — known from the upper part of the Late Jurassic Morrison Formation of the western USA, and from a formation in Portugal that has the same age. That’s it.

    Clinteas: Isn’t hydrogen gas “inorganic”? Doesn’t “evolutionism” (not Darwinian evolution) stipulate that the other elements originated from hydrogen

    Fucking moron, that’s nuclear physics/astrophysics, not biology!!! The theory of evolution is about biology. Evolution is defined as “descent with heritable modification. Neither atoms nor stars can evolve, because they don’t reproduce.

    Try to generate it without placing the sentence in the program. Allow your ?sieve? to create itself. Trying to achieve life without ?life? as the goal is vanity. Achieving life accidentally is not possible.

    You have completely overlooked natural selection. There are sieves in nature — it’s called the environment.

    Really, you have a lot to learn.

    May it suffice to say many “scientists” who hold to Darwinian evolution, extrapolate their theory to describe non-living things such as planet and star formation.

    Kent Hovind does, and you do. And nobody else. That’s because it simply can’t be done, see above.

    Hint: Kent Hovind doesn’t understand science. He is therefore not a reliable source of information about it.

  162. #162 David Marjanovi?, OM
    February 7, 2009

    Thanks, Rev. Alan, look at the head… and the tail… and the missing neck… and… even the shape of the “plates”, which are most likely the same ornament as those outside of each circle.

  163. #163 Iain Walker
    February 7, 2009

    Alan Clarke (#143):

    Science rejects jumping from inorganic matter to living cells. You wanted me to be specific, so how about the law of biogenesis?

    This “law” is merely a generalisation to the effect that living organisms do not arise spontaneously from non-living materials over short timescales and under current chemical and other environmental conditions found on earth. That is the conclusion that the evidence supports, and that is all that the evidence supports. It is not a “law” that states that that life does not arise spontaneously from non-life under any conditions and over any timescales whatsoever – and if it did, then that would be a far stronger claim than the evidence supports. To that extent, calling it a “law” is misleading, since it has not been established as a universal principle.

    In other words, science does not reject the development of living cells from non-living materials. It simply rejects the idea that it can happen abruptly under certain circumstances.

    Many ?scientists? reject evolution theory. Einstein who was agnostic stated, ?God doesn?t play dice.? Evolution can?t exist without ?dice?.

    Einstein was talking about quantum mechanics here, and specifically the idea that events at the quantum level are probabilistic rather than deterministic. This has nothing to do with the “random” elements in evolutionary theory (such as mutation), which are “random” in the sense of being deterministic but (a) not easily predictable except through statistical modelling and/or (b) not biased towards any consistent outcome. Einstein certainly didn’t reject the idea of randomness in nature in the latter sense (one of his earliest papers was on Brownian motion, one of the most random of processes). What he was rejecting was the idea that the most fundamental processes in nature were non-deterministic.

    In short, the “dice” that Einstein was talking about and the “dice” that operate in evolution are two very different things, involving different kinds of process operating at different levels. Doubt about one does not entail doubt about the other.

    So to present Einstein’s doubts about quantum mechanics as a scientist rejecting the theory of evolution makes you pretty desperate, not to mention woefully ignorant.

  164. #164 Matt Penfold
    February 7, 2009

    Clinteas: Excuse me for attempting to label you. May it suffice to say many “scientists” who hold to Darwinian evolution, extrapolate their theory to describe non-living things such as planet and star formation. Extrapolating in reverse traces man’s origins to primordial HYDROGEN gas as I stated before.

    Bullshit.

    It is true that astronomers will talk of stellar evolution, but when they do so they do not have in mind similarity to biological evolution. That you are not aware of that indicates either you do not know much about astronomy (and biology) or you are simply being dishonest.

  165. #165 David Marjanovi?, OM
    February 7, 2009

    In fact, what the astrophysicists call “stellar evolution” isn’t evolution, it’s most similar to what biologists call “development” or “ontogeny” — the changes an individual undergoes during its lifetime.

  166. #166 Sven DIMilo
    February 7, 2009

    Fuck, totally late to this one. Can I just register the complaint that here we see the problem with a “biology/atheism blog”: even a thread about an extremely cool piece of pure biology gets completely hijacked by a KJV-bible cultist. Pisses me off.

    So back to Jormungar Titanoboa. Big big snake, very cool, but until I can spend some time with the paper you can color me skeptical about the thermal ecology extrapolations. PZ’s definition of “poikilothermy” is a little misleading; a true poikilotherm’s body temperature varies directly with that of its environment. The tricky part is defining “environmental temperature,” particularly on land when solar radiation plays a role. PZ’s definition better fits the concept of “ectothermy” in that an ectotherm’s body temperature is determined by external sources of heat.

    A snake’s body size is determined by age and age-specific growth rate. Growth rate is determined in part by body (not, directly, environmental) temperature and by feeding/digestion rate (in turn related to temperature, prey density and size, and the thermoregulatory abilities of the snake, whether behavioral or physiological; and also to poorly-understood internal controls on maximum growth rate). There are a LOT of assumptions necessary to predict air temperatures from maximum snake body size!!!

    About the gigantothermy thing, I’d have to look up calculations and references to argue this rigorously, but I am certain that a >1 ton snake would not be fully ectothermic. Much smaller extant pythons can raise their own body temperature impressively while brooding eggs, by raising metabolic rate (in their case by muscular contractions) and decreasing heat loss (by coiling). A snake as huge as Titanoboa could, I suggest, easily raise its own body temperature simply by coiling, especially when digesting a meal.

    I must also address a pet peeve: larger animals have higher, not lower, metabolic rates (rates of energy use and heat loss as, e.g., kJ/d). The “lower metabolic rate with greater size” thing refers to mass-specific metabolic rates only (energy loss per unit body mass, e.g., kJ/(kg d)). Statements like “it could get too big for its metabolic rate to support its bulk” make no sense. I can expand on this point indefinitely, if anybody cares.

  167. #167 Iain Walker
    February 7, 2009

    Alan Clarke (#121):

    If the Hebrew was ?shophkah? which actually is ?penis?, then the translators would no doubt have used something like ?privy member? as they did in Deut 23:1. But since the Hebrew word is ?zanab?, they correctly chose the word ?tail?, for behemoth?s cedar-like appendage.

    On the other hand, “tail” is a common euphemism for the penis in many cultures (hell, even the word “penis” derives from the Latin for “tail”). And given the context of the passage (the Behemoth is being held up as an exemplar of male animal potency), the reading of “tail” as a euphemism for “penis” is perfectly plausible, no matter which term the original Hebrew employed.

  168. #168 Sven DIMilo
    February 7, 2009

    p.s. I would be very, very surprised if T. was colored black, as pictured. Black would maximize absorption of solar radiation, implying the need to heat up, which I find unlikely. As an undoubted ambush predator, I’d predict its color would be camouflage in its typical hunting habitat. Of course, I am merely making shit up here.

  169. #169 David Marjanovi?, OM
    February 7, 2009

    On the other hand, “tail” is a common euphemism for the penis in many cultures

    Yep. I heard that every day in school in Austria.

    I would be very, very surprised if T. was colored black, as pictured.

    Very good point.

  170. #170 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 7, 2009

    Sven i forget. What is it you do again?

    Are you a herpetologist?

  171. #171 Janine, Ignorant Slut
    February 7, 2009

    Posted by: Sven DIMilo | February 7, 2009

    Of course, I am merely making shit up here.

    Don’t all evilutionists?
    ‘raspberry’

  172. #172 Sven DIMilo
    February 7, 2009

    Yeah, this is pretty much exactly what I “do,” ecological physiology. I measure a lot of body temperatures and metabolic rates in turtles, lizards, snakes, and whatever.

  173. #173 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 7, 2009

    I just got a really bad picture of you, a thermometer, a turtle and some lubricant.

    sorry. These things pop into my head and there’s nothing i can do about it.

  174. #174 RamblinDude
    February 7, 2009

    Why is it so hard to believe that it is a Stegosaurus in that picture? And look how it is stomping on the head of a porpoise. There were porpoises back then, or do you scientists believe they just poofed into existence recently?

    And down below it we see a unicorn shooting flames out of his head. (The bible, unicorns, burning bushes . . . hmmm? This is EVIDENCE, people!)

    And look at the bottom figure. You see it? That is a STUNNINGLY accurate rendition of an English barrister monkey with a CHAINSAW and a CUTE LITTLE SOCK-PUPPET. How do you explain THAT, scientists? How did they have chainsaws back THEN if they are supposedly a modern invention? Why have we not been told about this race of intelligent and LITIGIOUS simians that used cute little sock puppets to COMMUNICATE and chainsaws to protect THEMSELVES from all the Stegosaurus?? Why are you afraid of the truth?

    PRAISE JESUS!

  175. #175 Sven DIMilo
    February 7, 2009

    I just got a really bad picture of you, a thermometer, a turtle and some lubricant.

    That picture is a couple decades out of date. Now I have my own grad students.

  176. #176 Blake Reas
    February 7, 2009

    I am not a scientist, so this question will probably sound really dumb. If our climate continues to get warmer does this mean that snakes will get bigger again?

    That would be wild. :)

  177. #177 Alan Clarke
    February 7, 2009

    David Marjanovi?: Fucking moron, that’s nuclear physics/astrophysics, not biology!!!

    Maybe motivational speaking is your forté? Thanks for writing a book but if your science is as out of control as your person, I doubt it’s credibility.

  178. #178 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 7, 2009

    Alan, still trying to prove you have no reason to post. here. Don’t worry, you are doing a good job of showing your irrelevance.

  179. #179 Rey Fox
    February 7, 2009

    Typical creationist. Can’t refute the substance, so he refutes the style.

  180. #180 Sven DIMilo
    February 7, 2009

    It’s very difficult to predict how global climate change will affect any particular species, but yes: one possible consequence is that ectotherms experience higher annual temperature profiles and therefore grow faster and bigger. Of course, that is subject to the same simplifying assumptions as the original conclusions. If the prey base decreases then there could be selection for smaller size, or quick extinction if some threshold for successful reproduction is crossed quickly. Et cetera.

  181. #181 Janine, Ignorant Slut
    February 7, 2009

    Alan Clark, you more than earned the title “fucking moron” Even I can tell you got the different fields of science garbled and then forced to fit into your believe in the KJB. This is not a case of David Marjanovi? being out of control. This is a case of David Marjanovi? being accurate.

  182. #182 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 7, 2009

    This is a case of David Marjanovi? being accurate.

    In my experience, this is almost always the case.

  183. #183 'Tis Himself
    February 7, 2009

    David Marjanovi? writes several hundred words refuting Alan Clarke and what’s Clarke’s response? He quotes one sentence and obliquely objects to one phrase of that sentence.

    Alan, we’re not impressed by your debating skills.

  184. #184 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 7, 2009

    Alan, we’re not impressed by your debating skills.

    I’m not impressed by anything from Alan so far, especially his ability to parse information.

    At this point I fully expect Alan to tell us that humans and dinosaurs lived together and Jesus had one he used to ride to give the sermon on the mount.

  185. #185 Azkyroth
    February 7, 2009

    Alan Clark, you more than earned the title “fucking moron” Even I can tell you got the different fields of science garbled and then forced to fit into your believe in the KJB. This is not a case of David Marjanovi? being out of control. This is a case of David Marjanovi? being accurate.

    I am highly skeptical of this. It seems to me that the implication that this sniveling little twerp has ever copulated with another human, let alone that he has done so with enough regularity to refer to it as a general state of being, is one of those “extraordinary claims requiring extraordinary evidence.”

  186. #186 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 7, 2009

    Unfortunately Azkyroth, his type breeds. Like rabbits.

    However, while he may do it, there is a good chance his partner doesn’t enjoy it.

    Maybe even the whole hole in a sheet thing.

  187. #187 Roger S
    February 8, 2009

    David Marjanovi?,#161
    O RLY? Why, then, does the KJV have 30,000 known translation mistakes, and why are there so many instances where it seems to have been translated from the Septuagint rather than the Masoretic Text?

    Wow, Glad to have located such a Biblical scholar with knowledge of the true word of God, knowing all the mistakes of the KJV.

    Are there any mistakes with these passages?
    John 8
    23And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

    24I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

  188. #188 Wowbagger
    February 8, 2009

    Roger S,

    I might be wrong, but I sense that you think you’re going to outdo the Pharyngula top guns on scriptural knowledge and interpretation. If that’s the case then be prepared to learn a very important lesson the hard way. Here’s a hint: if you, personally, can’t translate from ancient Greek and Hebrew then stop where you are and admit defeat right now.

    But hey, if you think you’ve got a shot and are prepared to back yourself, you go for it. It’s certainly going to be fun for the rest of us to watch.

    Where’s my popcorn?

  189. #189 Iain Walker
    February 8, 2009

    Roger S (#187):

    Are there any mistakes with these passages?

    John 8

    23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

    24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

    No unambiguous factual errors as such, since one can always claim a metaphorical meaning for “I am not of this world” which needn’t be outrageously implausible.

    Basically, these passages are just the veiled threats typical of any authoritarian cult leader. They don’t really have sufficient substance to be right or wrong about anything.

  190. #190 Ken Cope
    February 8, 2009

    Isn’t hydrogen gas “inorganic”? Doesn’t “evolutionism” (not Darwinian evolution) stipulate that the other elements originated from hydrogen, then molecules, then amino acids, then single-cell organisms, multi-cell organisms, then… man?

    I’d be amused to see such a big puddle of fail, if Alan wasn’t typical of far too many people with whom I have to share the road–the type that expects angels to grab the steering wheel and drive for them when their attention wanders.

    I wonder if Alan has even the most vague notion of what he means to mock when he claims that evolutionismisticologistamafarians “stipulate that the other elements originated from hydrogen,” that poofing into existence by miraculous fiat is supposed to explain so much better. Does he think it’s claimed that the hydrogen atoms “mate” to become helium first, or does he imagine that hydrogen atoms just join bigger and bigger clubs to originate other elements? Does Alan think that people who can understand the Hertzsprung?Russell diagram are as ignorant about the origin of the elements as Alan is?

  191. #191 SooooSick
    February 8, 2009

    question why the fuck would anyone bring up religion to do a scientific thread fuck go to church and stay there where ur away from your computer

  192. #192 for those of u
    February 8, 2009

    those of you on this looking at that and wondering why god had made such a thing well lets just say he didnt and there is no god the fact that this snake is 60 million years old disproves the bible that is a variation of mixed ancient religions plp have been constantly pray to the sky pointlessly everyday expecting something but in reality get nothing why cuz there is no god no satan no fuckin lucifer angels or fucking demons science–>(truth/reality/facts) and exploration have constantly proved religion wrong but like they say there are only handfulls of intelligent plp and truck loads of idiots right?

  193. #193 Sven DiMilo
    February 8, 2009

    Shift key, dude.

  194. #194 Wowbagger
    February 8, 2009

    The incoherence of #192 is a good illustration of why you shouldn’t huff paint and post.

  195. #195 Azkyroth
    February 8, 2009

    For “for those of u”: here. I hope this has been helpful.

  196. #196 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 8, 2009

    fucking demons science-

    I want to know more about this

  197. #197 'Tis Himself
    February 8, 2009

    Rev BDC, I’ll help you write a grant request to study those.

  198. #198 Alan Clarke
    February 8, 2009

    Jadwhawk quote: you’re severely confused. astrophysicists don’t extrapolate shit from biology. they are completely independent disciplines, and astrophysics has shit-all to do with the ToE [theory of evolution]

    Evolution relies on random mutations. What is “random”? “Random” is where theories on life and planet/star formation cross paths.

    The currently accepted method by which the planets formed is known as accretion, in which the planets began as dust grains in orbit around the central protostar. Through direct contact, these grains formed into clumps between one and ten kilometres (km) in diameter, which in turn collided to form larger bodies (planetesimals) of ~5 km in size. These gradually increased through further collisions, growing at the rate of centimetres per year over the course of the next few million years. (source)

    Planet “evolution” has an uncanny resemblance to the theory of how life evolved accidentally in the Earth’s primordial sea.
    1) Both are theoretical; neither were observed.
    2) Both infer that incomprehensible complexity originated from non-intelligent, random particle motion.
    3) Both overcame incomprehensible odds. The miniscule probabilities gave birth to theories of multiple universes.
    4) Both overcame the negative effects of entropy.
    5) Both theories were birthed from an a priori assumption that God does not exist.

    Jadwhawk quote: nuclear processes in stars != Evolution by Mutation and Natural Selection

    You are jumping on board after the random “magic” has been accomplished. Back up a little:

    (non-intelligent processes) = (non-intelligent processes)

    I suppose one could build their entire life upon randomness. Look how successful it was in creating life and building our universe. Gamble every day instead of getting a job. Pick a mate by tossing dice. Listen to white noise instead of music. Rig your alarm clock to activate when a dog barks. Blow yourself up when you tire of the alarm.

  199. #199 Sven DiMilo
    February 8, 2009

    (non-intelligent processes) = (non-intelligent processes)

    See? SEE?!!!?!

  200. #200 Ken Cope
    February 9, 2009

    Planet “evolution” has an uncanny resemblance to the theory of how life evolved accidentally in the Earth’s primordial sea.
    1) Both are theoretical; neither were observed.

    Were observed? Try are observed. Evolution is happening now, it hasn’t stopped. Stars and planets in systems at every stage of development are all about us to be observed. Look, and learn.

    What’s your story on how the elements came to be? Clue us in.

  201. #201 Sven DiMilo
    February 9, 2009

    Uncanny!

  202. #202 Jadehawk
    February 9, 2009

    oh wow. I think the ratio of words to falsenesses in #198 is preddy much 1:1. impressive.

    1)Evolution is not random. mutation is semi-random (i.e it is unpredictable and goal-less, but it is limited by what it mutates from)

    2)Abiogenesis is not random. we do not have the actual complete sequence, but the principle of self-catalyzed protein assembly with non-living chemicals has already been demonstrated; also, which atoms & molecules combine with which is strongly limited by environment, laws of physics, and chemical affinities.

    3)Star formation is not random. again, basic laws of physics determine what happens when

    4)Star formation has been observed in the sense that we have observed stars at all stages of their lives, and from this we can deduce how their lives look like; you know, the same way everyone under 80 figures out that people turn from babies, into kids, into teens, into adults, into old people, into dead people.

    5)of course they are all non-intelligent processes. the only intelligent processes happen on planets with intelligent life on it, which means that there can’t be intelligent processes before intelligent life. that’s the worst, most obvious tautology EVER

    6)non-intelligent processes != randomness

  203. #203 Jadehawk
    February 9, 2009

    preddy…? *headdesk*

    please forgive the typos *sigh*

  204. #204 Janine, Ignorant Slut
    February 9, 2009

    Damn, Alan Clarke! Your logic is not like our Earth logic.

  205. #205 Azkyroth
    February 9, 2009

    6)non-intelligent processes != randomness

    Take Alan Clarke’s posts, for instance…

  206. #206 Wowbagger
    February 9, 2009

    Apart from not teaching him science – or perhaps not ensuring he learnt science – it seems that no-one has explained to Alan Clarke the weaknesses of the god-of-the-gaps argument.

    Here’s it simply put, Alan – even if there are things science can’t explain (yet) we see no reason to default to ‘goddidit’ because that happens to coincide with the religious beliefs we hold by virtue of (for the most part at least) having been born into a family and/or a society where those beliefs were considered the norm.

    If you say these things can’t have happened by the means we believe they happened you have to provide scientific evidence of an alternative.

    And, as Our Bearded Overlord is wont to say, your ignorance is not evidence*.

    *No, not your god – I mean PZ. Your god, on the other hand, loves ignorance – which goes a long way to explaining Christians.

  207. #207 Peter McKellar
    February 9, 2009

    Alan @198. What codswallop.

    Have you not seen how planetary orbits in Sol’s system follow standard rules relating to condensation and mass interaction (related to distance from the sun)? The elliptical orbits described by Kepler. Conservation of angular momentum. And further how this appears to hold consistent for observed exoplanets as predicted?

    Ken @200 asks about creation of the natural elements, something I am guessing you will see as the paw of dog. I too would like to see how you can explain this away.

    Alan’s post at 198 has problems with entropy (a strong one granted that his arguments approach a minimum energy state). Unlike your arguments, it takes effort to climb Mount Improbable – Dawkins has written lots about this and none requires intervention by a magic man. Could I also recommend LIFE: What a Concept

    http://www.edge.org/documents/life/life_index.html

    which is neither light reading nor short but very informative. Abiogenesis happened, get over it, we are just trying to describe it (then replicate it). Venter’s work alone is awesome. Recent discovery (last few weeks) has overcome the long protein chain issue. You wanted it done in what, 7 days and explained in a couple of paragraphs??? The god you imagine must be the Reader’s Digest condensed version.

  208. #208 Alan Clarke
    February 9, 2009

    Ken Cope: Were observed? Try are observed. Evolution is happening now, it hasn’t stopped.

    Ken, I agree that ?evolution? is happening, but it?s going in the wrong direction. Perhaps you could give a better example than this poor fellow.

  209. #209 Azkyroth
    February 9, 2009

    Alan: variation by accumulation of genetic mutations offers a logical explanation for the birth of creatures with extra limbs or other congenital deformities, and the willingness of humans, for various purposes, to preserve and provide the needed special care to creatures born with such conditions accounts for their survival. The fact that similar deformities can occur in such superficially different species is perfectly consistent with common descent – after all, genes specifying the overall tetrapod body plan would be expected to be conserved.

    One has to ask why an omnipotent, benevolent God would do this to them, though. What’s your answer?

  210. #210 Azkyroth
    February 9, 2009

    (Also, the “hah hah! Look at the freak kid!” attitude of your post suggests that you’re morally retarded as well as ignorant and intellectually dishonest. You’re not doing yourself any favors, scumbag).

  211. #211 Janine, Ignorant Slut
    February 9, 2009

    Alan Clarke, it says a lot about your character that you link to a hoax.

  212. #212 Alan Clarke
    February 9, 2009

    Azkyroth: variation by accumulation of genetic mutations offers a logical explanation for the birth of creatures with extra limbs or other congenital deformities, and the willingness of humans, for various purposes, to preserve and provide the needed special care to creatures born with such conditions accounts for their survival.

    When radiated/mutated fruit flies are ?gifted? with a second pair of wings with no muscles attached, others of the same species will not mate with them. How will this ever develop into something beneficial if they don?t propagate? If humans have vestigial tail bones, why did we loose our tails? Wouldn?t women be impressed with men who could perform tricks of dexterity with their tails? A tail could/would provide many useful functions in an urban environment. Evolution theory makes no sense to me in this respect.

    This blog is full of derogatory ad hominem attacks (scumbag, Fucking moron, etc.) If Janine, Ignorant Slut is attracted only to those who share her limited 4-letter vocabulary, then won?t her descendents die out because of strife, depression, inferiority complexes and inability to articulate deeper meaning? Sometimes teens will smoke cigarettes in order to ?fit in?. I wonder if the camaraderie on this blog thrives on the same shallowness.

  213. #213 Peter McKellar
    February 9, 2009

    Alan, your mutations are typical of fused twin embryos and similar – these are developmental problems rather than genetic. If they were it would be obvious evidence for evolution through mutation in action, if they killed the person/organism this would be Natural Selection in action.

    I’m not going to do your research for you, but look at the kid born in the USA last week with 6 fully functioning fingers and a thumb on each hand. His father had been born with 6 fingers also, but the 6th wasn’t functional and was amputated shortly after birth. Maybe you would acknowledge this as a transitional form? Regardless, what is your point (except to expose your ignorance to the whole group)?

  214. #214 Azkyroth
    February 9, 2009

    When radiated/mutated fruit flies are ?gifted? with a second pair of wings with no muscles attached, others of the same species will not mate with them. How will this ever develop into something beneficial if they don?t propagate? If humans have vestigial tail bones, why did we loose our tails? Wouldn?t women be impressed with men who could perform tricks of dexterity with their tails? A tail could/would provide many useful functions in an urban environment. Evolution theory makes no sense to me in this respect.

    Not all mutations are this dramatic (in fact, most don’t show up in the phenotype at all).

    You’ve been provided with multiple resources for educating yourself. Stop smugly asking questions that would embarrass most third graders and go READ; it’s not our job to do your homework for you.

    Additionally, unflattering descriptions such as “scum bag” and “fucking idiot” are not “ad hominem attacks” since they’re not being deployed in an attempt to refute your arguments, but rather to punctuate factual refutation and vent our disgust at your character and behavior.

  215. #215 Janine, Ignorant Slut
    February 9, 2009

    I will do mote than show off my use of four letter words, you offensively stupid motherfucker. I just love how you know what I am attracted to. You scum sucking little puke, I will have no descendants because I have no desire to have any. Also, you willfully obtuse jackass, the ad hominem attacks came along with David Marjanovi?’s deconstruction of your incoherent rant. The fact that you think that the formation of planets and evolution are remotely similar show half way informed people that you have nothing to offer.

    The reason why there is mostly ad hominem attacks is because most of us are now making fun of you. You have no knowledge to share and you have no interest to learn. You are the lowest self deluded dumbfuck, you how earned nothing but scorn. Now find yourself a cave, burrow in the dirt and wait for your deity of choice to come along and fuck some knowledge into head.

    You sick little bug fucker.

  216. #216 Alan Clarke
    February 9, 2009

    Peter McKellar: Alan, your mutations are typical of fused twin embryos and similar – these are developmental problems rather than genetic.

    I would prefer to call these ?your mutations? and not mine. Regardless of what you call them, textbooks on evolution theory depend on them:

    According to Peter Raven and George Johnson’s 1999 textbook, Biology, “all evolution begins with alterations in the genetic message… Genetic change through mutation and recombination [the re-arrangement of existing genes] provides the raw materials for evolution.” The same page features a photo of a four-winged fruit fly, which is described as “a mutant because of changes in Ultrabithorax, a gene regulating a critical stage of development; it possesses two thoracic segments and thus two sets of wings.”

  217. #217 Alan Clarke
    February 9, 2009

    Janine, I now understand that your language is to “punctuate factual refutation and vent disgust at my character and behavior”. Why didn’t you just say so! From now on, I’ll dispense with the “Ignorant Slut” portion of your name knowing that you’re a regular human being venting frustration. BTW, are you actually a woman? Were you in the Navy? I know my conversing with you seems sado masochistic but you’ve got my interest tweaked.

  218. #218 Peter McKellar
    February 9, 2009

    Alan,

    I’ve been generous until now, but you obviously have no desire to benefit from discussion. I just pointed out that what you showed were probably not mutations but chimeras. Don’t hold me responsible for poorly chosen fruit fly pictures in some biology textbook.

    You reveal yourself as a troll not worth feeding. The comments at #217 were lowbrow physical insults – can’t you handle insults without resorting to gender bias? Maybe something non-sexist and equally trite like her counting ability instead? “Motherfucker” and “willfully obtuse jackass” are not 4 letter words regardless of how appropriate. You can count can’t you Alan? Reading and comprehension seem a little poor but maths too?

    Wot Janine sez, with my own “Fuck off” thrown in

  219. #219 Ken Cope
    February 9, 2009

    I’m still waiting for Alan Clarke to explain what he thinks explains the elements so much better than astrophysics does.

  220. #220 Ken Cope
    February 9, 2009

    As for the blistering retort @208, the idea that evolution is going the wrong way is a tempting idea, only because of the increasingly inane spew we have to endure from creationists. Parsimony guides me, so I won’t attribute to some new, unexplainable agency, that which can adequately be explained by ignorance and incompetence.

  221. #221 Owlmirror
    February 9, 2009
    Alan Clark, you more than earned the title “fucking moron” Even I can tell you got the different fields of science garbled and then forced to fit into your believe in the KJB. This is not a case of David Marjanovi? being out of control. This is a case of David Marjanovi? being accurate.

    I am highly skeptical of this. It seems to me that the implication that this sniveling little twerp has ever copulated with another human, let alone that he has done so with enough regularity to refer to it as a general state of being, is one of those “extraordinary claims requiring extraordinary evidence.”

    Clearly, then, it would be somewhat more accurate to use the phrase “unfucking moron” as description.

    Or, to include the entire universe of possibilities, “fucking or unfucking moron”.

  222. #222 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 9, 2009

    Ah poor Alan, still showing why he has no business posting here. Alan, you are dealing with real scientists who know bullshit like your assertions when we see it. You cannot bullshit us. So, time for you to actually learn some science by say, taking courses and actually reading textbooks. Come back in five years.

  223. #223 Owlmirror
    February 9, 2009

    I suppose one could build their entire life upon randomness. Look how successful it was in creating life and building our universe. Gamble every day instead of getting a job. Pick a mate by tossing dice. Listen to white noise instead of music. Rig your alarm clock to activate when a dog barks. Blow yourself up when you tire of the alarm.

    But this contradicts your above assertion that there is no randomness; with the implication that God is controlling every single solitary speck of the universe. If that were true, then gambling instead of getting a job would be the perfect way to align oneself to the will of the Almighty God; tossing dice to find a mate would be the perfect way to make sure that you would find the mate that God wants you to find; and killing yourself when you’re tired of living is exactly the way to get to Heaven — since obviously the God who controls everything would cause the gun to misfire (or otherwise cause the suicide attempt to fail) if he didn’t want you dead yet.

    You can’t have it both ways. Either God does control absolutely everything, or there are things that God absolutely does not control. Which is it?

  224. #224 Alan Clarke
    February 9, 2009

    Peter McKellar: Don’t hold me responsible for poorly chosen fruit fly pictures in some biology textbook.

    This is quite rich. Could you provide a link to a “well chosen” fruit fly picture? Electron microscope images are permitted. If you are not responsible, then who is? Don’t hold your breath for Myers or Dawkins. Why is it that biology textbooks have shifted away from using 4-winged fruit flies on the same page where mechanisms for evolution are explained? What has changed? Science or politics or ?? Rather than sharing your irresponsibility, I?m risking angering people, so your response is quite positive.

    I’m really not a troll, a hijacker or one trying to prove his intelligence. Allow me to return to the original thread subject and ask a question proving my lack of knowledge: Is Titanoboa’s unusually large size because his age or because he grew more quickly during the same life span as modern snakes are afforded? The mechanisms for Deep-sea gigantism are admittedly unknown. Could the reason be that creatures dwelling at lower depths are better shielded from harmful solar radiation? Gigantism seems to be common (click here) rather than a rarity for animal fossils. I think you are discounting a valuable resource when discussing gigantism and six-fingered humans. Also, Ferdinand Magellan?s crew member, Antonio Pigafetta, kept a log of the voyage and recorded detailed accounts of giants in Patagonia. I?m aware that subsequent stories became over-embellished, but Pigafetta?s original account seems to have no such embellishments.

  225. #225 RogerS
    February 9, 2009

    Owlmirror #223 You can’t have it both ways. Either God does control absolutely everything, or there are things that God absolutely does not control. Which is it?

    Dear Owlmirror,
    You seem unsure of what is the correct Biblical theology.

    With careful consideration of the passages below you might conclude your latter stipulation is closer to the truth.

    1 Corinthians 14:33
    For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

    James 1
    13Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

    14But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

    15Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

    -Regards

  226. #226 Janine, Ignorant Slut
    February 9, 2009

    RogerS, when it comes to the bible, Owlmirror will blow you out of the water. Consider this a fair warning.

  227. #227 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 9, 2009

    Roger, your bible is work of fiction, on the same order as a novel by Mark Twain. Except Twain is funny.

  228. #228 Owlmirror
    February 9, 2009

    I think you are discounting a valuable resource when discussing gigantism and six-fingered humans.

    Why is an ancient account of polydactyly valuble? Interesting I will grant, but no more than that.

    The phrase that KJV chooses to translate as “born to the giant” (“?????? ?????????”) does not mean that, specifically. I note that the LXX for 2 Sam chooses to translate that as “?????? ?? ????” and simply transliterates “Rapha”, whereas in 1 Chron, the LXX translates the slightly differently-phrased and spelled Hebrew “?????? ?????????” as “???????? ????????”, which is where I presume the KJV translators got “giant”.

    But nevertheless: So what? Gigantism and polydactyly are obviously not traits that are in any way necessarily linked.

  229. #229 Owlmirror
    February 9, 2009

    You seem unsure of what is the correct Biblical theology.

    There is no correct Biblical theology; theology is inherently contradictory and fallacious. There are only people with different claims of what is correct Biblical theology.

    1 Corinthians 14:33
    For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

    That contradicts this:

    1 Corinthians 1
    19: For it is written,
    ?I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE,
    ANDTHE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE.?

    See? God insists that he’s going to destroy wisdom and cleverness. When wisdom and cleverness are destroyed, nothing is left except for confusion.

    James 1
    13Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

    Another contradiction.

    1 Corinthians 1
    21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22 For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness,

    Which insists that God deliberately chose to “tempt” the Jews and Greeks by doing something that could not be found by either signs nor by wisdom.

  230. #230 Owlmirror
    February 9, 2009

    James 1
    13Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

    I should have done more searching. There’s a more famous example of God tempting man:

    Genesis 22:1
    And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

    Remember that one? God orders the man to cut his beloved son’s throat with a sharp knife and burn the body. For God.

    Sheesh.

  231. #231 Alan Clarke
    February 9, 2009

    Janine, if you need tax advice do you go to someone who hates the government so passionately that he breaks the law at every turn in securing you a larger refund? You?ll end up paying more in the long run. Just look at the ugly picture Owlmirror paints for 1 Kings 3.26:

    My favorite KJV fuckup:
    “Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son”
    She did what now?

    A copy & paste from the Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd Edition, yields the following for “bowels”:

    3. transf. (Considered as the seat of the tender and sympathetic emotions, hence): Pity, compassion, feeling, ?heart?. Chiefly pl., and now somewhat arch. Cf. heart, breast n.
    b. In various archaic phrases as: bowels of compassion, mercies, pity, etc.

    So the KJV is spot on, whereas Owlmirror is ??? Speaking of archaic documents in disrepair: ?The Origin of Species: By Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life?. Darwin?s original theory fell flat on its face when it encountered Weismann?s barrier. Not only that, but Darwin?s ?favor? is in question:

    The strain told, and by June he was being laid up for days on end with stomach problems, headaches and heart symptoms. For the rest of his life, he was repeatedly incapacitated with episodes of stomach pains, vomiting, severe boils, palpitations, trembling and other symptoms, particularly during times of stress such as attending meetings or making social visits. The cause of Darwin?s illness remained unknown, and attempts at treatment had little success. (source)

  232. #232 Owlmirror
    February 9, 2009

    Copying that citation with emphasis:

    3. transf. (Considered as the seat of the tender and sympathetic emotions, hence): Pity, compassion, feeling, ?heart?. Chiefly pl., and now somewhat arch. Cf. heart, breast n.
    b. In various archaic phrases as: bowels of compassion, mercies, pity, etc.

    The KJV is not “spot on”. The KJV is fucking well archaic.

    Modern English has changed to the point where the primary meaning of the word “bowels” is “One of the divisions of the alimentary canal below the stomach; an intestine, a gut.”

    Sheesh.

    Darwin?s original theory fell flat on its face when it encountered Weismann?s barrier.

    Yes, and every single evolutionary biologist including PZ Myers knows this and acknowledges this.

    You fucking or unfucking moron.

  233. #233 Ken Cope
    February 9, 2009

    So, again, Alan, how do you account for elements? Elementals?

  234. #234 Alan Clarke
    February 9, 2009

    Owlmirror doesn’t understand the difference between tempting someone for evil and testing someone for good. A Hebrew lexicon for the KJV use of “tempt” yeilds the following:

    1) to test, try, prove, tempt, assay, put to the proof or test

    So which is it in the case of God speaking to Abraham? Consider the following:

    Satan to man:
    Jump off this cliff and see if God will help you.

    Mother bird to baby bird:
    Jump out of this nest and realize you can fly.

    Owlmirror to Janine:
    Don’t trust in God because he failed Abraham.

    Keep reading after Genesis 22 then tell me if God failed Abraham. Abraham trusted God in his “test” which resulted in his offspring producing Jesus Christ about 1900 years later. This doesn’t seem like much of a gain in terms of today’s quick solution mentality but when compared to eternity, it means everything. The question that begs an answer is, “Does Owlmirror have anything beneficial to offer?” We see he has built an intricate maze of what not to believe in. What does he believe in? I have nothing against science, but if it’s science with the Godless “evolution” slant, be mindful of where it has taken Cornell Professor William Provine.

  235. #235 Janine, Ignorant Slut
    February 9, 2009

    Posted by: Alan Clarke | February 9, 2009

    Janine, if you need tax advice blah blah blah fucking blah

    If I need tax advice, I will avoid a person who cannot tell the difference between a pound, a dollar and a yen.

  236. #236 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 9, 2009

    Alan, your imaginary god doesn’t exist, and the bible is just a work of fiction. Anything else is a lie. Welcome to our world.

    If you want to discuss god and the bible, it is up to you to first demonstrate the physical evidence for god that will pass muster with scientists, magicians, and professional debunkers as being of divine origin. Until you do this, the bible is just another work of fiction. Please show us your physical evidence for your god. The burden of proof is upon you to demonstrate your claims of existence.

  237. #237 Patricia, OM
    February 9, 2009

    He’s arguing the bible against Owlmirror?!

    Haw! Ha ha ha! That’s a knee slapper.

  238. #238 Wowbagger
    February 9, 2009

    Alan Clarke,

    You’re furiously cutting and pasting and consulting dictionaries while Owlmirror is citing and explaining translations from Greek and Hebrew from memory.

    That should tell you something.

  239. #239 Janine, Ignorant Slut
    February 9, 2009

    I am done teasing Alan Clarke. The man is insane. I like verbally abusing the obtuse. Not so much when the person needs help.

  240. #240 Owlmirror
    February 9, 2009

    Owlmirror doesn’t understand the difference between tempting someone for evil and testing someone for good

    Tempting someone for evil: Like the way God tells Satan to tempt Job.

    Tempting someone for evil: Like the way God tempts the Greeks and the Jews.

    God, as described in the bible, is indeed evil. What else have you got?

    Keep reading after Genesis 22 then tell me if God failed Abraham

    Did you notice that Abraham comes down the mountain alone?

    Abraham trusted God in his “test” which resulted in his offspring producing Jesus Christ about 1900 years later.

    Did you notice that God failed the offspring of Abraham?

  241. #241 Alan Clarke
    February 9, 2009

    The KJV is not “spot on”. The KJV is fucking well archaic.

    By your logic we might as well toss out the Rosetta Stone and the Declaration of Independence because of their ?archaicness?. Lincoln?s Gettyburg address is undoubtedly offensive to you also because of the ?four score and seven years ago?, which sounds like some kind of total for a sports game. Do you like gay people? If you disregard word etymologies, then everything is offensive to you. Get free of it. Post #192 was obviously from a non-native English speaker. You have to consider where people are coming from. You can’t expect the world to revolve around your limited preferences of language, science, politics, ???ism, etc. As much as you may hate it, you are basically standing on these people?s shoulders right now.

  242. #242 Alan Clarke
    February 9, 2009

    The KJV is not “spot on”. The KJV is fucking well archaic.

    By your logic we might as well toss out the Rosetta Stone and the Declaration of Independence because of their ?archaicness?. Lincoln?s Gettyburg address is undoubtedly offensive to you also because of the ?four score and seven years ago?, which sounds like some kind of total for a sports game. Do you like gay people? If you disregard word etymologies, then everything is offensive to you. Get free of it. Post #192 was obviously from a non-native English speaker. You have to consider where people are coming from. You can’t expect the world to revolve around your limited preferences of language, science, politics, ???ism, etc. As much as you may hate it, you are basically standing on these people?s shoulders right now.

  243. #243 Azkyroth
    February 9, 2009

    Could the reason be that creatures dwelling at lower depths are better shielded from harmful solar radiation?

    Unlikely, especially considering that the deep-sea giants are generally separate species from smaller but similar creatures, but possible. What’s your evidence that it’s true rather than simply possible? How might one test this hypothesis?

    Gigantism seems to be common (click here) rather than a rarity for animal fossils.

    You don’t see any particular reason why large, solid bones would be more likely to be preserved by the process of fossilization than small, thin ones?

  244. #244 Patricia, OM
    February 9, 2009

    What do gay people have to do with the frapping bible? Aside from jebus and david being gay?

    You’re right Janine, he is crazy.

  245. #245 Sven DiMilo
    February 9, 2009

    As much as you may hate it, you are basically standing on these people?s shoulders right now.

    Why would we hate it? The accomplishments of the scientists listed at your link are indisputable. As is the observation that none of their scientific accomplishments had anything whatsoever to do with their putative “Bible-believing christianity.” Newton was also a dedicated alchemist, completely full of shit. Neither that nor his religion have anything to do with the calculus.

    (By the way, citing Henry Morris as an authority about anything is a mistake.)

  246. #246 Wowbagger
    February 9, 2009

    Heh heh heh. This is gold. Alan Clarke has realised exactly what he’s up against (an actual scholar, rather than a hack like himself) and is trembling so much he double posted.

    Perhaps you could get a grip on your fear and limit yourself to a single post, Alan – and in it deal with the actual points Owlmirror raised, rather than taking umbrage at the tone. He’s giving you the words in the languages the bible was actually written in, not those which have been approved by Popes and committees and subject to the vagaries and subjective biases of the translators.

    Or do you believe Jesus and the apostles spoke English?

    One more thing – the line ‘Do you like gay people’ sounds to me like homophobia; that sort of thing is not tolerated here. You keep that shit up and PZ’ll ban you.

  247. #247 Azkyroth
    February 9, 2009

    Do you like gay people?

    In the modern sense, I’ve met a few I dislike intensely, but overall I feel the same way about this subgroup of humans, on average, as I do about humans as a whole.

    In the archaic sense, which I assume is what you’re getting at, they frequently irritate me.

  248. #248 Owlmirror
    February 9, 2009

    By your logic we might as well toss out the Rosetta Stone and the Declaration of Independence because of their ?archaicness?.

    Way to not get the point.

    I am not saying that anything should be “tossed out”. For fuck’s sake, I’m not even saying that the bible should be “tossed out”.

    The topic was the appropriateness and accuracy of that particular translation for a modern audience.

    The KJV is neither appropriate nor accurate. How hard is it to understand that “???” means “mercy; compassion” when it’s a verb and “womb” when it’s a noun, and find a better translation for the phrase used than “her bowels yearned”?

    Sheesh.

    As much as you may hate it, you are basically standing on these people?s shoulders right now.

    And they were standing on the shoulders of pagans, heathens, Deists, Jews, Muslims, and other non-Christians. What the fuck difference does it make? The only thing that matters is the evidence.

    Oh, and Newton denied the Trinity and Pasteur was very secular and may have been an agnostic or Deist. Other refutations could probably be raised about others in that list.

  249. #249 Wowbagger
    February 9, 2009

    I had a look through that list that Alan posted and I, while I didn’t check every single birth year, it looked like every one of the people listed were born before Darwin published his books.

