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Posted: 02 September 2011 11:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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StYossarian - 02 September 2011 08:41 AM

Ugh. “More evolved” is meaningless.

What does that even mean?

I think the assertion that every “next step” in evolution is a good one implies a fundamental misunderstanding of how evolution works. It’s the sort of “evolution as god” mentality that I see more and more from atheists my age.

Yes! I get so tired of hearing that phrase. And the idea that homo sapiens sapiens is the apex of evolution.

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Posted: 02 September 2011 12:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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It can be said that apart from viruses, man is probably the biggest threat to life on this planet.

On the other hand, the symbiosis between bees and flowering plants is probably the most benign advanced form of evolution. I can think of no greater benefit to life on earth.

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Posted: 02 September 2011 02:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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StYossarian - 02 September 2011 08:41 AM

Ugh. “More evolved” is meaningless.

What does that even mean?

I think the assertion that every “next step” in evolution is a good one implies a fundamental misunderstanding of how evolution works. It’s the sort of “evolution as god” mentality that I see more and more from atheists my age.

That bothers me also, it’s so off point.

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Posted: 02 September 2011 03:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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StYossarian - 02 September 2011 08:41 AM

Ugh. “More evolved” is meaningless.

What does that even mean?

I think the assertion that every “next step” in evolution is a good one implies a fundamental misunderstanding of how evolution works. It’s the sort of “evolution as god” mentality that I see more and more from atheists my age.

Absolutely. This was the first thing my first semester biology prof taught us about evolution, and it should be. I always figure anyone who uses the term has not had a general biology class (or it was a really shitty one.)

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Posted: 02 September 2011 05:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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StYossarian - 01 September 2011 01:28 PM

Except for it proves that white people are cave-men, not the other way around. I rather like it!

Of course you like it. Ignorance often provides great entertainment.

  Now, now, George.  Let’s not be nasty (or snarky) to our youngsters.  smile

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Posted: 02 September 2011 05:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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Occam. - 02 September 2011 05:07 PM

  Now, now, George.  Let’s not be nasty (or snarky) to our youngsters.  smile

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Posted: 02 September 2011 05:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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Geez, even the kids are wise-asses.  LOL

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Posted: 03 September 2011 10:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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Occam. - 02 September 2011 05:27 PM

Geez, even the kids are wise-asses.  LOL

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I think it might be why I fit in here.

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