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ADH:

But positting a materialistic origin for the universe and for life is also clearly unsubstatiated. In that sense it is a "faith": "matter-cum-energy" of the gaps


I disagree. It is not a matter of faith because it can be emprically verified or falsified.

And, again, there is no evidence Abraham was fired for his religious beliefs. He was fired for not understanding evolution, which was a matter of competence for his position.

Sun, 09 Dec 2007 13:48:00 UTC | #91522

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Now, how does all this square with the ID/creationist position that ID is a scientific "theory", having nothing to do with religion?

I, too, smell a rat. Is it a coincidence that "Expelled" is due for release in a few months?

Sun, 09 Dec 2007 10:53:00 UTC | #91445

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I believe there is an issue about why the universe seems so suitable to life (and, despite what so many have argued, this really is the case, or so I believe). I don't think this issue can be easily dismissed.


A couple of counterarguments to this.

1) As far as we know, earth is only place in the universe suitable to life, let alone where life actually exists. I think it's a stretch to describe the universe as "suitable to life" when only an almost infinitesimally small portion of it supports life.

2) Your statment assumes that life as it exists on earth is the only possible form life can take. I can think of no reason why, theoretically, for any planet in the unverse, there could not be a form of life that could exist there. In other words, every planet has a particular set of conditions that could allow life to emerge there, but those conditions are different for each planet. It's a matter of if and when those conditions will arise. Earth just happened to win the lottery.

Sat, 01 Dec 2007 13:03:00 UTC | #88496

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I remember watching a Danish film a few years ago by one of the DOGMA directors. I think I can just about remember it without making too much up.


Keith, the movie you're thinking of is Together, by Lukas Moodysson. He's Swedish, and I don't think he's formally part of the DOGME movement, but this film certainly seems to be influenced by it (except for the liberal use of soundtrack music, often by ABBA). Great movie, regardless.

Fri, 30 Nov 2007 09:36:00 UTC | #88056

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I'm glad that Prof. Dawkins posted his clarification. On re-reading the article, it became clear to me that his main criticism was of sexual jealousy, and that that criticism does not necessarily imply an endorsement of a "promiscuously swinging lifestyle." To be clear, that particular form of jealousy is of more than theoretical interest. It can actually prove fatal, as the still-too-common practice of "honour killings" in various cultures demonstrates.

Of course, that doesn't mean the fundies won't have a field day with this article.

As it turns out, I will be attending a lecture by a colleague on the biological basis of monogamy later today; its title is "Monogamy or Monotony". I'll post a summary here if it's relevent.

Fri, 30 Nov 2007 03:36:00 UTC | #87939

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