    Does anyone think that’s a coincidence there aren’t many (if any) scientists on this list who were wholly educated post-Darwin?

    The people on the list were, for the most part, exemplary scientists, yes – but they had been raised in a society where there was no comprehensive scientific explanation for why organisms were the way they were. What was it that Dawkins said? ‘Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.’

  250. #250 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 9, 2009

    YAWN, Alan is a bore on top of it all. This is about the hundredth time time some of these same arguments have been made here in the last couple of years. Why do godbots always think they have an argument we haven’t heard before? (/rhetorical).

    Time to get the popcorn.

  251. #251 Jadehawk
    February 9, 2009

    you’re using a KJV-specific dictionary to prove that the KJV uses the correct translations…? that’s rich. I’m not sure if this reaches the level of circular reasoning, but it’s certainly severely biased towards the specific ways in which the KJV translates stuff, so of course the KJV translation will agree with a dictionary devised to explain its word use

  252. #252 Wowbagger
    February 9, 2009

    Eh, Alan’s crapped himself in fear and stepped away from the PC. Probably a good thing; he had no chance whatsoever – but it would have been fun to watch him try, though.

  253. #253 Jadehawk
    February 9, 2009

    also, WTF does this have to do with anything:

    . Not only that, but Darwin?s ?favor? is in question:
    The strain told, and by June he was being laid up for days on end with stomach problems, headaches and heart symptoms. For the rest of his life, he was repeatedly incapacitated with episodes of stomach pains, vomiting, severe boils, palpitations, trembling and other symptoms, particularly during times of stress such as attending meetings or making social visits. The cause of Darwin?s illness remained unknown, and attempts at treatment had little success.

  254. #254 Ken Cope
    February 9, 2009

    This is about the hundredth time time some of these same arguments have been made here, and it was completely lame each time. Is this some sort of hazing ritual for creationists? Are they sent here as a test of their faith? “Here, take this URL and find a thread to hijack and used these quotemine sources to convince them that the 2LoT refutes evolution! They’ll be knocked out and won’t know what to say and convert to Xtianity immediately!” It’s like theater majors picking up a hammer to work with the tech crew for the first time, and being told to go wash the gels from the spotlights, and be sure and use hot soapy water.

  255. #255 Wowbagger
    February 9, 2009

    Ken Cope wrote:

    It’s like theater majors picking up a hammer to work with the tech crew for the first time, and being told to go wash the gels from the spotlights, and be sure and use hot soapy water.

    I don’t get it.

  256. #256 Owlmirror
    February 9, 2009

    you’re using a KJV-specific dictionary to prove that the KJV uses the correct translations…?

    No, he was using the OED. And he had to scroll down past the primary definition, past the ones marked “Obs.”, to find the definitions that matched… and ignored that they specifically say “archaic.

    And then he comes back and says “spot on”! Well, maybe “spot on” in the early sixteen-fucking-hundreds. Sheesh.

  257. #257 Ken Cope
    February 9, 2009

    Eh, it’s an initiation prank. You’re supposed to be surprised when the hot soapy water makes the (supposedly very expensive) gelatine color filters dissolve in your hands. It’s stupid hazing. I can’t imagine that anybody but a naive dumbass would believe this would be the place to whip out their inane anti-science drivel, unless somebody else convinced them that it would be, snickering into their hands and telling their cohorts, “This oughta be good…”

  258. #258 Owlmirror
    February 9, 2009

    also, WTF does this have to do with anything:

    . Not only that, but Darwin?s ?favor? is in question:

    Maybe he’s referring to God’s favor, and is trying to hint that God hated Darwin and tortured him with illness out of pure spite for daring to come up with the theory of evolution?

    Because God never lets good Christians get sick, of course, and they all live much longer and healthier lives than non-Christians. Why, Christians can heal the sick just by touching them, and can even drink poison and not die, did you know that? Everyone in hospital must be non-Christian!
    /sarcasm

  259. #259 Wowbagger
    February 9, 2009

    Ken Cope,

    I was wondering more because I’ve been involved in amateur theatre for about five years – mostly as a performer, but I’ve also done backstage crew and lighting – but no-one’s ever told me that gels were that delicate. In fact, I had no idea that ‘gel’ was short for ‘gelatine’ in that context. But it’s good to know, so thanks.

  260. #260 Ken Cope
    February 9, 2009

    Wowbagger, you’d be told to use the hottest soapy water you can stand and scrub with a sponge, but yeah, they’ll dissolve. I did a lot of college and community theater in the 70s, lotsa fun.

  261. #261 Damian
    February 9, 2009

    Alan Clarke:

    Evidence of Common Ancestry: ERVs

    The Random Nature of Genetic Mutations

    Once you are comfortable with random sampling and probability as well as the nature of genetic mutations, it?s clear what biologists mean when they say, ?Mutations are random.? We will start by following a single nucleotide from parent to offspring, and then move on to looking at the entire genome.

    Let?s assume the probability of a substitution at a particular nucleotide is 10-9 (a very small number). We will only consider two possible outcomes: substitution (mutation) and no mutation. If you?ve followed me up to this point, you can see that this is analogous to the coin flipping example. We do not know if a particular nucleotide will or will not mutate in one generation, but we do know how likely a mutation event is. Whether or not this nucleotide mutates is a random process, with the probability of one in a billion (10-9) that it does mutate. One out of a billion times that nucleotide will mutate in the process of going from parent to offspring.

    This line of thinking can be extended to an entire genome, made up of millions of nucleotides. Each nucleotide has the probability of 10-9 that it will undergo a substitution event in one generation. We can also assign probabilities to other mutational events (indels, duplications, inversions, etc) that can be estimated from natural populations or laboratory experiments. We can use these probabilities to calculate the expected number of mutations in the entire genome going from one generation to the next.

    It?s important to understand that when biologists say the mutational process is random, we mean that it is not directed. There is nothing determining definitively that a mutation will occur at a particular nucleotide. Mutations provide the raw material on which natural selection acts. Natural selection is a deterministic process; a beneficial mutation will always reach fixation in an ideal population (i.e., natural selection will cause it to replace all the other alleles), and a deleterious mutation will always be lost. We have no way of saying for sure whether or not a particular nucleotide will mutate because mutation is a random process ? we can only assign a probability that it will mutate.

  262. #262 Jadehawk
    February 9, 2009

    No, he was using the OED. And he had to scroll down past the primary definition, past the ones marked “Obs.”, to find the definitions that matched… and ignored that they specifically say “archaic”.

    actually, I was questioning the following line:

    “A Hebrew lexicon for the KJV use of “tempt” yeilds[sic] the following:”

    because it seemed a really strange, self-referential way of discussing the meaning and usage of words. but the one you’re pointing out seems also a case of willful confirmation-bias

  263. #263 Damian
    February 9, 2009

    This is worth reading:

    Intelligent Design Rules Out God’s Sovereignty Over Chance

    ….creationism’s familiar yet totally unscriptural chimera of “accidental evolution” now lives on as the centerpiece and all-around bogeyman of intelligent design. The results of this legacy could not be sharper. Chance occurrence (randomness), whether guided or not, can be incremental, hence fully evolutionary. Design is all at once or not at all, with only minor variability possible. Perhaps it’s time for advocates of this limiting position to go back to square one.

    How often do we see people settle an otherwise contentious decision by tossing a coin or by drawing straws near the climax of one of those tense action movies? It seems fair to all because it’s random and impartial, and most people seem to acknowledge this without any hesitation. Here’s the larger issue. What proponents of so-called intelligent design have cynically omitted in their polemic is that according to Biblical tradition, chance has always been considered God’s choice as well.

    When Joshua divided the newly won Promised Land of Canaan among the tribes of Israel, it was done as had been specifically commanded by God through the casting of lots…in other words, by a roll of the dice. In Acts of the Apostles, the remaining apostles chose between two proposed replacements for Judas by casting lots, clearly understood as a solemn appeal for God’s own choice. The Bible abounds with similar examples.

    [...]

    For some of us who identify ourselves as people of faith, the creationist notion that God’s existence must be proved, particularly with sleight-of-hand maneuvers, is philosophically toxic as well. If such proof were ever possible to achieve, it would obviate the all-important value of faith as central to the life of the believer. It would also mean that pleasing God would forever after become stiflingly legalistic and merely as rational as searching for the best interest rates. In evangelical terms, the crassest of pragmatists might soon be storming the Pearly Gates in droves, quite possibly leaving behind them in the dust those self-doubting, compulsively conscientious and genuinely perplexed souls who have always lived and ultimately triumphed in their search for life’s meaning primarily by faith rather than by sight.

  264. #264 Owlmirror
    February 9, 2009

    When Joshua divided the newly won Promised Land of Canaan among the tribes of Israel, it was done as had been specifically commanded by God through the casting of lots…in other words, by a roll of the dice. In Acts of the Apostles, the remaining apostles chose between two proposed replacements for Judas by casting lots, clearly understood as a solemn appeal for God’s own choice. The Bible abounds with similar examples.

    Heh. Just like Alan Clarke sneered at above @#198.

    Alan, why do you hate God and his bible?

  265. #265 RogerS
    February 10, 2009

    Owlmirror #229: There is no correct Biblical theology; theology is inherently contradictory and fallacious. There are only people with different claims of what is correct Biblical theology.

    This may have been too obvious and was overlooked:

    John 1:14
    And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

    So by definition, Jesus Christ of course had correct Biblical theology. We can therefore learn from his interpretations.

    1 Corinthians 14:33
    For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

    That contradicts this:

    1 Corinthians 1
    19: For it is written,
    ?I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE,
    ANDTHE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE.?

    See? God insists that he’s going to destroy wisdom and cleverness. When wisdom and cleverness are destroyed, nothing is left except for confusion.

    I am a little speechless after this?it would appear that God is trying to speak to you with your own quote. I believe your 1 Cor 1:19 quote and conclusion is about yourself. Please, I honestly do not intend disrespect since all mankind begins as the ?natural man? and ?of the world?. Natural wisdom falls short in understanding God (being Spirit). The following verses explain why we meet and understand God on His terms, not ours.

    1 Cor 1:21
    For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

    1 Cor 2:14
    But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

    -Regards

  266. #266 RogerS
    February 10, 2009

    Owlmirror #230
    James 1
    13Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
    I should have done more searching. There’s a more famous example of God tempting man:

    Genesis 22:1
    And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

    Remember that one? God orders the man to cut his beloved son’s throat with a sharp knife and burn the body. For God.

    Sheesh.

    Dear Owlmirror,
    The following passages may help clear up the contradiction matter.

    Hebrews 11
    17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,

    18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:

    19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

    Your buddy Alan points out in #234, multiple meanings for “tempt” 1) to test, try, prove, tempt, assay, put to the proof or test

    By the Hebrews 11 account above and the known outcome, I would say that God’s assay of Abraham’s dedication was not for evil, neither was it perceived as evil by Abraham. In verse 19 we learn Abraham had full confidence in God’s sovereignty even over death, and figuratively “he received him” back from death.
    In context of James 1:13 the word tempted is associated with “…with evil…”.

    Would like to discuss more ?but I have a job.
    -Regards

  267. #267 Wowbagger
    February 10, 2009

    RogerS, #265

    The posters here are, for the most part, atheists – which means we don’t believe in your god. Why on earth would we care whether or not someone who may or may not have believed in your god wrote things down and claimed they were his words?

  268. #268 Kel
    February 10, 2009

    Godbotting alert!!! Godbotting alert!!! Godbotting alert!!!

  269. #269 Alan Clarke
    February 10, 2009

    I was musing over the absurdity of Owlmirror’s hatred for the Bible. What is absurd is his attention to Hebrew & Greek detail but he doesn’t know the author.

    Where would one best learn the martial art of Karate?
    From someone who loves Karate or from someone who hates it?

    Where would one best learn the Bible?
    Reading it for yourself or allowing someone who hates the Bible interpret it for you?

    Actually, Owlmirror is a new phenomenon for me. I’m beginning to perceive this forum as a bunch of frat & sorority students that have as their foundation another person who they esteem. I would feel rather intimidated if people worshipped me as a god, but Owlmirror seems to be lapping it up. Since he’s currently at the top, I don’t see many options for his pharyngulating other than down. I’m not claiming to know everything so I have nothing to loose. I was sincere when I asked a few questions about Titanoboa, but I can see that people have little interest in the original thread topic. I don’t blame anyone because I too would have little interest in a big snake if I were in such a spiritual wasteland as Pharyngula. There is such hatred for Christians here that I feel many people may have been molested (or something similar) by a ?religious? person. Owlmirror owes it to his followers to make a full disclosure of any such conflicts of interest before he continues his crusade. If he has an ?axe to grind?, it should be between him and God alone. Ugly divorces often drag down innocent children. On this blog, women are debasing themselves with such titles as ?Ignorant Slut?. I honestly feel that I have more respect for Janine than she has for her(him)self. In the beginning, I questioned a few of the science theories and I?m treated as if I?ve challenged someone?s religion. People seem to be HIGHLY interested in God or the absence of God. I suppose this blog is like a therapy session for affirming one another that God does not exist. The level of insecurity among members is astounding. There’s a lot of talk about who has the most knowledge. In my college Chem labs, I remember some students hoarded their lab results forcing others to “dry lab” the data. Many wouldn’t share their results because it was below their dignity to converse or share with another partner who was less endowed. That’s what I feel this forum is all about. Dog eat dog. Facade personalities. Over-use of 4-letter words and under-use of meaningful words. I hope for the sakes of these persons that they are not over 24 years old:

    “I might be wrong, but I sense that you think you’re going to outdo the Pharyngula top guns on scriptural knowledge and interpretation.”

    “RogerS, when it comes to the bible, Owlmirror will blow you out of the water. Consider this a fair warning.”

    These two people who have no foundation of their own, but the foundation of another fallible human. The last time I made such a statement was when I told a neighborhood kid that my dad could beat up his dad. If anyone is going to “win”, it will be the person who becomes the servant of others.

    Mat 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

  270. #270 clinteas
    February 10, 2009

    Alan Clarke,

    Im afraid you are beyond hope.Sad excuse for a human being waste of a lifetime arrogant liar for jebus.

  271. #271 Kel
    February 10, 2009

    I read that thread Alan Clarke links to in his name, is this guy serious? It reminded me of a Bill Hicks rant.

  272. #272 Kel
    February 10, 2009

    Whoops, link didn’t work. Take 2

  273. #273 Alan Clarke
    February 10, 2009

    I looked at the Bill Hicks video. He joked at the stupidity of Christians believing in a Bible that makes no mentions of “dinosaurs”. I would feel sorry for him, but he dug his own grave. Click here Bill before making a further fool of yourself.

  274. #274 Wowbagger
    February 10, 2009

    It’s amazing how, when someone is thrashed so soundly at something they started out thinking they were superior at, they suddenly decide that being the best isn’t that important anymore.

    And that’s exactly what’s happened to Alan Clark. He expected that he’d come and lay down his ‘vast scriptural knowledge’ and we’d all be so impressed that we’d show him the respect he seems to think slightly above-average (at best) knowledge of the bible provides him.

    Sadly – for him – he misjudged us, as theists often do with atheists. And he got, as the kids today say, pwned.

    So now, in desperation to try and regain any of the footing he’s lost, he’s trying to undermine the value of the knowledge that he formerly considered paramount and would, had the boot been on the other foot, be crowing about our ignorance of and how we couldn’t begin to argue with him until our knowledge matched his own.

    You’re just seething, aren’t you, Alan. Too bad – I guess it sucks to be you. Now even more than normal. All you’re left with is tired old theist canards about ‘hating god’ or ‘someone religious must have hurt you for you to be so angry blah blah blah.’

    Nice try at an analogy, but our dad didn’t need to kick your dad’s ass; it didn’t even get that close. Your pissweak dad only had to see our dad before he crapped himself in fear and ran off, stinking and covered in his own shit, to hide – leaving poor little Alan, who’d talked so big, blubbering in the street in shame.

    Just like you are now.

  275. #275 Rey Fox
    February 10, 2009

    “So by definition, Jesus Christ of course had correct Biblical theology. We can therefore learn from his interpretations.”

    But we don’t have his interpretations. All we have is a gaggle of theologians and their interpretations of Jesus’ interpretations. You’d think if God thought this stuff to be at all important, he would have done a better job of making it clear.

    “Where would one best learn the Bible?”

    From a source unbiased by the unfounded notion that it is the source of all godly wisdom, of course. Same way you’d learn about any other ancient mythology. From people who understand the historical context in which it was written, then edited, then re-edited, then translated and retranslated and re-edited. Frankly, all that stuff makes my eyes glaze over at about the third or fourth “begat”, but more power to anyone who can demystify it.

    “Owlmirror owes it to his followers to make a full disclosure of any such conflicts of interest before he continues his crusade. If he has an ?axe to grind?, it should be between him and God alone.”

    There ain’t no god, so the axe shall be ground upon all the charlatans who claim to speak in God’s name.

    “I would feel rather intimidated if people worshipped me as a god, but Owlmirror seems to be lapping it up.”

    Respect for another’s expertise is not exactly “worshipping”. But I can understand how your views of human interaction would be warped by a religious hierarchy.

    “On this blog, women are debasing themselves with such titles as ?Ignorant Slut?.”

    It’s called self-deprecating humor, you probably wouldn’t understand.

    “I honestly feel that I have more respect for Janine than she has for her(him)self.”

    You’re attempting to insult her by questioning her gender. I’d say you have far less respect. I’d even go so far as to say you must have a serious deficit of respect for the entire female gender, because you fit the profile so well.

    “I suppose this blog is like a therapy session for affirming one another that God does not exist.”

    It’s a self-selected peer group based on common interests, yes. How that’s less noble than any church delusion session, I don’t know.

    “The level of insecurity among members is astounding.”

    Projection.

    “Mat 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.”

    And a big ol’ “Humperdumperdoo” to you too, from the Book of Ennis, issue 21.

  276. #276 Kel
    February 10, 2009

    I looked at the Bill Hicks video. He joked at the stupidity of Christians believing in a Bible that makes no mentions of “dinosaurs”. I would feel sorry for him, but he dug his own grave. Click here Bill before making a further fool of yourself.

    Way to miss the point by a long way…

    Though I read your adding of the dates and I wondered just how all the different areas of inquiry got it so wrong. Geologists date the earth through a variety of techniques to being around 4.55 billion years old. Palaeontologists see simple life in the fossil record around 3.8 billion years ago, complex life around 700 million years ago, and from about 530 million years a gradual progression of life and divergence. Through genetics we can trace ancestry of and we see the last common ancestors for mankind between 150,000 and 200,000 years ago. We also see the domestication of the dog at about 15,000 years ago. Archaeologists see the remnants of early cultures for around 50,000 years and point to the agricultural revolution at around 12,000 years ago. The invention of beer was before the date you described, as was glue.And all this fits in with observations of galaxies that are over 13 billion light years away.

    So how did all those fields of inquiry go so wrong? I’m really curious as to how you can feel that millions of scientists and historians from all walks of life can all have been wrong, sometimes by the factor of over a million. Could it be that all of them are incompetent, misled, or appealing to the authority of evidence instead of the bible?

  277. #277 windy
    February 10, 2009

    In my college Chem labs, I remember some students hoarded their lab results forcing others to “dry lab” the data. Many wouldn’t share their results because it was below their dignity to converse or share with another partner who was less endowed.

    The smart students didn’t let you cheat off them? Tough.

  278. #278 Kel
    February 10, 2009

    Oh and Bill Hicks has been dead for 15 years. Asking a dead person to do something… well that’s making a fool of yourself.

  279. #279 Owlmirror
    February 10, 2009

    What is absurd is his attention to Hebrew & Greek detail but he doesn’t know the author.

    The authors were all fallible human beings. The Hebrew bible was mostly written by priests hungry for power and feuding jealously with their rivals. The Greek bible was written by cultists creating a new religion based on bits and pieces of older ones.

    Where would one best learn the Bible?

    From those who honestly analyze it as a human-created compilation of documents.

    I’m beginning to perceive this forum as a bunch of frat & sorority students that have as their foundation another person who they esteem.

    The only thing worthy of esteem is honest expertise. Your disingenuous attempts to fake expertise simply fail to impress.

    I would feel rather intimidated if people worshipped me as a god, but Owlmirror seems to be lapping it up.

    *snort*

    Oh, yes, I am going to start ordering people around, because knowing something about languages and the history of religion makes me special. Good fucking grief.

    *eyeroll*

    Dude. There are lots of experts around here, and a few genuine polymaths.

    I just happen to be the one who knows more than you about a few things. There are plenty of others who know more than you in other fields — as you might have noticed if you weren’t so busy moaning about me, you big baby.

    I was sincere when I asked a few questions about Titanoboa,

    Nah, that’s a lie. You just used the big snake as an excuse to preach, equivocate, confuse, and wax disingenuous. Get over yourself.

    but I can see that people have little interest in the original thread topic.

    Actually, I read the comments by those with actual expertise in palaeontology and biology with great interest.

    There is such hatred for Christians here that I feel many people may have been molested (or something similar) by a ?religious? person.

    Oh, LOL. Good grief, does it not occur to you that people might simply dislike frauds and liars because they dislike being defrauded and lied to? There’s agnostic anti-evolutionists out there as well, who aren’t particularly motivated by religion, but insist on spouting off their fraudulent, disingenuous, and fundamentally crackpot ideas about science. We make sure that they don’t get away with their crap here either.

    I’m not ragging on you because you’re a Christian. I’m ragging on you because you have no idea what you’re talking about, and yet pretend that you do.

    No mercy for bullshitters.

  280. #280 Patricia, OM
    February 10, 2009

    Owlmirror – Could you use some of your divine powers to rid my yard of the skunk trying to break into my chicken house?
    I hate getting woke up at this time of night.

  281. #281 Jadehawk
    February 10, 2009

    Reading it for yourself or allowing someone who hates the Bible interpret it for you?

    you may not realize this, but most of us have read the damn thing. for some, reading it cover-to-cover was the reason they stopped believing

    I was sincere when I asked a few questions about Titanoboa, but I can see that people have little interest in the original thread topic.

    we have great interest in the original topic, it’s just that we’re the ones with the questions. your godbotting has effectively bored the herpetology-experts to death and they’ve left the thread. now you’re left with people who suffer from SIWOTI Syndrome or enjoy troll-stomping.

    On this blog, women are debasing themselves with such titles as ?Ignorant Slut?.

    it’s called humor. and it’s a reference to SNL. and a running joke. and you’re being condescending

  282. #282 Jadehawk
    February 10, 2009

    I hate getting woke up at this time of night.

    woken up…?

    I think I should interpret that as a sign that it may be time to go to bed soon :-/

  283. #283 Janine, Ignorant Slut
    February 10, 2009

    Spoketh the man who needs medical help:

    On this blog, women are debasing themselves with such titles as ?Ignorant Slut?. I honestly feel that I have more respect for Janine than she has for her(him)self.

    I said I was done speaking to this person. I was wrong.

    Why are you so obsessed with me? And you do you keep shifting tones?

    This blog is full of derogatory ad hominem attacks (scumbag, Fucking moron, etc.) If Janine, Ignorant Slut is attracted only to those who share her limited 4-letter vocabulary, then won?t her descendents die out because of strife, depression, inferiority complexes and inability to articulate deeper meaning? Sometimes teens will smoke cigarettes in order to ?fit in?. I wonder if the camaraderie on this blog thrives on the same shallowness.

    Janine, I now understand that your language is to “punctuate factual refutation and vent disgust at my character and behavior”. Why didn’t you just say so! From now on, I’ll dispense with the “Ignorant Slut” portion of your name knowing that you’re a regular human being venting frustration. BTW, are you actually a woman? Were you in the Navy? I know my conversing with you seems sado masochistic but you’ve got my interest tweaked.

    Janine, if you need tax advice do you go to someone who hates the government so passionately that he breaks the law at every turn in securing you a larger refund? You?ll end up paying more in the long run. Just look at the ugly picture Owlmirror paints for 1 Kings 3.26…

    Owlmirror to Janine:
    Don’t trust in God because he failed Abraham.

    Despite the shifting tones, the constant theme is your smugness. You act as you are leading a intellectually deficient person.

    Let me fill you in on a few things. I post here not because I am trying to fit in to peer pressure. I am here because I love the intelligence and humor I find here.

    I am a dyke. I just loved the “Do you like gays?” that you placed in the middle of one of your rants. I guess I am one of your mortal enemies.

    Because I can put together some sentences with swear words, you doubt my gender? You have not spent much time around women, have you?

    Owlmirror has never lead me anywhere. I left my faith behind twenty five years before I ever read any of Owlmirror’s posts. And part of the reason was because, no matter what language they are in, the stories of Abraham and Isaac and of Job are the actions of a moral monster. I just happen to appreciate the depth of Owlmirror’s knowledge.

    You claim to have more respect for me than I have for myself? Bullshit! You did not know any of the scant personal details about me that I just provided. You treated me as if I am some stupid and impressionable waif. Yet you respect me? Please go fuck yourself.

    You do not like the title, “Ignorant Slut”? You show see some of the other titles I have used for myself. Everyone of them were either an insult tossed my way or a joke

    You show so little respect for yourself that you show off an understanding of science that an intelligent middle school student would be ashamed of. You try to show off your biblical knowledge to us only to run into someone who can run rings around you. In response, you drop knowledge like it was a fire heated rock and babble on that what is important is that one KNOWS god. That is respect for one’s self.

    Alan Clarke, you are a delusional, stupid and sick little man. No one is impressed by what you brought here. Most of the people here are laughing at you.

  284. #284 Owlmirror
    February 10, 2009

    (SIWOTI!)

    James 1
    13Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

    And the most famous example of God tempting Man is in the Garden of Eden.

    The whole business of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil makes no sense whatsoever except as an example of God tempting man, or rather, Man and Woman.

    Sheesh.

  285. #285 Owlmirror
    February 10, 2009

    And of course, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden brings us right back to the titanic snake.

    “Now the serpent was more crafty than any the biggest muthafuckin’ beast of the field which the LORD God had made.”

  286. #286 Janine, Ignorant Slut
    February 10, 2009

    If I had the Titanoboa suggesting that I eat a fruit, I think I would eat for the sake of my safety.

  287. #287 Alan Clarke
    February 10, 2009

    Ken Cope: I’m still waiting for Alan Clarke to explain what he thinks explains the elements so much better than astrophysics does.

    Ken, I?m not purposefully trying to avoid you. People are usually more convinced by reasons they discovered themselves than by those found by others. What are you really looking for? If you?re looking for me to fall on my face then rest assured I?ve done it many times and I?m not an astrophysicist. Now that I?ve lost your interest, let me move on to what may be more important than not finding God through astrophysics:

    Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her 1969 book “On Death and Dying, describes, in five discrete stages, a process by which people allegedly deal with grief and tragedy, especially when diagnosed with a terminal illness. The stages are known as the Five Stages of Grief.

    1. DENIAL: I feel fine. This can’t be happening, not to me!

    2. ANGER: Why me? It’s not fair! How can this happen, I hate this world!

    3. BARGAINING: Just let me live to see my children graduate. I’ll do anything, can’t you stretch it out? A few more years. I will give my life savings if…

    4. DEPRESSION: I’m so sad, why bother with anything? I’m going to die . . . What’s the point?

    5. ACCEPTANCE: It’s going to be okay. I can’t fight it, I may as well prepare for it.

    Hard-core atheists may only go through 1, 2, & 4 whereas the weaker may succumb to the ?bargaining stage? like a pitiful American Idol contestant when they?re about to be booted. Cornell Professor William Provine seems to be where Sigmund Freud was before his demise, stage 4:

    A heavy cigar smoker, Freud endured more than 30 operations during his life due to oral cancer. In September 1939 he prevailed on his doctor and friend Max Schur to assist him in suicide. After reading Balzac’s La Peau de chagrin in a single sitting he said, “My dear Schur, you certainly remember our first talk. You promised me then not to forsake me when my time comes. Now it is nothing but torture and makes no sense any more.” Schur administered three doses of morphine over many hours that resulted in Freud’s death on 23 September 1939. (source)

    I never heard of Bill Hicks until last night. But after viewing his mocking on youtube, I thought to myself, how much longer will this guy continue? Evidently I missed it by minus 15 years. Obviously, not everyone is ?stamped out? by God since his nature is very patient and forbearing. Darwin lived to be 73 but the quality of his life was near the bottom of the chart:

    The strain told, and by June he was being laid up for days on end with stomach problems, headaches and heart symptoms. For the rest of his life, he was repeatedly incapacitated with episodes of stomach pains, vomiting, severe boils, palpitations, trembling and other symptoms, particularly during times of stress such as attending meetings or making social visits. The cause of Darwin?s illness remained unknown, and attempts at treatment had little success. (source)

    I had a friend whose wife left him for a ?more intellectual? guy. The guy was a psychologist. I was visiting my friend when his wife was about to leave for a ?night out?. She was all dressed up with a short dress and black patent leather knee-high boots. My friend pleaded with tears that his wife wouldn?t leave that evening but it was to no avail. The scene was so I ugly that I wanted to leave but he persuaded me to stay. He confided in me that the guy she was seeing had experienced ?religion? and went through the ?born again? experience, but later advanced beyond ?all that? and left it behind for intellectualism. This cycle continued for about a month. I would get phone calls from my friend who cried like a baby and told me he couldn?t take it any longer. He prayed to God that the situation would end and his wife would return to her senses. He had lost about 50 pounds weight. I couldn?t discern whether the loss was purposeful in an attempt to look better than the boyfriend or if he lost interest in eating from the stress. One night I got another call and he said in a calm voice, ?It?s all over.? The boyfriend was riding a bicycle on Division Street in Evansville, Indiana, behind the State Hospital. He got hit by an 18-wheeler truck and somehow managed to get twisted around the axle. My friend?s wife got to the scene and soaked up his blood in a towel which she kept in the trunk of her car. Why she would save the towel made no sense to him but his wife was in a state of shock for about a month. The boyfriend had a closed-casket funeral. Eventually they got divorced. Of course this is all anecdotal as is Provine, Darwin, Freud, Hicks, and Monty Python?s lead actor for ?Life of Brian?, Graham Chapman, so please don?t ask why I even bring it up. Sometimes I too need a little therapy. Thanks for listening.

    Afterthoughts: Just last night I read PZ?s rules on what gets a person banned from Pharyngula. I?m way off topic but so is everyone else. Perhaps the thread with Jesus depicted next to the snake would have been better. I honestly didn?t know if Janine was male or female until someone alluded to her being a woman (and just now she has revealed herself) so I?ll knock it off. With all the ?morphing? going on you never know. Janine, I am not “homophobic”. I’ve sat next to gays in church, had dinner with them, got my haircuts, etc. I’ll admit I do view them as extremely troubled people but that?s my limited experience. Maybe you can prove me wrong. Actually if you were locked in a jail cell with me, we would survive.

  288. #288 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 10, 2009

    He prayed to God that the situation would end and his wife would return to her senses. He had lost about 50 pounds weight. I couldn?t discern whether the loss was purposeful in an attempt to look better than the boyfriend or if he lost interest in eating from the stress. One night I got another call and he said in a calm voice, ?It?s all over.? The boyfriend was riding a bicycle on Division Street in Evansville, Indiana, behind the State Hospital. He got hit by an 18-wheeler truck and somehow managed to get twisted around the axle.

    post hoc ergo propter hoc Alan.

  289. #289 aratina
    February 10, 2009

    Not homophobic? What you wrote in your closing remarks for #287 is the most homophobic thing I’ve yet read on Pharyngula. I think PZ calls it slagging.

  290. #290 Wowbagger
    February 10, 2009

    Bloody hell, Alan. You’re now trying ‘atheists are in denial’ and ‘all the atheists I know are unhappy’?

    You really need to spend a little more time reading through some of the threads on this site so you get an understanding of the sort of pro-theism arguments we see here on a regular basis. Here’s a hint: on a scale of one to ten the arguments you’re presenting rating about a 0.5 – and that’s only if the judges are feeling generous.

    Learn some more and then maybe you’ll be worth the effort of arguing with. Until then you’re just going to be mocked.

  291. #291 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 10, 2009

    Alan, it’s the theists that are in denial. Their imaginary god doesn’t exist. Their bible is a work of fiction. Denial is not even considering those facts. Also, they keep draggin their silly god places it doesn’t belong, like the public square. Even Jesus was in contempt of those who engaged in ostentatious public prayers, and told his followers to go into the closet to pray. In other words, do it either in the temple or in private. So any True ChristianTM would not engage in public prayer, like at a football game.

  292. #292 MartinM
    February 10, 2009

    If you?re looking for me to fall on my face then rest assured I?ve done it many times…

    …in this thread alone.

  293. #293 Owlmirror
    February 10, 2009

    Ye cats.

    God can’t be bothered to heal the sick, feed the hungry, or end religious disputes with clear communication… but if people get on his bad side, he’s just great at torturing them to death, or murdering them quickly if he’s in the mood.

    Really, God sounds like the biggest mob boss ever.

    “You don’t wanna mess with Me. You could have a little accident. I’m a patient and forbearing guy, but I swear, if you make Me unhappy, they’ll won’t even be able to find all of the little bits that you’ll be in. Capiche?”

    Strangely enough, staying on God’s “good” side doesn’t seem to help much.

  294. #294 Janine, Ignorant Slut
    February 10, 2009

    Did any of that make sense to anyone?

    I never realized that Janine was a man’s name.

  295. #295 Ichthyic
    February 10, 2009

    Bloody hell, Alan. You’re now trying ‘atheists are in denial’ and ‘all the atheists I know are unhappy’?

    chalk up another religionaut who communicates via projection.

  296. #296 Ichthyic
    February 10, 2009

    Of course this is all anecdotal

    :/

    indeed.

    all of it.

    …and always has been.

  297. #297 Patricia, OM
    February 10, 2009

    I hate to give anything to the faith heads, but damn they have stamina. He doesn’t make one bit of sense for two solid days.

  298. #298 tony
    February 10, 2009

    I never realized that Janine was a man’s name.

    It’s not – but judging by Alan’s comments his grasp on reality is rather weak, so I think we can charitably excuse that as simply more of the same.

  299. #299 Ichthyic
    February 10, 2009

    Actually if you were locked in a jail cell with me, we would survive.

    um…

    have you considered a visit to your local mental health care professional?

  300. #300 windy
    February 10, 2009

    his wife was about to leave for a ?night out?. She was all dressed up with a short dress and black patent leather knee-high bootsHe got hit by an 18-wheeler truck and somehow managed to get twisted around the axle. My friend?s wife got to the scene and soaked up his blood in a towel which she kept in the trunk of her car

    score: 0.5 Rookes

  301. #301 Knockgoats
    February 10, 2009

    Hey, sorry I missed this one! After a quick skim through, I can’t decide whether it’s Alan Clarke’s stupidity or his unpleasantness that is more egregious. Linking to a picture of a deformed child, and sneering about Darwin’s ill-health, in the apparent belief that he is providing arguments against evolutionary theory, combine the two characteristics in a way that few even among godbots can manage. Well done, Alan!

  302. #302 E.V.
    February 10, 2009

    Shhhhhhhhh. Don’t tell Alan “Confirmation Bias” Clarke he’s an idiot -ignorance is bliss.

    Wendy – love the Rooke Scale. Is it calibrated in “ghouls” or “WTFs”?

  303. #303 Wowbagger
    February 10, 2009

    windy,

    Snap! When I saw the phrase ‘leather knee-high boots’ I immediately thought of our old friend Pete. The projected necrophilia confirmed the initial judgement.

    Alan, you don’t have any holy books bound with human skin, do you?

  304. #304 Sastra
    February 10, 2009

    I missed this thread also.

    Anecdotes are poor demonstrations for making whatever point Alan Clarke is making — not least because such stories are cherry-picked to conform to the ‘theory’ they’re supposed to support. Interpretation is significant also.

    If Charles Darwin had been a deeply religious man, his productive life despite constant ill health would have been used by Mr. Clarke as evidence for how faith strengthens a person, and helps them endure what would break a godless man.

  305. #305 WRMartin
    February 10, 2009

    Patricia:

    rid my yard of the skunk

    A bit of hand-me-down advice from my grandfather:
    If the skunk is in a tree do not (and I can’t stress this enough) do NOT shoot the skunk with a shotgun.

    Owlmirror: You have the stamina of a legion. Kudos. You have earned yourself a well-deserved break after all that. I’m sure it has been mentioned before and I apologize in advance if this has been covered but were you a believer? Or is the history of the Bible your vocation? Of course you don’t actually have to answer – I’m just curious. Because, well, damn if I had a fraction of that knowledge and applied it to trout fishing those buggers would never stand a chance!

  306. #306 PZ Myers
    February 10, 2009

    What the heck is Alan Clarke drinking? He’s either blitzed out of his mind, or he’s insane.

    Pharyngula is not your local mental health center. Get professional help.

  307. #307 Kel
    February 10, 2009

    I write a long argument on the problems I have with his argument, and he focuses on the offhand comment about the death of a comedian? Why don’t you answer why you think geologists are off by a factor of 700,000 and cosmologists off by a factor of over 2,000,000 instead of complaining about atheists?

  308. #308 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 10, 2009

    score: 0.5 Rookes

    Awesome.

    Not creepy enough to score a full rooke but just disconnected enough to rate a half point.

  309. #309 E.V.
    February 10, 2009

    I’m starting a fan club. It’s the Sastra is Awesome club.
    -Not that many of you aren’t awesome, as well… ; )

  310. #310 Kel
    February 10, 2009

    What’s even worse about Alan Clarke’s post is that he took the pseudoscience that is the five stages, then applied it in an even more pseudosciency way. Are we sure this guy isn’t a poe?

  311. #311 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 10, 2009

    Poe? Nah. He’s got too many web pages full of astoundingly stupid bullshit.

    I just think hes a seriously deluded man. Seriously deluded and egotistical.

    Dunning-Kruger

  312. #312 Sven DiMilo
    February 10, 2009

    I had a friend whose wife left him for a ?more intellectual? guy.

    That much rings true.

  313. #313 Kel
    February 10, 2009

    Fuck, there goes another irony meter.

    It’s amazing to see the ineptitude that Alan Clarke presents. He really should be kept away from concepts he simply doesn’t understand – like anything to do with reality.

  314. #314 Alan Clarke
    February 11, 2009

    Wowbagger: I had a look through that list
    that Alan posted and I, while I didn’t check every single birth year, it looked like every one of the people listed were born before Darwin published his books.
    Does anyone think that’s a coincidence there aren’t many (if any) scientists on this list who were wholly educated post-Darwin?
    The people on the list were, for the most part, exemplary scientists, yes – but they had been raised in a society where there was no comprehensive scientific explanation for why organisms were the way they were. What was it that Dawkins said? ‘Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.’

    What do the following have in common?

    Autosurfing
    Burnlounge
    Chain letter
    Holiday Magic
    Lottery
    Ponzi scheme
    Pyramid scheme
    Multi-level marketing

    The unified underlying principles of these schemes existed before they were glorified with a name. Most violate man-made laws, all violate God?s laws, and they never achieve net wealth within the confines of a closed system. The proposed mechanisms are similar to theories which violate the laws of entropy. Every perceived ?gain? is ?lost? somewhere else. Some schemes are perceived ?borderline? because their inherent deceptions are more hidden. But after enough time, people get burned and the system collapses just like a supposed perpetual motion machine or the hope for amino acids in a primordial soup accidentally forming a protein. Some people fall for a scheme because the monetary base is seemingly too large or the investors too numerous for the scheme to be perceived as fraudulent. Bernard Madoff?s $50 billion Ponzi scheme seemed legit because of its size. The same mentality leads proponents of evolution to believe their theory is safe because of its numerous followers. Here are some of its founders:

    Greek Materialists: Leucippus, Democritus (460-370 B.C.)
    Avicenna (980 ? 1037)
    James Hutton (1726 ? 1797)
    John Playfair (1748 ? 1819)
    Charles Lyell (1797 ? 1875)
    Charles Darwin (1809 ? 1882)

    Nothing is new under the sun. Darwin got his ideas from Charles Lyell then peddled them with the help of self-proclaimed ?I am Darwin?s bulldog?, Thomas Huxley. Darwin?s theory is loved by those who hold dear the philosophies of atheism, agnosticism, materialism and uniformitarianism because it eliminates the God of the Bible by theorizing that man instead evolved from monkeys. Notice how the idea of ?natural selection? predates Darwin by James Hutton who died 12 years before Darwin?s birth:

    Wikipedia – Charles Darwin: ?Darwin investigated the transmutation of species and conceived his theory of natural selection in 1838.?

    Wikipedia – James Hutton: ??those which depart most from the best adapted constitution, will be the most liable to perish, while, on the other hand, those organised bodies, which most approach to the best constitution for the present circumstances, will be best adapted to continue, in preserving themselves and multiplying the individuals of their race.?

    Since Darwin?s ideas were borrowed, the argument against ?evolution? started before his 1859 ?Origin of Species?:

    [French anatomist and paleontologist Georges Cuvier 1769-1832] pointed out that Napoleon’s expedition to Egypt had retrieved animals mummified thousands of years previously that seemed no different from their modern counterparts. “Certainly,” Cuvier wrote, “one cannot detect any greater difference between these creatures and those we see, than between the human mummies and the skeletons of present-day men.” Lamarck dismissed this conclusion, arguing that evolution happened much too slowly to be observed over just a few thousand years. Cuvier, however, in turn criticized how Lamarck and other naturalists conveniently introduced hundreds of thousands of years “with a stroke of a pen” to uphold their theory. Instead, he argued that one can only judge what a long time would produce by multiplying what a lesser time produces. Since a lesser time produced no organic changes, neither, probably, would a much longer time. (Wikipedia ? Georges Cuvier)

    Many founders of our modern-day sciences adamantly rejected evolution?s underpinnings. The inventor of the vacuum tube (precursor to the transistor), John Ambrose Fleming, helped found the ?Evolution Protest Movement?. Located in England, the organization continues to this day under the name, ?Creation Science Movement? (http://www.csm.org.uk), making it the first and oldest creationist organization in the world.

    Conclusion: Many founding scientists on my list rejected evolution theory before Darwin echoed his version of it. Their rejection was based on 1) good intuition: vast information doesn?t create itself accidentally and 2) Greek-based philosophies of materialism were known to fail.

  315. #315 Dave Godfrey
    February 11, 2009

    Ponzi schemes have nothing to do with evolution at all. There is no relevance. If evolution violated the second law of thermodynamics then so does the existence of life. In fact entropy can favour the production of amino acid chains from individual molecules. A good definition of life is “localised reversal of entropy”. Your body has to continually metabolise food producing low-grade heat energy in order to hold itself together. Any local decrease in entropy caused by life on earth is vastly outweighed by the increase in entropy from the sun.

