"If your opponent is of choleric temperament, seek to irritate him." - Sun Tzu
Riverdad is not contradicting himself. He is being careful not to imply the consciousness that is indicated in the OP, while still accounting for the effect of the environment on the genes that flourish.
Semantic games are stupid and it is rich that the one playing them calls others 'stupid'.
You can never be safe from a government that can keep you completely safe from each other and the world. You must choose.
With me, I connote evolution with abiogenesis. If there's been a procession of larger animals from smaller animals, what was before the littlest organism came to be? In my mind, evolution deands a beginning. An origin. The Big Bang? An obscure spark? Question the source and the whole procession in my mind becomes questionable. f one cannot tell me where the Big Macs came from, why should I trust and enjoy them?
Evolution is questionable to me. I believe God created mn and woman. However, I suppose it's not impossible that in God's design certain animals were able to adapt in certain ways. Every answer you recieve ten more take its place.
Simply, we don't know for sure. (I read your whole post and I appreciate your dedication in understanding things)
I'll look into that article, understand it, and then test it in a poll/thread to see what others more experienced think about it.
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
Apparently others on your team don't do what you say. They say that evolution is fact. They say believing in God is irrational and stupid. They say that the Big Bang exists. I hear what you say, but those in your party only complicate the issue.
Furthermore, if we backtrack, more information can be gleaned. I don't believe in evolution. I presume you don't believe in God. The more you debate these issues, the more your understanding grows. You see, we're like rocks in a tumbler that grind against others; we become polished in our knowledge and understanding. Are there any beliefs you have, like abortion or homosexuality, that no matter what you hear from the opposing side you'll never acknowledge? We are all guilty of that. Each and every one of us. There are some precepts and ideals we'll undoubtedly never let go of.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.