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Go to: Symbolism and Social Exchange Leads to Homo sapiens Expansion

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The DNA evidence doesn't support this theory. It's not at all clear that Neanderthal did in fact become extinct.

What is clear is that Homo Sapiens as a species resembles ballet, classical music, and the English language. All are examples of forms that assimilate everything they encounter.

I think it probable that Neanderthal is to Homo Sapiens what Norman and Saxon are to modern English, although with more bonking and less talking.

Wed, 16 May 2012 13:50:00 UTC | #941838

Go to: Evolution-denying Commencement speaker stirs controversy at Emory University

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Further, hate is the preferred recourse of those with a predisposition to oversimplification, whether by cultural or religious conditioning. Hate, anger, looking for a scapegoat, sloganeering rather than thinking: it is no accident that these are all attributes of the religious right.

When you have a large body of people committed to offering only simple answers to complex questions, you get countries like the US.

Wed, 16 May 2012 13:31:59 UTC | #941831

Go to: Evolution-denying Commencement speaker stirs controversy at Emory University

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I agree that evangelising theists do this, but disagree with the reason(s) why.

In my experience this is a mentality drummed into children by their parents and therefore is habitual rather than conscious.

That's precisely the problem with religion and why it is so evil. It is meant to preclude thought and/or argument. Examples such as this act as illustrations of this salient feature.

Wed, 16 May 2012 13:24:26 UTC | #941830

Go to: Scientific evidence proves why healers see the 'aura' of people

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I don't buy this explanation of "auras". I can see them, and by fiddling with various light sources, long ago came to the conclusion that the "seeing" of "auras" has something to do with the refraction of light within the eye itself, the "aura" appearing as a corona around every object from which light is reflected, and not just people.

The so-called "rays coming off the fingertips" aspect is what tipped me off. I found that by holding a light-source at just the right angle, that there were faint echoes of inverse images, especially when looking at the hand almost end-on under a very bright light.

I don't know what the technical explanation is, but were I to work under the supervision of an expert in optics, I'm sure we could get it sorted in short order, and that there's no "cross wiring" involved.

I can teach literally anyone the knack of seeing auras. It's not mysterious or rare or a "gift" or some kind of pseudoscientific mumbo-jumbo. It's an every-day phenomenon that anyone can see.

Wed, 16 May 2012 13:05:48 UTC | #941828

Go to: The Hunting of the Higgs: what is it and why does it matter?

gsmonks's Avatar Jump to comment 45 by gsmonks

Space is far from "nothing", and I do wish scientists themselves would stop referring to matter as "something being made out of nothing".

Matter is an effect within space. We, being made up of that effect, are having a difficult time probing around for the underlying cause, primarily because the effect itself is such a tenuous thing, like self-aware bubbles in soap-foam attempting to ascertain the underlying nature of their being, which is made up of detergent, water and air.

Being an effect means that ourselves and our physical universe are a by-product. Much of the problem with modern science is that we're still trying to get at the underlying causality by understanding and explaining it in by-product terms.

Sat, 12 May 2012 11:22:09 UTC | #941172

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