    Wikipedia specifically states that Hutton denied that one species could turn into another- a crucial difference between him and Darwin. I also note that Darwin does not mention Hutton as being a precursor to his own theory in the Historical Sketch that accompanies later editions of the Origin- and yet he does mention virtually everyone else who had evolutionary views, regardless of the mechanisms they proposed to explain the changes seen in the fossil record. Possibly this was because he was not aware of them- Hutton was an appalling writer, and most people never bothered to read his original work. The only reason his geological ideas spread was because of James Playfair.

    “2) Greek-based philosophies of materialism were known to fail.”

    Citation Needed! Greek ideas of materialism, and Lyell and Hutton’s principles of uniformitarianism have not failed. There is no evidence that they have failed at all. The ideas that everything is made of stuff, which behaves in a predictable and repeatable manner is essential to all areas of science and engineering. It is these principles that you trust when getting on an aeroplane, using a computer or virtually anything else you do.

    I guarantee you that Ambrose Fleming was a materialist when it came to building vacuum tubes. And citing engineers and scientists who have no connection with biology or geology is never a good plan.

  316. #316 Owlmirror
    February 11, 2009

    The proposed mechanisms are similar to theories which violate the laws of entropy.

    Such as, for example, religion. God violates the laws of entropy, and Christianity is a Pyramid scheme, with its pie in the sky by-and-by.

    Autofail.

  317. #317 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 11, 2009

    I see Alan Clarke is still drinking the whacko tea. Alan, you have no point and keep proving it with your posts. Time to put your tin foil hat back on and return to your basement.

  318. #318 Rey Fox
    February 11, 2009

    Oh MAN. The inventor of vacuum tubes was on to us. That’s it, close up all the biotech labs, stop all the paleontological digs, the jig is up. Evolution is dead, blind faith rules, begin the chanting! Hoona igna chowa neha!

  319. #319 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 11, 2009

    Many founding scientists on my list rejected evolution theory before Darwin echoed his version of it.

    argumentum ad verecundiam and false attribution

    Their rejection was based on 1) good intuition:

    petitio principii and historians fallacy

    vast information doesn?t create itself accidentally

    petitio principii (again), equivocation and a strawman argument.

    and 2) Greek-based philosophies of materialism were known to fail.

    argumentum ad consequentiam

    Look at all that logical fail.

  320. #320 Alan Clarke
    February 11, 2009

    Dave: Ponzi schemes have nothing to do with evolution at all. There is no relevance.

    Ponzi schemes and evolution are similar in that they both defy entropy. And when I say ?evolution?, I don?t mean pre-existing information contained in genes that allows for limited amounts of variation which are defined by Mendel?s laws. Nor am I referring to loss of information that produces flightless cormorants, bulldogs, and trip-leverless mouse traps that can be used as tie clips. Nor am I referring to scrambled information that produces 6-legged sheep or persons with sickle cell anemia who don?t worry about malaria because they are dying from 100 other problems caused by their ?beneficial? disease. I?m referring to the non-existent evolution that produces 6-legged sheep which outrun those with 4-legs. The type that causes Dawkins to suffer memory loss when asked, ?Can you give an example of a genetic mutation or an evolutionary process which can be seen to increase the information in the genome?? The monkey-to-man evolution that Darwin talks about.

    Dave: If evolution violated the second law of thermodynamics then so does the existence of life.

    This is true only if life originated from something less ordered and intelligent which is what I?m challenging. People continually tell me they possess a computer program that can generate intelligence. I always discover that their program was made by something more intelligent than the intelligence it generated.

    Dave: In fact entropy can favour the production of amino acid chains from individual molecules. A good definition of life is “localised reversal of entropy”. Your body has to continually metabolise food producing low-grade heat energy in order to hold itself together. Any local decrease in entropy caused by life on earth is vastly outweighed by the increase in entropy from the sun.

    I think failing casinos need a new advertising campaign: ?Guaranteed Winnings! Localised Reversal of Entropy!? The only problem is they would need to be subsidized by casinos that don?t utilize the ?localised reversal of entropy? technology. More seriously, I originally stated the improbability of ?…the hope for amino acids in a primordial soup accidentally forming a protein.? This is likened to the components for an automobile arising randomly but unassembled. I?m telling you this isn?t going to happen but you?re telling me an assembled car with a working engine (i.e. a human body metabolising
    ), has the ability to travel if someone adds fuel to it. This is true but how is the car going to assemble without an ?assembler?? Evolution isn?t the answer because it supposedly works only for living things and our analogy hasn?t reached the ?life? stage yet. The probability of all this happening would be less than my original ?amino acids in a primordial soup accidentally forming a protein.? But why even bother talking about a car forming accidentally if it can?t run without the miracle of the Sun randomly appearing at the proper distance so that everything doesn?t freeze or melt? Gasoline? Retrieval of crude oil and fractional distillation doesn?t happen without a lot of intelligent work. How does crude oil originate? If you don?t like crude oil then what kind of machine will you need to extract fuel from the atmosphere or soil? Will you have to put more work into it than what you get back? All of this is assuming you are conveniently located on planet Earth. Anywhere else will further upgrade your nightmare.

    Dave: …Lyell and Hutton’s principles of uniformitarianism have not failed. There is no evidence that they have failed at all.

    In 1923, geologist J. Harlan Bretz, theorized that melting glaciers and massive-flooding (later referred to as the Missoula flood) shaped the unusual terrain of the northwest U.S. The remnant flood basin of Dry Falls dwarfs Niagara Falls. Bretz was rejected by critics because his interpretations resembled the Biblical flood and contradicted their uniformitarian dogma. After the advent of aerial photography, huge ripples in the landscape were observed which could only be explained by Bretz’s catastrophic flood model. Bretz was further vindicated when the Washington State Parks Dept. installed information panels that utilized Bretz’ interpretation. Click here then scroll to bottom for “Overwhelming Proof for an Outrageous Theory” information panel. Click here for another rebuttal to uniformitarianism.

    Conclusion: Uniformitarian principles blinded scientists to a truth and continue to blind as the Bible predicted:

    2 Peter 3:3-6 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as [they were] from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished.

  321. #321 Ichthyic
    February 11, 2009

    Hey, buddy, if yer gonna spew nonsense, could you at least shorten it up a bit?

    thanks, ever so much.

  322. #322 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 11, 2009

    Evolution does not defy entropy, which makes you a liar and bullshitter Alan. Chemical and biological reactions are all about Gibb’s free energy. In any general chemistry text, delta gee is equal to delta aitch minus tee times delta ess. Delta ess is the entropy term. If delta aitch the enthalpy term, is more negative than the tee times delta ess (remember the minus sign), then the free energy, delta gee, is negative, which means the reaction can occur. And the enthalpy of the reaction depends either on the heat given off, or the heat taken in, say by sunlight. The earth is an open system, with the sun supplying energy.
    Alan, stop lying to yourself. That is the only way you can stop lying to us.

  323. #323 Wowbagger
    February 11, 2009

    Alan Clarke,

    How sad – you must have spent a lot of time typing, cutting and pasting. It’s such a shame it’s all bush-league drivel we’ve heard and seen refuted a thousand times before.

    Go here to find out why. Take your time – so that you can stop wasting ours.

  324. #324 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 11, 2009

    Hey Alan, why don’t you join the current most recent post?

    It should be right up your alley.

    Things that make creationists look stupid

    While I know that title leaves it pretty wide open, because there are soooooo many things, maybe you can join the discussion and at least provide an example?

  325. #325 Owlmirror
    February 12, 2009

    Ponzi schemes and evolution are similar in that they both defy entropy.

    LOL. How about taking the trouble to read up on physics and chemistry and find out what entropy is, and how it relates to evolution ?

    In 1923, geologist J. Harlan Bretz, theorized that melting glaciers and massive-flooding (later referred to as the Missoula flood) shaped the unusual terrain of the northwest U.S.
    [...]

    Uniformitarian principles blinded scientists to a truth

    Uh-huh. The truth that catastrophes can and do happen in a generally gradualist geological history. So what?

    So now you think you can tell geologists how to do their jobs, as well as biologists, physicists, and chemists?

    You fucking or unfucking moron, do you really think that spewing common creationist claims is going to impress anyone here?

  326. #326 Kel
    February 12, 2009

    Alan Clarke, you haven’t explained just how geologists and nuclear physicists could be so wrong when it comes to dating the age of the earth. You’re off by a factor of around 700,000 there. As for cosmology, how do you explain those distant galaxies that are over 13 billion light years away? That puts you off by a factor of over 2,100,000! The question is, how do the plethora of scientists who work in those fields (many of whom have religious backgrounds) get results that are so far off from what you say?

    Also, on the topic of evolution. How do you explain the fused chromosome, the ERV markers that are in both us and chimpanzees, the very close genetic code, and the humanoid fossils found in recent rock?

  327. #327 RogerS
    February 12, 2009

    http://www.thedarwinpapers.com/oldsite/number5/darwin5.htm

    Moving on from the Cambrian layer, did Darwin provide any evidence at all for intermediate links as evidence for evolution in any of the strata of the fossil record? Darwin wrote in his Origin:

    “So that the number of intermediate and transitional links, between all living and extinct species, must have been inconceivably great. But assuredly, if this theory be true, such have lived upon the earth.”

    He wrote immediately after this in his Origin:

    “Independent of our not finding fossil remains of such infinitely numerous connecting links . . .” .(Origin, Chapter Ten: Imperfection of Geol. Rec.)

    In the same section Darwin further confessed the lack of evidence for his theory:

    “Why then is not every geological formation and every strata full of such intermediate links? Geology assuredly does not reveal any such finely-graduated organic chain; and this perhaps, is the most obvious and serious objection which can be urged against my theory.”

    By Darwin’s own admission we discover that there is a complete absence of any fossil evidence for evolution not only in the pre-Cambrian layer, but throughout the entire geologic column.

    Darwin clearly revealed in his Origin that geology, the fossil record, does not affirm any evidence of evolution occurring and Darwin could give no answer to this objection either except to cite the imperfection of the fossil record, hence the title of the chapter in his book.

    Ecclesiastes 3:11
    He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

  328. #328 Kel
    February 12, 2009

    Darwin wrote about the fossil record 150 years ago, since then a plethora of transitional forms have been found. Do you even keep up with where the evidence of palaeontology is at, or just try and push out an ignorant statement in the hope that those reading don’t know better?

  329. #329 Janine, Ignorant Slut
    February 12, 2009

    But Kel, if we can only twist the words of Charles Darwin until they scream, we can just ignore all the evidence gained in the last one hundred and fifty years. All of the fossils, all the genetic markers, the similarities of of organs throughout all of the animal kingdom, we can ignore it all. Chop off the head and the beast dies. Ignorence becomes the greatest virtue.

  330. #330 Ichthyic
    February 12, 2009

    By Darwin’s own admission

    translation:

    by deliberately quotemining Darwin, and ignoring the subsequent 150+ years of paleontology which have garnered literally thousands of complete series of fossils, I have created a completely unoriginal and flimsy strawman I like to call “Bob”.

  331. #331 Kel
    February 12, 2009

    I’m just waiting for the quote about how the eye couldn’t have evolved that’s in The Origin Of Species.

  332. #332 Ichthyic
    February 12, 2009

    Ponzi schemes and evolution are similar in that they both defy entropy.

    typing this sentence would also likely defy your notion of entropy.

    so fucking what?

    another moron who thinks there is something to the entropy argument, who knows fuckall about entropy and information.

    *sigh*

  333. #333 Wowbagger
    February 12, 2009

    C’mon, we’re dealing with Christians here. They can’t comprehend that anything that happened any more recently than two thousand years ago could have any relevance.

    Plus they don’t realise that, when we admit – freely, without hesitation – that Darwin didn’t know absolutely everything there is to know about evolution and the processes by which it occurs it has absolutely no bearing whatsoever on the contemporary field which his findings instigated.

    That’s the thing about science – it’s a gradual process, a cumulative increase in knowledge over time. Only an idiot would believe that you just get handed the answers to life, the universe and everything all at once from some sort of magic fairy…

    Oops, hang on – that’s what they believe, isn’t it? Silly me.

  334. #334 Augustine of Hippo
    February 12, 2009

    Usually, even a non-Christian knows something about the earth, the heavens, and the other elements of this world, about the motion and orbit of the stars and even their size and relative positions, about the predictable eclipses of the sun and moon, the cycles of the years and the seasons, about the kinds of animals, shrubs, stones, and so forth, and this knowledge he holds to as being certain from reason and experience. Now, it is a disgraceful and dangerous thing for an infidel to hear a Christian, presumably giving the meaning of Holy Scripture, talking nonsense on these topics; and we should take all means to prevent such an embarrassing situation, in which people show up vast ignorance in a Christian and laugh it to scorn. The shame is not so much that an ignorant individual is derided, but that people outside the household of faith think our sacred writers held such opinions, and, to the great loss of those for whose salvation we toil, the writers of our Scripture are criticized and rejected as unlearned men. If they find a Christian mistaken in a field which they themselves know well and hear him maintaining his foolish opinions about our books, how are they going to believe those books in matters concerning the resurrection of the dead, the hope of eternal life, and the kingdom of heaven, when they think their pages are full of falsehoods and on facts which they themselves have learnt from experience and the light of reason? Reckless and incompetent expounders of Holy Scripture bring untold trouble and sorrow on their wiser brethren when they are caught in one of their mischievous false opinions and are taken to task by those who are not bound by the authority of our sacred books. For then, to defend their utterly foolish and obviously untrue statements, they will try to call upon Holy Scripture for proof and even recite from memory many passages which they think support their position, although they understand neither what they say nor the things about which they make assertion.

  335. #335 Rey Fox
    February 12, 2009

    Imagine if they put forth all that effort to actually understand what scientists have discovered and worked out instead of in a futile quest to shoehorn hundreds of years of observation, experimentation, and deduction into some silly old mythological structure.

  336. #336 Rey Fox
    February 12, 2009

    Imagine if they put forth all that effort to actually understand what scientists have discovered and worked out instead of in a futile quest to shoehorn hundreds of years of observation, experimentation, and deduction into some silly old mythological structure.

  337. #337 Ichthyic
    February 12, 2009

    The shame is not so much that an ignorant individual is derided, but that people outside the household of faith think our sacred writers held such opinions…

    I’d tell you to look up “the Courtier’s Reply”, but instead you have me a bit curious as to who you think your “sacred writers” are?

  338. #338 Feynmaniac
    February 12, 2009

    Alan Clarke,

    Ponzi schemes and evolution are similar in that they both defy entropy.

    FSTDT!

    The same mentality leads proponents of evolution to believe their theory is safe because of its numerous followers.

    Projection

    But why even bother talking about a car forming accidentally if it can?t run without the miracle of the Sun randomly appearing at the proper distance so that everything doesn?t freeze or melt?

    There are billions of stars out there and billion of planets. Many planets probably had the right stuff to form life but were too close/far away. It looks like a “miracle” when your sample size is 1.

    Nothing is new under the sun.

    Bullshit. A lot of new ideas come out all the time. Sure you can always go back and say person X had a similar ideas if you play lose with the word “similar”.

    Darwin?s theory is loved by those who hold dear the philosophies of atheism, agnosticism, materialism and uniformitarianism because it eliminates the God of the Bible

    Nope. Darwin’s theory is accepted because the evidence supports it. Also, there are many who believe in the God of the Bible and in evolution.

    How does crude oil originate?

    If Jesus created oil why did he put so much under the Muslims?

  339. #339 Jadehawk
    February 12, 2009

    Ichthyic, that was a historical quote from a 4th century christian philosopher, he might have a hard time answering your questions :-p (but he was spot-on about the effect ignorant christians have on how educated people view religion)

  340. #340 Ragutis
    February 12, 2009

    Where the fuck did this loon crawl out of?

    Alan Clarke: Ok, so your god kills people that mock or question or disobey him and his Bronze Age commandments. Disease, trucks, whatever the gruesome instrument of wrath he chooses. Let’s for the sake of argument accept that as true and that your god exists.

    Now, why exactly would someone choose to worship and serve a sick monster like that? What kind of jealous, insecure, petulant child of a deity feels angered or threatened by anything a human could say? There’s a microbe under one of your toenails right now cursing your name, laughing at your hygienic habits, and telling all the other microbes what a colossal wanker you are. Do you really give a shit? Or are you going to drop a cinder block on your foot and smite those single-celled apostates? FFS! Saddam Hussein tortured those who disagreed with him. Hitler lined them up against the wall. Stalin sent them to Siberia. Your god gives them AIDS or cancer or a Freightliner upside the head. OOH! Where do I sign up for that fanclub?

    You’re a sick person, Alan Clarke.

  341. #341 Dave Godfrey
    February 12, 2009

    As demonstrated by people who actually understand chemisty you don’t understand entropy. If evolution violates the 2nd law of thermodynamics then so does growth. You developed from a single egg. Evolution isn’t the answer for abiogenesis, chemistry is- and chemistry says this sort of thing is possible- and in the right circumstances inevitable.

    I?m referring to the non-existent evolution that produces 6-legged sheep which outrun those with 4-legs.

    And that’s a strawman view of evolution. If you can have a mutation that makes a cormorant’s wings smaller, why not one that makes its wings bigger? Either could be advantageous in the right circumstances. Macromutations like six-legged sheep are not advantageous. But a sheep with longer legs, bigger horns or an extra few inches of intestine could be. You only need a few more genes to be a little more active to grow a significantly bigger brain- and bipedalism confers distinct advantages if there aren’t any trees for you to live in any more. The step from “monkey to man” is not nearly as large as you might think.

    In 1923, geologist J. Harlan Bretz, theorized that melting glaciers and massive-flooding (later referred to as the Missoula flood) shaped the unusual terrain of the northwest U.S. The remnant flood basin of Dry Falls dwarfs Niagara Falls. Bretz was rejected by critics because his interpretations resembled the Biblical flood and contradicted their uniformitarian dogma.

    This could happen again if the conditions were right- e.g. ice-dammed lakes. Water wasn’t acting in totally different way during the ice age when this occurred. Set up the same conditions today, 10, 300, or 3,500 million years ago and you will see the same features. We even see them on Mars.

  342. #342 Alan Clarke
    February 12, 2009

    Kel, one way to check the accuracy of a radioisotope dating method is to measure a rock of known age. I?ve seen reports of recently-created rocks from spewing volcanoes measuring millions of years old. What are you using for your ?standard? of calibration and tell me how you are certain of its age. How does Mary Schweitzer know that her T. Rex bone is 68 million years old? How do you know that the neighboring stratum it was found in is 68 million years old? Even if all dates agreed, then knowing the absolute date could still fail if all the ?agreeing? dates were adversely affected by a false assumption of the initial amount of the parent isotope. If the decay rate was uniformly and simultaneously affected for all elements on this Earth by an unknown phenomenon (to you) in the last 6000 years, then everything would look consistent but everything would consistently be off. Problems with radiometric dating.

    Close genetic code does not prove that two organisms are related. This could be interpreted as good evidence for a common designer (God). I almost exclusively choose wood when I build a book case. Does the fact that they are all made of similar wood prove that one case evolved from another without my intervention? If you didn?t know that I built the cases, I suppose you could interpret the origin of the most ornate case was from the plain case if they both had 6 shelves but you?d be wrong. Interpreting origins using homology.

    Everyone starts with an initial assumption (God exists or God does not exist) then they build their framework and theories around their assumption. Your theory rests on the exact same amount of ?assumptions and unknowns? as mine. Either way you go, it?s a ?belief? system.

    Kel, concerning starlight, I am a technologist, computer programmer, and mechanic, not an astrophysicist, so my forte is knowing WHERE to look for answers, but it?s so late right now I can?t do it. (okay, how about this: http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/nab/does-starlight-prove) The properties of time, matter and energy all seem to violate known laws of physics (certainly Newtonian) when we are talking about T + .00000001?? seconds after the big bang (your theory) or a similar time when God created the Earth (my theory). During this time, questions about distances, the speed of light, matter, etc. becomes a myriad of disagreement and uncertainty. When you say that the Earth is so many years old because we know that distant starlight?, etc., etc., I hope you can appreciate why I have very little confidence in the ?absoluteness? of your or anyone else?s statement. I know it?s a big turn-off to many in a ?science? discussion, but my faith in the Bible is magnitudes greater than that of scientific knowledge which reverses, contradicts, falsely projects, etc. I really identified with the previous post:

    Ecclesiastes 3:11 – He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

    This is WAAAAY off subject but I wanted to clear something up. I think the KJV Bible is the best English translation for doing a critical word study without knowing Greek and Hebrew. But it may be awful if you are a person that hates tedium, details, word etymologies, and history. I became a Christian by reading the paraphrased ?Living Bible? which is obviously further yet from the original, but it got me started. I bought a case of 30 NIV Bibles when I graduated from the university and distributed them among classmates. So I?m not a cram-it-down-your-throat KJV person at all.

  343. #343 Kel
    February 12, 2009

    If the decay rate was uniformly and simultaneously affected for all elements on this Earth by an unknown phenomenon (to you) in the last 6000 years, then everything would look consistent but everything would consistently be off.

    Decay rates are at different rates, for something to have changed them all down to 6000 years would need to affect each one separately.

    Close genetic code does not prove that two organisms are related. This could be interpreted as good evidence for a common designer (God).

    It could be, but those genetic markers I were talking about would be mistakes in genetics. Why would God make it look like horizontal gene transfer took place? Why would God fuse a pair of chromosomes? Why would God make similar active and inactive genes among closer morphologically related species?

    The properties of time, matter and energy all seem to violate known laws of physics (certainly Newtonian) when we are talking about T + .00000001?? seconds after the big bang (your theory) or a similar time when God created the Earth (my theory).

    Actually it’s not my theory, it’s the current scientific explanation. Are you saying that the speed of light at one stage is over two million times of what it is today?

    The speed of light has shown to be constant countless times, just as the decay rates of radiometric minerals has shown to be constant as well. If you are alleging they are wrong, can you show a mechanism as to how both can be slowed by the factors of millions that you allege?

  344. #344 Jadehawk
    February 12, 2009

    AIIIIEEEEE!!!! He quotes AiG now!!! We’re doomed!!!

    Not. for every idiocy on AiG, there’s an answer here, I’m not doing your homework for you, read the relevant sections yourself

    also, inferring from in-organic, obvious human constructs to organic natural object is a form on anthropomorphizing, and a MASSIVE fail. the universe is not human-like

    further, scientists dig not start out with the presumption that there is no god, as the long line of quotes you’ve supplied evidences. “no god” is a conclusion, not an a priori assumption.

    lastly, the KJV is a HORRIBLE book to read in order to learn about biblical writings, archaic language or not. FFS, it translates oxen as unicorns!

  345. #345 Kel
    February 12, 2009

    Just to add to that: the speed of light has been demonstrated to be constant, it’s one of the foundations of the universe. e=mc². Likewise radiometric decay has again shown to be constant, various methods have been tested against artefacts of known ages, as well as confirming with each other the tests also confirm relative dating as done by geologists. If there is a way of speeding up known half-lifes, firstly let the nuclear industry know so we can dispose of all that toxic decaying waste. And secondly if what you are saying is correct, then you should be in line for several Nobel prizes.

    So the question is that if you have knowledge of how the science is wrong, why aren’t you fighting for your ideas in academia? To me it seems like you are simply speculating on concepts you have no idea about. Why aren’t you doing experiments to confirm your worldview? Why instead are you looking to the bible for answers when it’s the evidence that doesn’t fit the bible?

    That’s the same thing with all creationists, deny the scientific evidence, offer abysmal excuses for the evidence that is inescapable, and claim that their “theory” is on equal footing to the last 500 years of accumulated empirical measure. Alan Clarke, do some science before you talk on matters about science, because what you are saying now is not only spectacularly wrong but it’s also impossible by all standards. And for what? Because a tale with a talking snake somehow trumps the last 200 years of understanding about the world. And what’s worse is that you do it all using the champion of the exact same method: the computer. Get a science education before you talk on matters science please!

  346. #346 Jadehawk
    February 12, 2009

    Close genetic code does not prove that two organisms are related. This could be interpreted as good evidence for a common designer (God).

    oh yeah, one more thing: if similar genetics/phenotypes are proof of a designer, they are proof of a lazy/inept/cruel designer. what kind of idiot/sadist would use a quadruped blueprint for a biped?

    the result was a species that has weak knees and backs, and gives birth prematurely (i.e. WAAAY before the young one is ready for the outside; even their bones aren’t fully fused) and often dies in the process. if he was gonna use existing blueprints, he should have made us marsupials. MUCH better “design” for a biped.

  347. #347 Jadehawk
    February 12, 2009

    fark. two more things i remembered

    1)radiometric dating has been confirmed by dendrochronology to 10000 bp. this is fully independent of decay rates of isotopes, and yet it has shown that isotope decay dates are correct

    2)to disprove current dating methods based on radioactive decay you’d not only have to prove that decay rates were faster in the past, you’d have to supply a mechanism by which life would be able to survive the immense radiation caused by such quick decay rates as would be required to shorten timespans of millions of years to a mere few thousands. (basically, such quick decay would mean the garden of eden was about as radioactive as the inside of a nuclear reactor)

  348. #348 Kel
    February 12, 2009

    I like the analogy that Dawkins uses to describe creationism. To believe that the world is 6000 years old when scientists point to the evidence of the world being 4.6 billion years old is like saying that the distance from New York to San Fransisco is 10 yards. Yet that’s the size of the error that Alan Clarke is expecting us to swallow that scientists are making and have been making for the last century or so.

    It’s amazing that one can be so ignorant of the evidence. The distant galaxies and sheer size of galaxies points to a very big universe, the speed of light makes a very big universe a very old universe. From various observations we can determine the age of stars as well, and we can see some very old stars. And we can age our sun too, and it’s age happens to correspond with the age of the rest of the solar system, what a surprise!
    From there we can look at the age of rocks on our earth, and we can see that extremely old rocks have no trace of life in them. Go forward to some slightly younger rocks, and we see the first signs of life. Then we have to go a long way up (almost 3 billion years of rocks) before we find multicellular life, go even further up until we see animal life, even further up until we see vertebrates, even further up to see jawed vertebrates, then further to fish, to amphibians, to reptiles, to dinosaurs, to mammals, to birds, then finally to a situation of life as we know it today.

    We see human ancestors appearing in the rocks but a few million years ago, correlating perfectly with predictions of morphology and genetic evidence. We see transitional forms between major gaps, and they correspond perfectly with evidence of genetic predictions. Likewise we can look at allele variation and see how long time scales it would take to develop such variations, we can see problems associated with low genetic transfer like in cheetahs and make determinations about heredity on a long term time scale.

    We see marker after marker of common ancestry, we see it in the anatomical structure of species, on shared traits, on behavioural patterns, and all this lines up with the tree of common ancestry. For instance we don’t see any feathered mammals, nor do we see any mammary glands on reptiles. The morphologies link, the genetics link, the fossil record and geographical distribution link, and all this links with the geological and cosmological histories that are provided. In short, all the evidence correlates with itself to the point where all scientists are either conspiring or that God would have had to deliberately deceived us in order for young earth creationism to be valid. The other option is the old earth, older universe where evolution happened, but you can’t lose the talking snake can you?

  349. #349 Owlmirror
    February 12, 2009

    Even if all dates agreed, then knowing the absolute date could still fail if all the ?agreeing? dates were adversely affected by a false assumption of the initial amount of the parent isotope.

    Physics FAIL. That ain’t gonna work.

    Close genetic code does not prove that two organisms are related. This could be interpreted as good evidence for a common designer (God).

    Parsimony FAIL. I guess the fact that you look like your mommy and daddy doesn’t prove you’re related to them, either.

    Everyone starts with an initial assumption (God exists or God does not exist) then they build their framework and theories around their assumption. Your theory rests on the exact same amount of ?assumptions and unknowns? as mine. Either way you go, it?s a ?belief? system.

    Logic FAIL. Hey, we just did this one recently.

    When you say that the Earth is so many years old because we know that distant starlight?, etc., etc., I hope you can appreciate why I have very little confidence in the ?absoluteness? of your or anyone else?s statement.

    So you believe that the universe is a lie. Nice.

    I know it?s a big turn-off to many in a ?science? discussion, but my faith in the Bible is magnitudes greater than that of scientific knowledge which reverses, contradicts, falsely projects, etc.

    I’ll believe that when you drink a bleach, arsenic, cyanide, and strychnine cocktail, as described in Mark 16:18, of all true believers in Christ.

    Until then, you’re just another yammering moron who doesn’t really have faith, but just thinks that posting lies about science will make God like you and not torture you to death.

    But [the KJV] may be awful if you are a person that hates tedium, details, word etymologies, and history.

    Says the guy who hates the details and history of science.

    Sheesh.

  350. #350 Jadehawk
    February 12, 2009

    So you believe that the universecake is a lie.

    *giggle*
    *looks at clock*

    It’s almost 5am. yeah, I’m going to sleep. I’m starting to lose my mind.

  351. #351 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 12, 2009

    http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/nab/does-starlight-prove

    Well shit. We lose. AIG is of course the preeminent scientific organization and has never been known to distort, deny or obfuscate evidence.

  352. #352 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 12, 2009

    Alan still hasn’t figured out he is in wwwaaayyyy over his tiny head here. Alan, people here know things, and they know how to differentiate reliable sources like the peer reviewed scientific literature, from unreliable fairy tales like AIG. As I said earlier. Quit lying to your self so you quit lying to us.

  353. #353 Wowbagger
    February 12, 2009

    Hmm, looks like the scientists are hammering Alan Clarke for his problems with science*; I’m just going to hammer him for his stupid…which I guess makes me a stupidist. Damn, I probably should have thought that one through.

    Anyway, ol’ Al wrote this:

    Everyone starts with an initial assumption (God exists or God does not exist) then they build their framework and theories around their assumption.

    That’s so very wrong.

    No-one starts with an assumption about god; it’s either taught to them or it isn’t. And if it is taught to them, it isn’t always taught to them as fact. Atheism is the default, and everyone is an atheist until someone explains a god concept to them – and which concept is limited to what those around them believe in. Whether or not they accept the god belief is, of course, a lot more complicated and not something I know enough about to discuss in depth.

    But I can speak for myself. I was never a theist. I was raised and taught about Christianity but never accepted it. Subsequently, I see no more reason to believe in gods than I do in mermaids, minotaurs or Valkyries. It is not a belief; it is the state of lacking belief.

    Which leads to Alan’s next stab in the dark:

    Your theory rests on the exact same amount of ?assumptions and unknowns? as mine. Either way you go, it?s a ?belief? system.

    Ah, theists and their projections. No matter how many times you make this claim it won’t magically become true. C’mon, it’s not that difficult to comprehend. Is bald a hair colour? No. Is not collecting stamps a hobby? No. Is atheism a belief system? Wait for it…no!

    *He really linked to Answers in Genesis? Good grief.

  354. #354 Alan Clarke
    February 12, 2009

    I am astounded at the number of posts that expound the ?unchangeableness? of light speed which is utilized to prove the Earth?s antiquity. There are other methods for measuring time such as using the Earth?s current human population and known population growth rates which fits perfectly to there being only 8 people 4400 years ago. (Your model misses it by magnitudes!)I said that current physics fails to articulate with absoluteness the state of affairs at time t=0 (your big bang)plus or minus a nano second. Kel rebutted, ?the speed of light has been demonstrated to be constant, it’s one of the foundations of the universe. e=mc².? Does everyone notice that he is talking from a reference point of nothing less than t=0 + 6000 years which is way outside of my time in question? How about t ? (1 second)? $9 billion was spent on the Hadron Collider so that theories could be validated or invalidated through ?observable? science. If the theories were not in question, then the money was a waste, but THEY ARE IN QUESTION, and the ?God Particle? is never going to be located. I noticed something that is conspicuously missing from this thread: an astrophysicist that is over 60 years old who has seen so many modifications and changes to what was thought to be absolute, that he now has enough sense to stop talking like 75% of those boasting to the contrary.

    So the question is that if you have knowledge of how the science is wrong, why aren’t you fighting for your ideas in academia?

    I thought this forum was full of academics, Professor Myers, Bible professor Owlmirror, etc.. Am I in the wrong place?

    To me it seems like you are simply speculating on concepts you have no idea about.

    Can you please quote me where I have argued for my superior intellect? I?m just doubtful of your ?science? as was every other scientific pioneer that upset the status-quo.

    Why aren’t you doing experiments to confirm your worldview?

    I don?t have enough money, but I have access to other?s published data. Just this week I read about an alternative theory to Mary Schweitzer?s supposed 68 million year old T. Rex fossil with soft tissue. Thomas Kaye thinks all of the tissues, blood vessels, and red blood cells are nothing more than a ?biofilm? that was generated recently. A C14 test on this material yielded a date near 1960. Now it seems practically EVERY dinosaur fossil has the same tissue structures. How is one to interpret this new evidence? To begin with, I would be livid that former ?irrefutable? uniformitarian theories kept people from even looking inside similar bones since only minerals were expected instead of the original tissues. ?But as Kaye examined more fossils, he was puzzled to find similar materials in nearly every bone.? (source: http://bacteriality.com/2008/08/26/dino ) Do you see how false assumptions are leading people in the wrong direction? Now the ?biofilm? theory is breaking at the seams on the web just within the last three months and people can?t wait to see how Schweitzer will respond because she actually sequenced the proteins and determined it to be like that of birds (like my wooden book case analogy ? remember?). Isn?t this rich? I don?t have the money for an electron microscope, but I can utilize the same logic as the Greeks who deducted atoms without electron microscopes. BTW, one of the greatest logicians of all time, Socrates, deducted that the multitude of god statues were a farce since only one God was logical. He ended up dead for this but his ideas are alive and well today.

    Why instead are you looking to the bible for answers when it’s the evidence that doesn’t fit the bible?

    Boy are you ever wrong: ??no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.? So far science has proven nothing BUT this. Do you realize the Hadron Collider has severe limitations which prevent the observers from observing t=0? Do you realize that the absence of life on Mars has caused them to prepare looking in a different place on Mars nearer its polar cap? Do you realize the results thus far of SETI (search for extraterrestrial intelligence) point in the direction of Man being the one-and-only supreme creation? Have you ever considered why the Sun and the Moon from our vantage point are EXACTLY the same size? What are the odds?

    I?ve been criticized for not keeping up with ?real? science:
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/10/991005114024.htm

    Objects moving faster than speed of light on early expansion (or stretching out) may have effect on time domain:
    http://curious.astro.cornell.edu/question.php?number=575

    The Bible doesn?t use the words astronaut, nitrogen, protein, and concrete but neither do modern Russian science books, so should we discount them? Look at the ideas and connect the dots:

    Jeremiah 10:12 He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.

    The heavens are ?stretched? as expounded in the above science articles, but His modus operandi (you?re looking for it in naturalism) has thus far been undiscovered as expected since it is ?by his discretion?. Can you imagine living on an earth where there are finite limits and thus our understanding can grasp the ?beginning to the end?? The upper atmosphere would end with an inpenetratable hard shell enclosure. We would have no free will like Cornell Professor William Provine. I think people take too much for granted and their complaint about ?suffering? and God being evil since he is causing it is all man?s excuse for his own failings. I?m happy. Are you?

  355. #355 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 12, 2009

    Alan, here is the difference.

    We take the evidence and go where it leads us.

    You take the evidence and discard anything that doesn’t support your preconceived conclusion that the bible is 100% correct or twist it to appear to do so.

  356. #356 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 12, 2009

    Alan the idiot. Your god doesn’t exist, and your bible is a work of fiction. Thems the facts. Deal with it elsewhere.

    Science does not use god for anything. God cannot be proven with science, nor can science disprove your imaginary deity. God cannot be used in any scientific explanation. Also, religion cannot negate science, only science can negate science. So quoting the bible is like me saying it is Thursday, there there is an invisible pink unicorn in my garage. Just nonsense.

    Your problem is that science makes religion look silly. The religionists need to deal with this properly. Your approach is not proper. Adjust your religion to fit with the facts. Then your religion won’t look so silly.

  357. #357 Rey Fox
    February 12, 2009

    “Everyone starts with an initial assumption (God exists or God does not exist) ”

    What about leprechauns? What about Coyote? There’s lots and lots of assumptions out there, and absolutely no reason why your Yahweh assumption should be priveleged any more than any of them, let alone the good old default null hypothesis that what we can’t detect, or can’t detect the effects of, AIN’T THERE.

  358. #358 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 12, 2009

    Alan, if you are stupid enough to keep posting nonsense, then here’s some advise. Keep each post to about one screen ful when diplayed. Otherwise you will get tl;dr.

  359. #359 Sven DIMilo
    February 12, 2009

    There are other methods for measuring time such as using the Earth?s current human population and known population growth rates which fits perfectly to there being only 8 people 4400 years ago.

    WTF?
    one word: mummies

  360. #360 Owlmirror
    February 12, 2009

    There are other methods for measuring time such as using the Earth?s current human population and known population growth rates which fits perfectly to there being only 8 people 4400 years ago.

    *sporfle* Population biology, genealogy, archeology, and anthropology FAIL.

    Does everyone notice that he is talking from a reference point of nothing less than t=0 + 6000 years which is way outside of my time in question?

    Cosmology FAIL.

    and the ?God Particle? is never going to be located.

    You wouldn’t know a Higgs boson if one passed through your nose! Particle physics FAIL.

    Can you please quote me where I have argued for my superior intellect? I?m just doubtful of your ?science? as was every other scientific pioneer that upset the status-quo.

    Yet you use and profit from the products of that same science, hypocrite.

    Why aren’t you doing experiments to confirm your worldview?

    I don?t have enough money, but I have access to other?s published data.

    You don’t get to decide which peer-reviewed published data is true unless you actually become an expert in the subject yourself.

    Just this week I read about an alternative theory to Mary Schweitzer?s supposed 68 million year old T. Rex fossil with soft tissue. Thomas Kaye thinks all of the tissues, blood vessels, and red blood cells are nothing more than a ?biofilm?

    We’ve done that already.

    that was generated recently. A C14 test on this material yielded a date near 1960.

    And this has nothing to do with the dating of the fossil itself.

    I?ve been criticized for not keeping up with ?real? science:

    You haven’t been. You have no understanding whatsoever of the cosmological and physical science that you pointed at as if it had something to do with the bible.

    Cosmology and physics FAIL, again.

    The Bible doesn?t use the words astronaut, nitrogen, protein, and concrete but neither do modern Russian science books, so should we discount them?

    False equivalence. Logic FAIL, again.

    Look at the ideas and connect the dots:

    No. You read up on science and “connect the dots”.

    Science is real, God isn’t.

    Can you imagine living on an earth where there are finite limits and thus our understanding can grasp the ?beginning to the end?? The upper atmosphere would end with an inpenetratable hard shell enclosure.

    I have no idea what you’re talking about, and neither do you.

    We would have no free will.

    You obviously don’t have the free will to not be a moron.

    I think people take too much for granted and their complaint about ?suffering? and God being evil since he is causing it is all man?s excuse for his own failings.

    If your God is real, then your God created those failings. Including your own mental incapacity, I might note.

    Sheesh.

  361. #361 Jadehawk
    February 12, 2009

    I am astounded at the number of posts that expound the ?unchangeableness? of light speed which is utilized to prove the Earth?s antiquity. There are other methods for measuring time such as using the Earth?s current human population and known population growth rates which fits perfectly to there being only 8 people 4400 years ago.

    this is creo-awesomeness: physical constants may change, but population growth (something that is soooo dependent on culture, hygiene, disease rates, nutrition rates) has been constant for thousands of years.

    that’s pure, unadulterated stupid.

  362. #362 Jadehawk
    February 12, 2009

    I thought this forum was full of academics, Professor Myers, Bible professor Owlmirror, etc.. Am I in the wrong place? you don’t know how the scientific process works, do you. this blog may be a science blog, but it’s not a peer reviewed journal. we discuss and debate, but nothing we say here has any influence of science unless we take and publish a rigorous paper about it in the appropriate scientific literature for other scientists to review/replicate/poke with a sharp stick to see what happens

    T. Rex fossil with soft tissue. Thomas Kaye thinks all of the tissues, blood vessels, and red blood cells are nothing more than a ?biofilm? that was generated recently. A C14 test on this material yielded a date near 1960.

    more concentrated fail. Actually, the line “a C14 test yielded a date near 1960″ makes me think of that Epic Fail image of Homer trying to make cereal and setting it on fire… how do you get a date in the 1960′s on a method that dates things as “x years Before Present”, with “present” being defined as 1950? the thing was dated at -10 BP? that’s fucking absurd.

    also, anyone dating ANYthing that’s older than 30000 years with radiocarbon should have their lab privileges removed. it’s physically impossible to date anything older than 30000 with C14, since virtually all the radiocarbon will have decayed in such old objects. there’s other methods for older fossils

  363. #363 Jadehawk
    February 12, 2009

    gah, blockquote fail. first sentence and question was supposed to be a quote from our Creobot of the Week

  364. #364 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 12, 2009

    Boy, is Alan a fool. Yes Alan, there are people with PhD.’s floating around, myself included. But you are so wrong, there is no place to start in teaching you anything about science. If you want to learn, shut up and listen. If you think you are presenting science, you are sadly mistaken. You are presenting nonsense. So we won’t discuss your ideas because they are sooooooo wrong. That won’t change. And the peer reviewed scientific literature is the only place where real science is done. Write your paper and send it off to a journal. Don’t be surprised if it comes back in return mail very quickly with the words “this isn’t science”.

  365. #365 Ur-Nammu
    February 12, 2009

    only 8 people 4400 years ago.

    And, man, were we busy.

    “Hey, you! over there! Get back to work! This ziggurat ain’t gonna build itself, you know!”

  366. #366 Owlmirror
    February 12, 2009

    Kaye was trying to see if the biofilm was carbon-datable. I presume that he would have said if the results were beyond the range of carbon dating (and thus old), or younger than that range (and thus not old enough).

    The paper itself says “The results were 139.01%±0.65 of modern (1950) of 14C activity” and “The results were ?greater than modern? indicating a modern origin for the material”

  367. #367 Jadehawk
    February 12, 2009

    I actually had to go and skim over the relevant articles to unravel the garbled version of that C14 dating that Alan is presenting here. It makes more sense now: they tested the soft tissue to see whether it will date as “too old to date” or modern. the results were fully modern, i.e. tested as “present”, not “in the 1960′s” (that would be absurd, indeed).

  368. #368 Steve_C
    February 12, 2009

    Did he really pull out NOAH and the fucking ARK???
    8 people 4400 years ago. What an ass.

  369. #369 Jadehawk
    February 12, 2009

    only 8 people 4400 years ago.

    with an average of one person per continent, how exactly did we not get extinct? those must have been some industrious people, considering the wide range of art and architecture that dates to that timeframe:

    El Tarif Necropolis, Egypt, 1st Intermediate Period of Ancient Egypt: 2160-2055 B.C.
    Akkadian Empire, Mesopotamia, 24th &23rd centuries BC
    Longshan Culture, China, 30-20th century BC
    Mohenjo-Daro, Pakistan, 26th to 19th century BC

  370. #370 Janine, Ignorant Slut
    February 12, 2009

    Was Ötzi an immediate member of Moses’ family?

