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Tyler Durden's Avatar Jump to comment 21 by Tyler Durden

Comment 14 by k_docks :

When it comes to anecdotal stories about life arising from a lifeless soup of chemicals, a 'big bang' from nothing starting the universe without cause, all the miracles required to have all the genetic diversity we see around us today having 'evolved' from nothing in only 3.5 billion years, common ancestry being claimed from species that 'appear' to share common genetics, then I realise that any such anecdotes are impossible to test. Then I have to go back to the "probability" that such events might actually have happened. In the case of evolution, this probability is so small that it is zero.

@k_docks - I'm curious as to how one can be so unaware of modern science (cosmology, biology, geology) in the world today considering the access the general public has to its discoveries, and so I was wondering if you might perhaps give me some insight in to your exposure (if any) to science.

For example:

  • have you ever visited a natural history museum in London, Paris, NY or San Francisco?

  • have you ever visited a planatarium, or used a telescope to view the night sky?

  • did you take science as a subject during school or college?

  • do you buy/read books on a regular basis on any particular subjects?

  • do you watch any documentary programming on TV/web that deal with the natural world (Attenborough on BBC or Cosmos by Sagan)?

  • Thanks.

    Wed, 21 Sep 2011 10:17:07 UTC | #873480