    Did humans settle in the Americas before the flood and then the Americas have to be repopulated again?

    I could not survive in a prison cell with Alan Clarke.

  371. #371 RogerS
    February 12, 2009

    I often happen across articles written by schooled, educated, and those degreed in their field who meet the constant calls here on the forum, or to put it nicely, the recommendations for “getting it right”. To my surprise these published articles draw different conclusions from some of the revered “we” crowd here. (Gasp!) I doubt anyone would refute that disagreement commonly occurs within the respected scientific community (see Post’s #354 linked articles as an example).
    That is why I, am of the opinion, that one’s education (or mis-education) is far from being an absolute for discovering truth. Though I would advocate traditional schooling, there are exceptions and you would be the wiser to respect them. I knew of a humble self-taught programmer who worked in Evansville for Whirlpool, who was summoned to the esteemed headquarters in Benton Harbor, MI. Their top notch “experts” failed to match the skills and success the simple home-schooled boy had provided for the Evansville plant and they found themselves disposed to call him up to their own facility. BTW, he got them going.
    -LOL

  372. #372 Janine, Ignorant Slut
    February 12, 2009

    Can you believe that English is my mother tongue?

    That should be; was Ötzi a member of Moses’ immediate family?

  373. #373 Alan Clarke
    February 12, 2009

    Owlmirror: I noticed something conspicuously missing from your last post (maybe all posts??) Your last rebuttal is void of any science of your own. Just look at your words again and you?ll see that they equate to that drunk who stands on the corner yelling at people. At least I engage people as evidenced by the activity on this thread.

    Here are your choicest words:

    Alan, if you are stupid enough?
    WTF? one word: mummies
    Population biology, genealogy, archeology, and anthropology FAIL.
    Cosmology FAIL.
    You wouldn’t know a Higgs boson if one passed through your nose!
    Particle physics FAIL.
    Science is real, God isn’t.
    You obviously don’t have the free will to not be a moron.

    I?m sure your friends will come to your aid because drunks can?t defend themselves well, but your whole persona is pitiful. Obviously this is only my opinion because Janine thinks highly of you, but remember: This forum is a lot about ?therapy? and members are expected to elevate one another. You will never see yourself unless you are tested by those of differing opinions. I may be your greatest asset. Your words do have a redeeming quality in that they indicate to me you are reading each and every one of my posts. Why are you reading them at all? Normally I do skip through the posts that look to be full of expletives since no real information is contained other than conveying the person is angry. If you were to compile a book of each and every one of your responses, I fear that you?ll have few buyers. Do you lead a Bible study group in your home? With all of your Biblical understanding, I?m sure people are breaking down the doors to be showered with your knowledge. I could be wrong but I?m curious.

  374. #374 Jadehawk
    February 12, 2009

    alan, that’s because the moment you started quoting from AiG, you’ve lost the last shred of respect, and thus do no warrant anything other than having your mistakes pointed out. I’ve already linked to the Talkorigins archive, where most if not all your nonsense has been refuted. We’re not here to do your research for you. from now on, it’s all up to you, and we will simply continue making fun of you until you get around to actually do your homework.

  375. #375 Janine, Ignorant Slut
    February 12, 2009

    Rarely do we see someone who is so proud of his meager resources.

    You will never see yourself unless you are tested by those of differing opinions. I may be your greatest asset.

    Owlmirror, where would you have been without Alan Clarke?

  376. #376 Jadehawk
    February 12, 2009

    You will never see yourself unless you are tested by those of differing opinions. I may be your greatest asset.

    because we’ve never heard those arguments before. which is why we have an entire archive dedicated to answering those things we’ve never heard before.

    *headdesk*

    you should really get that narcissism treated.

  377. #377 D
    February 12, 2009

    Janine sayeth:

    I could not survive in a prison cell with Alan Clarke.

    I personally would place the odds on him not surviving.

  378. #378 steve_C
    February 12, 2009

    Alan “Noah’s Ark was real.” = FAIL

    You’re done. You can’t start with the bible is literally true and work backwards from that.

    Just stop.

  379. #379 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 12, 2009

    Alan, why should we pay any attention to you? Keep it short, a sentence or two.

  380. #380 Wowbagger
    February 12, 2009

    Alan Clarke,

    You presented no ‘science’ – only often-debunked lies and non-science cultivated by known frauds and liars. Plus you’ve also admitted – and even if you hadn’t, you’ve certainly demonstrated it in your posts – that you are profoundly ignorant of what science is. What would be the point of Owlmirror citing equations or formulae? You wouldn’t understand them anyway.

    But what’s more important is that you focused on this rather than the substantive points he succinctly raised. You mock his use of ‘WTF? One word: Mummies’ but you have no answer for why we have preserved remains of humans that blow your age of the earth out of the water.

    Do you actually have answers for his other responses, or are you just going write some more drivel in an attempt to evade?

    I’ll remind you once again, Alan, that we’ve seen all your ‘arguments’ before – many, many times. And your pedestrian, bush-league attempts at mocking and insulting are, at best, embarrassingly third-rate by the high standards of this site. But hey, if you want to keep getting soundly thrashed that’s up to you. But you’re going to need to come up with something vaguely interesting to say before too long.

  381. #381 Ragutis
    February 12, 2009

    Posted by: Alan Clarke | February 12, 2009 2:59 PM

    There are other methods for measuring time such as using the Earth?s current human population and known population growth rates which fits perfectly to there being only 8 people 4400 years ago.

    You do know that there were other civilizations around back then outside of the Middle East, right? Why didn’t the Chinese or Indus notice the global flood that wiped them out? Silly bastards kept right on going as if they’d never been smote by your god. Ha! How stupid they must have been to keep on building cities and recording history when they were actually all corpses floating and bloating from God’s love.

  382. #382 Damian
    February 12, 2009

    Alan, this is a simple explanation from the website of Leeds University, in the United Kingdom.

    Dating Rocks

    Gaining estimates of ages of rocks is crucial for establishing not only the history of geological events but also for determining the rates of geological processes. It is possible to establish the relative order of events in some rocks. This is called stratigraphy and is most commonly used for sedimentary layers, laid down successively on top of one another. However for most purposes we need absolute ages. These can be established using radioactive decay. The underlying principle is that the probability of an individual radioactive atom breaking down (to create a daughter atom) is constant. Different radioactive decay systems have different probabilities and these are expressed as their DECAY CONSTANT. For a given parent to daughter decay system (e.g. potassium 40 goes to argon 40) and its unique decay constant, the number of daughter atoms created depends on the amount of time and the original number of parent atoms. This can be tracked graphically.

    In practice the determination of ages uses ratios between different isotopes, measured with great precision in modern mass spectrometers. The results can be interpreted graphically on something called an isochron plot. Isochron plots for the rubidium-strontium system applied to old rocks from Greenland and for chrondritic meteorites.

    In practice great care is necessary in applying isotopic methods to date rocks. A key assumption is that a sample has remain a closed system so that the number of parent and daughter atoms can be fully audited. To examine these problems of diffusion, click here. Note however, these problems also work to our advantage. We can use the leaky nature of rocks and minerals to isotopic diffusion to estimate the cooling history of rocks – which is very important in tracking the passage of rocks to the surface as their overburden is eroded.”

    Now, are you seriously suggesting that all universities in the world are either grossly incompetent, or lying? And how do you suppose that we have progressed so quickly, if, as you indicate, the most basic conclusions are incorrect?

    Who are you trying to fool, Alan? I suspect that we all know the answer to that one. Even you.

  383. #383 Stanton
    February 12, 2009

    Alan Clarke thinks that there were only 8 people 4400 years ago?

    So, are we also to assume that Alan Clarke also thinks that, upon exiting the Ark, that Noah and his family then built the Pyramids of Giza, which also happen to be around 4400 years old?

  384. #384 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 12, 2009

    Alan has a few problems. If he would acknowledge god doesn’t exist and the bible is a work of fiction, most of those problems would go away. Don’t hold your breath.

  385. #385 The MadPanda
    February 12, 2009

    Ahhh, and here we have Pilty’s new room-mate! Come, let us stuff this D’Orc into the barrel along with our other resident trolls and tip the result down the nearest garderobe. It certainly won’t learn anything without a little proper flagellation first, and I’m not sure it will learn anything if the flensing it’s already gotten hasn’t made an impression.

    Besides, the new titanboa down in the dungeon wants nummies. Since Trolls regenerate like mad, it seems only fair to give the big Freudian symbol junk food that keeps coming back for more, yes?

    The MadPanda, FCD

  386. #386 Alan Clarke
    February 12, 2009

    Wowbagger: You mock his use of ‘WTF? One word: Mummies’ but you have no answer for why we have preserved remains of humans that blow your age of the earth out of the water.

    If anything, mummies support the Biblical account since the oldest ones seem to coincide with the global flood 4400 years ago. I’m sure you’ll locate something with no accompanying written records as is NOT the case with Egyptian mummies. Fossilized remains with no tell-tale signs of annoying flesh are an evolutionist?s delight! How did the walking coelacanth myth get started? You can grind down the pelvis of Lucy to achieve your evidence but it’s not so easy when the remains come with inscriptions.

    According to many evolutionists, homo sapiens started about 200,000 years ago. Where are the mummies for this time slot?

    http://www.google.com/search?&q=oldest+mummy+years

  387. #387 'Tis Himself
    February 12, 2009

    There are other methods for measuring time such as using the Earth?s current human population and known population growth rates which fits perfectly to there being only 8 people 4400 years ago.

    Eight people, four female, four male. The males are a father and three sons. A whole lot of genetic diversity there. Not to mention a whole lot of incest. The Tower of Babel must have done genetic mixing as well as linguistic mixing.

    Or else the YECs like Alan are babbling out of their arses.

  388. #388 Stanton
    February 12, 2009

    Alan Clarke, do realize that a) there are other evidence against a global flood, such as written records from Mesopotamian cities such as Ur, Nineveh and Babylon, which have been inhabited for over 7,000 years, with no suggestions that the cities were destroyed and rebuilt 4,400 years ago, b) the oldest mummies in Egypt are 5,000 to 6,000 years old, and c) there are human remains from 200,000 years ago, they just don’t happen to be mummies.

    Furthermore, why do mummies support the idea of a global flood, if the Jews, the culture whom Noah officially founded/saved from extinction, do not mummify their dead?

  389. #389 Ragutis
    February 12, 2009

    Pssst… Alan Clarke… look at the second result your Google search brings up. You don’t even have to click the link.

    Oldest North American Mummy
    A mummy was recently dated to ca. 7420 BC, making it the oldest mummy ever … Dansie of the Nevada State Museum say the mummy, a male about 45 years old, …
    http://www.archaeology.org/9609/newsbriefs/nevada.html – 19k – Cached – Similar pages

  390. #390 Wowbagger
    February 12, 2009

    You probably should actually look at what a search link provides before you include it – sometimes it backfires, spectacularly, as it has now.

    From the third link from your search includes this gem:

    When we think of famous mummies, our minds naturally turn to the legendary ?Valley of the Kings? in Egypt, final resting place for the great Pharaohs and their queens. But where are the world?s oldest mummies? The answer: Chile!

    Around 8,000 years ago, the little known fishing communities of the Chinchorro began mummifying their dead in a sophisticated process that belies their otherwise primitive ways. Without the signature elaborate pottery, jewellery or textiles so common in the grander Inca, Mayan and Toltec civilisations, these humble folk desiccated their deceased relatives in an elaborate process before burial in family ?plots?.

    Hmmm, I ain’t no mathematician, but isn’t 8,000 > 4,400?

    Epic FAIL.

  391. #391 The MadPanda
    February 12, 2009

    Ohhh, don’t confuse the poor D’Orc with facts! They get in the way of his pretty little fairy stories and that makes him cross. Just line his hat with tinfoil, give him a cookie, and send him on his way.

    That his grasp of the essentials is off the table and into somebody’s pint of lager is only too obvious. Just as obvious is the sad fact that he’s not about to admit that he’s about two notches past Epic Fail.

    The MadPanda, FCD

  392. #392 Ragutis
    February 12, 2009

    3rd result:

    HowStuffWorks Videos “Assignment Discovery: Oldest Mummy in the World”
    During Ancient Egyptian times this mummy had already been in the ground for 5000 years. Learn about the oldest mummy in the world on Discovery Channel’s …
    videos.howstuffworks.com/discovery/28694-assignment-discovery-oldest-mummy-in-the-world-video.htm – 64k – Cached – Similar pages

    4th result:

    What Is The Oldest Mummy Ever Found, And Where Was It Found …
    3 posts
    that the oldest ever mummy to be found originated somewhere around 9000 (!!) years ago. There’s a whole lot of mystery behind it, since it seems to be …
    http://www.dinosaurhome.com/what-is-the-oldest-mummy-ever-found-and-where-was-it-found-16614.html – 32k – Cached – Similar pages

    5th result:

    [PDF]
    MUMMIES AND PYRAMIDS: EGYPT AND BEYOND THE OLDEST MUMMIES IN THE WORLD
    File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat – View as HTML
    THE OLDEST MUMMIES. IN THE WORLD. As most museumgoers know, the ancient Egyptians were mummifying their dead some 6000 years ago. …
    http://www.choices.web.aplus.net/guidebooks/WAV/pyramids_Chinchorro.pdf – Similar pages

    7th:

    Oldest mummy found in Sakkara
    Mar 28, 2003 … An Egyptian team unearthed the oldest mummy in Sakkara last week. The 5000-year-old corpse is an example of the first attempts at …
    http://www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/030328/2003032832.html – 17k – Cached – Similar pages

    8th:

    World Adventurer | World?s oldest mummies – Where?
    The oldest mummies, perhaps 9000 years old, were simply wrapped in animal skins and naturally dried in the hot arid air. The process evolved through the …
    worldadventurer.net/issue1/chinchorro.html – 9k – Cached – Similar pages

    And that’s without even clicking on a link!

    Way to support your claim there, buddy.

  393. #393 Jadehawk
    February 12, 2009

    oh for fucks sake, there’s living shrubbery older than Alan’s Earth…

  394. #394 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 12, 2009

    oh for fucks sake, there’s living shrubbery older than Alan’s Earth…

    And Alan will still not get why we think he’s a delusional fool.
    Physical evidence. The bane of the religious mind.

  395. #395 Alan Clarke
    February 12, 2009

    Jadehawk: you should really get that narcissism treated.

    Your right. Owlmirror could do well without me, but he clamors for debate, especially Biblical. He has no way of knowing the state of his belief system and vital signs unless he is engaged. I hope he finds someone (obviously not me) that can challenge him toward a meaningful life.

    I really like Janine. She opened herself up for possible ridicule in a previous post. I was shocked when I realized she considered me worthy enough to even address me, so I?m honored. Seriously.

    Even though Owlmirror has been slinging from his street corner, someone noticed that he really did have a few remaining coins in his pocket, so I felt compelled to dignify his question about mummies. I really didn?t know for sure what he meant because all of the ?mummies? I was familiar with supported the Biblical account. But this is what I like talking about: actual evidences, data, web links, references, etc. Isn?t everyone just trying to support their scientific theory? If I contributed some data points in a chem lab and you doubted my figures, wouldn?t a normal person say, ?Are you sure you got that right?? But instead people are saying, ?Alan, stop lying to yourself. That is the only way you can stop lying to us.? I sure hope everyone thinks that I’m deluded rather than I’m wittingly lying to them. People are acting like their life is dependent on some data points. Their adherence to a particular interpretation is akin to a person?s religion or the denial that a spouse is cheating on them. Lighten up!

  396. #396 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 12, 2009

    Alan you presented nothing scientific. I say this as a 30+ year practitioner of science. What you think of science is not science. It is just unrelated facts that don’t quite say what you think they do.
    You lie to yourself in that you think what you present is science. It is simply an ineffectual attempt to back up your religion. Stop lying to yourself, then you can stop lying to us. Period. That means your religion must disappear from the discussions.

  397. #397 Ragutis
    February 12, 2009

    Yes, Alan. I’m willing to accept that you are deluded.

  398. #398 Jadehawk
    February 12, 2009

    If I contributed some data points in a chem lab and you doubted my figures, wouldn?t a normal person say, ?Are you sure you got that right?? But instead people are saying, ?Alan, stop lying to yourself. That is the only way you can stop lying to us.?

    maybe if you were the first person to ever come up to us with those data points, that would be something worth looking into. but you’re not, and when someone comes up with known mistakes on an experiment, the more experienced person (teacher, senior lab partner etc.) will tell the less experienced one that he’s made a common mistake, tell what the mistake was, and that he needs to redo his work. when the less experienced one however insists that his data is correct, and shows him more data with the same errors to support himself, then an experienced person can only sigh and say “stop deluding yourself. you’ve made a mistake, here’s the correct answer, go learn something and don’t come back until you have.

    and for that reason ( and I’m reminding you for the 3rd time now), I’ve provided you to all the data that counters/answers those things you’ve brought up. Seriously, go read the info at Talkorigins.org, it’s all there.

    People are acting like their life is dependent on some data points. Their adherence to a particular interpretation is akin to a person?s religion or the denial that a spouse is cheating on them. Lighten up!

    for some of us, our livelihoods do depend on science being taken seriously, either because science is their job, or because they depend on scientific progress for their healtn. for others, it’s a matter of not having our children lied to and disadvantaged by people who want to claim science is wrong. still others, and this includes me, simply suffer from SIWOTI syndrome, and can’t resist the urge to correct a wrong

  399. #399 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 12, 2009

    Alan you’re floating between obnoxious over confident egotistical Creationist troll and obnoxious sappy “I’m just looking out for you”concern troll.

    I’m not sure which is worse.

    Their adherence to a particular interpretation is akin to a person?s religion or the denial that a spouse is cheating on them. Lighten up!

    No Alan, scientists (good ones at least) follow the trail the evidence leaves them. It’s not an adherence to anything but good evidence based science. Following good scientific methods, they just follow that trail as that is the surest way to find the answers to this world’s questions.

    Creationists start with the bible and work backwards, concerned only with confirming their bible at the expense of honest inquiry.

    One provides insight and gained knowledge (scientific method) while the other only seeks to confirm a predetermined opinion (creationism).

  400. #400 'Tis Himself
    February 12, 2009

    Alan, it’s quite simple. The evidence doesn’t support your delusions and myths. If you had new evidence, we’d consider it. But you’re trotting out the same lies and distortions that all the creationists who show up here present. We’ve already seen “thermodynamics doesn’t support evolution,” “the speed of light increased a bazillion-fold up until it abruptly slowed down in 1887*,” “Noah and his family repopulated the Earth,” etc., etc., etc.

    We don’t accept the Bible as a scientific authority because it’s flatly refuted by that niggling little process called “evidence.” The silliness you’re giving us doesn’t count as evidence because it’s been refuted.

    So go back to your church and tell them how you got all over a bunch of atheistic evilutionists. I’m sure your buddies will accept your lies.

    *The reason for picking 1887 I leave as an exercise for the student.

  401. #401 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 12, 2009

    ‘Tis Himself, I think I see where you are going with the 1887 reference. Let’s see if Alan the religionist idiot can figure it out. Nice work.

  402. #402 TonyC
    February 12, 2009

    ‘Tis Himself – it’s been a long time since I looked at that – I thought to myself surely he can’t mean the xxx-xxx experiment because I thought that was in the mid 1800′s. But no – 1887. (Maybe it was a trigger for the formation of Glasgow Celtic in ’88 — all that light had to go somewhere, right?)

  403. #403 Jadehawk
    February 12, 2009

    i had to look it up, but i had the vague suspicion that’s what it was….

  404. #404 'Tis Himself
    February 12, 2009

    a trigger for the formation of Glasgow Celtic in ’88

    Close, but you just missed it. In 1888 Charles Turner becomes the first cricket bowler to take 250 wickets in an English season.

  405. #405 Owlmirror
    February 12, 2009

    (SIWOTI, dammit)

    Your last rebuttal is void of any science of your own.

    LOL! You don’t have any science of your own. You don’t actually care about the scientific evidence or the scientific process or the scientific consensus. Why do I need to do anything more than point out your utter failure to understand anything at all about science? Doing anything more would be a waste of time for me.

    You know what would convince me that you were halfway serious? If you took the crucial point of dogma that you’ve been spouting, the 6000-year-old-earth, and said, “You know, given that I don’t actually know anything about archeology, paleontology, geology, physics, chemistry, radiochemistry, quantum physics, astrophysics, or cosmology, I agree that I’m wrong about the whole young earth thing and our planet really is about 4.5 billion years old, and the universe is about 15 billion years old.”

    If you say that, I’ll stop mocking you. But if you don’t, there is no point in doing anything other than mocking you.

    Just look at your words again and you?ll see that they equate to that drunk who stands on the corner yelling at people.

    Says the guy drunk on religion who can do nothing but harangue.

    At least I engage people as evidenced by the activity on this thread.

    Haranguing people is not “engaging” them.

    Here are your choicest words:

    Alan, if you are stupid enough?

    WTF? one word: mummies

    LOL. Reading comprehension FAIL. Neither of those two lines were written by me, or even by the same person!

    You can’t even scold right.

    This forum is a lot about ?therapy? and members are expected to elevate one another.

    I have no idea what forum you think you are reading. THIS! IS! PHARYNGULA!!

    You will never see yourself unless you are tested by those of differing opinions.

    Says the guy whose only response to “differing opinions” is to ignore them.

    Normally I do skip through the posts that look to be full of expletives since no real information is contained other than conveying the person is angry.

    Liar. You look specifically for the expletives so that you can whine about how hurt your feelings are.

    However, just for you, I will leave off the “fucking or unfucking” from now on. How about that?

    Owlmirror could do well without me, but he clamors for debate, especially Biblical.

    “Clamors for debate”, whines the whining whiner who can’t shut up about what he thinks is true. Hah!

    You’re just mad because I know what the bible says better than you do.

    Even though Owlmirror has been slinging from his street corner, someone noticed that he really did have a few remaining coins in his pocket, so I felt compelled to dignify his question about mummies.

    Dude, you’re compounding your reading comprehension FAIL from above. I didn’t say anything about mummies.

    Although I admit that mummies are a good point, and I’m glad Sven mentioned them.

    I really didn?t know for sure what he meant because all of the ?mummies? I was familiar with supported the Biblical account

    I’m really tempted to go back on my word, here. Dude. It’s obvious you know nothing at all about how the dates for anything are actually determined, even for things in the relatively recent past, like mummies. So you obviously aren’t familiar with any mummies at all, if you think they “support” the Bible.

    If I contributed some data points in a chem lab and you doubted my figures, wouldn?t a normal person say, ?Are you sure you got that right??

    If your figures were obviously 6 orders of magnitude wrong, and you insisted that the reason we were wrong was because we had differing base assumptions, what would be the point in even discussing the matter?

    But instead people are saying,

    ?Alan, stop lying to yourself. That is the only way you can stop lying to us.?

    Right. Because you don’t care about the actual data. The problem is that your “base assumption” is a lie, and you want to convince us that it’s true.

    How are we supposed to deal with that? Explain, patiently and slowly why it’s a lie, when you ignore every explanation given? What’s the point?

    I sure hope everyone thinks that I’m deluded rather than I’m wittingly lying to them.

    To be honest, I have to wonder about that.

    People are acting like their life is dependent on some data points.

    Are you saying that truth doesn’t matter? Because that’s really at the heart of this: You not caring what is true or not.

    Their adherence to a particular interpretation is akin to a person?s religion or the denial that a spouse is cheating on them.

    False equivalence. Logic FAIL again. Science is that which can be tested in the real world. Religion is that which cannot be tested at all.

  406. #406 Alan Clarke
    February 12, 2009

    steve_C: Alan “Noah’s Ark was real.” = FAIL
    You’re done. You can’t start with the bible is literally true and work backwards from that.

    Socrates would get some good laughs out of this. Can you give me an example of a scientific theory that doesn?t begin with a ?faith? that something is literally true? How do you know you exist?

    The reference to Noah?s ark has some interesting implications. I?ve been told that life would never survive on an ark for a year with that many animals and limited food supplies, yet the same people want me to believe a cell arose randomly and survived in a primordial sea. It even found some food and developed a working metabolic pathway to utilize the food, then learned how to reproduce itself! Which is more believable? Pre-existing life surviving on an ark or non-living material surviving entropy on its directionless and random path to life? I venture that the mathematical probability of the ark story happening divided by the probability of the soup story would be a number larger than the electrons in the universe. I DID NOT arrive at my belief in the former as steve_C suspects. I started with the supposition that the Bible was false. When I started reading it for the first time at 22 years of age, one of the first things I can remember underlining was the part where Lot had sex with his two daughters (or his two daughters had sex with him while he was passed out drunk). You?ve got to admit that nothing is being candy-coated here to make someone appear what they are not. How about Noah getting drunk? If the Bible looked like one of the Hare Krishna books with a guy in a lotus position adorned with beautiful flowers and artwork, then I would be suspicious. I noticed recently that the Dali Lama was at his wits end in the conflict with the Chinese communists. All of the façade dissolves when you see a person putting on his pants (or his toga?) like everyone else. When I read abut Jesus being attacked by the envious Pharisees and mocking crowds, I saw that it was real because nothing has changed to this day. You could read my whole conversion process here, but I?ll end in saying that I first found Jesus to be true and incapable of lying. I saw that his literal existence was attributed to a literal set of ancestors that coincided with secular history. Noah is in that lineage of ancestors. And Jesus, who has more credibility than anyone I?ve ever met, heard, or seen, said this:

    Matthew 24:37-39 But as the days of Noe [were], so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

    Do I believe the Bible to be literal? Not always:

    Judges 10:14 Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation.

  407. #407 Wowbagger
    February 12, 2009

    Their adherence to a particular interpretation is akin to a person?s religion or the denial that a spouse is cheating on them. Lighten up!

    I guess it must be a shock to you that there are people in the world who dislike blatant lies and the reprehensible, dishonest scumbags who propagate them. Then again, you’re a Christian – you need to be lied to about the existence of a sky-fairy, because you need him to exist in order to make you feel special.

    Because, unlike us, without your god you’re nothing; a nobody. So you lie to others and yourself and willingly believe the lies you are told.

  408. #408 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 12, 2009

    Alan, quite a post with no point. You need to shorten your idiocy. That way you don’t look so stupid.
    First thing, you’re god doesn’t exist until you prove that, and your evidence is sorely lacking. That means your bible is a work of fiction until you show conclusive physical evidence for your imaginary god. So you need to get cracking on that before any other discussions are carried out.
    We are eagerly awaiting your attempt to show your imaginary deity exists.

  409. #409 Jadehawk
    February 12, 2009

    How do you know you exist?

    we’ve already done solipsism and presuppositionalism. go away. I’ve lost my patience with you. you don’t actually want to learn anything.

  410. #410 Stanton
    February 12, 2009
    How do you know you exist?

    we’ve already done solipsism and presuppositionalism. go away. I’ve lost my patience with you. you don’t actually want to learn anything.

    And more breaking news: water is wet, and the Atlantic Ocean has just been kidnapped!

  411. #411 Owlmirror
    February 12, 2009

    When I read abut Jesus being attacked by the envious Pharisees and mocking crowds, I saw that it was real because nothing has changed to this day.

    How about when Achilles was insulted by Agamemnon? Did you see that that “was real because nothing has changed to this day”?

    but I?ll end in saying that I first found Jesus to be true and incapable of lying.

    You’re reading third or fourth-hand reports of what he allegedly said, even assuming he actually existed, and you come to this conclusion… how?

    How about when he said to hate your own parents? Do you hate your parents because Jesus said to?

    But as the days of Noe

    Dude, that’s the KJV screwing up again. The guttural consonant that ends Noah’s name might be difficult to transliterate, but “Noe” is more wrong than “Noah”.

  412. #412 Alan Clarke
    February 12, 2009

    Nerd of Redhead: We are eagerly awaiting your attempt to show your imaginary deity exists.

    I have a suggestion for people who profess atheism (i.e. they ?think? they are atheists) but realize their knowledge is not all-encompassing. If you think you are the ultimate source for ?truth?, but believe it only 99%, then act upon your other 1% in the fashion that Gideon did. Gideon?s method even allows for Creationism to be taught in public schools and universities since it doesn?t violate so-called ?science?. Here?s the text in the NIV (gasp!!) version:

    Judges 6:36 Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised– look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said.” And that is what happened. Gideon rose early the next day; he squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew–a bowlful of water. Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more test with the fleece. This time make the fleece dry and the ground covered with dew.” That night God did so. Only the fleece was dry; all the ground was covered with dew.

    Gideon?s method doesn?t prove the existence of God, but it measures a probability for God?s existence. If you doubt God?s existence, then why don?t you formulate a test yourself, like Gideon, instead of waiting on me to prove it for you? People are usually more convinced by reasons they discovered themselves than by those found by others. If God answers specifically according to your formulated question, then you?ll own something that will be personal. You won?t be an echo of another?s opinion.

    I don?t live by the ?Gideon? method because I?ve developed a relationship where I can address God directly and get answers. But for newcomers, such as yourself, the Gideon approach may be a good starting place. Please don?t confuse this with an Ouja board, tarot cards, etc., which are all methods of contacting someone or something that is NOT God. I really believe everyone here knows a ?phony? when they see one, so rest assured, if you make an honest attempt in contacting God, an Alan Clarke figure won?t suddenly appear in your crystal ball with a mocking grin.

  413. #413 Wowbagger
    February 12, 2009

    I guess we can add probability and physics to the list of things Alan is clueless about.

    No matter how small the probability of abiogenesis occurring is, it’s still considered a possibility, even by moronic creationists. That’s what the ‘one’ in ‘one in a gazillion’ means. Noah fitting the animals on the ark, on the other hand, isn’t a question of probability, it’s a question of possibility. Anyone with an ounce of common sense would take about half a second to realise that it is impossible for Noah to a) have obtained the animals in the first place, b) fit them in the ark, or c) kept them alive for the duration.

    Low probability beats no possibility. Hands down.

    Not to mention that there’s absolutely no reason for that fictional monster, Yahweh, to have bothered flooding and saving and arking in the first place when he could have just poofed everyone he didn’t like off the earth without having to drown anyone or anything. The flood story, apart from anything else, is just stupid – unless you realise it was the story a bunch of unscientific, superstitious goat-herders came up with to go along with a huge local flood. One guy, his family and a few goats in a boat survived a couple of weeks being washed out to sea before making land again; give it a couple of years and an oral folk tradition and bam! – here’s your Ark story.

    Entertaining for children and fools; rational, well-balanced adults – not so much.

  414. #414 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 12, 2009

    Gideon?s method even allows for Creationism to be taught in public schools and universities since it doesn?t violate so-called ?science?.

    No reason to waste our kids time teaching mythology in science class.

    I really believe everyone here knows a ?phony? when they see one

    Yep, see one every time I’ve looked at a bible.

    And thanks for acknowledging my ability to do so.

  415. #415 Wowbagger
    February 12, 2009

    Alan, we can recognise a phony when we see it – which is why we’re not Christians. You, on the other hand, fell for it hook, line and sinker.

    Sucks to be you.

  416. #416 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 12, 2009

    Yawn, Alan is an incompetent bore. No physical evidence for his alleged deity. Disappointment big time. But what else do we expect from liars and bullshitters who can’t show the existence for the god? Put or Shut UP Alan. An eternally burning bush would be nice. Otherwise, take you and your delusions elsewhere.

  417. #417 Ragutis
    February 12, 2009

    Just out of curiosity, Alan, have you ever considered that it might be possible to be a Christian and to believe accept and understand evolution? If you’re serious about not believing all the Bible to be literal, then A) Using what criteria do you decide which parts are/aren’t and B) What makes you think the Genesis account is accurate? What about Gen1 is more plausible than the story of Pan-Gu, or Marduk, or Brahma?

  418. #418 Jadehawk
    February 12, 2009

    1) Pascals Wager is pointless, as there’s a ridiculously large number of gods. if we’re 99% certain there aren’t any gods, then the remaining 1% needs to be equally divided among the thousands of gods whose existence is equally unlikely and unproven.

    2) Creationism isn’t science. only science gets taught in science class. it doesn’t matter whether god is a possibility, the stuff that creationists peddle is either non-scientific, or has been proven to be incorrect

    3)we had a poster here who tried such a test, but alas, god never turned his water into vodka. so not even the possibility of your god was shown. your suggestion fails.

    4)go away, you’ve nothing to contribute to this conversation that hasn’t been said a million times already. your fairytale won’t convince us, because we’ve already seen the evidence to the contrary.

  419. #419 RogerS
    February 12, 2009

    –EVOLUTION, A BIG PICTURE QUESTION –
    If the mechanisms for evolution are still in place, and with over 1.5 million species of animals, plants and algae, why does each kind or specie appear to be “stalled” or confined to remaining within the allowed genetic variations afforded by Mendel’s Laws? The tremendous time frames required for changes (which is so slow that even their existence is debated) appear to be contradicted by short time frame allowances by observed extinction rates.
    (Willing to learn, LOL)

  420. #420 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 12, 2009

    Alan, before we go any further, answer ‘Tis Himself’s question in post #400. If you fail, you deserve to be ignored.

  421. #421 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 12, 2009

    Ah, just love RogerS showing us nothing, because he has nothing. You aren’t willing to learn, so why should we talk to you. Go read a real textbook.

  422. #422 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 12, 2009

    The flood is one of the things that really amazes me about creationists and the mental gymnastics they have to do to make excuses for it.

    Where did all the water come from? Where is it now?

    Where is the Ark? Surely something that important and large would have been preserved. I mean we find all kinds of ancient structures and artifacts but no ark.

    How did land dwelling insects survive? Freshwater fish? Plant species that can not handle oxygen deprivation or salinity?

    How could Noah fit all “kinds”? The engineering of something that size that would have to be involved would be incredible let alone actually fitting them in the size described. Where did the dinosaurs fit? How did noah keep the food needed from spoiling? The fresh water needed would be incredible and it’s doubtful that rain water could have contributed enough to resupply for all those “kinds” not even taking into account spillage from the motion of the ark.

    This still leaves many questions about the geologic column, tectonic evidence for the topography of the earth and fossils that do not support any notion of a great flood

    8 people is not that many to care for all those kinds. How the hell did they accomplish that? Any idea how many employees and animals are at the Washington DC National Zoo?

    That’s a lot of contortion and back flipping to work your way through coming up with excuses and distorting data to get around those issues.

  423. #423 Stanton
    February 12, 2009

    RogerS, have you tried googling “orchid hybrids” or “apple maggot Rhagoletis pomonella speciation” or “cichlid speciation”?

  424. #424 Ichthyic
    February 12, 2009

    I’m sure your friends will come to your aid because drunks can’t defend themselves well, but your whole persona is pitiful. Obviously this is only my opinion because Janine thinks highly of you, but remember: This forum is a lot about “therapy” and members are expected to elevate one another.

    reasons to be plonked into dungeon:

    Slagging:

    “Making only disparaging comments about a group; while some of this is understandable, if your only contribution is consistently “X is bad”, even in threads that aren’t about X, then you’re simply slagging, not discussing.”

    Insipidity:

    “A great crime. Being tedious, repetitive, and completely boring; putting the blogger to sleep by going on and on about the same thing all the time.”

    Concern trolling:

    “A particularly annoying form of trolling in which someone falsely pretends to be offering advice to favor a position they do not endorse; a creationist who masquerades as someone concerned about the arguments for evolution as an excuse to make criticisms.”

    shall I go on?

    bye, Alan.

    all of your arguments are straight from AIG, and have been refuted so many times already as to have become the backbone of the Index to Creationist Claims:

    http://www.talkorigins.org/indexcc/list.html

    why don’t you go through that list first, and when you have actual responses to the evidence-based refutations listed there of your ages-old fucktardness, THEN come back and tell us, eh?

    we can always go and read AIG for ourselves, ya know.

  425. #425 Wowbagger
    February 12, 2009

    Alan’s arguments probably impress the other kids at Sunday School, but he should have realised that that’s hardly a good reason for him to think he can post at a place like Pharyngula and not get treated like a fucking clown shoe. Noah’s Ark? Bible quotes? Pascals fucking wager?

    I’m sure if I could remember where I put my religidiot creotard bingo card I’d have shouted out twice by now.

    Admittedly the Gideon test is new to me. About as uncompelling as any other the other hackneyed drivel he’s spouted, but at least it’s something different.

  426. #426 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 12, 2009

    The tremendous time frames required for changes (which is so slow that even their existence is debated) appear to be contradicted by short time frame allowances by observed extinction rates.

    Nice. Unsubstantiated assertions.

    Care to provide us with the research that calls this into question?

  427. #427 Ichthyic
    February 12, 2009

    why does each kind or specie appear to be “stalled” or confined to remaining within the allowed genetic variations afforded by Mendel’s Laws?

    what makes you think so?

    http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2008/04/still_just_a_lizard.php

    hardly a case of standard mendelian sorting, eh?

    …and that’s just one of literally tens of thousands of documented examples from the last 50 years.

    you might try actually perusing even popular science magazines once in a while before making asinine generalizations.

  428. #428 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 12, 2009

    Oh, and RogerS. please cite a primary peer reviewed scientific journal. Anything less says you are a liar and bullshitter. Welcome to science.

  429. #429 Ichthyic
    February 12, 2009

    Noah’s Ark? Bible quotes? Pascals fucking wager?

    oh, almost forgot:

    godbotting:

    “Making an argument based only on the premise that your holy book is sufficient authority; citing lots of bible verses as if they were persuasive.”

    did I miss any others?

  430. #430 'Tis Himself
    February 12, 2009

    RogerS #419

    If the mechanisms for evolution are still in place, and with over 1.5 million species of animals, plants and algae, why does each kind or specie appear to be “stalled” or confined to remaining within the allowed genetic variations afforded by Mendel’s Laws?

    Google “Lensky E coli” and learn something about evolution.

  431. #431 Rey Fox
    February 13, 2009

    I’d maybe amend Owlmirror’s paragraph to:

    “You know, given that I don’t actually know anything about archeology, paleontology, geology, physics, chemistry, radiochemistry, quantum physics, astrophysics, or cosmology, I agree that…

    I have no basis on which to question the established knowledge and theories on these subjects, because it’s really vanishingly unlikely that all these thousands upon thousands of scientists have somehow either gotten it completely and utterly wrong by several orders of magnitude, or are all taking part in a conspiracy on a scale hundreds of times greater than any conspiracy that has ever been attempted, let alone any conspiracy that has ever worked. Or, for that matter, that they are all acting on the mere assumption that there is no creator god, and yet have all come to a pretty close agreement on how the Earth came to be, and how old it is and how life diversified on our planet.”

    Further Clakre-isms…
    “How do you know you exist?”

    I will never understand the cognitive dissonance that must be maintained to argue for the bible from solipsism. “Everything is assumptions! Nothing is real! Except this old book of myths!”

    “If you doubt God?s existence, then why don?t you formulate a test yourself, like Gideon, instead of waiting on me to prove it for you?”

    Oh man, Alan. You’re going off script here. I thought God didn’t deign to be tested by us lowly mortals. Isn’t that the convenient out-clause always invoked by believers when someone says something like “May God strike me down if I’m wrong!”?

    Rev.:
    “Where did all the water come from? Where is it now? Etc.?”

    Let’s not forget the curious mystery of how kangaroos and platypuses all got from Mt. Ararat to Australia.

  432. #432 Brownian
    February 13, 2009

    YECs know that the oil they drive on is found by petroleum geologists who use the assumption that the earth is 4.5 byo and all the associated Satanic science to do so, right? I mean, they wouldn’t be a bunch of hypocrites as well as morons and liars, would they?

    No, of course not.

  433. #433 RogerS
    February 13, 2009

    RogerS #419 –EVOLUTION, A BIG PICTURE QUESTION –
    If the mechanisms for evolution are still in place, and with over 1.5 million species of animals, plants and algae, why does each kind or specie appear to be “stalled” or confined to remaining within the allowed genetic variations afforded by Mendel’s Laws? The tremendous time frames required for changes (which is so slow that even their existence is debated) appear to be contradicted by short time frame allowances by observed extinction rates.
    (Willing to learn, LOL)

    #426 Rev.BigDumbChimp:
    Nice. Unsubstantiated assertions.

    Care to provide us with the research that calls this into question?

    -Sure, welcome the challenge:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extinction#cite_note-Ulansey-22

    “Biologist E. O. Wilson estimated in 2002 that if current rates of human destruction of the biosphere continue, one-half of all species of life on earth will be extinct in 100 years.”

    The estimates for the past are 100 to 1000 times slower but the data facing us today does not look so good. So let’s use the most Evolutionary friendly rate for the historical estimate:

    50%/(100 x 1000)yrs = 50%/100,000 yrs

    The elephant for example, starts with a pretty big ancestor only 38,000,000 yrs ago but what the heck; we can call it a “lucky” single cell. With a linear extinction rate, we would have zero life left today beginning 200,000 yrs ago. Looks bad, so let’s throw a bone and use an exponential decay with 100K as the half-life. That would leave about 0.8% in 7 time constants or 700,000 yrs. Evolutionary time frame ratio to extinction time frame:
    38,000,000/700,000 = 54.

    A 54:1 ratio favoring extinction over evolution was what I was getting at in Post #419.

    The numbers are not near the 1:1 equilibrium point; have any better numbers to use?
    (Still willing to learn, LOL)

  434. #434 Kel
    February 13, 2009

    Kel rebutted, ?the speed of light has been demonstrated to be constant, it’s one of the foundations of the universe. e=mc².? Does everyone notice that he is talking from a reference point of nothing less than t=0 + 6000 years which is way outside of my time in question? How about t ? (1 second)?

    So you think the first picosecond that happened 14 billion years ago is enough to invalidate the constant that we have now? That before light had even formed the speed of light was enough to show galaxies that hadn’t formed yet?

    The speed of light has been known to be a constant and of a precise speed for over 100 years, surely we’d see a slowdown. Honestly it would have been just easier to posit that God created the universe with light already travelling to earth, it would be stupid but at least it wouldn’t be super-stupid. Have you ever read a physics book?

    Kel, one way to check the accuracy of a radioisotope dating method is to measure a rock of known age. I?ve seen reports of recently-created rocks from spewing volcanoes measuring millions of years old. What are you using for your ?standard? of calibration and tell me how you are certain of its age.

    There’s a good reason why new volcanic rocks give an older age – the radioactive isotopes in the rock form in the mantle. The dating techniques used with rocks have to work over 2,000,000 years for them to be accurate, it’s like applying C14 test to a dinosaur fossil. So how are they calibrated? Firstly we can correlate it with relative dating, we know that one layer must be older than the layer above it. Secondly we can see constants like lava flow and show that at the rate it’s going, the tests show accuracy. Thirdly we can work out the half-life using a simple mathematical function, we can watch decay and then count it. Fourthly we can calibrate it using the fossil record, fossils of a certain age usually stay in a certain stratum so we should be able to get the same age for the same rock all over the world. And fifthly, they are calibrated with each other. There are a variety of tests, a variety of half-lifes, yet all point to the same date.

    Oh and this doesn’t take into account C14 testing, because that’s for organic material. We can calibrate and verify C14 tests to about 27,000 years using both dendochronology and ice cores. A man won a Nobel prize for demonstrating blind that C14 dating works.

    All this shows that you are off by a factor of around 700,000. How can the trained scientists in their thousands of all religious persuasions be off by such a gross amount?

  435. #435 Wowbagger
    February 13, 2009

    RogerS,

    You do realise that humans haven’t actually been in a position to drive species into extinction until fairly recently, don’t you? Because, you know, there’s been life on the planet for a few billion years – not 6,000. You can’t compare pre-human rates of extinction with current rates.

    (Still willing to learn, LOL)

    Liar.

  436. #436 Kel
    February 13, 2009

    Alan Clarke, have you ever picked up a physics book? What about a book on geology? And some books onbiology would do you well too. It seems that you are talking out of absolute ignorance for everything that science has taught us then expect that your insight into the bible is on an equal footing. I’m a computer programmer too, my degree is in computer science. So how do I know about geology, nuclear physics, palaeontology, astronomy and cosmogy, biology, and evolution? I’ve spent a hell of a long time reading about all those topics, and even then I have only scratched the surface. It seems hypocritical on your part that you are casually throwing away almost the entire endeavour of human knowledge while typing on a computer. The same process of discovery that led to computer use has also shown the world to be 4.6 billion years old. Those same laws of physics work the same all the time and that is why such a device like the computer can work. Why do you reap the rewards of the scientific method then throw it to the scrap heap when it tells you that your interpretation of Genesis is wrong?

  437. #437 Brownian
    February 13, 2009

    Why do you reap the rewards of the scientific method then throw it to the scrap heap when it tells you that your interpretation of Genesis is wrong?

    Simple. Creationists (particularly the young earth ones) are fucking parasites.

  438. #438 Kel
    February 13, 2009

    On the notion of doubt in the processes, I wrote a post on it. Each one piece of evidence can be falsified, it can be dismissed through doubt. But when several pieces of evidence on different lines all point to the same result, it’s really hard pressed to argue that all are wrong. That’s what Alan Clarke is doing, and he’s doing it from an armchair as opposed to actually testing the shit he’s preaching.

  439. #439 Ichthyic
    February 13, 2009

    Oh man, Alan. You’re going off script here. I thought God didn’t deign to be tested by us lowly mortals.

    indeed. wasn’t that in large part the lesson to be gleaned from the book of Job?

    I rather think the “WERE YOU THERE” argument Ken Ham often likes to use came from a misreading of that very book.

  440. #440 Ichthyic
    February 13, 2009

    Roger – please answer my earlier question:

    given that I can provide thousands of documented examples of novel features having arisen that obviously cannot be the result of standard Mendelian sorting, where did you get the idea that species are static?

    It’s a simple question, surely, since it’s one that is based on your starting premise. You are able to at least answer that, right?

  441. #441 Ichthyic
    February 13, 2009

    A 54:1 ratio favoring extinction over evolution was what I was getting at in Post #419.

    you might as well have literally compared apples and oranges.

    nothing you said in that post makes any sense whatsoever.

  442. #442 Owlmirror
    February 13, 2009

    If you doubt God?s existence, then why don?t you formulate a test yourself, like Gideon, instead of waiting on me to prove it for you? People are usually more convinced by reasons they discovered themselves than by those found by others. If God answers specifically according to your formulated question, then you?ll own something that will be personal.

    Oh! Well, in that case, we’re done. God failed my test, which was pretty simple really.

    All I ask is that God speak for himself and demonstrate that he knows a few simple things about the past, present, and future, so as to demonstrate omniscience.

    Easy as pie — for a God that really exists and is omnipotent and omniscient.

    What do I get? Nothing.

    FAIL.

    I don?t live by the ?Gideon? method because I?ve developed a relationship where I can address God directly and get answers.

    Why don’t you ask God what the next few digits of this random 1024-digit sequence are? I generated it back in July of last year, and the creationist that I offered it to, who also claimed to have a special relationship with God, refused to even try.

    The first digit is “9″.

    md5sum randnum2
    6aa60e2155a66e1117cee00c6cffc8a7 *randnum2
    
    sha1sum randnum2 a888f87e4646c568e8f7d1bbd2794e7268161021 *randnum2

    I’d prefer at least the next 35 digits, but hell, can God even give you 3 or 4? Can God even give you the next single digit?

    Please don?t confuse this with an Ouja board, tarot cards, etc., which are all methods of contacting someone or something that is NOT God.

    So… God can’t move a simple planchette? That doesn’t sound particularly omnipotent to me.

    Are you sure you’re in contact with God? How do you know he’s not lying?

  443. #443 RogerS
    February 13, 2009

    Wowbagger# 435: You do realise that humans haven’t actually been in a position to drive species into extinction until fairly recently, don’t you? Because, you know, there’s been life on the planet for a few billion years – not 6,000. You can’t compare pre-human rates of extinction with current rates.
    (Still willing to learn, LOL)

    Liar.

    Greetings,
    That is the point in post #433, I used the factor of 1000 in the DIVISOR for most favorable rate pro-Evolution. The extreme low “fossil” record period rate being (the natural rate) / 1000. To favor Evolution further, I would need to use a larger factor than 1000; I haven’t seen natural extinction rates exceeding 1000 x fossil record rates. If you have better numbers, by all means please point the way.

    One Source:
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6502368/
    Current extinction rates are at least 100 to 1,000 times higher than natural rates found in the fossil record, the report stated. The data were released as 3,500 delegates gathered in Bangkok, Thailand, for a World Conservation Union conference focused on halting what’s deemed an extinction crisis.

  444. #444 Janine, Ignorant Slut
    February 13, 2009

    I have a new policy. I will trust and believe every person who claims that they talk to God and that God answers back. What could go wrong?

  445. #445 Patricia, OM
    February 13, 2009

    Janine – I wanna play, but I only had god show up. He never spoke, and I was too terrified to speak to him.

    Does that count?

    (My husband never saw a damned thing.)

  446. #446 Janine, Insulting Sinner
    February 13, 2009

    So? Was the message; “Be afraid, be very afraid”?

  447. #447 Alan Clarke
    February 13, 2009

    BigDumbChimp: The flood is one of the things that really amazes me… Where did all the water come from? Where is it now?

    The geologic record reeks of a flood: limestones far inland on all continents, sedimentary strata, oil, coal deposits which originate from massive buried fauna, corals & clams at high mountain elevations, polystrate fossils which intersect sedimentary layers of supposed different ages, ?wavy? strata in mountain ranges indicating rapid formation while layers were soft, massive hydrologic erosion in Grand Canyon, flooding from Mt. St. Helen?s eruption created a small replica of Grand Canyon in a few days, presence of massive water-laid fossil ?graveyards?, massive and sudden extinctions of the dinosaurs, etc. The real question is, ?How do uniformitarianists explain away the massive evidences for a global flood?? They perform the most outlandish contortionist act of raising and lowering mountains, plains, and plateaus in order to keep something above water at all times. I?m frequently told that the fossilized sea fauna on the Himalayas, Rockies and Andes occurred when the mountains were low, then they raised later. Where did all of the energy come from? If all of the Earth?s land masses were completely flat, the existing ocean water would cover everything by a depth of 1.7 miles. Genesis 7:20 says the highest mountain was covered by 15 cubits, so the extreme case scenario of a ?completely flat? Earth is not necessary. Where did the energy come from for my model? I asked you the same question for your model. Perhaps it was from the Earth?s warmer crust 4400 years ago. Tectonic plates were not as settled then as they are now. Maybe it was an asteroid impact that initiated the flood. Genesis 7:11 describes both atmospheric and sub-terrestrial waters initiating the flooding: ?In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.?

  448. #448 Patricia, OM
    February 13, 2009

    No message. He (after I had prayed for hours)just showed up. Robed as black death with red coke bottle eyes. Black satin wrapped hands and feet. Gossamer and floating in the air.

    Pretty classic huh? But sure scared the shit out of me. I damn near had a heart attack!

    Don’t think this apparition didn’t effect me. I was scared and twice as devout for over a year. Stupidity doesn’t end with childhood.

  449. #449 Alan Clarke
    February 13, 2009

    Where is the Ark? Surely something that important and large would have been preserved. I mean we find all kinds of ancient structures and artifacts but no ark.

    How many large wooden ships built prior to 1600 exist today? See for yourself: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_world's_largest_wooden_ships The ark would be important today as a museum piece but then it was not as important as salvage for fire wood or building materials. It may have been destroyed by fire as were four ships on the provided link. 2000 years is a long time for unprotected wood to last.

    How did land dwelling insects survive?

    Gigantic floating log mats from massive de-forestation. The Mt. St. Helens log mats are floating to this day.

    Freshwater fish?

    The oceans were not as salty then as they are now, but many fish did die.

    Plant species that can not handle oxygen deprivation or salinity?

    Answered by both above and below.

    I previously developed a model which answers your questions so rather than repeat it, here it is:
    http://www.powerbasic.com/support/pbforums/showpost.php?p=303027&postcount=352
    http://www.powerbasic.com/support/pbforums/showpost.php?p=303227&postcount=393

    I don?t really criticize you for not knowing the fundamental precepts of creationism and flood catrastophism since more than likely you have been protected from such information, but knowing it is useful for debating.

  450. #450 Janine, Ignorant Slut
    February 13, 2009

    Patricia, you were able to get away from that. But seriously, were you ever as delusional as Alan?

    He looked like Death from “The Seventh Seal”? I was hoping he looked like Brundlefly.

  451. #451 Jadehawk
    February 13, 2009

    wavy strata is proof of a flash-flood & flash-sedimentation?

    I’m really curious now how that works. Are you imagining actual waves suddenly petrifiyng in mid-move?!

    All the stuff you listed is proof for plate tectonics & the Ice Ages, and it doesn’t require any magic of the petrification of waves.

    I’ll also not that you COMPLETELY ignored all the civilizations we’ve listed that somehow stubbornly continued to exist despite global flood and a world population of 8

  452. #452 Alan Clarke
    February 13, 2009

    Owlmirror: All I ask is that God speak for himself and demonstrate that he knows a few simple things about the past, present, and future, so as to demonstrate omniscience.

    The Bible has made multiple and numerous prophetical predictions that were fulfilled at a later date. And I?m not talking about cheap predictions such as “A great leader will arise somewhere from the northern hemisphere and lead a nation.” One of the fastest ways the Bible could loose credibility would be to risk stating that Babylon would never be inhabited: “it shall not be inhabited, but it shall be wholly desolate: every one that goeth by Babylon shall be astonished“, then later be contradicted with modern photography showing the city flourishing. Enjoy the miracle of modern photography here. Please study for yourself Saddam Hussein’s attempt to rebuild Babylon here. Pay particular attention to the areas entitled, “Reconstruction” and “Effects of the U.S. military.”

  453. #453 Jadehawk
    February 13, 2009

    and you must be completely blind and deaf to think that the tectonic plates have settled. or are you one of those fuckwits who thought the 2004 Tsunami was Gods punishment?

    Plate tectonics have this annoying habit of proving themselves to us with very unambiguous acts, not only here on Earth but on other planets as well. They do a better job of (violently) proving their existence than your God has. hmmm, wonder why that is [/sarcasm]

  454. #454 clinteas
    February 13, 2009

    Alan Clarke,

    *headdesk*

  455. #455 Jadehawk
    February 13, 2009

    The oceans were not as salty then as they are now, but many fish did die.

    neither saltwater fish nor freshwater fish can live in brackish water for any extended period of time. the same for plants. what complete bullshit. and also, prove that oceans were less salty.

  456. #456 Janine, Ignorant Slut
    February 13, 2009

    Patricia, I take it back. There is no way you could have been this whacked out.

  457. #457 windy
    February 13, 2009

    One of the fastest ways the Bible could loose credibility would be to risk stating that Babylon would never be inhabited: “it shall not be inhabited, but it shall be wholly desolate: every one that goeth by Babylon shall be astonished”, then later be contradicted with modern photography showing the city flourishing. Enjoy the miracle of modern photography here. Please study for yourself Saddam Hussein’s attempt to rebuild Babylon here.

    Are you suggesting that Saddam had the power to falsify the bible but was prevented doing so by the US? WTF?

    And if the Bible got it “right” on Babylon’s desolation why did it screw up on Egypt? And on so many other prophecies?

  458. #458 Jadehawk
    February 13, 2009

    book of jeremiah, written ca. c. 626-537 B.C

    Babylon: seat of the 9th Satrapy of Persio, until 311 B.C
    experiences great revival during Hellenistic Period

    your little prophed failed within 2 centuries of his rambling. massive fail.

  459. #459 Jadehawk
    February 13, 2009

    also, you’re weaseling out of your previous suggestion to make a test for God to prove his existence. suddenly we aren’t supposed to do that, but rather just trawl the bible for vague passages that can be fitted to fleeting current events?

    I used to do that with Pyramidology, and Nostradamus. Works like a charm, every fucking time.

  460. #460 Ragutis
    February 13, 2009

    Alan: http://www.talkorigins.org/indexcc/list.html

    Just go there and spend a few hours reading. What are you afraid of?

  461. #461 MartinM
    February 13, 2009

    One of the fastest ways the Bible could loose credibility would be to risk stating that Babylon would never be inhabited

    It said something rather similar about Tyre, as I recall. How did that work out, again?

  462. #462 Jadehawk
    February 13, 2009

    and since we’re talking about babylon…. explain to me how the tower of babel can date to 3000-2400 B.C, and yet Linguistics give us evidence for several different scrips and languages existing BEFORE that time?

    there’s evidence for Peruvian Quipu as far back as 2600 B.C, Chinese writing to 2800 B.C, Cuneiform as far back as the late 4th millenium B.C., and Egyptian hieroglyphs all the way back to 4000 B.C.

    also, Linguistics put the first diversions in the Proto-Indo-European Language as far back as the 7th millenium B.C., and by the 4th millenium the language had split into the Centum and Satem languages, and continued steadily from there

    and in case you don’t know what that means: there have been several distinct languages before the tower of Babel, and there is no evidence whatsoever of a sudden linguistic explosion at the approximate time God was supposed to have different languages for the first time.

  463. #463 Jadehawk
    February 13, 2009

    also, I’d highly suggest you stop this condescending shit:

    I don?t really criticize you for not knowing the fundamental precepts of creationism and flood catrastophism since more than likely you have been protected from such information, but knowing it is useful for debating.

    we’ve told you already, we’ve heard all this shit so many times, we actually bothered to write the responses all down and index them for future reference. now go read them! (this is the 4th time I have to tell you to go and do you homework)

  464. #464 Ragutis
    February 13, 2009

    Posted by: MartinM Author Profile Page | February 13, 2009 4:33 AM

    It said something rather similar about Tyre, as I recall. How did that work out, again?

    And Damascus

  465. #465 John Morales
    February 13, 2009

    Hm. Alan Clarke the godbot, RogerS the disingenous.

    Alan could be disposed of by anyone who cares to look at talkorigins.org, and is just a typical punching-bag.

    with RogerS, I admit I hadn’t seen this “[species] extinction rates exceed [species] speciation rates, therefore [observed] evolution is impossible” claim before.

    A breathtaking example of handwaving the obvious evidence to allow for inane theorising, and thereby reaching a patently false conclusion.

    Interestingly, he uses one item of derived information based on paleontology (@443:Current extinction rates are at least 100 to 1,000 times higher than natural rates found in the fossil record) to explain how primary findings of paleontology (the fossil record of speciation) are wrong.

  466. #466 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 13, 2009

    Interesting little discussion while I slept. Alan Clarke, please supply us with the physical evidence for god that can be evaluated by scientists, magicians, and professional debunkers as being of divine origin. Until you do so, you are just another lying godbot with an IQ of 5. Without god, you bible is a work of fiction. So shut up about the bible until you prove your god.

  467. #467 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 13, 2009

    Boy Alan. Nothing new from you. You repeat the same debunked creationist canards that we’ve heard a thousand times. Been memorizing your Whitcomb huh?

    Let’s start.

    How did land dwelling insects survive?

    Gigantic floating log mats from massive de-forestation. The Mt. St. Helens log mats are floating to this day.

    Um, no. There would not be enough food supply nor habitat for all the insects to survive. And the st helens log mats are in a contained lake. Not applicable to the the great flood model.

    Freshwater fish?

    The oceans were not as salty then as they are now, but many fish did die. .

    The salinity change as well as the heat, acidity and pressure change that would have been created by the flood would have caused massive fish kills. The species diversity and distribution we see today makes your notion impossible.

    Plant species that can not handle oxygen deprivation or salinity?

    Answered by both above and below.

    No not answered, asserted. I’ll just copy from talk origins so you don’t have to click a link.

    1. Not all plants could survive the Flood for some of the following reasons:
    * Many plants (seeds and all) would be killed if soaked for several months in water, especially salt water.
    * Some plants do not produce seeds; they would have been killed when the Flood either uprooted or covered them.
    * Not all seeds could survive a year before germinating (Benzing 1990; Densmore and Zasada 1983; Garwood 1989).

    2. The Flood was an ecological catastrophe. Creationists credit it with eroding and redepositing sediments miles thick, raising mountains, carving immense canyons, and even repositioning continents. This alone would doom many plants to extinction, even if they or their seeds survived the Flood, for some of the following reasons:
    * Most of the world’s seeds would have been buried under many feet — even miles — of sediment. This would keep them from sprouting.
    * Many plants require particular soil conditions to grow. The Flood would have eroded away all the topsoil which provides the optimum conditions for most plants.
    * Some seeds will germinate only after being exposed to fire. After the Flood, there was nothing to burn.
    * Most flowering plants are pollinated by insects, but the only insects around after the Flood would have been those Noah carried aboard the ark. The surviving seeds would have had to find the proper conditions of soil type and burial depth in a small area around where the ark landed.
    * Plants live not as individuals, but as communities. If you cut down the redwoods, you kill not only the redwoods but also dozens of other plants that depend on the community structure. After the Flood, there would have been no ecological communities, only bare land. Any plant that depends on a mature community (for shade, shelter, humidity, or support, for example) could not survive until such a community matures, which usually takes years to decades.

    Woodmorappe (throughout his book, not just regarding plants) made two fundamental errors:
    1. He noted that “many” could survive the flood conditions, disregarding the significant number that could not, but that are alive anyway.
    2. He assumed that plants and animals could live in isolation, ignoring that life lives in, and depends upon, ecologies. Simply preserving plants and animals would keep them alive for a very short time. Noah would have had to rebuild many entire ecologies to maintain the life we see today.

    3. Evolution predicts the geographical distribution of plant kinds that we observe, with many species occurring on one continent and not others. Flood geology predicts that this pattern would not occur. Flood theory fails.

  468. #468 'Tis Himself
    February 13, 2009

    Alan Clarke,

    The remnants of Babylon are found in modern day Al Hillah, Iraq. Al Hillah has an estimated population of over 350,000. The name has changed, but there’s still a city where Babylon used to be.

  469. #469 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 13, 2009

    Alan repeating canards

    limestones far inland on all continents

    From TO
    1. Uniformitarian processes explain limestone formations far better than catastrophism does:
    * Limestones form continuously today over wide areas (such as the Caribbean) as calcium carbonate is precipitated from water directly and through the actions of organisms. Limestone formation easily fits within conventional geology.
    * Limestones appear in strata interleaved between strata of sandstones and other rocks. A single event could not explain all the layers.
    * Limestones often include fragile fossils that could not survive catastrophic transport.

    Dolomites require no exceptional explanation. They form via diagenesis (a sort of chemical rearrangement in the deep subsurface) from calcite, the main ingredient of limestone. Creationism does not explain the origin of dolomite.

    2. Limestone could not have formed quickly from massive precipitation, because the formation of calcite releases heat. If only 10 percent of the world’s limestone were formed during the Flood, the 5.6 x 1026 joules of heat released would be enough to boil the flood waters (Isaak 1998).

    You’re a big fan of Woodmorappe huh Alan?

    sedimentary strata

    You’ll have to expound on exactly what you think about the strata that supports a global flood.

    oil, coal deposits which originate from massive buried fauna

    You’ll have to say why this is a problem without a flood, show your work.

    corals & clams at high mountain elevations

    Tectonic plate movement and inland marine inundation (not a single great flood). For example, North American midcontinent outcrops record at least fifty-five cycles of marine inundation and withdrawal. (Boardman and Heckel 1989; Heckel 1986)

    polystrate fossils which intersect sedimentary layers of supposed different ages

    “polystrate fossils” A term made up by Creationists. And not a problem.

    ?wavy? strata in mountain ranges indicating rapid formation while layers were soft

    First you have to establish that there was rapid formation while layers are soft. But its not a problem for there to be “wavy” strata in mountain ranges. Tectonics again Alan.

    massive hydrologic erosion in Grand Canyon, flooding from Mt. St. Helen?s eruption created a small replica of Grand Canyon in a few days

    Oh please.

    1. The sediments on Mount St. Helens were unconsolidated volcanic ash, which is easily eroded. The Grand Canyon was carved into harder materials, including well-consolidated sandstone and limestone, hard metamorphosed sediments (the Vishnu schist), plus a touch of relatively recent basalt.

    2. The walls of the Mount St. Helens canyon slope 45 degrees. The walls of the Grand Canyon are vertical in places.

    3. The canyon was not entirely formed suddenly. The canyon along Toutle River has a river continuously contributing to its formation. Another canyon also cited as evidence of catastrophic erosion is Engineer’s Canyon, which was formed via water pumped out of Spirit Lake over several days by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

    4. The streams flowing down Mount St. Helens flow at a steeper grade than the Colorado River does, allowing greater erosion.

    5. The Grand Canyon (and canyons further up and down the Colorado River) is more than 100,000 times larger than the canyon on Mount St. Helens. The two are not really comparable.

    So , no. The Mt St. helens > Grand Canyon comparison is one of THE worst examples given by creationists. Lame Alan. Very lame.

    presence of massive water-laid fossil ?graveyards

    While true, this again is not a problem for those who accept actual science instead of relying on a single unreliable book.

    This is an accurate statement, as far as it goes. What the ICR is not saying is that, interspersed with these ‘water-laid formations and marine fossils’ are numerous sedimentary layers that are indisputably nonmarine in origin. Using the Grand Canyon as an example, the Kaibab Limestone and Redwall Limestone do contain marine fossils. However, in between these layers lies the Coconino Sandstone, which contains the tracks of reptiles (Lockey and Hunt 1995) and shows strong evidence of being deposited as sand dunes in a desert (McKee 1979). It’s kind of difficult to create a desert environment during the year of the flood. Below the Coconino Sandstone lies the Hermit Shale, which contains the remains of terrestrial plants such as ferns, and insect wings, and does not contain marine fossils. Below the Hermit Shale is the Supai Formation, containing the tracks of terrestrial animals (Levin 1996:108; Grand Canyon brochure). Creationists have proposed that these tracks might have been made by animals while they were in the water, but this theory falls apart rapidly when one considers first the purported violence of the Flood, and second, the year-long duration. How long were those animals treading water, and why were they able to make their tracks only in a way that supports faunal succession?

    more….

  470. #470 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 13, 2009

    massive and sudden extinctions of the dinosaurs, etc

    ok I got to this and /head desk

    How did the dinosaurs go extinct because of the flood?

    Didn’t your boy Noah take two of each animal?

    You just directly contradicted your story Alan.

  471. #471 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 13, 2009

    The real question is, ?How do uniformitarianists explain away the massive evidences for a global flood?? They perform the most outlandish contortionist act of raising and lowering mountains, plains, and plateaus in order to keep something above water at all times.

    All supported by actual evidence based science.

    And no, science doesn’t have to try and keep things above water at all times because there wasn’t a massive global flood. You are presupposing one and then projecting that onto what people who actually understand science are telling you.

    I?m frequently told that the fossilized sea fauna on the Himalayas, Rockies and Andes occurred when the mountains were low, then they raised later. Where did all of the energy come from?

    Jebus fucking Christ Alan. Plate tectonics. It is still happening. It hasn’t stopped. Where do you think earthquakes come from? God farting?

    Earth?s land masses were completely flat, the existing ocean water would cover everything by a depth of 1.7 miles.

    Alan, do yourself a favor and read this. Be sure to click on all the relevant links. And here

  472. #472 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 13, 2009

    Alan, I suggest you watch a PBS Nova episode called Bible’s Buried Secrets. You can watch it from the PBS web site, or maybe U-Tube.

  473. #473 Dave Godfrey
    February 13, 2009

    Oh. I had a post, but it appears to have been eaten by the moderator monster. I didn’t even put any links in it either. I can um it up in two words though-

    Plate Tectonics.

  474. #474 Owlmirror
    February 13, 2009
    Owlmirror: All I ask is that God speak for himself and demonstrate that he knows a few simple things about the past, present, and future, so as to demonstrate omniscience.

    The Bible has made multiple and numerous prophetical predictions that were fulfilled at a later date.

    Not what I asked for. Read what I wrote; you copied and pasted the words yourself.

    And why won’t God tell you a few digits of my random number? Is it that he doesn’t know, or he can’t talk in exact words?

  475. #475 God
    February 13, 2009

    Can God even give you the next single digit?

    Oh, I’ve got a single digit for you all right…

    Where do you think earthquakes come from? God farting?

    Go ahead, pull My finger!

  476. #476 St. Peter
    February 13, 2009

    Go ahead, pull My finger!

    Screw that. Last time you got me on that was around the boy’s birthday a couple years back. I was busy for weeks dealing with the influx at the gate.

  477. #477 Owlmirror
    February 13, 2009

    You know, it’s kind of strange: There was a Muslim around a while back, claiming that God had spoken in the Quran. When I said that I wanted God to speak for himself, he was confused, and asked if I meant that he should e-mail me the Quran.

    No. No. No. Words in an old book are not God speaking to me, here and now. I used the present tense quite deliberately.

    Why do the religious have problems reading and understanding basic English words and sentences? Does belief in God make people generally stupid? Or is it just that specifically seeing the word “God” makes their brains turn off, even if they’re otherwise very intelligent?

  478. #478 Alan Clarke
    February 13, 2009

    Jadehawk: wavy strata is proof of a flash-flood & flash-sedimentation?
    I’m really curious now how that works. Are you imagining actual waves suddenly petrifiyng in mid-move?!

    Click here. Scroll to bottom. Look and learn.

    Click here for more.

    I?m quickly seeing a problem here. There are a lot of excellent questions, but they are becoming almost too numerous to answer. I?ve read practically everything and none of it is beyond me, but the time required for answering is beyond me. If some consensus were made, I?d be happy to answer the top #1 or #2 questions. But don?t hold your breath. My wife is going to have a baby in 3 weeks and my time spent on this computer is started to make her nervous!

  479. #479 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 13, 2009

    Alan, it is all beyond you. If the flood really happened you should be able to cite the peer reviewed scientific literature demonstrating that fact. But you cite far lesser quality evidence, evidence you have no of knowing isn’t falsified (just a barefaced lie).
    Show us the physical evidence for your god. The evidence must be able to be examined by scientists, magicians, and professional debunkers as being of divine (not man-made) origin. An eternally burning bush would be a good example–Moses and all.

  480. #480 Patricia, OM
    February 13, 2009

    Janine, Somewhere up thread you asked if I could possibly have been as deluded as Alan. Yes.

    Being an ignorant slut, you probably didn’t know that there are only two books a female needs to read, the Good Book and a cookbook. Everyone in my world said this, so it was a fact. ;)

  481. #481 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 13, 2009

    If some consensus were made, I?d be happy to answer the top #1 or #2 questions.

    Ok can you answer them with actual science?

  482. #482 Patricia, OM
    February 13, 2009

    #478 – Translated: You guys are showing me the truth, that I’m full of shit, and there is no gawd. I’m scared, so I’m gonna run away.

  483. #483 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 13, 2009

    Click here. Scroll to bottom. Look and learn.

    Click here for more.

    oh man.

    Not surprisingly, you do not understand tectonics. Not even a little bit. I even have a thin grasp on the subject and I can see glaring mistakes in your links.

    You are basically in the business of denying every single field of currently accepted science from geology, to biology to astronomy to hydrology to archeology to vulcanology (and I’m sure many others we haven’t touched on yet) just to confirm your predetermined conclusion that the bible must be true. Your back must get sore from contorting like that.

    Do you ever wonder why nearly every single scientific organization in the world disagrees with virtually everything you’ve said here?

    I need a drink.

  484. #484 Jadehawk
    February 13, 2009

    There are a lot of excellent questions, but they are becoming almost too numerous to answer. you’re soo deep in bullshit, you don’t even realize mockery when you see it. it’s very very sad.

    once more: WE HAVE READ THAT BULLSHIT ALREADY, AND IT’S ALL INCORRECT ON WAAAAAYY TOO MANY LEVELS. YOU’RE NOT SHOWING US ANYTHING WE HAVEN”T SEEN BEFORE, AND CERTAINLY NOTHING THAT ISN’T RIDDLED WITH MISTAKES AND LIES

  485. #485 Jadehawk
    February 13, 2009

    now I got so agitated, i fucked up my blockquotes. and since this bears repeating:

    There are a lot of excellent questions, but they are becoming almost too numerous to answer.

    you’re soo deep in bullshit, you don’t even realize mockery when you see it. it’s very very sad.

    once more: WE HAVE READ THAT BULLSHIT ALREADY, AND IT’S ALL INCORRECT ON WAAAAAYY TOO MANY LEVELS. YOU’RE NOT SHOWING US ANYTHING WE HAVEN”T SEEN BEFORE, AND CERTAINLY NOTHING THAT ISN’T RIDDLED WITH MISTAKES AND LIES

  486. #486 Owlmirror
    February 13, 2009

    I?ve read practically everything and none of it is beyond me,

    Liar.

    but the time required for answering is beyond me.

    The time required for answering correctly is the time it would take for you to actually educate yourself on the basics of the many various sciences that you keep mangling.

  487. #487 Todd Bacon
    February 13, 2009

    I know Alan personally.

    I’ve read the majority of this thread.

    Amazing the number of incredibly mean people.

    I don’t know that Alan was trying to proselytize, but that would sure be my goal.

    Obviously the vast majority, if not all, the readers of this thread do NOT believe the bible to be inspired by God (and many deny His existence.)

    Regardless, I would hope that many could agree with my premise that the teachings of Christ, recorded in the New Testament, are the best way to live. I simply know that those teachings changed my life and are the basis for my decisions.

    This thread certainly falls in line with the wisdom of these biblical verses:

    2 Timothy 2:23
    “Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.”

    Matthew 7:6
    “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.

    2 Corinthians 4:4
    The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

    There is a video on the web of Penn – a professed atheist -commenting on a “very nice man” who came to him after a show and gave him a copy of the New Testament. Penn’s comment in the video was something to the effect of, “How much do you have to hate a person to truly believe that there is a God and a means to eternal life and choose NOT to tell them about it? If you knew someone was about to get hit by a bus, but they didn’t believe you, and you saw the bus bearing down on them, at some point you have to tackle them.” Penn mentions that he had ZERO respect for someone who believed in God and that people will either go to heaven or hell, but is afraid to share that belief.

    I respect Alan’s diligence in remaining and making an effort at civil discussion, but at this point, I would counsel him to leave the rest of you to your unbelief.

    I for one will happily remain ignorant of your “science” that, if one judged from this post alone, produces uncivil, hateful, belligerent and angry individuals.

    I also pray that the one I believe created each of you opens your eyes to His existence.

    My view is that you do not have to defend a lion – you simply set the lion loose.

  488. #488 Sven DiMilo
    February 13, 2009

    Thank you, Todd.
    Your concern is noted.

  489. #489 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 13, 2009

    Todd, it is nice of you to testify to your friend, but in doing so you demeaned your character. We scientist types follow the evidence, and all evidence to date suggests god doesn’t exist and the bible is a work of fiction. Testimony does not change the physical evidence.

    We atheists base our morality on game theory, where something similar to the golden rule works best. We apply these ethics/morality to all people. But we atheists also note that Xians do not seem to behave according to the golden rule, and they have two sets of rules, one for themselves, and one for all others.

  490. #490 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 13, 2009

    concern troll alert

    My view is that you do not have to defend a lion – you simply set the lion loose.

    You mean that house cat I saw? I think the neighbors pit bull ate him.

    There is a video on the web of Penn – a professed atheist -commenting on a “very nice man” who came to him after a show and gave him a copy of the New Testament. Penn’s comment in the video was something to the effect of, “How much do you have to hate a person to truly believe that there is a God and a means to eternal life and choose NOT to tell them about it? If you knew someone was about to get hit by a bus, but they didn’t believe you, and you saw the bus bearing down on them, at some point you have to tackle them.” Penn mentions that he had ZERO respect for someone who believed in God and that people will either go to heaven or hell, but is afraid to share that belief.

    Well goody for Penn.

    Alan comes here spouting his creationism as if it is fact. It is far from fact and we’ve shown him and hundreds like him how exactly wrong it is. Yet his impenetrable skull of faith based ignorance keeps him and the hordes like him from seeing that. You have to understand that quoting scripture does not support your case. Hard empirical evidence does. People get “mean” because we’ve been through this so many times that it becomes annoying dealing with all the misinformation being spread by people like Alan.

    Keep proselytizing Todd. See where that gets you. Quoting scripture proves nothing more than your ability to regurgitate something you read. And in this case possibly a low level understanding of how to use a computer.

    I for one will happily remain ignorant of your “science” that, if one judged from this post alone, produces uncivil, hateful, belligerent and angry individuals.

    That great Todd. You’d rather remain willfully stupid than face your ignorance. And because those big bad mean scientists and atheist said bad words.

    Grow up.

    Your concern has been noted and is stupid.

  491. #491 CJO
    February 13, 2009

    the teachings of Christ, recorded in the New Testament, are the best way to live. I simply know that those teachings changed my life and are the basis for my decisions.

    So, you’ve made a complete split with your family, and now live an itinerant life of voluntary poverty? Good for you. But… what are you doing on the internet?

  492. #492 Sven DiMilo
    February 13, 2009

    The geologic record reeks of a flood

    Knew I smelled something.

  493. #493 Patricia, OM
    February 13, 2009

    Todd – I urge you do go forth and consider the lord’s words, and all that he has for you, Jesus said: He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. John 13:26

  494. #494 CJO
    February 13, 2009

    Walt Brown farted.

  495. #495 Damian
    February 13, 2009

    I respect Alan’s diligence in remaining and making an effort at civil discussion, but at this point, I would counsel him to leave the rest of you to your unbelief.

    No, he hasn’t made an “effort at civil discourse”. He has ignored all of the rebuttals of his nonsense, and then essentially stuck his middle finger up at us by presenting evidence from ridiculous creationist websites.

    Do you know what? That kind of anti-intellectualism offends us (kind of)! It essentially says that you know that science has provided the modern world, and that will likely ensure that Alan’s new baby will survive in to adulthood, but screw that, he’d rather be a hypocrite, and when it suits him, he can ignore science and believe in magic, because it makes him feel all special.

    Sorry that I can’t just accept that.

    I for one will happily remain ignorant of your “science” that, if one judged from this post alone, produces uncivil, hateful, belligerent and angry individuals.

    Right, but you’ll continue to take advantage of what it provides, though. Hypocrite.

    I also pray that the one I believe created each of you opens your eyes to His existence.

    Don’t hold your breath.

  496. #496 Alan Clarke
    February 13, 2009

    EVIDENCES THAT SUPPORT EVOLUTIONISM
    People often think, ?How can my theory be false if so many evidences support it?? It may or may not be, but remember, a multitude of supporting evidences can lead you astray if your interpretation for each and every one is wrong. How can so many interpretations be wrong? If a theory?s entire underlying framework is supported by one false assumption, then all of the interpretations can be wrong. All of the evidences will have the appearance of ?unity?. Each one will support the other.

    Wind is caused by the flapping of tree leaves. We know this to be true because every time we feel the wind, we see leaves flapping somewhere. During the winter when there are no leaves, the winds are generated by trees at the Earth?s lower hemisphere where it is summer. The Apollo 11 space flight to the Moon validated the theory when crew members noticed there was no wind as evidenced by the absence of trees. The fact that Mars has no trees but high winds is not fully understood but some have theorized that the atmospheric turbulence is a relic from ancient forests that once existed. The trees were thought to have been far greater in number and size than the Earth?s.

    Since there are so many supporting evidences, how can the theory be false? Everything went awry at the first supposition. Some say that the first supposition is a ?law?, but I?m telling you many people paid a lot money to have university professors give them head massages. Stepping aside from this analogy, what is the first false assumption made by practically everyone on this forum? ?THERE IS NO GOD?

    2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.

  497. #497 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 13, 2009

    Projection defined.

    You fail at science, again.

  498. #498 Patricia, OM
    February 13, 2009

    Well Alan, where is god?

  499. #499 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 13, 2009

    I can’t not comment again on that last babble from Alan.

    That is hands down the worst example of how the scientific method works I’ve read in months. And that’s saying a lot considering the kooks we get on here.

    Seriously Alan, with such a basic misunderstanding of how science works you will never be able to grasp how very wrong you are across the board.

    And the first assumption you have is that there is a god.

    I don’t assume there is something that there is no evidence of.

    Do you assume that there is Leprechaun living in your ear?

  500. #500 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 13, 2009

    Alan just doesn’t get it. His continued religous discourse just shows how wrong he is. Alan, there are hundreds of thousands, if not millions of scientific papers showing evolution is correct. None that show any other theory to be correct. They cannot be negated except by other science papers. Fail again.

    His bible may be meaningful to him, but not to science, who ignores it, and us, who belief it to be a work of fiction.

  501. #501 phantomreader42
    February 13, 2009

    Alan Clarke’s Bible Babble:

    2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.

    So, Alan, your god is a liar. A fraud. A spreader of delusion and untruth. A bearer of false witness. And a hypocrite. Even if such a being were real, how could it possibly be worthy of worship?

    Of course, your imaginary friend isn’t real, and you have not even come close to offering the slightest speck of evidence that it is. Nor will you ever. Not surprising that you worship an imagianry hypocritical liar. You’ve created your god in your own image.

  502. #502 Sven DiMilo
    February 13, 2009

    waaaaaaaiiiit a minute…
    I thought wind was the breath of Zephyrs or something like that…or, no, that bearded dude with puffy cheeks on the old maps. Ha! What about those evidences, you infidels? Old maps!

    checkmate.

  503. #503 Owlmirror
    February 13, 2009

    Regardless, I would hope that many could agree with my premise that the teachings of Christ, recorded in the New Testament, are the best way to live.

    No, I think that hating your parents and families just so that you can be Christian is wrong. Sorry, I just plain disagree with Jesus there.

  504. #504 Patricia, OM
    February 13, 2009

    Yes the god of the bible certainly is worthy of your worship Alan. He just loves babies. “Happy shall he be that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones. Psalm 137:9 And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters. Deut. 28:53 Slay utterly old and young, both maids and little children. Ezk 9:6

    And when your wife is in labor Alan, remember god wants her screaming in agony, Genesis 3:16.

  505. #505 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 13, 2009

    And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body,

    God Swallows?

    too much?

  506. #506 Owlmirror
    February 13, 2009

    2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.

    So God isn’t just a mob boss who tortures and kills people, but is also a con man. Hey, I guess you’re happy worshiping a murderer and a liar.

    But that does say something rather unpleasant about you.

  507. #507 TonyC
    February 13, 2009

    Alan

    And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.

    How do you know that the delusions are being sent to us, and the lie is science?

    Personally I think the delusion is Christianity and your (Xian) behavior demonstrates the lie.

  508. #508 Rey Fox
    February 13, 2009

    “Stepping aside from this analogy, what is the first false assumption made by practically everyone on this forum? ?THERE IS NO GOD?”

    Show us it’s false. Show me that there really IS a dragon in my garage. No fair claiming that it’s invisible or disappears when I go out there to check.

    “I’ve never been one for blind faith.”
    Ennis 12:2

  509. #509 Jadehawk
    February 13, 2009

    Wind is caused by the flapping of tree leaves. We know this to be true because every time we feel the wind, we see leaves flapping somewhere. During the winter when there are no leaves, the winds are generated by trees at the Earth?s lower hemisphere where it is summer. The Apollo 11 space flight to the Moon validated the theory when crew members noticed there was no wind as evidenced by the absence of trees. The fact that Mars has no trees but high winds is not fully understood but some have theorized that the atmospheric turbulence is a relic from ancient forests that once existed. The trees were thought to have been far greater in number and size than the Earth?s.

    that right there is solid proof that you’ve got no flaming clue how science works. science tests its theories not by accumulating evidence that can be used to support it, but by testing it in ways that could prove it wrong. and how do we test your silly little “wind is made by trees” idea? by growing an indoor orchard. if during a 20 year study the orchard fails to produce wind, wind is not produced by moving leaves. it’s called falsifiability, and works by removing all external variables to test a specific claim

    you fail.

  510. #510 Jadehawk
    February 13, 2009

    Stepping aside from this analogy, what is the first false assumption made by practically everyone on this forum? ?THERE IS NO GOD?

    another massive fail.

    “there is no god” is a conclusion. remember all those creationist scientists you quoted a while back? the evidence lead scientists to ditch God as an explanation, because there was no evidence to support it, while the evidence for a fully natural explanation was abundant

    also, you keep forgetting that most of us were christians once. Evidence lead us to conclude that there is no god.

    you’ve got your thinking ass-backwards. you’re the one viciously trying to fit evidence to a conclusion, we’re the ones trying to make a conclusion from available evidence (and even making tests to see if we can prove our conclusions wrong)

  511. #511 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 13, 2009

    Hmmm… Alan, are you aware that some wind on Mars cleaned some of the dust off the rover Spirit recently? They know because more light was getting through to the solar panels. Another lie exposed.

  512. #512 Owlmirror
    February 13, 2009

    it’s called falsifiability, and works by removing all external variables to test a specific claim

    Yeah, but if he thought too hard about falsifiability, he would realize that God is either already falsified, or unfalsifiable (depending on the claims made about God), and then his head might explode.

    It’s better for his health all around if he doesn’t think too hard.

  513. #513 WRMartin
    February 13, 2009

    Todd The Godbot Bacon @488:

    Amazing the number of incredibly mean people.

    Imagine all the people who are reading and lurking here and not posting. Think of what mean thoughts are going through their heads. There are dead people who think you?re a deluded moron.

    See, from time to time a moron or two plops in here and spouts his version of some ancient text of myths to somehow prove his version of some ancient text of myths. While sometimes funny it does get boring as all fuck.

    I believe Groucho Marx said it best and it definitely applies to you and Alan Clarke:

    He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot but don’t let that fool you. He really is an idiot.

  514. #514 Owlmirror
    February 13, 2009

    Oh, and I just realized that Alan contradicted his own theology!

    @#354:

    I think people take too much for granted and their complaint about ?suffering? and God being evil since he is causing it is all man?s excuse for his own failings.

    @#497:

    2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.

    In other words, mans failings are his own, and God deliberately causes failings in man.

    MegaFAIL.

  515. #515 Patricia, OM
    February 13, 2009

    OK Chimpy, you win.

    EEEEWWWWW!

  516. #516 'Tis Himself
    February 13, 2009

    I also pray that the one I believe created each of you opens your eyes to His existence.

    One major difference between most goddists and most atheists is that the atheists don’t have a need to believe in god. There isn’t a void in our lives that cries out to be filled by a petulant, sadistic bully with the emotional maturity of a spoiled six year old.

    Your pet deity is the one who sends bears out to maul 42 children because they laughed at the Prophet Enoch’s baldness. I can hear Enoch whining: “Lord, those kids are being snotty to me, time to do some smiting.” It certainly appears that omniscience, omnipotence, and various other omnis do not a mature divine being make.

  517. #517 Sven DiMilo
    February 13, 2009

    some wind on Mars cleaned some of the dust off the rover Spirit recently? They know because more light was getting through to the solar panels.

    That could have been a squeegee-Martian. Maybe it’s where all those guys went when Rudy cleaned up NY NY.

  518. #518 Patricia, OM
    February 13, 2009

    That Thessalonians quote is famous for use in debates about biblical contradictions.

    My favorite is: Thou shalt not bear false witness. Ex 20:16

    Then god hauls off and sends strong delusions. Niiice.

  519. #519 Jadehawk
    February 13, 2009

    Stepping aside from this analogy, what is the first false assumption made by practically everyone on this forum? ?THERE IS NO GOD?

    I was about to counter that with Quod licet Iovi non licet bovi, but then I realized I was talking about a different god. and if it’s not from the bible, it’s not true anyway :-p

  520. #520 Jadehawk
    February 13, 2009

    hmmm…. good thing i didn’t make fun of the reverend for his c/p fail in the “I get mail” thread!

    Take two:

    That Thessalonians quote is famous for use in debates about biblical contradictions.
    My favorite is: Thou shalt not bear false witness. Ex 20:16
    Then god hauls off and sends strong delusions. Niiice.

    I was about to counter that with Quod licet Iovi non licet bovi, but then I realized I was talking about a different god. and if it’s not from the bible, it’s not true anyway :-p

  521. #521 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 13, 2009

    hmmm…. good thing i didn’t make fun of the reverend for his c/p fail in the “I get mail” thread!

    Bah, I probably deserved it.

  522. #522 Owlmirror
    February 13, 2009

    Your pet deity is the one who sends bears out to maul 42 children because they laughed at the Prophet Enoch’s baldness.

    *cough*. Actually, that was the Prophet Elisha.

    But still, the point stands.

  523. #523 Jadehawk
    February 13, 2009

    that may be so, but it would make ME look like an even bigger idiot, now that i’ve done exactly the same ;-)

  524. #524 MartinM
    February 13, 2009

    Since there are so many supporting evidences, how can the theory be false? Everything went awry at the first supposition. Some say that the first supposition is a ?law?, but I?m telling you many people paid a lot money to have university professors give them head massages. Stepping aside from this analogy, what is the first false assumption made by practically everyone on this forum? ?THERE IS NO GOD?

    And yet there are plenty of theists who accept evolution. Were you to visit the biology departments of major Universities, you’d have no trouble at all finding scientists who are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu…pick a faith, you’ll find it. And they’ll all tell you the same thing; that evolution is supported by a mountain of empirical evidence. Who accepts creationism? Fundamentalist Christians. Fundamentalist Muslims. And the occasional Orthodox Jew. Yes, there’s ideology driving one side, but it isn’t ours. Is projection all you’ve got?

  525. #525 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 13, 2009

    I miss Alan Clarke and Todd (I refuse to use bacon as his last name in fear of sullying that wondrous of all pork products) INSERT LAST NAME HERE

    Alan PLEASE COME BACK AND TELL US ALL ABOUT MOON DUST PROVING A YOUNG EARTH.

  526. #526 E.V.
    February 13, 2009

    Why do I feel that Todd Bacon is a sock puppet, Alan?

  527. #527 windy
    February 13, 2009

    My favorite is: Thou shalt not bear false witness. Ex 20:16 Then god hauls off and sends strong delusions. Niiice.

    “whoever says, ?Thou fool,? shall be in danger of Hell fire.” -Jesus

    “But God said unto him, Thou fool” -Luke

    “You fools and blind men!” -Jesus

  528. #528 Alan Clarke
    February 14, 2009

    Patricia: Well Alan, where is god?

    Are you serious? I described a method in which you can answer the question for yourself (i.e. Gideon said to God, “If you will ?). As far as I can tell, no one has tried as evidenced by the numerous mockings. I don?t really expect anyone to publicly report success on the forum because this would admit defeat. (success = defeat??) What I am expecting is for a few to call upon God privately in a SERIOUS tone when a crisis arrives in their life. Let?s face it. God is not going to reveal his inner person to a mocker any more than a wife would reveal herself to an abusive and mocking husband. The ball is in your court.

  529. #529 clinteas
    February 14, 2009

    God is not going to reveal his inner person to a mocker any more than a wife would reveal herself to an abusive and mocking husband

    You Sir,are one fucked up individual.

  530. #530 Jadehawk
    February 14, 2009

    did he just seriously try to explain talking to god to Patricia…?

    and couldn’t he have waited another 10 minutes with this post? i was so close to actually getting some sleep tonight *sigh*

  531. #531 Alan Clarke
    February 14, 2009

    Brownian: YECs know that the oil they drive on is found by petroleum geologists who use the assumption that the earth is 4.5 byo and all the associated Satanic science to do so, right? I mean, they wouldn’t be a bunch of hypocrites as well as morons and liars, would they?

    What theories are helping petroleum geologists to find oil? It?s not old-earth uniformitarian theories of continental drift & sea-floor spreading:

    ?For example, if the Atlantic basin were nonexistent before Late Jurassic time (as drift proponents believe), drilling for pre-Late Jurassic objectives in certain areas is senseless.?

    Oil is found where uniformitarian theory says it shouldn?t:

    ?Yet in 1968 major discoveries apparently were made near Prudhoe Bay, northern Alaska, in Mississippian carbonates (41° N paleolatitude) and Triassic sandstone (52° N paleolatitude). Cretaceous oil in the same area is at 80&# 76; N paleolatitude, and in Tierra del Fuego is at about 60° S paleolatitude.?

    Read full abstract here.

  532. #532 Alan Clarke
    February 14, 2009

    Kel:So how are they calibrated? Firstly we can correlate it with relative dating, we know that one layer must be older than the layer above it.

    Please correct your ?we know? to ?we assume?. The layers could be the same age and sorted hydrologically if there was a global flood.

  533. #533 Alan Clarke
    February 14, 2009

    Ichthyic: all of your arguments are straight from AIG, and have been refuted so many times already as to have become the backbone of the Index to Creationist Claims: http://www.talkorigins.org/indexcc/list.html

    Translation: ?Do not quote from a website that is invalidated by my website.?

  534. #534 Jadehawk
    February 14, 2009

    Claim CH561.2:
    The order of fossils deposited by Noah’s Flood, especially those of marine organisms, can be explained by hydrologic sorting. Fossils of the same size will be sorted together. Heavier and more streamlined forms will be found at lower levels.
    Source:
    Whitcomb, John C. Jr. and Henry M. Morris, 1961. The Genesis Flood. Philadelphia, PA: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., pp. 273-274
    Response:

    1. Fossils are not sorted according to hydrodynamic principles. Ammonites, which are buoyant organisms similar to the chambered nautilus, are found only in deep strata. Turtles, which are rather dense, are found in middle and upper strata. Brachiopods are very similar to clams in size and shape, but brachiopods are found mostly in lower strata than are clams. Most fossil-bearing strata contain fossils of various sizes and shapes. Some species are found in wide ranges, while others are found only in thin layers within those ranges. Hydrologic sorting can explain none of this.

    2. The sediments in which fossils are found are not hydrologically sorted. Coarse sediments are often found above fine sediments. Nor are the sediments sorted with the fossils. Large fossils are commonly found in fine sediments.

    3. A catastrophic flood would not be expected to produce much hydrologic sorting. A flood that lays down massive quantities of sediments would jumble up most of them.

    ergo, you fail.

  535. #535 Alan Clarke
    February 14, 2009

    Jadehawk:? science tests its theories not by accumulating evidence that can be used to support it, but by testing it in ways that could prove it wrong. and how do we test your silly little “wind is made by trees” idea? by growing an indoor orchard. if during a 20 year study the orchard fails to produce wind, wind is not produced by moving leaves. it’s called falsifiability, and works by removing all external variables to test a specific claim
    you fail.

    Removing the trees from their natural ecosystem will undoubtedly stop their leaves from flapping since the indoor orchard can?t duplicate the incalculable number of variables that the Earth?s ecosystem provides. If no wind is produced after 20 years, it will be because the leaves never flapped.

    How will you remove ?all external variables? to test that evolution actually occurs?

  536. #536 clinteas
    February 14, 2009

    Alan Clarke,

    you are one braindead individual…..Please move on

  537. #537 Jadehawk
    February 14, 2009

    Translation: ?Do not quote from a website that is invalidatedthoroughly, scientifically debunked a very long time ago by my website.?

    fixed that for ya.

  538. #538 clinteas
    February 14, 2009

    Jadehawk,

    as the resident doc here,I order you to go to bed and get some rest now….
    ( and I should bloody hell do the same,got to get up and save lifes in way too few hours time lol)

  539. #539 Jadehawk
    February 14, 2009

    How will you remove ?all external variables? to test that evolution actually occurs?

    oh, I don’t know, maybe the way this guy did?

    please do try to have a thought that hasn’t been debunked already

  540. #540 Jadehawk
    February 14, 2009

    as the resident doc here,I order you to go to bed and get some rest now….

    but… but… *whinge*

    oh ok…

  541. #541 Knockgoats
    February 14, 2009

    The layers could be the same age and sorted hydrologically if there was a global flood. Alan Clarke

    You contemptible, pitiful, halfwit. The fact that the major geological strata were laid down over an immense period of time, and not by a global flood, was firmly established well before the first scientifically developed theory of evolution was published by Darwin. It was established, in fact, by scientists who were Christians, who believed in the fixity of species, and many of whom initially believed they would find evidence of a flood. Being honest scientists, most of these came to accept that the evidence was clear, and that it refuted this belief utterly and completely. They would have held you in as much contempt as I do.

  542. #542 Alan Clarke
    February 14, 2009

    Jadehawk: A catastrophic flood would not be expected to produce much hydrologic sorting. A flood that lays down massive quantities of sediments would jumble up most of them.

    Copying & pasting your refutations leave you looking like an automated phone system that has no ability to direct one’s call.

    You are misinterpreting my use of “hydrologic sorting”.

    Hydrologic: the effects of water on the Earth’s surface.

    Sorting: the order that the soil and rocks are placed.

    The water I am speaking of is the global flood. How would a catastrophic global flood “place” the soil and rocks? It would place it randomly and “jumbled” up. In other words, Kel’s assumption of, “we know that one layer must be older than the layer above it” is wrong.

  543. #543 Knockgoats
    February 14, 2009

    BTW, Alan Clarke, did you notice the date on that abstact you linked to? 1969. Do you have anything more recent? I thought not. Science moves on you know, and plate tectonics is as firmly established as the periodic table. Meyerhoff was one of the last holdouts – a sad relic of refuted ideas. No wonder you feel a kinship with him – although of course he’d have laughed at your ludicrous fantasies of a global flood.

  544. #544 Alan Clarke
    February 14, 2009

    Patricia:Yes the god of the bible certainly is worthy of your worship Alan. He just loves babies. “Happy shall he be that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones. Psalm 137:9 . . . And when your wife is in labor Alan, remember god wants her screaming in agony, Genesis 3:16.

    Patricia, notice the verse says, ?Happy shall he be?? Who is he? If it is God, shouldn?t the verse read, ?I will be happy??? Nevertheless, I can see you are disgusted with an act of injustice performed against an innocent child. Or is your anger directed more at God? Who are you more concerned about? Where are your energies most directed?

    1) Pitying defenseless children
    2) Anger toward a disgusting God
    3) Pity for yourself (you?re mistreated, misunderstood, and disadvantaged)

    Test yourself. How disgusted are you of this recent botched abortion in Miami where the baby was born alive then killed? “Ms Williams’ lawsuit offers a cruder account: She says Ms Gonzalez knocked the baby off the recliner chair where she had given birth, onto the floor. The baby’s umbilical cord was not clamped, allowing her to bleed out. Ms Gonzalez scooped the baby, placenta and afterbirth into a red plastic bio-hazard bag and threw it out.”

    Or is it the person performing the action that is the most disgusting? As the verse says, ?Happy shall he be that?? Just look at the smiling happy faces.

    Is God to be blamed for the above? Isn?t God directing the Christians to act against this?

  545. #545 Anton Mates
    February 14, 2009

    Hydrologic: the effects of water on the Earth’s surface.

    Sorting: the order that the soil and rocks are placed.

    The water I am speaking of is the global flood. How would a catastrophic global flood “place” the soil and rocks? It would place it randomly and “jumbled” up.

    That’s pretty much the exact opposite of what “hydrologic sorting” means.

    Even most creationists are aware that rock layers and fossil types are, in general, not placed randomly and jumbled up. “Hydrologic sorting” is the hypothesis they propose to explain this, a competitor to the mainstream geological explanation that the layers are ordered by time of deposition.

  546. #546 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 14, 2009

    I see our fuckwit Alan still thinks the bible is not a work of fiction. We can’t fix your delusions Alan, but we will correct your science. You have nothing of scientific nature to offer, and your lies about the bible are ludicrous. Time for you to move on. Your continuing attempts to testify are boring.

  547. #547 Alan Clarke
    February 14, 2009

    Knockgoats: BTW, Alan Clarke, did you notice the date on that abstact you linked to? 1969.

    Allow me to point out a problem with your logic: The abstract states the that oil discoveries where made in 1968 in locations that weaken unifomritarian theories. Since when did older discovery dates make a find less credible? The 1968 finding was a problem for uniformitarianists then, and it is a problem now.

  548. #548 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 14, 2009

    Alan, go away. You are in over your head. Save yourself some embarrassment, which is coming.

  549. #549 Alan Clarke
    February 14, 2009

    Tis Himself: The remnants of Babylon are found in modern day Al Hillah, Iraq. Al Hillah has an estimated population of over 350,000. The name has changed, but there’s still a city where Babylon used to be.

    Thanks for your honest attempt: two separate places

  550. #550 'Tis Himself
    February 14, 2009

    That’s what? A mile away? A fucking MILE! Alan, you’re getting ridiculous now trying to prop up your favorite bit of fiction.

    Sorry, but I’m not convinced that your silliness about “Babylon isn’t inhabited” is true. Better luck next time.

  551. #551 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 14, 2009

    Alan, have you watched Bible’s Buried Secrets yet? It tells how the first five books of the bible were put together. Watch it before you post here again.

  552. #552 Alan Clarke
    February 14, 2009

    Jadehawk: I found the hidden caveat emptor of your link to Richard Lenski’s “Experimental Evolution” here: ?Relative fitness is a dimensionless quantity, which is calculated as the ratio of the growth rate of the derived type to its ancestral competitor during direct competition.?

    Here is why his ?evolution? is ?nowhere?: If something has a ?faster growth rate? than its ancestor, does that mean it is more viable? No. If I wind a clock too tightly and it runs faster than all other clocks, does that mean it is more viable? The main spring will probably wear out more quickly. Evolution must gain useful INFORMATION. Where is any information gained in Lenski?s experiment?

    Your statement that Lenski has ?removed all external variables? is not theoretically possible.

    I asked someone previously to provide an electron microscope scan of something that gained useful information, not a quantitative difference. We need a ?new component?! Can someone please direct me to the link on this forum if someone has already posted it?

    Actually, I was keen to Lenski?s supposed ?evolution? on this post last year.

  553. #553 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 14, 2009

    Alan, its getting obvious you have no real point. You are too deluded and stupid to discuss the science in a scientific manner. Your attempts to make science look bad are childish and in vain. Now run along and help your wife. You will accomplish nothing with further posts.

  554. #554 Sven DiMilo
    February 14, 2009

    Alan, you freakin’ dope, relative growth rate was used as a fitness measurement because the different bacterial phenotypes were pitted together in a competition for limited resources. It’s not analogous to clocks at all.
    I’m not sure what you would accept as a new structure or increase in information, but how about the new gut valve in Podarcis lizards? Look it up.

  555. #555 Owlmirror
    February 14, 2009

    I described a method in which you can answer the question for yourself (i.e. Gideon said to God, “If you will ?). As far as I can tell, no one has tried as evidenced by the numerous mockings.

    Oh, yes I did. It’s right up there in comment #442.

    What I am expecting is for a few to call upon God privately in a SERIOUS tone when a crisis arrives in their life.

    Been there, done that, got no answer. No answer means there’s no one there to answer.

    God is not going to reveal his inner person to a mocker any more than a wife would reveal herself to an abusive and mocking husband.

    You mean like the way that you mock God by comparing him to a wife? (A wife is supposed to submit to her husband. Colossians 3:18, moron.)

    You mean like the way that you mock God by asserting that his feelings are easily hurt and he becomes sullen?

    You mean like the way that you mock God by violating his commandment against giving false testimony?

    You claimed that you developed a relationship where you can address God directly and get answers.

    I offered a pathetically simple empirical way to test this.

    You didn’t even bother answering.

    Ergo, you were lying, and not just lying, but literally bearing false witness. God does not give you direct answers.

    The water I am speaking of is the global flood. How would a catastrophic global flood “place” the soil and rocks? It would place it randomly and “jumbled” up.

    Yes, and that’s how we now that a catastrophic global flood never happened. Because there is no global layer of randomized flood sediment.

  556. #556 Alan Clarke
    February 14, 2009

    Tis Himself: That’s what? A mile away? A fucking MILE!

    I interpret your two question marks as two questions (or two time wasters). There’s no need to live in darkness since Google conveniently provided a distance legend at the bottom left corner of my original “Uninhabited Babylon” post. You seem to be infatuated with making Babylon a nice place to live despite the fact that God cursed it. Be my guest. There’s a little hole carved in the mud that you might find comfy. View Here What’s one man’s dump is another man’s palace!

  557. #557 Damian
    February 14, 2009

    Alan, Lizards Rapidly Evolve After Introduction to Island.

    There are thousands of examples like this.

    Look, we know what your game is, sonny jim. There is literally nothing that we could show to you that would count as evolution. Seriously. In your mind, having to accept that life has evolved would destroy almost everything that you believe in. How likely is it, then, that you are going to allow that to happen?

    Of course, you couldn’t be more wrong, but you would almost certainly have to modify your beliefs, and I can understand how even that would scare the crap out of you. But you need to remember that, if we are right and life on earth has evolved pretty much as the scientific community has described (thus far), you are not only missing out on understanding His method of creation, but denying Him the glory.

    If, as many people believe, everything is within God’s control, then so too is randomness, chance, and all of the other things that you rail against. You need to make a decision, Alan. Does God decide which side of a coin falls face up, and which lot is drawn, or doesn’t he? If he does, then what we consider to be random is entirely within God’s purview. If not, you need to decide what exactly is God’s role in the universe and stick with it. It is not, after all, for you to decide, arbitrarily.

    This is a problem with your own theology, Alan, not with reality. As Deacon over at Evangelical Realism always says, the truth is consistent with itself.

  558. #558 Alan Clarke
    February 14, 2009

    Thanks Damian, I’ll read up on it when I get some time.

    But as expected, I like reading both views:

    http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/aid/v3/n1/life-designed-to-adapt

  559. #559 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 14, 2009

    AIG isn’t science. To say so, is an damn lie.

  560. #560 Owlmirror
    February 14, 2009

    You need to make a decision, Alan. Does God decide which side of a coin falls face up, and which lot is drawn, or doesn’t he? If he does, then what we consider to be random is entirely within God’s purview. If not, you need to decide what exactly is God’s role in the universe and stick with it. It is not, after all, for you to decide, arbitrarily.

    Which, I note, repeats the question I asked @#223. Alan was unable to answer. Roger S said that no, he thinks we have free will, but then Alan posted that quote from 2 Thessalonians which says that not only does God not allow us free will, but goes so far as to deliberately force us to “believe a lie”. And Todd Bacon posted the quote from 2 Corinthians that confirms the assertion that God deliberately lies to us.

    All of which makes me wonder what Alan is doing spewing common creationist claims here. Alan, you think that God is forcing us to not believe in him. Who the hell are you to go against the will of the God that you claim to believe exists?

  561. #561 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 14, 2009

    Alan, AIG is a joke. It is not science it is only apologetics.

  562. #562 Feynmaniac
    February 14, 2009

    Alan,

    AiG is a fucking joke. They don’t even allow comments on their articles or blogs. This despite the fact that many of their own readers have requested such a function.

    Don’t you find it ironic that here on an atheist blog your dissenting opinions are heard while on that Christian Apologetics site not only is dissent not tolerated but even those who agree can’t be heard?

  563. #563 E.V.
    February 14, 2009

    I see the pig singing lessons are still proceeding.

  564. #564 Damian
    February 14, 2009

    But as expected, I like reading both views:

    Indeed, and that’s the source of your problem, Alan. You have no way of differentiating between what is good science, and bad, or what is even science at all. You appear to rely solely on authority, instead.

    Anyway, they have essentially admitted that the Lizard has evolved a novel structure. That’s terrific, it really is. It’s only taken several decades for us to get them to admit that.

    I’m not really seeing where the science is, though. That whole article consists of hand-waving, knowing full well that they can no longer deny that novel structures can evolve.

    Now, explain why those changes ? admitted to even by that monument to anti-science, AIG ? cannot continue to accumulate, up-to-and-including the point where an organism is no longer recognizable? In other words, what is preventing it from happening?

    Without explaining that, Alan, you have no basis for denying that it can happen ? and indeed, does ? and thus, you have pretty much just conceded the argument.

    Damn, you were just too eager for your own good.

  565. #565 WRMartin
    February 14, 2009

    Alan sounds like someone who may have spent a little too much of his life behind a bible. Recently, he has spent way too much time at AiG or some place with a similar simple reputation. Since learning to be a skeptic at AiG over the past few months he has decided to plop over here and question reality. Not only won?t he do his own research into many of the matters he has questions about he assumes his witnessing and testifying here will convince at least one of us to begin speaking to his version of his god.
    Alan, your ignorance appears to know no bounds. Is there anything you do well besides spouting South Park quotes or whatever the fuck that notated crap is?
    Massive FAIL Alan.
    Your inability to accept your failure is a sign of mental illness and stubbornness. Stop acting like a child, put down your bible, and watch patiently and quietly. That, everything going on around you, all that unpleasantness, confusing and obnoxious stuff going on around you, that?s reality. Get used to it or cover yourself up in your delusions and please try not to disturb those around you.
    There are many times when I wish there really was a filter at the ISP level to remove morons from the online world so that they would be limited to sputtering their nonsense on their own streets and only bother the poor locals.
    Alan, when you speak your ideas to others in real life do they nod and mumble ?uh huh? a lot? Here?s a clue for you: they aren?t agreeing with you ? they think you?re a delusional crank and just about crazy enough that you might hurt them if they disagreed or called you on your bullshit in person. Here online you have been called on your bullshit many times on every subject and yet your major source for rebuttal appears to be a combination of your own stubbornness and an ability to quote South Park or whatever that crap is. The things you don?t know about the things you think you know would fill a library.
    Adios muchacho, my dog needs a walk. Hey look, my dog can lick his balls. Can your god do that? I and my dog scoff at your god. Now I think he’s doing his Holy Grail impersonation – there was a bark then a growl, then something about waving his freshly moistened testicles in the general direction of your god. I second that.

  566. #566 RogerS
    February 14, 2009

    Posted by: Stanton | February 12, 2009 11:00 PM

    RogerS, have you tried googling “orchid hybrids” or “apple maggot Rhagoletis pomonella speciation” or “cichlid speciation”?

    Sorry for the delay,
    I do appreciate you providing exceptions to look at. I did like learning about the latest research.
    Comments:
    Orchid hybrids-
    Question: Is there any new science here other than what farmers are doing in cross-breeding varieties of corn? Please excuse my weakness on the subject.

    Apple maggot Rhagoletis pomonella speciation-
    I see we have flies with genetic maturing time differences and dividing into 2 food preferences, hawthorn & apple. I also have genetic differences with blacks and I prefer different foods, that doesn?t make me a different species does it?

    African Cichlid-
    Looks like color sensing chemicals differences in the fish?s eye causing different red & blue sensitivity. I personally attribute my greater sensitivity to light compared to my wife is my light blue eyes compared to her beautiful dark eyes. I may be wrong but have discounted dilation and rhodopsin production. I also noticed that people with different genes than myself also prefer wearing purple to attract a mate, but that?s ok, we are all brothers and sisters from Mitochondrial Eve, right?

    Conclusion:
    So out of over 1,500,000 species we are reduced to looking at a yield of 3 curiosities: flowers producing flowers, flies producing flies, and fish producing fish.
    - I just don?t get the enthusiasm, must be missing the evolutional trend here. It doesn?t look like a good theory to invest in from a business standpoint (unless Gov’t funded).

  567. #567 Steve_C
    February 14, 2009

    What an idiot.

  568. #568 Iain Walker
    February 14, 2009

    Alan Clarke (#529):

    What I am expecting is for a few to call upon God privately in a SERIOUS tone when a crisis arrives in their life.

    I.e., when they’re liable to be in a highly emotional state, less likely to analyse carefully, and most likely to be prone to wishful thinking and all manner of cognitive biases.

    Yes, Alan, I imagine that’s exactly what you’re hoping for. It would never do for people to conduct the test while they’re actually capable of thinking critically.

  569. #569 Patricia, OM
    February 14, 2009

    Alan – Your answers to me are typical fundie bullshit that equals nothing. You have no idea how many times we have had the same tired rerun. There are no converts here for you. I was a much better true christian than you are. At least when I saw peoples eyes glaze over I would quit. *HINT*

  570. #570 Owlmirror
    February 14, 2009

    So out of over 1,500,000 species we are reduced to looking at a yield of 3 curiosities: flowers producing flowers, flies producing flies, and fish producing fish.

    But they are, in fact, examples of speciation. What do you think, that we should provide you with examples of flies producing beetles, or beagles? Fish producing frogs? That isn’t what evolution predicts will happen in human timespans.

    Getting from fish to amphibians took millions of years. That transition is recorded in fossils, as well as in the DNA of living fish and living amphibians: We can compare them and see both the similarities and differences that demonstrate common ancestry.

    A couple of simple questions for all you evolution deniers: It’s been pointed out that there are biologists who do accept evolution and common descent, and explain it within the framework of believing in God. Would you read book(s) by these biologists that explain why evolution is real? If not, why or why not? If you read the book(s), would you accept that believing the scientific consensus on the age of the earth and the evolution of life could in some way work with believing in God? If not, why not?

  571. #571 Walton
    February 14, 2009

    ‘Tis Himself: One major difference between most goddists and most atheists is that the atheists don’t have a need to believe in god.

    That’s my problem – I do have a very compelling emotional need to believe in God, but on a strictly rational, intellectual basis I can’t do so. Which is why my comments about religion sometimes seem confused and incoherent; I have no idea what I actually believe, and change my mind from day to day. I have no doubt that theists and atheists alike, reading this, probably consider me a weak-minded fool. But I can’t help it.

  572. #572 Iain Walker
    February 14, 2009

    Alan Clarke (#553):

    Evolution must gain useful INFORMATION.

    Wrong. Evolution by natural selection can occur with an increase in genetic information, a decrease or with no overall change. The quantity of information embodied in a genome (by whatever metric you choose to use) has nothing to do with the utility to the organism of any changes in that quantity. Insertion and duplication mutations (which tend to increase the amount of information) can be harmful, and deletion mutations (which tend to decrease the amount of information) can be beneficial – e.g., the CCR5-Delta32 deletion that confers partial immunity to HIV.

    Of course, I’m using the term “information” very loosely here (although not as loosely as you, since you show no indication of understanding what the term actually means). No doubt someone else could explain the finer points of information theory to you in the necessary detail, although on past evidence I doubt that the attempt to educate you would be worth the effort.

  573. #573 E.V.
    February 14, 2009

    What I am expecting is for a few to call upon God privately in a SERIOUS tone when a crisis arrives in their life.

    The old “no atheists in foxholes” idiocy. You’re such a child.

  574. #574 Jadehawk
    February 14, 2009

    amazing. Alan not only fails at science, he fails at English, too.

    you do not know what the terms “sorting” “information” “component” “viability” and “growth rate” mean. either you’ve got the reading comprehension skills of a 7 year old, or are so deep in denial, Eqypt is about to grant you citizenship.

    Copying & pasting your refutations leave you looking like an automated phone system that has no ability to direct one’s call.

    You are misinterpreting my use of “hydrologic sorting”.

    Hydrologic: the effects of water on the Earth’s surface.

    Sorting: the order that the soil and rocks are placed.

    The water I am speaking of is the global flood. How would a catastrophic global flood “place” the soil and rocks? It would place it randomly and “jumbled” up. In other words, Kel’s assumption of, “we know that one layer must be older than the layer above it” is wrong.

    i’ll make a deal with you. you’ll stop giving canned arguments, i’ll stop giving canned answers.

    though, the fact that you can’t even get you own side’s story right makes you an extra special kind of stupid. here’s a hint: when something is “sorted” it cannot be “jumbled”; those are opposites.

    If something has a ?faster growth rate? than its ancestor, does that mean it is more viable? No. If I wind a clock too tightly and it runs faster than all other clocks, does that mean it is more viable?

    a clock can never be viable on account of it’s not alive, you dolt

    Evolution must gain useful INFORMATION. Where is any information gained in Lenski?s experiment?
    Your statement that Lenski has ?removed all external variables? is not theoretically possible.

    the bacteria acquired(!) a new skill though mutation and natural selection. WTF do you think “information” is? and it’s not only theoretically possible that he removed all external variables, it was practically achieved. your denial of this is meaningless.

    I asked someone previously to provide an electron microscope scan of something that gained useful information, not a quantitative difference. We need a ?new component?! Can someone please direct me to the link on this forum if someone has already posted it?

    oh yeah. you also don’t know what “quantitative” means. the difference I’ve shown you was qualitative. under an electron microscope, you’d be only able to see quantitative differences if gene addition happened, otherwise nothing. you fail basic genetics.

    oh yeah, and as a bonus:

    26:13 And I will cause the noise of thy songs to cease; and the sound of thy harps shall be no more heard.
    26:14 And I will make thee like the top of a rock: thou shalt be a place to spread nets upon; thou shalt be built no more: for I the LORD have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.26:15 Thus saith the Lord GOD to Tyrus; Shall not the isles shake at the sound of thy fall, when the wounded cry, when the slaughter is made in the midst of thee?

    Tyre, Lebanon. looks like it was build again, after all.

    I’m sure you can come up with some hand-waving bullshit why it’s ok for this prophecy to fail utterly, but your babylon one is (temporarily) being (almost) fulfilled. here’s my take on it: even a stopped clock…

    and I’ll note that you STILL haven’t addressed the existence of civilizations that blithely continue to exist right through your supposed global flood, languages and scripts that existed before the Tower of Babel was built, living plants that are older than 6000 years, or the conundrum of the radioactive Garden of Eden, or the conundrum of non-radioactive dating methods being wrong in such a way as to coincide with the wrongness of radioactive-decay rating methods (a rather massive coincidence, and you don’t believe in coincidences, do you?)

  575. #575 phantomreader42
    February 14, 2009

    Alan Clarke @ #529:

    What I am expecting is for a few to call upon God privately in a SERIOUS tone when a crisis arrives in their life.

    So, in addition to your god being a liar, a fraud, and a hypocrite, it’s also a scavenger, a carrion eater, a cowardly predatory bastard who takes advantage of the helpless and downtrodden. Primary sources of followers are children too young to think for themselves, and people driven mad by horrible circumstances beyond their control. Your god is a ghoul. A con artist who steals from those down on their luck. Little more than a child molester.

    And again you offer not the slightest speck of evidence that such a being exists! Why would you WANT such a monster to be real? What kind of lowlife scum are you that you would willingly serve such a foul thing? How horribly brainwashed do you have to be to think such a thing is actually good?

    If your god were real, it would be a monster. Lucky for all of us, it isn’t real. If you disagree with this analysis, you could try offering the slightest speck of evidence to support your claims. But we all know you’re incapable of that.

  576. #576 E.V.
    February 14, 2009

    And after the final thrust, Jadehawk walked to the sink and began to rinse the the blood off her finely honed stiletto.

  577. #577 'Tis Himself
    February 14, 2009

    I do have a very compelling emotional need to believe in God, but on a strictly rational, intellectual basis I can’t do so. Which is why my comments about religion sometimes seem confused and incoherent; I have no idea what I actually believe, and change my mind from day to day. I have no doubt that theists and atheists alike, reading this, probably consider me a weak-minded fool. But I can’t help it.

    You don’t need a god, you need a mother. No, I am not being facetious.

  578. #578 Owlmirror
    February 14, 2009

    Alan Clarke began his cascade of Epic Fail @#105 by stating that:

    This phenomena of gigantism was described in the Bible before actual fossil discoveries were made: Genesis 6:4 – “There were giants in the earth in those days…”

    Note, by the way, that the verse contradicts the Nicene Creed, saying: “the sons of God”. It can also been seen as contradicting the monotheism the bible is supposed to espouse; the phrase “??? ??????” is more literally “the sons of the God”, but “God” is “Elohim”, a word which appears as being plural (but usually used in the singular when referring to the God of Israel). The phrase can just as easily be read as “the sons of the Gods“.

    The Hebrew terms “??????” (nephilim) and “?????” (giborim) are both translated in the LXX as “????????”, (gigantes); giants. But that latter Hebrew term should definitely be “heroes”; “mighty men” in the KJV is probably OK. “Nephilim” is harder to get an accurate sense of; “fallen ones” is suggested because of the closeness of the word to the common Hebrew term that means “fallen”: “nafal”. Note that the term appears again in Numbers 13:33, in reference to the spies saying that they saw the Nephilim (again translating in the LXX as ????????), “sons (or “children”) of Anak” — but “anak” is the common Hebrew term for “giant”, and in some cases, “???” (“bene”) can have a more poetic/abstract sense of “deriving from”. ¹

    So who were all these giants; heroes; “mighty men”? Well… here’s an interesting hypothesis. It is based on the simple fact that Alan is quite wrong in saying that the bible predates fossil discoveries.

    There are places where fossils simply appear due to the earth shifting for various reasons. In the Gobi desert, Protoceratops and Psittacosaurus bones are eroded from hills and cliffs by the ferocious scouring of sandstorms, and have been for thousands of years; it is suggested that these are the source of the legend of the griffins, which were reported as living in the exact same area, guarding the gold that is to be found there. In the Mediterranean, storms and earthquakes can erode cliffs and hills, exposing Neogene and Pleistocene fossils of elephant-related Proboscidea (various mammoths and mastodons), the giant giraffe Samotherium, cave bears, and other large mammals.

    Josephus wrote in Jewish Antiquities 5.2.3. that in the area around Hebron (Israel), the early Israelites wiped out “a race of giants, who had bodies so large and countenances so entirely different from other men, that they were surprising to the sight, and terrible to the hearing. The bones of these men are still shown to this very day, unlike to any credible relations of other men.”

    Now “unlike to any credible relations of other men” suggests something genuinely strange. Not just large, but obviously different from human bones.

    Once we take into account that fossils of giant animals were and are in the earth throughout the Mediterranean, and these fossils can simply erode out over time, the stories of giants in the bible, especially in the fable of the spies in Numbers 13, begin to make more sense: The ancient Israelites found these fossils and created stories about them as being the sons of the Gods and men; the original inhabitants of the land of Canaan who were fought and killed by the ancestors of the Israelites themselves.

    I’ve picked this up from reading the first chapters (and skipping a bit to find the parts about Israel) in The First Fossil Hunters, by Adrienne Mayor. She is not the first to suggest that the monsters of myth were actually fossils found by various peoples, but this is a good popular treatment of the subject. Note that she does not actually make the inference that this was the case for all myths; she tracked down references to giant bones in the Greek and Roman classical literature and correlated them with the latest known palaeontological findings. While she references the myth of the griffins and the myth of Andromeda (chained near Joppa, also in Israel) and the myth of Cyclops being a misinterpreted mammoth or mastadon skeleton, and possibly some others which I have yet to read, the specific correlation of the giants in the bible with fossils is my own interpolation, via her citation of Josephus’ description of the giant bones of Hebron.

    Still, I think it quite plausible that most (or even all) of the stories of giants and giant monsters all around the world may well derive from preliterate findings of millions-years-old fossils.

    __________________________________________________________
    1: Consider the English phrase “son of the desert” (Arabic “??? ???????”, “Ibn al-Sahraa”). Another example in Hebrew is the common name “Ben-yamin”, meaning literally “son of the right (hand)” (or “south”, because when facing east, the south is on the right). An example in Aramaic is “Bar Kochba”; “son of a star”.

  579. #579 Owlmirror
    February 14, 2009

    You don’t need a god, you need a mother. No, I am not being facetious.

    Or anti-anxiety medication. Or anti-depressants, perhaps.

    I could probably use something for my SIWOTI syndrome.

  580. #580 E.V.
    February 14, 2009

    I could probably use something for my SIWOTI syndrome.

    What?!! And spare us the pleasure of reading you? Your syndrome is our entertainment (and edification).

  581. #581 RogerS
    February 15, 2009

    Jadehawk#535, quote from ANG:
    “Fossils are not sorted according to hydrodynamic principles.”

    So what is the main cause, local FLOODS or the slow building of layers by dying vegetation in bogs resulting in DECAY and not preservation? The local flood pitch is a bit of a sale, but the same sale to explain evidences over the whole globe? The waffling or recalibrating I have come across of late smacks of gamesmanship, but I may be wrong.
    I found the exurpts from the following link very compelling with sound logic for the topic above.
    http://www.detectingdesign.com/fossilrecord.html
    “A great deal has changed, however, and contemporary geologists and paleontologists now generally accept catastrophe as a ‘way of life’ although they may avoid the word catastrophe…

    For fossilization to occur, burial or some other form of preservation must be fairly rapid in order to protect the remains from significant scavenging and/or decay.

    As far as the fossilized bones of large animals, such as the dinosaurs and large mammals, they are also generally oriented in the same direction for any given layer, and this is true the world over. Did these animals position themselves in the same direction as they died? This does not really sound too likely. Even the legs and tails of these animals are oriented in the same direction for a given sedimentary layer. How does this happen?

    There are so many other features of the geologic column and fossil record that seem just as difficult, if not more so, for the notion that very long periods of time are represented. For example, it seems that many land animals, excluding birds and mammals, do not generally have their footprints located in the same layer in which their bodies are found, but in lower layers.56 Did the footprints evolve before they did? –That’s it, Regards

  582. #582 Jadehawk
    February 15, 2009

    all fossils point it one direction? are you confusing graphics with the real deal, or what!? most the fossils i’ve seen were of severely contorted individuals that didn’t always point any which way at all, or even have their bonesspread out over a pretty large area.

    as for the rest, i don’t know why I have to do your homework, but here it is

    Claim CC363:
    Fossilization requires rapid burial, or the organism will decay. This suggests that a catastrophe is responsible for fossils.
    Source:
    Whitcomb, John C. Jr. and Henry M. Morris, 1961. < #The Genesis Flood#>. Philadephia, PA: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., pp. 128-129.

    Response:

    1. Bones can survive for over a year before being buried. Shells can last decades or even centuries. In fact, some fossils that have been eroded or encrusted or bored by other animals have been found, showing that long times passed before they were buried, and discrediting catastrophic burial. Only soft tissues need to be preserved quickly.

    2. Rapid burial is not necessary for rapid preservation. Fossils can also be preserved by falling in a peat bog or on an anoxic lake bottom, areas where decay is slow or nonexistent. Other fossils are preserved in tree sap, which can become amber over time.

    3. Rapid burial is common as a result of processes that are local catastrophes or that can scarcely be considered catastrophes at all, such as
    * burial in sediments in a river delta
    * burial in sediments from a local river flood
    * burial in a small landslide, as along an eroded stream bank
    * burial in ash from a volcano
    * burial in a blown sand dune

    4. Patterns of fossilization are consistent with noncatastrophic processes such as those mentioned above. Fossilization occurs as a result of all those different processes, not as a result of a single catastrophe. And it occurs where we would expect on the basis of commonplace processes. Bison fossils, for example, are found in active floodplains, not in upland areas.

    also, if a global catastrophe caused fossilisation (rather than personal mini disasters), a far larger percentage of formerly existing critters would have been preserved, since they would have ALL suffered from the same rapid-burial conditions.

    also, i’d like some citation on that “critters leave footprints in layers older than they are”, because all i can think of with such meager info is “he’s surprised that critters make footprints in already existing ground, not in the ground that will form after they die…?”

    lastly, fossil LAYERS are formed in different ways depending on what the substance is; a lot of it is compressed topsoil, calcification (the shit you need to clean off your faucet) sediment stone etc. in any case, it’s all indicative of slow, periodical development, not one massive event. unless you’re saying god was in an artistic phase during the flood and felt like stripes when he was making those. (incidentally, having been in those particular hills during rainy weather and seen the effect water has on them: how do you explain mountains of soft clay? shouldn’t they have all turned to a muddled goo-puddle and dried as relatively flat from complete and long-term inundation?)

  583. #583 Owlmirror
    February 15, 2009

    contemporary geologists and paleontologists now generally accept catastrophe

    Well, duh. And of course, only if the catastrophe is supported by evidence ? which is and was found by the geologists and paleontologists themselves.

    Picking out one particularly discordant honk in a cacophonous symphony of FAIL:

    As far as the fossilized bones of large animals, such as the dinosaurs and large mammals, they are also generally oriented in the same direction for any given layer, and this is true the world over.

    Where the hell did you get this from? I’m absolutely certain that it’s not in any book on palaeontology, and I don’t see why even the dumbest flood geologist would suggest it. How would orientation in the “same direction” be consistent with a global flood?

    Unless, of course, it wasn’t from a flood geologist, but rather from a flood pulling-it-all-out-of-his-ass-ologist.

  584. #584 windy
    February 15, 2009

    What I am expecting is for a few to call upon God privately in a SERIOUS tone when a crisis arrives in their life.

    What, when you just told us that this God is as shy as an abused housewife? Is that the type I want to call upon in a crisis? Unless the crisis is that I need a sandwich so God should shut up and make me one.

  585. #585 Iain Walker
    February 15, 2009

    RogerS (#582):

    The local flood pitch is a bit of a sale, but the same sale to explain evidences over the whole globe?

    Given that local floods occur all over the globe, it’s hardly a sale. In any case, many coal deposits were formed in coastal plains subject to periodic inundation by the sea as sea levels fluctuated, so it’s not necessary to postulate local flooding of the catastrophic variety.

    As far as the fossilized bones of large animals, such as the dinosaurs and large mammals, they are also generally oriented in the same direction for any given layer, and this is true the world over.

    Supposing this were true (it isn’t, but let’s pretend), then it would be just as big a puzzle for the flood “model” as for mainstream geology. Fluid dynamics tend to the chaotic, and a global flood occurring in such a ridiculously short timescale even more so. Given such a flood, one would actually expect fossil skeletons to be arranged higglety-pigglety.

    For example, it seems that many land animals, excluding birds and mammals, do not generally have their footprints located in the same layer in which their bodies are found, but in lower layers.

    Another imaginary creationist “fact”. Generally one can’t identify the species that made a track from the track alone – one has to look at the fossil fauna from the same or contemporary strata and then infer the most likely candidate (e.g., particularly large theropod prints from the late Cretaceous in North America? Probably a T. rex). And even then, one can often only say “the track was made by an animal like such-and-such”. I.e., identifying tracks is not something one can do independently of one’s knowledge of what the available candidates are, and the available candidates are those preserved in the same or surrounding layers. So your claim makes precious little sense.

    More importantly, the fact that surface features like animal tracks are found throughout the geological column is itself a conclusive falsification of the flood “hypothesis”. These are not features that could have formed underwater in conditions of rapid and chaotic deposition. I can wander into Cambridge University’s Sedgwick Museum any day of the week and see terrestrial surface features like cracked sun-dried mud and the imprints of rain-drops dating from the Permian. Any semi-comprehensive geological museum has materials like these – geological specimens that are completely incompatible with a global flood.

  586. #586 David Godfrey
    February 15, 2009

    One thing that hasn’t been mentioned- but completely invalidates the idea that a single flood is responsible for all the sedimentary strata are angular nconformities.

    How can a flood that took a year account for layers of rock that were deposited, solidified, uplifted, tilted, eroded- and then had another layer of rock deposited on top? This makes absolutely no sense in this context- but if we allow the world to be millions of years old this kind of thing is expected.

  587. #587 Sven DiMilo
    February 15, 2009

    I’d just like to interrupt to point out for the record that this was one big-ass motherfucking snake!!!!

    Please, carry on now with the scholarly discussion of biblical-flood geology. *eyes rolling almost painfully*

  588. #588 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 15, 2009

    Please, carry on now with the scholarly discussion of biblical-flood geology. *eyes rolling almost painfully*

    Jebus, AC didn’t appear until around post #100, and here we are approaching 600 due to his denseness. Sigh.

  589. #589 Owlmirror
    February 15, 2009

    The ridiculously pathetic “all fossils in same orientation” assertion didn’t just bother me for its brain-exploding stupidity, but because after thinking about it, it seemed to me that I had seen something like it here on Pharyngula before. So I finally broke down and Googled, and found this hilarious gem:

    http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2007/09/if_youve_ever_been_tempted_to.php

    Did you know that ALL dinosaur footprint fossils found are pointing in the same direction?! This is IRREFUTABLE PROOF of the dinosaurs running from a global flood!

    ( see also funny comments )

  590. #590 David Marjanovi?, OM
    February 15, 2009

    I knew that the flood proponents were deeply ignorant — for example, why are terrestrial layers ever found on top of marine ones, such as the Hell Creek Formation (the one with Tyrannosaurus in it) on top of the Bearpaw Formation? And why is that sometimes repeated several times over? And why do phenomena like fining-upward exist? Why is that repeated (as I’ve seen with my own eyes — several storm-induced layers on top of each other)? Why do things like limestone or salt or gypsum deposits exist at fucking all?

    But I didn’t know that they make stuff up, too — and such ridiculous stuff! All body and trace fossils pointing in the same direction — I’ve seen the disproof of this with my own eyes! MORONS!!!

    Miscellanea:

    – Back in comment 161 — that’s right: one hundred sixty-one –, I told Alan to read this and come back. He didn’t read it, but came back anyway. I conclude he’s afraid he could learn something! Shame on him.
    – Oil doesn’t require ocean floors to form, and it doesn’t necessarily stay where it forms. Heat and pressure can make it go elsewhere. Find me Triassic ocean floor in the Atlantic, and then we can talk about problems with plate tectonics.
    – Creationists copying & pasting from AiG, and then complaining when other people copy & paste from the Index of Creationist Claims, are among the dumbest of hypocrites.
    – Yes, global catastrophes do happen. Plural. There’s the Ediacaran-Cambrian boundary mass extinction, the Late Ordovician mass extinction, the Frasnian-Famennian boundary mass extinction, the Devonian-Carboniferous (Famennian-Tournaisian) boundary mass extinction, the Permian-Triassic boundary mass extinction (the biggest of all), the Olenekian-Induan boundary mass extinction, the Triassic-Jurassic boundary mass extinction, the Early-Middle Jurassic boundary mass extinction, the (roughly) Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary mass extinction, the Aptian-Albian boundary mass extinction, the Cenomanian-Turonian boundary mass extinction, the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary mass extinction, the Eocene-Oligocene boundary mass extinction, the middle Miocene mass extinction, and so on… Some places, like Gubbio in Italy, preserve two or more of these on top of each other in the same section.

    Alan and RogerS, you believe that everyone is just as ignorant as you. You believe that any piece of knowledge that you don’t have does not exist. You deny Rumsfeld’s “unknown unknowns”.

    You are wrong.

    Bigtime.

  591. #591 Janine, Ignorant Slut
    February 15, 2009

    Thanks Owlmirror. I did not need to know you did a variation on a Cold War era Yakof Smirnoff joke.

    But I have a question to ask of the flood proponents. They do know that the Earth is a spheroid? Are the footprints all running parallel to each other or all they running from one point or running towards a point. That statements makes no sense at all.

  592. #592 David Marjanovi?, OM
    February 15, 2009

    I’ve seen the disproof of this with my own eyes!

    Of both, that is. I’ve seen dinosaur and pterosaur tracks going in all directions, and I’ve seen all manner of bones (mostly, but not limited to, Metoposaurus skulls) lying every which way in the ground.

  593. #593 RogerS
    February 15, 2009

    I Saw Jesus in a WD Hard Drive
    [I would like to share a recent ?event? in my life with all of you]
    The ice storm had knocked out our power for 14 hours and I had momentary line losses days after power was restored. The server power supply fizzled which was easy to replace. These events got me stirred toward better security, wanting more than the internal server back-up drive on which my engineering services livelihood depended. So I dig out the ol? reliable 250 GB Maxtor portable DH. The IT tech that set up my server provided two simple 2-click icon programs to run, one to ?Sync Server to Maxtor? & the other vise-versa. Being too early to call my tech, I thought surely ?Sync Server to Maxtor? is the right choice and ran it (unfortunately target was 1?st, source 2?nd). To my dismay, only outdated file folders appeared on the server. Heck, ran the wrong one! At that point, all concerns with an early morning call to the IT were gone. He informed me a system restore would not work, all files were not deleted but written over and non-retrievable. It was like being in the surgery waiting room and your head flushes as you see an unenthusiastic doctor approaching with bad news. We then checked the (F:) WD Hard Drive, the auto-backup had worked last night, I was recognizing recent work and folders!!! Files were soon streaming back in, work that morning was retrieved from e-mail attachments in the outlook sent box. In short time, I was fully restored, business saved, still employed.
    Next morning had an unusual ?text? page requiring an F4 command. Windows booted but I sensed a problem. Soon the IT tech was remotely back on and he traced it back to the (F:), sectors going out were scrolling down the screen, the WD Hard Drive was dying before my eyes! It was replaced next day, with a larger drive with more memory, pulled a noisy fan, and at last I was finally in the clear, fully running.

    Conclusion:
    Luke 24:24 (KJV)
    “And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.”
    Later I began to reflect on all the problems and stress I went through and reality began to hit hard. I realized how my current life and future was literally in the balance, it could have went either way. I messed up, took the wrong path, with one stroke of the finger I took a huge risk and lost big, really big. I thought how for years the backup WD Hard Drive was always there, quietly running in the background, unnoticed, there, but appearing useless, it performing no realized benefit or interface to my life. Considering how long it lasted was unimpressive; it may have died prematurely. However, when ALL MY ATTENTION was now focused on it, when my life?s past, present, and future were literally on the line, it came through for me BIG TIME, at the very end. It had fulfilled its purpose, it hanged on to the very end, it completed the task intended by the system designer. It restored to me all I had foolishly risked and lost. It ?wrote over? my mistake and made it new again, and in this traumatic experience I am humbled, thankful, and saw a type of Jesus Christ.
    I write this to you because I hope in the totality of your own life?s journey, it will not be said of you as it is said in Luke above, ?but him they saw not?.

  594. #594 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 15, 2009

    Yawn, a post full of nothing by RogerS, but then what can one expect from the religiously deluded. Boring Roger. Your god doesn’t exist, and your bible is a work of fiction. Get with the program or go away.

  595. #595 Wowbagger
    February 15, 2009

    RogerS wrote:

    Blah blah blah x about 500; Jesus Christ.

    Was there a point in there somewhere? Because it appears to be nothing more than a poorly-written anecdote with no relevance to, well, anything – other than advice on buying decent hardware.

  596. #596 Kel
    February 15, 2009

    RogerS could really do with some formatting training. It’s not that hard to learn some appropriate HTML tags.

  597. #597 Peter McKellar
    February 15, 2009

    RogerS @593 – are you serious????

    Proof of god by software? When luke quotes harddrives god protects and recommended restore software, I’ll be impressed – until then “but him, they saw not”

    Another stupid proof of god through his complete lack of presence or verifiable effect. Anyway, wouldn’t it be your god that caused the icestorm and drive failure?

    Of course, to send the ice storm to destroy the drive to then show his recovery prowess would then destroy your whole blind faith argument by proving his existence. See how all this crap just tumbles down on your head?

  598. #598 Owlmirror
    February 15, 2009

    I Saw Jesus in a WD Hard Drive
    [I would like to share a recent ?event? in my life with all of you]

    Heartfelt, but utterly, completely meaningless.

    What does hard drive technology of any sort, working or not, have to do with anything being discussed here?

    I mean, seriously, we’re trying to explain the validity of the fossil record; the correctness of palaeontology, geology and biology; the reality of the genuine evidence for evolution and the billions-of-years-old earth and universe; in some ways, the proper way to do science itself…

    What does that personal anecdote have anything to do with anything?

    Gah!

  599. #599 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 15, 2009

    Aren’t religitards illogical. Ice storm and HD failure. Both have natural explanations, but only in the godbesotted deluded mind does such natural occurrences become acts of god. Actually, the acts were telling RogerS to shut up and stay home, but he goes against the wishes of his god by posting here. Tsk tsk.

  600. #600 Ichthyic
    February 15, 2009

    Alan:

    I’m telling you many people paid a lot money to have university professors give them head massages

    I must have missed that when I was there.

    Is it more to get the happy ending?

  601. #601 Alan Clarke
    February 15, 2009

    Jadehawk: Sorry about my use of ?hydrologic sorting?. I should have realized that your understanding of the phrase encompasses the type of sorting that is accomplished by water of proportions and velocities that you are familiar with. I was thinking of sorting from water proportions and velocities that matched my global flood model, the one you deny even happened. How would the soil & rock distribution look after a global flood? The origins of oil and coal deposits are believed by both creationists (& non-creationists) to be from compressed plant and animal fauna which is why they are often referred to as ?fossil fuels?. A coal mine can be almost 1 mile deep but this depth is limited only by the practicality of retrieving the coal. The deepest oil well is about 7.5 miles in Russia but the oil could be deeper as argued for coal. These evidences are easily supported by the Biblical flood where the highest mountain was covered by 15 cubits (22.5 feet) of water. The height of the highest mountain cannot be known for sure since the flood itself would have changed the geography to what we have today. Evolutionists and uniformitarianists are forced to invent alternate theories in order to explain the presence of coal and oil at great depths. How do plants and animals of catastrophic proportions get buried this deep? Wikipedia states: ?Over geological time, this organic matter, mixed with mud, is buried under heavy layers of sediment.? ?Buried under heavy layers of sediment? sounds like the Biblical account but how does this happen without a flood? A lot of ?little? floods? On land, when plants and animals die they decompose and turn into humus, not coal. Do local floods bury huge quantities of plants and animals in suitable quantities and depths for forming coal? I have never witnessed this phenomenon in my life time. I saw videos and photos of the recent 2004 tsunami in Indonesia but never saw such evidences. Do we need a bigger flood? In the oceans, when sea fauna dies, it too decomposes and leaves little behind. How many times have we seen nature shows which allow us to see for ourselves that the ocean depths are void of mounds of dead organic sea life accumulating for the future production of ?coal?? Did bigger catastrophic tsunamis of long ago provide the mechanism?

    If floods and catastrophes are needed to explain what the Bible has already stated, then why create another theory? Answer: The Biblical account must be rejected for its account of God and miracles. Unfortunately for evolutionists, another ?leader? must be created with miracles that are no less improbable. Whether the ?leader? is one?s self or another is debated by many. I say it is one?s self which is the ?ultimate? violation of Christ?s teachings.

    Luke 9:23-24 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

    So, it?s all a matter of what one WANTS to ?believe?. Some say, ?No! I am only looking at the evidences and forming my opinions from them!? This is impossible. One must have a pre-conception before he can evaluate any evidence. A person examining fossilized bones and deciding to organize his discoveries according to color, size, and proximity shows that he holds the ?belief? that color, size and proximity are the key qualitative values for organizing his discoveries. Imagine a person with no prejudices (i.e. ?pre? & ?judge?). Their mind is a ?clean slate?. Ask that person to organize a discordant number of fossil discoveries from animals, humans, plants, extinct species, etc. When he is finished, ask him how the evidences weigh on his ?beliefs? concerning his origins. Put yourself in his position. What is your CHOICE of criteria for organization? Your CHOICE will determine everything. If you still claim yourself free of prejudices before looking at the evidences, then I say you must throw everything into one big box with no order and conclude nothing. You have a CHOICE. What do you choose to BELIEVE?

    All of our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling. ? Blaise Pascal

  602. #602 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 15, 2009

    Still no real peer reviewed scientific evidence from AC. Alan, your bible is a work of fiction, and is not considered reliable for anything. So quoting from it just shows how stupid you are. Yawn.

  603. #603 Kel
    February 15, 2009

    You need to work on your formatting too Alan. Paragraphs are imperative in making a readable text.

  604. #604 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 15, 2009

    Alan,
    1) Show physical evidence that your god exists. An eternally burning bush would be nice. Failure to prove god destroys all your arguments to date.

    2) Then show your bible is historically accurate. Failure to do so with positive evidence means the bible is a work of fiction.

    3) Now, you can use the bible to back something up. Until then, you have nothing with god and the bible.

  605. #605 Jadehawk
    February 15, 2009

    #593 filed away under “confirmation bias”. FFS, “Jesus on a Toast” is more convincing.

  606. #606 Jadehawk
    February 15, 2009

    #601 filed under “failure to comprehend large timescales”

  607. #607 Jadehawk
    February 15, 2009

    What do you choose to BELIEVE?

    I “believe” I’ll be having dinner in a little while.

    actually, not even that is true. I have evidence that I will be having dinner in a little while. I guess that means I believe nothing.

  608. #608 Kel
    February 15, 2009

    The problem is that the bible doesn’t explain anything that correlates with observations of the natural world. It’s not that God and miracles are rejected, it’s that what is written simply doesn’t match up with what we’ve found. The cosmological and geological time scales that scientists are dealing with are in the billions, and many of those scientists believe in a deity. By positing a 6,000 year old earth, you are positing that the sciences of: cosmology, astronomy, nuclear physics, geology, palaeontology, and genetics, are not only wrong but wrong by a factor of millions. And for what Alan? For a tale with a talking snake.

    If you think the millions of scientists who have worked on ageing the earth an the universe in the last century are all so inept at their job, surely you can demonstrate just how they are all so inept. Instead you just talk about salvation and quote Luke at us. Do some science damn it!

  609. #609 Owlmirror
    February 15, 2009

    Wikipedia states: ?Over geological time, this organic matter, mixed with mud, is buried under heavy layers of sediment.? ?Buried under heavy layers of sediment? sounds like the Biblical account but how does this happen without a flood?

    Dude.

    If you actually —ing well cared about —ing sediment deposition, you could —ing well go to a —ing geology website and do the —ing research on sediment deposition. Or you could maybe pick up a —ing book. Or even continue reading —ing Wikipedia.

    The fact that you don’t do any such thing but instead come here and post your —ing whiny bafflement combined with —ing religious presuppostionialist garbage and —ing scriptural glurge demonstrates that you don’t give a —ing shit about geology and how it actually works.

    You pathetic infantile —ing ?????.

  610. #610 Peter McKellar
    February 15, 2009

    AC @ 601

    filed under “failure to prove…er”, fuckit – FAIL

    AC’s post demonstrates a terrible knowledge of any of the sciences. Coal made by tsunami? Hey, maybe all those oil forming algae used “flagella” to swim to their god-mandated resting place. And they used convergent eyes to see the light?

    Scripture as geology just fails, fails, fails.

  611. #611 Jadehawk
    February 15, 2009

    he doesn’t just fail at the basic sciences, he fails at the derivative sciences as well. he even fails agriculture, if he doesn’t understand such basics as creation of topsoil

  612. #612 Kel
    February 15, 2009

    What do I choose to BELIEVE? I choose to believe the scientists who actually work on questions of astronomy and geology. I choose to believe the nuclear physicists. I choose to believe the palaeontologists, geneticists and biologists. I choose to believe them all because they have the evidence behind them and have done actual science. I choose to believe that one person reading an old book of mythology is going to have a far worse grasp on reality than one who decides what to believe based on the evidence. I choose to believe that God is as much a fairy tale as Zeus, Thor, Ra or Brahman. I choose to believe this based on the sheer number of gods that have been invented by different cultures and I find Yahweh no different.

    I choose to believe that Alan Clarke is hurting the image of Christianity by proclaiming he knows better than the entire scientific community, that he makes the bible look foolish by taking the wrong meaning out of the obviously allegorical tales. Quite simply, I choose to believe that testing ones ideas is the only way to validate ones ideas, so Alan Clarke is full of shit until he can demonstrate his wacky ideas on light transmission and radiometric decay.

  613. #613 Owlmirror
    February 15, 2009

    Some say, ?No! I am only looking at the evidences and forming my opinions from them!? This is impossible. One must have a pre-conception before he can evaluate any evidence.

    Hey, how about the “preconception” that reality isn’t a big —ing lie? How about that “preconception”, huh? Is that too big of a “preconception” to have?

    How about the “preconception” that people who examine empirical —ing reality with the “preconception” that reality isn’t a big —ing lie and honestly record what they find can then have their findings used as a basis to perform more examinations of empirical —ing reality with the “preconception” that reality isn’t a big —ing lie? Is that too much to —ing ask?

    For —’s sake.

  614. #614 Wowbagger
    February 15, 2009

    Alan, you began trying to impress us with your knowledge of the bible and got thrashed by Owlmirror. Now you’re cutting and pasting anti-science lies in a vain attempt to support your baseless, archaic superstition.

    Some advice: stop wasting your time and ours. You’re taking a beating from people who don’t cut and paste but who know the science to counter the lies of AIG and TDI. Once again, when you go up against people who have studied the topics first-hand, cutting-and-pasting from already-debunked sources isn’t good enough.

  615. #615 Alan Clarke
    February 15, 2009

    Nerd of Redhead: You have requested of me to:

    1) show physical evidence of my God.
    2) show the Bible is historically accurate.

    Your ?requesting? is likened to a deadbeat asking Obama to send a welfare check. I gave you some tools so you could find him for yourself, but you refused to work as has everyone else as far as I can tell. So you’re sitting in the same squalor. Thus far, your pursuit of “science” has only landed you in front of a computer, incessantly checking a blog to make sure no one has sufficiently discounted your current belief system. Science hasn’t gotten you the peace you’re looking for. Neither will asking God to perform a miracle do you any good. It’s all been tried before and gotten people nowhere. I?m not asking you to ?believe? anything because you don?t have the ability to manufacture ?belief?. What you do have is the ability to realize your hate for some people only hurts yourself and not the person who is unaware that you are ?hating? them. We?ve heard stories of this from ex POW?s. They were miserable for what happened to them because they couldn?t stop hating the person who tortured them. I was beaten by some Russian thugs once to the point I thought I might die. After it was over, I couldn?t turn my brain off on imagining how I wish I could make their lives miserable. I daydreamed about 20 different scenarios on how I would ?fix? them. Mike Tyson was my friend, I built a pit with punji stakes, I trapped them in a cylindrical building with slowly rising water, etc. All of my mental exercises produced nothing to provide satisfaction. You are in the same fix. All of your mental exercises are contained within you. Until you can say to God, ?I give up hating people. I?m in as much sin as the ones I?m accusing. God, reveal yourself to me in a way that will free me from this directionless life. Forgive me of my sins and come into my life.? If you say you have no SIN, then you?re not ready. You may need to go a little lower before the realization hits you. God is indeed a loving God, but he is also a God of justice and can?t allow you to slip into his kingdom while in your current state. There is no ?canned? system for finding your maker. Every Christian has a different story. No two are the same. Who knows? You could be the next Christian world leader. I attribute knowing Jesus Christ to my happiness and well-adjustedness. I know the difference between ?blissful ignorance? and ?blissful knowledge?.

    1Cor 1:18-23 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where [is] the wise? where [is] the scribe? where [is] the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness.

  616. #616 Ichthyic
    February 15, 2009

    filed under “failure to prove…er”, fuckit – FAIL

    LOL

    sometimes even poking them with a stick gets just too boring and repetitive.

    :p

  617. #617 Jadehawk
    February 15, 2009

    #615 filed under “projection” and “proselytizing”

    btw, proselytizing is a bannable offense on this blog.

  618. #618 Kel
    February 15, 2009

    Thus far, your pursuit of “science” has only landed you in front of a computer, incessantly checking a blog to make sure no one has sufficiently discounted your current belief system. Science hasn’t gotten you the peace you’re looking for.

    Do you even know why people are on this blog? Or do you just find making baseless assumptions a good enough descriptor for reality?

  619. #619 Wowbagger
    February 15, 2009

    Alan’s post #615 can now add psychology and sociology to the list of topics in which he rates an epic FAIL.

    What don’t you suck at, Alan?

  620. #620 Janine, Ignorant Slut
    February 15, 2009

    Your ?requesting? is likened to a deadbeat asking Obama to send a welfare check. I gave you some tools so you could find him for yourself, but you refused to work as has everyone else as far as I can tell.

    I was beaten by some Russian thugs once to the point I thought I might die. After it was over, I couldn?t turn my brain off on imagining how I wish I could make their lives miserable. I daydreamed about 20 different scenarios on how I would ?fix? them. Mike Tyson was my friend, I built a pit with punji stakes, I trapped them in a cylindrical building with slowly rising water, etc. All of my mental exercises produced nothing to provide satisfaction. You are in the same fix.

    I am having visions of Pete Rooke. God is an abused wife, Nerd refuses to work and we all have been beaten by Russian thugs and dream of revenge. I guess bad analogies are the only tools one can use when one has no working knowledge.

  621. #621 Kel
    February 15, 2009

    I guess if he can put it on us for being on this blog, then what is he doing preaching on here? Surely the same charge of lacking inner contentment can be thrown at him by his arguing on here.

  622. #622 Wowbagger
    February 16, 2009

    I do pity Christians like Alan Clarke*, since he’s obviously suffering from serious doubts about his religion – as would anyone who actually stops to think about it; most, however, don’t – and he’s here trying to find some crack, some flaw into which he can cram his god-belief in such a way that he can convince himself that the god of his religion actually exists.

    So he comes here trying to impress us with his second-rate biblical knowledge – like the most arrogant and ignorant theists, he has no idea that there are atheists with far more knowledge of scripture than many of his people – and gets creamed. Then he tries to refute actual science by cutting and pasting from AIG and TDI, and gets his ass handed to him by actual scientists.

    All he’s got left now are analogies so lame that even Pete Rooke wouldn’t touch them with the two femurs of his favourite decomposed grandmother tied together with a thong made from a leprous howlers monkey’s skin.

    You’re going to love atheism once you get there Alan. It’s so much simpler, and you need not lie to yourself anymore.

    *Okay, that’s not true – I pity all of them, not just those like Alan Clarke.

  623. #623 Owlmirror
    February 16, 2009

    I gave you some tools so you could find him for yourself, but you refused to work as has everyone else as far as I can tell.

    Still ignoring what I wrote @#442, eh? Fine, be that way.

    Thus far, your pursuit of “science” has only landed you in front of a computer, incessantly checking a blog to make sure no one has sufficiently discounted your current belief system.

    Funny, your religion has got you in exactly the same place.

    Neither will asking God to perform a miracle do you any good. It’s all been tried before and gotten people nowhere.

    Of course not, because a God that does not exist cannot perform miracles. Not even little tiny ones.

    What you do have is the ability to realize your hate for some people only hurts yourself and not the person who is unaware that you are ?hating? them.

    Who hates who, I wonder?

    You wrote, rather smugly, about the bicyclist getting wrapped around a truck axle, and all of those other deaths. Not a particularly loving anecdote, I think.

    I was beaten by some Russian thugs once to the point I thought I might die.

    Oh, really? Assuming it’s true, and assuming you were entirely innocent, I offer my condolences.

    I attribute knowing Jesus Christ to my happiness and well-adjustedness.

    You don’t sound particularly happy or well-adjusted. Why would you need your “therapy”, as you posted @#287, if you’re so happy? Why does your “well-adjusted” life require gloating over the miserable and painful deaths of those who didn’t believe the same thing you do?

    Why are you here, if you’re in such great shape?

    1Cor 1:18-23 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where [is] the wise? where [is] the scribe? where [is] the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness.

    Dude.

    That’s one of the passages in the bible that I use to show that God and science are not compatible.

    It says, clearly, and unapologetically, even smugly, that God deliberately does things deceptively; that God chooses to essentially lie to people; it says that God even does things so as to essentially lie to his allegedly chosen people.

    It is utterly anti-intellectual. It says “give up” to anyone who tries using intelligence and reason to understand either the world or God. It says “God hates everyone but us” with a contempuous sneer at everyone else in the world.

    You can believe in a God who does that, if it makes you happy. But don’t think you’re going to convince us that your God is loving, powerful and knowing, when he pulls that sort of cruel trick.

    And don’t think you’re going to convince us that your God has anything truthful to say about the world and how the world works.

  624. #624 Ragutis
    February 16, 2009

    Alan, regarding your post @ #601 and the assumptions scientists must make in order to so foolishly see evidence that contradicts the biblical account:

    Would you include Galileo and Giordano Bruno with those scientists? I’m assuming they’re as wrong as Darwin, Arthur Holmes, and all of us wicked evolutionists.

    Alan, don’t talk about preconceptions tarnishing observation. You’re the one that will never change their view no matter how much evidence they are confronted with. Science is littered with the corpses of discarded hypotheses and failed or inadequate explanations. You won’t even look at the links you’ve been offered. Every time you’ve been backed into a corner of your ignorance, you jump onto something new and change the subject. Your precious faith is so weak, or your need for it’s false comfort so desperate that you won’t allow the smallest challenge to it.

    Yes, Alan. Gods must be challenged and holy words questioned. If man hadn’t done so from his very beginnings, we would have never left the caves and achieved the accomplishments that led to the Israelites and their occupation by the Romans, your precious Jesus, the Bible, the Church, Martin Luther, and Answers in Genesis. Done your way, Alan, you’d live in a cave or as a nomadic hunter, and your perception of the world and how you spent your short life would be dictated by the shaman. Be grateful for scientists questioning past assumptions and examining our surroundings critically, it’s what gives you the opportunity to be a christian fundie and to spew your ignorance across the internet where it can piss off rational people all over the world.

  625. #625 Kel
    February 16, 2009

    Maybe Dawkins line about cultural relativism needs to be updated for the internet.
    “Show me a cultural relativist on a computer and I?ll show you a hypocrite. The computer is built according to scientific principals it works. It performs billions of calculations a second with no errors. Computers built to tribal or mythological specifications don?t.”

  626. #626 David Marjanovi?, OM
    February 16, 2009

    Evolutionists and uniformitarianists are forced to invent alternate theories in order to explain the presence of coal and oil at great depths. How do plants and animals of catastrophic proportions get buried this deep? Wikipedia states: ?Over geological time, this organic matter, mixed with mud, is buried under heavy layers of sediment.? ?Buried under heavy layers of sediment? sounds like the Biblical account but how does this happen without a flood?

    Well, duh. Plate tectonics explains vertical movements, too. Sometimes some land areas are lifted and erode, others sink and have sediment swept in over the millions of years. Whether they are lifted, sink, or neither depends on how close they are to midocean ridges and subduction zones and on how active those are; it’s all connected.

    Now a question for you. Why didn’t the Flood fill in the oceans? Why are these thick sediment layers on the continents and not on the oceanic crust?!?

    (Is it just because you don’t even know the difference between continental and oceanic crust?)

    More on the Flood and the innumerable miracles it would have required here. Do NOT come back before you have read that page, and yes, I know it is long.

    How many times have we seen nature shows which allow us to see for ourselves that the ocean depths are void of mounds of dead organic sea life accumulating for the future production of ?coal??

    And indeed, there is no coal on or under the ocean floor, moron. Coal is exclusively found above continental crust.

    That’s because it consists of moors and mangrove swamps that were slowly covered by advancing deltas and the like.

    Why do you act as if you actually knew anything?

    Do local floods bury huge quantities of plants and animals in suitable quantities and depths for forming coal?

    Not all at once and overnight, moron!

    (Yes, I am losing my patience, in case you wonder.)

    So, it?s all a matter of what one WANTS to ?believe?. Some say, ?No! I am only looking at the evidences and forming my opinions from them!? This is impossible. One must have a pre-conception before he can evaluate any evidence.

    Yes, but what’s important is that scientists are capable of recognizing when a preconception of theirs contradicts the evidence, and that they then proceed to throw that preconceptions on the trash heap and try another.

    Creationists, on the other hand, never let go of their preconception. They stick to it, no matter how blatantly incompatible with reality it turns out to be.

    Don’t pretend to be a postmodernist. You agree with us that there is such a thing as reality out there, and there is such a thing as a wrong statement.

    All of our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling. ? Blaise Pascal

    That’s something he was wrong about. :-|

    presuppostionialist

    LOL! Best Freudian typo ever. Or was it deliberate? :-)

    What you do have is the ability to realize your hate for some people only hurts yourself and not the person who is unaware that you are ?hating? them.

    Excuse me… who are we hating?

    Seriously. I have no idea what you mean. Please explain.

    Science hasn’t gotten you the peace you’re looking for.

    What peace are we looking for, and what has science got to do with peace in the first place?

    Again, this is a completely serious question.

    Are you maybe projecting, as suggested by comments 622 and 623? Are you looking for whatever you mean by peace, have failed to find it, and now imagine everyone else must have failed, too?

    But don’t answer any of these questions yet. First click on the link I’ve given and read the whole page.

    And don’t forget to do the same with the link in comment 161.

  627. #627 David Marjanovi?, OM
    February 16, 2009

    throw that preconceptions on the trash heap

    Oh yeah. I had the whole sentence in the plural, then changed it to the singular, and overlooked this instance.

    Now I wish you lots of fun reading, Alan.

  628. #628 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 16, 2009

    Alan, your vain attempt to sidestep proof for god and the bible simply says you cannot face the prospect you are wrong in your belief. Until you prove yourself right by showing physical evidence for your imaginary god that passes muster with scientists, magicians, and professional debunkers, you have already lost any argument. So you may as well go away. We know you are a liar and bullshitter. Once you prove god, then you need to prove the bible is historically correct before quoting it. Again, all you look like is a lying weasel by dodging these basic proofs.

  629. #629 Alan Clarke
    February 16, 2009

    Kel: I choose to believe them all because they have the evidence behind them and have done actual science.

    Kel?s statement illustrates a fundamental misunderstanding between two parties on the meaning of the word ?evidence?. In a court of law, ?evidence? may be a gun, a letter of confession, a tape recording, etc. None of these in themselves convict a person of a crime. In the debate on man?s origins, what are the ?evidences?? Fossils, radiometric dating results, planets, physical laws, living things, geologic stratum, etc. Both parties have the same ?evidences?, but both disagree on how to in interpret them. I don?t discount that evolution/uniformitarian theory has continuity and supportive arguments for every detail, but I demonstrated earlier in the ?flapping leaves produce wind? analogy how an opposing interpretation can have the same features. The analogy has limitations (as all analogies do), but it illustrated the ?seeming harmony? in a false interpretation. O. J. Simpson was made to look guilty by Mark Furman who planted false evidences of blood because of his hate for blacks. A bloody leather glove wouldn?t fit O.J.?s hand and he was disabled by a bad leg. The ideas have supporting continuity. When the number of evidences increases, the number of needful interpretations increases likewise. If O. J.?s case required interpretation of the same number of evidences that our planet and universe offers, I suppose the trial would still be happening. Such is the case with the evolution/creation debate. The trial is not completed because we continually become aware of new ?evidences?. Who is doing the ?science?? The greater number is undoubtedly the evolutionists because that?s where the money is. Creationists can view the evidences such as expensive Hubble images but they can?t control where the telescope is directed. The same non-influential, non-consequential observers stood by haplessly as the elite took control of O.J.?s trial. Potential profits opened the doors of an otherwise closed courtroom and the media thrived for a full year on advertising revenues.

    ?Science? is adulterated similarly with its elitist majority.

    Can the ?scientific? elite who control what is taught, funded, and advertised be wrong? My intuition was that O. J. was guilty but the ?majority?, the group with the money, the incumbent judiciary, and a jury that was a ?true? cross-section of our moral society, prevailed and Simpson was declared innocent. Was O.J. helped by the evidences or by the interpretation of the evidences? At the time, I thought to myself, ?The system exonerated him but he can?t fool God. His ?life? will be like a prison even though he walks free.? Perhaps my intuition wasn?t so good and I should stop prognosticating the future for evolutionary theory. In the meantime, the evidences keep coming in. What?s O.J. up to now? What?s that ?false witness? Mark Furman doing now? What?s the latest science news?

    How about yesterday’s news which contains the following excerpt:

    “So finding species at both ends of the Earth ? some of which don’t have a known connection in between ? raises a whole bunch of evolutionary questions?” ? (Russ Hopcroft – University of Alaska Fairbanks plankton ecologist)

  630. #630 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 16, 2009

    but I demonstrated earlier in the ?flapping leaves produce wind? analogy how an opposing interpretation can have the same features.

    No Alan, all you did was display an incredible lack of understanding of the scientific method.

  631. #631 Sven DiMilo
    February 16, 2009

    “Raises evolutionary questions” does not mean “raises questions about whether evolution happened” you dimwit. Two sentences later from the same article you quoted:

    David Barnes, of the British Antarctic Survey, said there a number of possibilities to explain how similar species live so far apart.
    Some may have traveled along the deep-sea currents that link the poles or may have thrived during the height of the last ice age about 20,000 years ago when the polar environment was expanded and the two habitats were closer.
    Hopcroft and Barnes cautioned that more work needs to be done to confirm whether the 235 species are indeed the same or differ genetically.

    Would it be more true in boldface?

  632. #632 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 16, 2009

    In the debate on man?s origins, what are the ?evidences?? Fossils, radiometric dating results, planets, physical laws, living things, geologic stratum, etc. Both parties have the same ?evidences?, but both disagree on how to in interpret them. I don?t discount that

    False equivalence

    The way scientists interpret the data is far more discretionary and self checking compared to how creationists deal with it. Creationist are always looking to prove the bible true at the cost of following the evidence where it leads. Scientists are always willing to change a theory provided the evidence is strong enough and leads them in a different direction.

    You are being dishonest when you claim that creationists and scientists just “interpret the evidence differently”.

    They interpret it differently because the methods are not equal. Creationist are working backwards from the bible. Never veering from the course no matter how strong the evidence is against them. They do no use the scientific method and they are demonstratively guilty of denying, obfuscating and ignoring evidence when it is found.

    Scientist modify and update their knowledge according to the evidence, not in spite of it.

  633. #633 Sven DiMilo
    February 16, 2009

    By the way, while this is indeed interesting news, the article itself is a good example of why science should not be done by press release. “Rewriting the textbooks” is purest hyperbole–despite the thousands of species found in these surveys, the tropical oceans are nevertheless far, far more diverse. (see the article for context).

  634. #634 Janine, Ignorant Slut
    February 16, 2009

    Alan, Alan, Alan…sigh… You linked to a google page, not the article.

    Nice quotemining. Here is all of Russ Hopcroft’s statement.

    “We think of the Arctic and Antarctic as similar habitats but they are separated by great distances,” said University of Alaska Fairbanks plankton ecologist Russ Hopcroft, who took part in the Arctic survey.

    “So finding species at both ends of the Earth ? some of which don’t have a known connection in between ? raises a whole bunch of evolutionary questions,” he said.

    Hopcroft and other polar researchers will now try to determine how long these species have been separated and whether they have drifted apart genetically.

    David Barnes, of the British Antarctic Survey, said there a number of possibilities to explain how similar species live so far apart.

    Some may have travelled along the deep-sea currents that link the poles or may have thrived during the height of the last ice age about 20,000 years ago when the polar environment was expanded and the two habitats were closer.

    Hopcroft and Barnes cautioned that more work needs to be done to confirm whether the 235 species are indeed the same or differ genetically.

    “Painstaking work by geneticists investigating both nuclear and mitochondrial genes will only be able to confirm this,” Barnes said in an email interview. “It may be they separated some time ago but similar selective pressures have meant they have not changed much.”

    CBC

    There is no doubting of evolution here. Just how this could have happened.

    Alan Clarke, how fucking stupid do you think we are?

  635. #635 Jadehawk
    February 16, 2009

    Alan thinks OJ is innocent? I guess we can add forensics and law to the things Alan doesn’t understand.

    also court evidence != scientific evidence. but even in court, the eyewitness account is considered the least reliable form of evidence(especially when it’s happening under the kind of stress you’re advocating as the right time to look for god), i.e. your “personal” experience of god would not stand in court as evidence of god.

  636. #636 David Marjanovi?, OM
    February 16, 2009

    Alan, go read at last. Go read, and then come back, in this order.

    What good is possibly supposed to come out of you discussing things that you do not understand???

    In the debate on man?s origins, what are the ?evidences?? Fossils, radiometric dating results, planets, physical laws, living things, geologic stratum, etc. Both parties have the same ?evidences?, but both disagree on how to in interpret them.

    Untrue. The creationists don’t know that most of the evidence even exists.

    Which is precisely why you should go read the two pages I’ve pointed you to.

    For crying out loud, you didn’t even know that terrestrial sediments occur on top of marine sediments in many places!

    I demonstrated earlier in the ?flapping leaves produce wind? analogy how an opposing interpretation can have the same features.

    What, then, is the force that makes the leaves flap?

    You have introduced an extra entity that you need to account for.

    ?Science? is adulterated similarly with its elitist majority.

    Yes, I am an elitist. I like my elite so much that I believe everyone should belong to it.

    Hey, that requires nothing more than education!

    Two sentences later from the same article you quoted:

    That leaves two possibilities, Alan.

    Either you are too stupid to read two more sentences.

    Or you are a quote-miner — you are dishonest — you are, wait for it, an asshole.

    I lack the evidence to decide between these hypotheses, and am fully prepared to choose the former because, all else being equal, it’s not parsimonious to invoke malice where stupidity would suffice. Unfortunately, however, both possibilities are not exactly flattery.

    Alan Clarke, how fucking stupid do you think we are?

    Hey, he’s a creationist. He honestly believes that everyone is at least as stupid — or at least ignorant — as he is.

  637. #637 David Marjanovi?, OM
    February 16, 2009

    Either you are too stupid to read two more sentences.

    So sorry — three more sentences.

  638. #638 Patricia, OM
    February 16, 2009

    Personal experiances with god are now easily understood.
    V.S. Ramachandran – Beyond Belief 2006
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyBcoYBbqHQ

    Ramachandran, The Temporal Lobes and God
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIiIsDIkDtg&feature=related

    (If these don’t work chalk it up to my hillbilly computer skills.)

  639. #639 Ragutis
    February 16, 2009

    “So finding species at both ends of the Earth ? some of which don’t have a known connection in between ? raises a whole bunch of evolutionary questions?” ? (Russ Hopcroft – University of Alaska Fairbanks plankton ecologist)

    Obviously, the answers are A) Noah and B) Big honking boat.

    [/snark]

    Speaking of unanswered questions, Alan…

    What about your god’s failed prophecies about Babylon, Tyre and Damascus? (Your pic of Babylon isn’t sufficient for me, Alan. But, show me the fossilized dragon and satyr remains in it’s ruins, and I’ll give that one to you.)

  640. #640 Owlmirror
    February 16, 2009

    David M @#636, re Alan Clarke:

    Or you are a quote-miner — you are dishonest

    I am certain that that is the case. He repeatedly and proudly asserts that God lies to humans. Why should he be more honest than God?

  641. #641 Sven DiMilo
    February 16, 2009

    “evidences” is not a word.
    “specie” is not a word.
    Anyone using these non-words can safely be assumed to not know what he or she is talking about.
    That is all.

  642. #642 Rey Fox
    February 16, 2009

    With regards to the common lament “Why should I do your homework for you,” I have to wonder what the correlation is between adults who believe in creationism and adults that had their homework done by the “nerds” in school.

    Alan the armchair psychologist:
    “So you’re sitting in the same squalor.”

    Squalor, eh? You mean, sitting on this computer chair interacting with people thousands of miles away, with a huge wealth of information at my fingertips, not shivering from cold because I’m in an insulated apartment building, nor from vitamin deficiency because of my modern diet, nor from infectious disease because I’ve been vaccinated against many of them?

    Reg: Okay, but apart from all that, what has science ever done for me?

    “Thus far, your pursuit of “science” has only landed you in front of a computer, incessantly checking a blog to make sure no one has sufficiently discounted your current belief system.”

    Perhaps someone can relate to you the fable of the pot and the kettle. It’s not from the Bible, but I think it imparts some nice lessons all the same.

    “Science hasn’t gotten you the peace you’re looking for.”

    I’m calm, Dude. I’m calm.

    “What you do have is the ability to realize your hate for some people only hurts yourself and not the person who is unaware that you are ?hating? them.”

    Who’s hating? What you see as “hate” is merely the exasperation any adult would feel if they were trying to fix a car and some neighbor kid kept getting in the way and trying to tell him to fix it by putting a rocket engine on.

    BigDumbChimpWhoParadesAroundLikeaHumanLookWhatEvolutionHathWrought!:
    “The way scientists interpret the data is far more discretionary and self checking compared to how creationists deal with it. ”

    Yeahbut…scientists are still operating on the ASSUMPTION that up is not down and black is not white and there is no cosmic trickster moving everything around when we’re not looking. It’s all in what you BELIEVE, man.

  643. #643 Kel
    February 16, 2009

    Kel?s statement illustrates a fundamental misunderstanding between two parties on the meaning of the word ?evidence?. In a court of law, ?evidence? may be a gun, a letter of confession, a tape recording, etc. None of these in themselves convict a person of a crime. In the debate on man?s origins, what are the ?evidences?? Fossils, radiometric dating results, planets, physical laws, living things, geologic stratum, etc. Both parties have the same ?evidences?, but both disagree on how to in interpret them. I don?t discount that

    In science, evidence means empirically derived fact, and that’s what I’m talking about. Are you going to show the facts are wrong, go ahead!

    Like I said, we’ve shown the speed of light is constant, and through a variety of standard candles we’ve been able to measure galaxies millions and even billions of light years away. That ages the universe in the billions of years. Show me I’m wrong.

    Like I said, we can see the radiometric decay of certain materials and show empirically that decay always sticks to a certain formula. From that we can measure the age of the earth through a variety of techniques all with a different half-life that also correspond to relative dating techniques. Show me I’m wrong.

    We can show through the geological strata that there is a gradual emergence of life, the first evidence of single cellular life around 3.8 billion years ago, the first multicellular life around 700 million years ago, and a gradual emergence and change in life where we have found many transitional form including some big ones like fish to amphibian and reptile to mammal. Show me I’m wrong.

    We can see in the genetic code markers of common descent, ERV markers that sit not only on our genome but in the genome of chimpanzees as well. We see a fused chromosome in our genome. We have inactive genes and vestigial organs. Just like other species too. Show me I’m wrong.

    Through dendochronology, we can date the earth to at least 10,000 years. Through ice cores, it’s about 27,000. That’s already putting the earth thousands of years past your biblical estimate. Show me I’m wrong.

    What you are doing is false equivalence, it’s not a matter of cultural relativity. Quite simply the science works and if you think it’s wrong then you are welcome to demonstrate empirically that fact. I await your tests, because that’s what science is all about. It’s not looking at evidence and going “that supports X,” we see it as supporting X then think of ways to falsify that position and put it under rigorous testing. That’s what sets science apart from your deluded fantasy, and if you think that sitting in an armchair and reading the bible is the equivalent to the millions of scientists who have spent decades researching the evidence and furthering mankind then you are truly deluded. Quite simply, put up or shut up. Do a fucking experiment instead of talking out of your arse!

  644. #644 David Marjanovi?, OM
    February 16, 2009

    the first multicellular life around 700 million years ago

    More like 2100 million years ago. But that doesn’t matter, because multicellularity evolved several times independently. The oldest fossils of (multicellular) animals are roughly 700 million years old, or maybe twice that (the “worm traces” of Chorat in India).

    Through ice cores, it’s about 27,000.

    No, 800,000 last time I checked. Greenland alone reaches back to 250,000.

    However, good that you remind me of that. How can a YEC possibly deny the yearly layers in an ice core? Noah’s Flood my ass!

    ERV markers that sit not only on our genome but in the genome of chimpanzees as well.

    And, in many cases, in many other animals too: all primates, all “glimates”, all placentals, all mammals, all limbed vertebrates, all sarcopterygians, and so on…

  645. #645 Kel
    February 16, 2009

    Thanks for the fact checking there David. I can see where I got the 700 million date from, but i have no idea where the hell I pulled out 27,000 for the ice core ageing.

    However, good that you remind me of that. How can a YEC possibly deny the yearly layers in an ice core? Noah’s Flood my ass!

    Maybe it happened in the same way as they think the geological column was made. Sequential freezing of layers of ice… of course that defies all known physics, but then again so does everything else they say.

  646. #646 Alan Clarke
    February 17, 2009

    Jadehawk: Tyre, Lebanon. looks like it was build [sic] again, after all.

    http://www.galenfrysinger.com/tyre.htm

  647. #647 Jadehawk
    February 17, 2009

    yeah. and if I show you the ruins of the Capitol, that’ll be proof that Rome no longer exists?

    your straws are getting flimsier. go away.

  648. #648 Janine, Ignorant Slut
    February 17, 2009

    Alan Clarke, just what is the point of those travel photos?

  649. #649 Alan Clarke
    February 17, 2009

    HAS TYRE BEEN REBUILT, THUS DISPROVING THE BIBLE?

    Jadehawk: Tyre, Lebanon. looks like it was build [sic] again, after all.

    Alan: http://www.galenfrysinger.com/tyre.htm

    Jadehawk post#1: I’m sure you can come up with some hand-waving bullshit… Jadehawk post#2: yeah. and if I show you the ruins of the Capitol, that’ll be proof that…

    Look who’s “hand-waving”. The picture says it all. If someone killed your family, burnt down your house, and erected THEIR house in its place, would you argue that you prevailed? If tourists came by to gawk at the ruins of your burnt house, would you argue that you prevailed because someone else’s house(s) stand nearby your former?

    Ezekiel 26:4 And they shall destroy the walls of Tyrus, and break down her towers: I will also scrape her dust from her, and make her like the top of a rock.

    Read for yourself from Wikipedia and notice that “Tyre” was an island separated from the mainland district ?Ushu? until Alexander the Great built a causeway to the island of Tyre when he seiged it. The district on the mainland was not even called “Tyre”. It was called “Ushu”. So what does the original “Tyre” look like today? I provided the link which shows nothing but ruins for tourists to stare at. What does the mainland “Ushu” look like today? Ushu will be of little value to you if your goal is to disprove the Bible since the Bible says nothing about Ushu. The prophecy was made against the inhabitants of Tyre which is that destroyed area sticking into the sea. Your blurry Google satellite map failed to show that the structures are nothing more than ruins.

    Wikipedia – Tyre, Lebanon:

    Tyre originally consisted of two distinct urban centers, one on an island and the other on the adjacent coast, before Alexander the Great connected the island to the coast during his siege of the city. One was a heavily fortified island city amidst the sea (with defensive walls 150 feet high) and the latter, originally called Ushu (later, Palaetyrus, by the Greeks) was actually more like a line of suburbs than any one city and was used primarily as a source of water and timber for the main island city.

    Tyre was not only separated from the mainland by water but by culture. Wikipedia states: ?Josephus even records them fighting against each other?? If you attempt to expand the original Tyre to include areas that were not originally Tyre, such as Ushu, then I suppose you?ll have the consolation that Babylon, New York is proof that ancient Babylon is thriving today also.

    Will Tyre ever be rebuilt? I don?t have to ?stretch? anything to prove my point. Keep on reading Wikipedia:

    Tyre was badly damaged in the late 1970s (Operation Litani) and early 1980s (1982 Lebanon War) during the war between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). The city was used as a base by the PLO, and was nearly destroyed by Israeli artillery. After Israel’s 1982 invasion of southern Lebanon, the city was the site of an Israeli military post. In late 1982, and again on November 1983, buildings housing Israeli headquarters were destroyed by bombs, causing dozens of deaths in both cases and known in Israel as the First and Second Tyre Catastrophes. The 1983 explosion, by a suicide truck, happened only 10 days after similar car bombs exploded in the US Marines and French paratroop barracks in Beirut. Israel and the US blame Iran and Hezbollah for all explosions, but they have denied any involvement.

    During the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict, several rocket-launching sites used by Hezbollah to attack Israel were located in rural areas around the city. At least one village near the city was bombed by Israel, as well as several sites within the city, causing civilian deaths, and adding to the food shortage problem inside Tyre. Israeli naval commandos also raided Hezbollah targets within the city.

    Photos say it all. Click here and see for yourself that not only the original island Tyre remains in ruins, but the mainland area (original Ushu) is a mess also. Notice the numerous bombed buildings and dying people.

    Conclusion: Those who try to refute the Bible?s voracity loose their own voracity.

  650. #650 Ragutis
    February 17, 2009

    Lame.

    Damascus, Alan. Damascus. I’m curious to see what weaseling you attempt about a city continuously inhabited since a few thousand years before you think the world was created.

    Ooh! And maybe some pretty pictures too! Please!

  651. #651 Jadehawk
    February 17, 2009

    eh. By that logic, Dresden doesn’t exist either. Neither does Athens, or Rome, or Carthage, or any other Ancient City sacked and destroyed at some point, for that matter.

    High wordage weaseling. I was right. Now you need to listen to everything I say, since I’m obviously a prophet!

  652. #652 Stephen Wells
    February 17, 2009

    If you mean “veracity” you should learn to spell it. Voracity is something entirely different and makes an amusing mess of the sentence.

  653. #653 Wowbagger
    February 17, 2009

    Heck, the Sumerians had had glue and beer for a thousand years prior to when Alan thinks the world was created. You’d think they’d have noticed that they hadn’t been created yet – but then again, it might have been really good beer…

  654. #654 Jadehawk
    February 17, 2009

    and really good glue…

  655. #655 David Marjanovi?, OM
    February 17, 2009

    Alan, you came back without reading the pages I gave you to read. Shame on you once again. Go read at last.

    And besides, do look up what “voracity” and “veracity” mean. It’s hilarious!

    but then again, it might have been really good beer…

    LOL!

    and really good glue…

    ROTFLMAO!

  656. #656 David Marjanovi?, OM
    February 17, 2009

    Damascus, Alan. Damascus. I’m curious to see what weaseling you attempt about a city continuously inhabited since a few thousand years before you think the world was created.

    Inhabited? Hah. Jericho has city walls that are older than the YEC world! And Çatalhöyük… but I digress.

  657. #657 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 17, 2009

    Alan, you god doesn’t exist and your bible is a work of fiction. It is up to you to prove that both god exists and the bible is historically accurate. Your failure to do so to date says you are a liar an and bullshitter. At this stage, everything you say is considered a lie.

    Evidently you still haven’t watch The Bibles Buried Secrets, which indicates you are interested in a dialog, but merely want to proselytize. That is crime against Pharyngula. Discussions of god and religion are fine, but not you just preaching, which is what you are doing. Either make this a true dialog or go away.

  658. #658 Janine, Ignorant Slut
    February 17, 2009

    Posted by: Alan Clarke | February 17, 2009

    Conclusion: Those who try to refute the Bible?s voracity loose their own voracity(sic?).

    No matter the context, this is rich. But Alan, why have you not defended yourself from charges of quotemining? Do you concede thatyou were wrong? If so, why did you feel the need to lie?

    You do realize you have no credibility? Why do you keep trying?

  659. #659 Alan Clarke
    February 17, 2009

    Alan: Conclusion: Those who try to refute the Bible?s voracity loose their own voracity.

    Steven Wells: If you mean “veracity” you should learn to spell it. Voracity is something entirely different and makes an amusing mess of the sentence.

    Your are exactly right Steven. I should have said, “Those who try to refute the Bible loose their verasses.”

  660. #660 David Marjanovi?, OM
    February 17, 2009

    Alan, go read.

    What’s up? Are you afraid of something?

  661. #661 Stephen Wells
    February 17, 2009

    Next up, trying to inform Alan that “loose” is not the same as “lose”. In about a week, he may successfully say what he means. He’ll still be wrong, but coherent would be a good step.

    Anyway, Bible refutation takes zero effort. Genesis 1, Genesis 2, contradictory and both wrong, game over, next myth please.

  662. #662 Owlmirror
    February 17, 2009

    Genesis 1, Genesis 2, contradictory and both wrong, game over, next myth please.

    And worse, Genesis 1 talks about “morning” and “evening” and “days” for 3 days before Elohim gets his lazy ass around to creating the sun; coming after plants, even..

    Although he might be forgiven a little, given that Shamash (= sun) was a rival deity to Elohim. Hey, if I were going to pretend my god created what other people are worshiping as a rival god, I might have my god do it late in the week too just to diminish said rival’s importance.

  663. #663 WRMartin
    February 17, 2009

    Dear all that is holy, Alan Clarke is fucking retarded. And willfully so.
    Hey Alan, Quoting the bible? Come on, you can get more deluded, ignorant, and moronic than that, can’t you? Aren’t there some worms you can quote? Or some dust bunnies to learn from? How many times do you think we would need to hit ourselves on the head with a hammer to reach your level of stupidity? How many seconds do you think we would need to breathe from a vat of methyl ethyl ketone before we could approach your level of idiocy? Dude, drop the hammer and step outside for some fresh air.

  664. #664 Alan Clarke
    February 17, 2009

    Voracity or Veracity? Loose or Lose?

    Don’t say I didn’t warn you: Click here.

    In all seriousness, thanks for the spelling lesson. See, you do have something to offer!

  665. #665 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 17, 2009

    Alan, you not only lack any ability to see how utterly ignorant you are on science, you are also sorely lacking in any sense of humor.

  666. #666 E.V.
    February 17, 2009

    Why does Alan sound like the SHAMWOW! guy?
    Alan, if you were the least bit introspective, you would be mortified over how limited your thinking actually is. You are clueless as to how much you don’t know. Reading your comments is like watching The Gong Show – I’m embarrassed for you, but many here will just feel schadenfreude and point and laugh. So post away, Bible Boy!

  667. #667 Sven DiMilo
    February 17, 2009

    That’s the last time I click on one of Clarke’s links. Is he Pete Rooke in disguise?

  668. #668 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 17, 2009

    That’s the last time I click on one of Clarke’s links. Is he Pete Rooke in disguise?

    I don’t think so. Both are so besotted with dog that they can’t think straight, but my impression is that Alan is some type of Protestant. Still, the stupid is found in both of them.

  669. #669 David Marjanovi?, OM
    February 17, 2009

    Alan, you troll! Go read!

    Although he might be forgiven a little, given that Shamash (= sun) was a rival deity to Elohim. Hey, if I were going to pretend my god created what other people are worshiping as a rival god, I might have my god do it late in the week too just to diminish said rival’s importance.

    Yep. It seems to be the whole point of Genesis 1 to establish quasi-monotheism: everything that other people(s) worshipped as gods was merely created by Elohim. It’s the oldest example of atheism-minus-one that I’m aware of.

    (Even though the polytheism isn’t quite gone yet — “let us make man”.)

  670. #670 Ragutis
    February 17, 2009

    The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. Isaiah 17:1

  671. #671 DaveL
    February 17, 2009

    Photos say it all. Click here and see for yourself that not only the original island Tyre remains in ruins, but the mainland area (original Ushu) is a mess also.

    I took a look at your photos. The aerial view shows conclusively the presence of a large built-up area in the northern part of the original island, with modern roads & buildings.

    In other words, yes it was rebuilt.

  672. #672 Alan Clarke
    February 17, 2009

    CITY OF TYRE REBUILT?

    Eze 26:14 And I will make thee like the top of a rock: thou shalt be [a place] to spread nets upon; thou shalt be built no more: for I the LORD have spoken [it], saith the Lord GOD.

    DaveL: I took a look at your photos. The aerial view shows conclusively the presence of a large built-up area in the northern part of the original island, with modern roads & buildings. In other words, yes it was rebuilt.

    Dave, thanks so much for pointing this out. I found another map site that had superior resolution, and saw exactly what you?re talking about. One half of the former island on the north has homes and one half on the south has the original ruins.

    I am not one who likes stretching interpretations to suit my needs. The ?gap theory? interpretation of Genesis 1:2 has this characteristic. Using a ?stretching? approach leads one further from the truth, so it should be avoided at all costs. Also, this approach positions MAN as the ultimate source of truth which doesn?t jibe with my theology. So, what am I to do with this new information? All I can make of it is this:

    1) The original city provided a separation from outsiders by 150-foot-high walls (Wikipedia) which were never rebuilt. So perhaps the ?shalt be built no more? refers to Tyre?s original fortifications and structures. The original ruins are designated as a “Cultural Property” which explains why they can’t be rebuilt.

    2) The current city has fishing boats docked on small peers on the north side which can clearly be seen from the map link I provided. This seems to conform with Ezekiel 26:14: ?thou shalt be a place to spread nets upon?, indicating that it won?t be without persons since someone will obviously be there to ?spread nets?.

    Here are links to show that those boats are actual fishing boats with ?nets? drying:
    http://flickr.com/photos/nailman/2516744287
    http://www.phoenician.org/pic_tyre_harbor.htm

  673. #673 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 17, 2009

    Alan, your god doesn’t exist, your bible is a work of fiction, and you are a known-nothing BORE. Until you look at our evidence, we won’t look at yours. Fair is fair, and if you think this is a monologue, we will do the same.

  674. #674 Wowbagger
    February 17, 2009

    Alan Clarke, with no concern for those readers with irony meters, wrote:

    I am not one who likes stretching interpretations to suit my needs.

    Reality begs to differ.

  675. #675 Ragutis
    February 17, 2009

    Alan, Ezekiel claimed that Tyre would be destroyed forever (by Nabuchadnezzar). Isaiah that it would be barren for 70 years. Both failed and you have not provided evidence to the contrary. For that matter, how do you reconcile those two incompatible prophecies?

    Oh, I almost forgot…

    Damascus

  676. #676 Alan Clarke
    February 17, 2009

    Ragutis: What about your god’s failed prophecies about Babylon, Tyre and Damascus? (Your pic of Babylon isn’t sufficient for me, Alan. But, show me the fossilized dragon and satyr remains in it’s ruins, and I’ll give that one to you.)

    Ragutis, thank you for the challenge. The original pieces of the Ishtar Gate of Babylon are spread throughout the world in various museums. The Pergamon Museum in Berlin has a lot of it. You can read all about it in Wikipedia: ?Ishtar Gate? I don?t mean to be condescending, but I?m rather surprised that you doubt the discovery of ancient Babylon. Do you think all of these excavations are a hoax? Even in my own lifetime, some people were uninformed of the actual existence of Babylon, thinking it to be a Bible fable. Just yesterday I saw a travel video called ?Passport to Europe – Germany, Switzerland & Austria? hosted by Samantha Brown. She stated that she thought Babylon was a fable for many years. Prior to Babylon?s discovery over 100 years ago, the idea of it being a fable was almost universal. So the Bible proved to be ahead of archeological science and correctly described Babylon as a ?literal? place. How about Damascus?

    Isaiah 17:1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from [being] a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

    Believe it or not, every time I get challenged on something like this, I have no idea where it will lead but I end up having my faith increased. I realize that a printer can misplace his typeset and end up with something like, ?Thou shalt commit adultery.?, but is the Bible to be faulted or the printer? I?ve seen some awful translations in my life like the OMV where Abraham returned from Moriah empty-handed without Isaac. But don?t we know the Owl Mirror Version to be false since no other version has this foolish interpretive scribbling in the margin? Some have suggested that the OMV could be useful if each idea is simply reversed in order to get the proper rendering. But how do we know if all of its ideas are reversed? For this reason, I advise to avoid the OMV like one would avoid rat poison. 98% of it may be wholesome but 2% of it will kill you. Is the Bible to be faulted or is the OMV author?

    Notice the difference between Isaiah 17:1 and a verse four chapters earlier concerning Babylon:

    Isaiah 13:20 It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there.

    One verse says of Damascus, ?It shall be a ruinous heap?, while another says of Babylon, ?it shall never be inhabited?. The question is, ?Was Damascus turned into a ruinous heap anytime after Isaiah made his prophecy?? Or better yet, ?Was Damascus turned into a ruinous heap shortly after Isaiah?s prophecy??

    741 B.C. – Isaiah?s prophecy *
    732 B.C. ? City destroyed (Wikipedia ? Damascus)

    * My source for Isaiah?s prophecy is ?Thompson Chain Reference Bible? Kirkbride Publishers, and Wikipedia ?Isaiah Prophet? which lists a date that corroborates with my Bible. I?m certain you?ll want to seek alternate sources for a possible refutation, but this is what I?d do myself if my theory was challenged.

    Conclusion: The Bible wins two-fold on ?Damascus?. It not only maintains its integrity on the fact that the city was destroyed, but it predicted it as well.

  677. #677 Owlmirror
    February 17, 2009

    I?ve seen some awful translations in my life like the OMV where Abraham returned from Moriah empty-handed without Isaac. But don?t we know the Owl Mirror Version to be false since no other version has this foolish interpretive scribbling in the margin?

    Actually, we know that what I wrote was true and 100% correct because that’s what the text says.

    Go ahead. Read Genesis 22, even in the KJV translation that you think is so great. Tell me where Isaac is mentioned as descending from the mountain with his father.

    You cannot, because it is not there.

    Abraham goes down from the mountain alone.

  678. #678 Wowbagger
    February 17, 2009

    Alan Clarke,

    Only when you’re able translate the scriptures from Ancient Greek and Hebrew yourself may you criticise Owlmirror’s translations. Until then you remain a desperate, scrabbling cut-and-paster dependent on the unreliable work of others.

  679. #679 Owlmirror
    February 18, 2009

    But how do we know if all of its ideas are reversed?

    You’re the one who offered the verses that proudly proclaim that God lies and deceives.

    Alan Clarke @#406:

    I first found Jesus to be true and incapable of lying.

    Alan Clarke @#496:

    2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.

    Alan Clarke @#615:

    For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness.

    And check this out:

    Alan Clarke @#676:

    The Bible wins two-fold on ?Damascus?. It not only maintains its integrity on the fact that the city was destroyed, but it predicted it as well.

    Alan Clarke @#130:

    Paul, who wrote a large portion of the New Testament, did not present his writings in such a way. The cities he wrote about (Damascus, Tarsus, Ephesus, Rome, etc.) existed then and they exist now.

    EPIC FAIL. LOL.

  680. #680 Ichthyic
    February 18, 2009

    fuck alan clarke with a bumpy stick, damnit!

    can’t we just vote him off the island already?

  681. #681 Wowbagger
    February 18, 2009

    can’t we just vote him off the island already?

    Considering how soundly Owlmirror is thrashing him on every topic he unwisely brings up, I can’t imagine that his head will remain unexploded for much longer.

    For a while I wondered how it is someone so patently stupid can justify sounding so smug in his posts, but then I remembered that it is the Christian way to take pride in ignorance and revel bizarre rationalisations concocted to distract themselves from the obvious – that their god cannot exist.

  682. #682 Ragutis
    February 18, 2009

    Well, I certainly am surprised. I was expecting the standard fundie response “It hasn’t been destroyed… yet.” You’re the first not to try to tell me that it’ll be fulfilled at some undetermined point in the future by an Israeli nuclear strike.

    You’re also the first to completely wave away that Isaiah foretold that Damascus would cease to be a city. (But I guess you had to.) Hence everyone one else I’ve ever seen attempting to defend that prophecy going with the nuke scenario.

    This won’t matter an iota to you or your delusions, but IMHO: Fail.

    Thanks for indulging my curiosity though. Wanna give the one about the Nile drying up a shot? Nabuchadnezzar’s conquest of Egypt? Reconciling Ezekiel and Isaiah’s takes on Tyre?

  683. #683 Wowbagger
    February 18, 2009

    Thanks for indulging my curiosity though. Wanna give the one about the Nile drying up a shot? Nabuchadnezzar’s conquest of Egypt? Reconciling Ezekiel and Isaiah’s takes on Tyre?

    Give poor Alan a break – he can only cut-and-paste so fast you know!

  684. #684 Sven DiMilo
    February 18, 2009

    Big snake.
    Wow.
    That’s a big, big…BIG snake.

  685. #685 Alan Clarke
    February 18, 2009

    Does God lie when he sends a strong delusion? On this forum there are two contending spirits. One is obviously lying because both can’t be true. Is it God doing the lying or is it a person doing the “dirty work”? Look at these verses and you’ll see that “lying spirits” are indeed at play here. A person willingly opens himself up as a spokesperson on behalf of a lying spirit. God is not a liar. Satan is a liar and he uses men as pawns. The next question that begs an answer is, “How much do you have control of yourself?” If you are continually doing things to yourself and others that you hate, then you have little control because sin is running your life. What other explanation do you have for not being able to become the moral person you want to be?

  686. #686 Alan Clarke
    February 18, 2009

    I’m confused why everyone seems to be confused on Damascus. What is the problem? It existed then and it exists now. It got destroyed at least once in the middle by Tiglath-Pileser III in 732 BC.

  687. #687 Sven DiMilo
    February 18, 2009

    Speaking for no-one but myself, I am the moral person I want to be, Alan.
    Satan? Seriously?
    Using men as pawns?
    Are you serious?

  688. #688 Janine, Ignorant Slut
    February 18, 2009

    I think someone is trying to get back on topic. Funny thing, that big, big…BIG snake has been dead for millions of years but it still has more sense than Alan Clarke.

  689. #689 Alan Clarke
    February 18, 2009

    Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth. – Blaise Pascal

  690. #690 Janine, Ignorant Slut
    February 18, 2009

    Posted by: Sven DiMilo | February 18, 2009

    Speaking for no-one but myself, I am the moral person I want to be, Alan.
    Satan? Seriously?
    Using men as pawns?
    Are you serious?

    That is just the story of Job. Jehovah and Satan are shooting the shit and Jehovah, full of pride, points at Job as being all devout. Satan says that Job will curse Jehovah’s name if all of Job’s fancy thing are taken away. So a friendly wager is placed. Satan causes Job’s farm to fail, kills all of Job’s children and gives Job an ass full of boils. Yet Job remains a good little sheep.

    I say that chess players treat pawns better than the big sky daddy treats humans.

  691. #691 Janine, Ignorant Slut
    February 18, 2009

    Alan, you silly little git, stop using quotes. You just hurt yourself when you do.

  692. #692 Kel
    February 18, 2009

    I’ve always wondered about my own behaviour, whether I am moral and whether I do the ‘right’ thing, if indeed there is a right thing. Is there some impossible-to-obstain standard base for morality, or is morality contingent on culture? In the end I realised that I like who I am and I feel that overall I am who I am. There’s no desire to be better or worse, no need to live up to a standard I don’t believe exists nor do I sest myself a low standard in order to feel good about myself.

    In short, I am the moral person I want to be. And if that’s Satan using me as a pawn, then the way he makes me help out others, to be kind, to be open and honest as much as possible, then that Satan character seems like a pretty decent guy. Though I prefer the game theory and a mix of genes and memes as an explanation. It makes so much more sense that my behaviour is largely dictated by the environment around me than by some supernatural being.

  693. #693 Alan Clarke
    February 18, 2009

    Sven: Satan? Seriously? Using men as pawns? Are you serious?

    In your view, the only things that exist are those things you have experienced. How old are you?

  694. #694 Janine, Ignorant Slut
    February 18, 2009

    Posted by: Alan Clarke | February 18, 2009

    Sven: Satan? Seriously? Using men as pawns? Are you serious?

    In your view, the only things that exist are those things you have experienced. How old are you?

    That is so cute! The itty-bitty little troll is trying to understand how an other person thinks. But he just cannot get it right.

    Who’s the cute little troll? Who’s the cute little troll?

  695. #695 Sven DiMilo
    February 18, 2009

    I’m 49. So what?

  696. #696 Kel
    February 18, 2009

    I once experienced Satan… the bastard didn’t call the next day!

  697. #697 Janine, Bitter Friend
    February 18, 2009

    I heard that he had to get back to his main sweetie, Saddam Hussein. Saddam is quite jealous and abusive.

  698. #698 Owlmirror
    February 18, 2009

    Considering how soundly Owlmirror is thrashing him on every topic he unwisely brings up, I can’t imagine that his head will remain unexploded for much longer.

    Please, stop! You’re embarrassing me!

    Besides, many are far more knowledgeable than I am in far more topics, and have more of them immediately accessible in their memory.

    And I found myself wishing that Josh was here to respond to the brain-dead silliness about petroleum geology.

    Speaking of which!

    The link posted @#531 is to a 40-year-old article by A. A. Meyerhoff. Note, by the way, that Meyerhoff does not appear to have any problem whatsoever with the standard geological dating system.

    Naturally, I wondered, who Meyerhoff is (or was), and if anything he did had any influence, or if he changed his mind.

    He’s apparently accepted continental drift:

    http://www.talkorigins.org/origins/biblio/continental_drift.html

    And he’s contributed to writing a book, which appears to have a non-standard model for how continents move.

    http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Surge-Tectonics/Arthur-A-Meyerhoff/e/9780792341567

    I could find nothing suggesting that he is any sort of creationist, or that he has any problem whatsoever with the earth being dated to 4.5 billion years.

  699. #699 Owlmirror
    February 18, 2009

    God is not a liar.

    God is a liar, by your own bible verses.

    Satan is a liar

    Satan was created by God. If God knows what Satan does, and knew what Satan would do before Satan did it, and allows and orders Satan to act, then God is responsible for Satan’s lies and Satan’s actions.

    Job 1:12, Job 2:3, Job 2:6

    The next question that begs an answer is, “How much do you have control of yourself?” If you are continually doing things to yourself and others that you hate, then you have little control because sin is running your life.

    I’m sorry that you have no control over yourself and that sin is ruining your life.

    Have you considered meditation or psychotherapy, or medication?

  700. #700 Rey Fox
    February 18, 2009

    “Does God lie when he sends a strong delusion?”

    “Marge, it takes two to lie. One to lie, and one to listen.”

  701. #701 Wowbagger
    February 18, 2009

    Ah, it’s hilarious to behold. Alan’s downward spiral continues; he’s now blaming Satan for his inability to compose cogent arguments.

    Comedy gold!

  702. #702 windy
    February 18, 2009

    The current city has fishing boats docked on small peers on the north side which can clearly be seen from the map link I provided. This seems to conform with Ezekiel 26:14: ?thou shalt be a place to spread nets upon?, indicating that it won?t be without persons since someone will obviously be there to ?spread nets?.

    So according to you the Bible predicted fishermen in a town on the Mediterranean coast. Oh wow, how could anyone have guessed such a thing?

    …or could it be that even Ezekiel wasn’t that big of a bore and he actually thought that Tyre would sink underwater?

    26:18 Now shall the isles tremble in the day of thy fall; yea, the isles that are in the sea shall be troubled at thy departure.
    26:19 For thus saith the Lord GOD; When I shall make thee a desolate city, like the cities that are not inhabited; when I shall bring up the deep upon thee, and great waters shall cover thee;

    (Owlmirror, got any juicy textual commentary on this?)

  703. #703 Kel
    February 18, 2009

    So if God is not a liar, but Satan is… When all the natural evidence points to an old world and universe, when all evidence points to live evolving over billions of years, when scientists of all faiths and none at all all agree on these commonalities and the preacher lies and says it’s not true… which one is more likely to be the agent of satan?

  704. #704 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 18, 2009

    Alan just can’t seem to understand how far in over his head he is. Alan, the first rule of holes is when you are in over your head, stop digging. In your case, that means stop posting. I think you came here to show us testimony that evolution doesn’t exist, but god created the world according to the bible. You found us ignoring your testimony, ignoring your god, and showing the bible isn’t quite as accurate as you thought, and you tried to save it (deeper), again and again (deeper). Now, you don’t know how to get out. It’s very simple. Just stop posting. Most creobots and godbots declare victory then leave. Do so.

  705. #705 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 18, 2009

    I’m sorry that you have no control over yourself and that sin is ruining your life.

    Have you considered meditation or psychotherapy, or medication?

    Or possibly stop believing in fairy tales.

  706. #706 Kel
    February 18, 2009

    Anyone who thinks that adding the dates of the bible up constitutes a valid history of the earth is going to be in over his head anywhere he goes.

  707. #707 Alan Clarke
    February 18, 2009

    Kel #645: “Maybe it happened in the same way as they think the geological column was made. Sequential freezing of layers of ice… of course that defies all known physics, but then again so does everything else they say.”

    Never heard of “freezing layers of ice” for describing the global flood in its totality. The waters were accompanied by freezing but this in no way properly describes coal formation, sedimentary layers on Everest, etc. If a flood stripped off minimally a 1-mile layer (7 miles in some places??) of the Earth’s surface and re-arranged it, wouldn’t that stripping action expose dormant geologic layers that were volcanic? Wouldn’t there be a lot of volcanism mixed with flooding and later freezing? Ice dams would proliferate in sizes never before seen. The U.S. Northwest is explained with an accepted catastrophic interpretation: “The Missoula Flood”. There is a remnant water fall basin that is twice the size of Niagara in depth and width. Before you ridicule catastrophism, you better make sure you’re not contradicting your own colleagues.

  708. #708 Alan Clarke
    February 18, 2009

    Kel #345: ?That’s the same thing with all creationists, deny the scientific evidence, offer abysmal excuses for the evidence that is inescapable, and claim that their “theory” is on equal footing to the last 500 years of accumulated empirical measure.?

    Welcome to the club of non-convincing arguments! ?No one can observe it today because it happens too slowly, but we know it happened millions of years ago from the evidences. The interpretations of the evidences are OBVIOUS!?

    OBVIOUS defn: Apparent from observation.

  709. #709 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 18, 2009

    The waters were accompanied by freezing

    In what way?

  710. #710 Nerd of Redhead, OM
    February 18, 2009

    Alan digs himself deeper and deeper. Still no peer reviewed scientific literature, which means both his posts are worthless dreck. Alan, go preach somewhere else. If you want to talk science, then you need about a year of schooling offline to realize how little you know, and why you shouldn’t have posted here in the first place.
    Your god doesn’t exist, and your bible is a work of fiction.

  711. #711 Janine, Ignorant Slut
    February 18, 2009

    The fossils of marine life found in rocks from mountaintops means nothing while the remnants of a water basin implies a flood. Alan Clarke, tiresome and stupid. Hey Alan, have any more quotemines from scientists that you want to share.

    Funny that you have nothing to say about that.

  712. #712 Owlmirror
    February 18, 2009

    (Owlmirror, got any juicy textual commentary on this? [Ezekiel 26])

    Oh, only a few notes, here and there, as the thoughts strike me.

    Ezekiel 26:7 For thus says the Lord GOD, ?Behold, I will bring upon Tyre from the north Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, king of kings, with horses, chariots, cavalry and a great army.

    Wait, what?

    God says that the same fucker who sacked God’s holy city, destroyed God’s holy temple, and killed and enslaved God’s chosen people, is now going to be directed, by God, against Tyre to destroy it?

    I mean, he says that the ones being killed will know that YHWH is God… they’re going to know this how, exactly? Given that it’s the enemy and destroyer of everything that belonged to YHWH who is doing this, I would think they would know that Nabu is God, or maybe Marduk ¹ is God… why the hell would they think that YHWH, the loser, is God?

    Of course, the point is moot. YHWH fucked up his predictions again. Nebuchadnezzar did not destroy Tyre, but rather accepted a surrender with tribute. Really, if YHWH meant that Alexander the Great would destroy Tyre, about 250 years after Nebuchadnezzar, he could maybe say “a Greek named Alexander from Macedon, in about 250 years from now”?

    On predicting that Tyre would be covered by the sea: Given the complex geology of the Mediterranean, it actually isn’t that far-fetched that a generic piece of land might be undercut by erosion or subsidence, and maybe shaken to pieces by some spaced-out sequence of earthquakes.

    But that isn’t going to happen with Tyre. The name of the place does mean “rock”, after all.

    In fact, exactly the opposite happened with Tyre. A sandbar that had been growing larger and taller for thousands of years between Tyre and the mainland was what enabled Alexander to reach Tyre, and the entire area is now being used.

    Geoarchaeology: Sandbar led Alexander the Great to victory

    Holocene morphogenesis of Alexander the Great’s isthmus at Tyre in Lebanon

    I suppose that rising sea levels from global warming might “fulfill the prophecy”, but you know, that will also drown the coastal cities of Israel (not to mention the entire Mediterranean basin!). Although, that strikes me as being like God getting Nebuchadnezzar to destroy Jerusalem in the first place, as a “punishment” to the people, so you never know.

    _________________________________________________
    1: Wikipedia says: The Akkadian name, Nabû-kudurri-u?ur, means “Oh god Nabu, preserve/defend my firstborn son”. Nabu is the Babylonian deity of wisdom, and son of the god Marduk.

  713. #713 Kel
    February 18, 2009

    Welcome to the club of non-convincing arguments! ?No one can observe it today because it happens too slowly, but we know it happened millions of years ago from the evidences. The interpretations of the evidences are OBVIOUS!?

    Do you even understand the lines of evidence that are brought forth in order to formulate and support scientific theories? Do you know how we date the universe and the age of the earth? Or did you prefer to see who begats who and think that you know better than the millions of scientists who have actually studied the evidence?

  714. #714 Owlmirror
    February 18, 2009

    The U.S. Northwest is explained with an accepted catastrophic interpretation: “The Missoula Flood”. There is a remnant water fall basin that is twice the size of Niagara in depth and width. Before you ridicule catastrophism, you better make sure you’re not contradicting your own colleagues.

    Dude?

    Geologists estimate that the cycle of flooding and reformation of the lake lasted on average of 55 years and that the floods occurred approximately 40 times over the 2,000-year period between 15,000 and 13,000 years ago.

    Before you ridicule the scientific consensus on geology, you better make sure you’re not contradicting your own biblical chronology.

    Sheesh.

  715. #715 Ichthyic
    February 18, 2009

    Considering how soundly Owlmirror is thrashing him on every topic he unwisely brings up, I can’t imagine that his head will remain unexploded for much longer.

    bah.

    surely you know that creationists automagically reset with each new day to square one?

    projection followed by denial followed by projection…

    sez Alan today:

    “No one can observe it today because it happens too slowly, but we know it happened millions of years ago from the evidences. The interpretations of the evidences are OBVIOUS!”

    I’ve seen cyclical arguments with self-deluded fools like Alan go on literally for YEARS.

    meh, maybe I’m just bored of poking feces flinging monkeys, that have constructed their own cages.

    moving on.

  716. #716 Alan Clarke
    February 18, 2009

    Ragutis #624: “Yes, Alan. Gods must be challenged and holy words questioned. If man hadn’t done so from his very beginnings, we would have never left the caves and achieved the accomplishments…”

    How has evolution advanced us or led us to look in unsuspecting places like dino bones with soft tissues. Wasn’t it evolution theory that prevented evolutionists from looking since they “knew” nothing could exist that long. Even if it ISN’T dino tissue, their theories prevented them from entering new theorized world of biofilms that emulate tissues. I think the biofilm theory fails considerable for explaining the dino bone’s inner properties but who’s to stop another from dreaming?

    The Age of Enlightenment was not driven by evolution theory!

  717. #717 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 18, 2009

    How has evolution advanced us

    sigh

    Alan, go to pubmed. Search for evolution.

    Here

    Tell me how many articles there come up with a search for evolution.

  718. #718 Wowbagger
    February 18, 2009

    Alan Clarke wrote:

    The Age of Enlightenment was not driven by evolution theory!

    Amazing, Alan – you managed to work out that 1859 comes after 1800? What a genius you are! Did your Mom help you with that?

    Tool.

  719. #719 'Tis Himself
    February 18, 2009

    The Age of Enlightenment was not driven by evolution theory!

    But the Thirty Years War was driven by people acting in the name of Jesus.

  720. #720 Kel
    February 18, 2009

    The U.S. Northwest is explained with an accepted catastrophic interpretation: “The Missoula Flood”. There is a remnant water fall basin that is twice the size of Niagara in depth and width. Before you ridicule catastrophism, you better make sure you’re not contradicting your own colleagues.

    WHo is ridiculing catastrophism? I’m just ridiculing the idea of a global flood – and one that happened within the last 6000 years. You do realise that there’s a difference between localised flooding and global flooding right?

  721. #721 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    February 18, 2009

    You do realise that there’s a difference between localised flooding and global flooding right?

    No no no kel, you don’t understand. All evidences of any flooding are evidences of the “great flood”. It’s all a matter of perspective. Mainly that you are looking back in time at it and that you are a a presupposing biblical innerancy believer.

    Given enough time creationists will swear the flooding from Katrina and the tsunami in SE asia from a few years ago were all part of the great flood. Just give them a few hundred or thousand years to compress time.

  722. #722 Wowbagger
    February 18, 2009

    Kel wrote:

    You do realise that there’s a difference between localised flooding and global flooding right?

    Don’t give Alan too much to think about, Kel – I believe he’s still working on his essential research project Ass vs. Elbow: Which is Which?

  723. #723 Kel
    February 18, 2009

    The Age of Enlightenment was not driven by evolution theory!

    And in other obvious statements, England were the first europeans to colonise Australia and Neil Armstrong was the first person on the moon.

  724. #724 Kel
    February 18, 2009

    No no no kel, you don’t understand. All evidences of any flooding are evidences of the “great flood”. It’s all a matter of perspective. Mainly that you are looking back in time at it and that you are a a presupposing biblical innerancy believer.

    Oh drat, I knew I was missing something. Here I was thinking that something that happened on a global scale would leave the same evidences at the same geological timeframe. I guess I’ve been spoilt that way from the K-T boundary where there’s evidence all around the world of a global catastrophy. What I really needed to do was look in the bible and then I would have found all the evidence I ever needed (or could handle)…

  725. #725 Kel
    February 18, 2009

    How has evolution advanced us

    You mean besides teaching us how to successfully combat the spread of viruses and bacteria, help us in the fight against AIDS, explain our anatomy and how it fails, given us a mechanism by which to fine-tune engineering, and account for many different biological and palaeontological empirical facts?

    or led us to look in unsuspecting places like dino bones with soft tissues.

    Say for instance like travelling into the arctic region where there exists freshwater devonian rock which by evolutionary theory should house transitional forms between fish and tetrapods? Then when checking in the rocks of the right age, one discovers a fishapod that shares the exact morphology as one would expect in a transitional form between fish and tetrapods?

  726. #726 Owlmirror
    February 18, 2009

    Don’t give Alan too much to think about, Kel – I believe he’s still working on his essential research project Ass vs. Elbow: Which is Which?

    LOL! *sporfle* Made of win!

    And in other obvious statements, England were the first europeans to colonise Australia and Neil Armstrong was the first person on the moon.

    And 3 comes after 2, and not before!

  727. #727 Sven DiMilo
    February 18, 2009

    Burro?
    Burrow?
    Burro?
    Burrow?
    Ass?
    Hole in the ground?

  728. #728 Alan Clarke
    February 18, 2009

    David Marjanovi? #626: And indeed, there is no coal on or under the ocean floor, moron. Coal is exclusively found above continental crust. That’s because it consists of moors and mangrove swamps that were slowly covered by advancing deltas and the like. Why do you act as if you actually knew anything?

    David, let me offer you a little advice when debating scientific theories. Avoid use of words like “moron” in describing others, and sentences like, “Why do you act as if you actually knew anything?” They could come back to bite you. All it takes is one little discovery that negates your position. Secondly, use of such language will lower your credibility in a board meeting of scientists. Scientists are looking for answers, not for showmen who can yell louder and cuss people out.

    W