Evolution v. Creationism Debate

riotgrlriotgrl LOUISVILLEPosts: 1,872
We've discussed the Creation Museum in Kentucky before so I thought some of you might be interested in listening to this debate that is happening this evening. Here is a link where you can listen live:

wfpl.org/post/watch-ken-ham-bill-nye-creationismevolution-debate-here

Bill Nye the Science Guy vs. Ken Ham the founder (creator ;) ) of the Creation museum.
Are we getting something out of this all-encompassing trip?

Seems my preconceptions are what should have been burned...

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  • hedonisthedonist standing on the edge of foreverPosts: 19,956
    I heard about this! Should be interesting, if not mildly entertaining.

    Hope to read a transcript of it afterward.
  • CosmoCosmo Posts: 12,217
    I hope Creationism has dropped that whole 'Intelligent Design' thing. It is not science.
    And if you believe in Creationism... great. Just don't tell me that I have to believe it, too.
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  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 28,477
    In light of the science I've read, to me it seems pretty darned reasonable to believe that life evolves. There's nothing written in stone that says there isn't some creative comic being that set life and the universe into motion but my feeling is that if someone says they understand that and can define it as created by something they believe to be God or a god or gods then their God/god/Gods is/are too small. (If that makes sense.)
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  • CosmoCosmo Posts: 12,217
    brianlux said:

    In light of the science I've read, to me it seems pretty darned reasonable to believe that life evolves. There's nothing written in stone that says there isn't some creative comic being that set life and the universe into motion but my feeling is that if someone says they understand that and can define it as created by something they believe to be God or a god or gods then their God/god/Gods is/are too small. (If that makes sense.)

    ...
    The thing is... Life exists on this planet... at this time. Life wasn't always here... and life will be gone long before the planet is consumed by the dying Sun.
    Maybe the pieces of life will remain... in a dormant state to be resurrected millions or billions of years from then... at another space in time. And if it does, it will probably evolve... just like it did, here.

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  • riotgrlriotgrl LOUISVILLEPosts: 1,872
    Plenty of ideas to shake your head about in this debate. But Ham's notion that there is no way to prove the age of the earth is ludicrous. Not even being able to entertain the idea that the earth is older than 10,000 years old says a lot about this guy.
    Are we getting something out of this all-encompassing trip?

    Seems my preconceptions are what should have been burned...

    I AM MINE
  • IdrisIdris Posts: 2,317
    Started listening (15 mins ago, so missed a lot of the 'debate' so far)

    Gotta say, not impressed by any of em (yet), but I'll keep listening for a bit.

  • the wolfthe wolf Posts: 7,023
    Both of them being so blinded by their beliefs makes for a lousy "debate". When you have no room to budge on a belief, all the debating in the world is for nothing.
    I know plenty of pro creationist, and pro science (evolutionists) that can have this discussion and find a common ground.

    if you ask me, someone trying to disprove God to the masses is just as annoying as someone trying to prove God to the masses.

    In short, I find people who talk and deal in absolutes, boring.
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  • CosmoCosmo Posts: 12,217
    Is the absence of proof... proof?
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  • hedonisthedonist standing on the edge of foreverPosts: 19,956
    brianlux said:

    In light of the science I've read, to me it seems pretty darned reasonable to believe that life evolves. There's nothing written in stone that says there isn't some creative comic being that set life and the universe into motion but my feeling is that if someone says they understand that and can define it as created by something they believe to be God or a god or gods then their God/god/Gods is/are too small. (If that makes sense.)

    "creative comic being"?

    This might be one of my favorite and most perfect Freudian slips ever :)

    Yeah, I think when it comes to intangibles - faith? - never proof. But it's ok.

    I don't need it, because I don't know...and doubt I ever will.

    Cos, you said "just don't tell me that I have to believe it, too" Agreed, friend.

    (though if some NEED to tell me? Have at it, I say! I am mine).
  • bootlegger10bootlegger10 Posts: 11,959
    I liked that they both spoke when it was their turn and didn't talk over each other. Refreshing for cable tv news stations
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 28,477
    hedonist said:

    brianlux said:

    In light of the science I've read, to me it seems pretty darned reasonable to believe that life evolves. There's nothing written in stone that says there isn't some creative comic being that set life and the universe into motion but my feeling is that if someone says they understand that and can define it as created by something they believe to be God or a god or gods then their God/god/Gods is/are too small. (If that makes sense.)

    "creative comic being"?

    This might be one of my favorite and most perfect Freudian slips ever :)

    Yeah, I think when it comes to intangibles - faith? - never proof. But it's ok.

    I don't need it, because I don't know...and doubt I ever will.

    Cos, you said "just don't tell me that I have to believe it, too" Agreed, friend.

    (though if some NEED to tell me? Have at it, I say! I am mine).
    That is funny! Thanks for pointing it out.

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  • Last-12-ExitLast-12-Exit Charleston, SCPosts: 8,661
    I've spoke with Christians that believe in evolution. Some of them convince themselves by saying "god created everything, including evolution." Whatever floats your boat buddy. Ed says it pretty good, mine is mine and yours won't take it's place.
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  • know1know1 Posts: 6,554
    I believe in both. Not sure why anyone wouldn't.
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    ...are those who've helped us.

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  • riotgrlriotgrl LOUISVILLEPosts: 1,872
    I've always taken issue with Christianity having "the" explanation of the creation of the earth since it is one of the youngest religions and each religion has its own explanation for the creation of the earth. Understandable that, in earlier times before rational thought/scientific method, people would develop ideas about how/why we are here but for me it is time to let science explain creation/evolution.
    Are we getting something out of this all-encompassing trip?

    Seems my preconceptions are what should have been burned...

    I AM MINE
  • know1know1 Posts: 6,554
    riotgrl said:

    Understandable that, in earlier times before rational thought/scientific method, people would develop ideas about how/why we are here but for me it is time to let science explain creation/evolution.

    So does anyone else beside me think that in 2000 years or so from now we might look back at 2014 as a time before "rational thought/scientific method" and that we had to "develop ideas about how/why we are here"?

    I definitely think that way. That's a long time from now and progress continually happens at faster and faster rates.

    The only people we should try to get even with...
    ...are those who've helped us.

    Right 'round the corner could be bigger than ourselves.
  • the wolf said:

    Both of them being so blinded by their beliefs makes for a lousy "debate". When you have no room to budge on a belief, all the debating in the world is for nothing.
    I know plenty of pro creationist, and pro science (evolutionists) that can have this discussion and find a common ground.

    if you ask me, someone trying to disprove God to the masses is just as annoying as someone trying to prove God to the masses.

    In short, I find people who talk and deal in absolutes, boring.

    I totally agree with this.
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  • dignindignin Posts: 7,481

    the wolf said:

    Both of them being so blinded by their beliefs makes for a lousy "debate". When you have no room to budge on a belief, all the debating in the world is for nothing.
    I know plenty of pro creationist, and pro science (evolutionists) that can have this discussion and find a common ground.

    if you ask me, someone trying to disprove God to the masses is just as annoying as someone trying to prove God to the masses.

    In short, I find people who talk and deal in absolutes, boring.

    I totally agree with this.
    But that was not what the debate was about. It was not about the existence of God. The debate was essentially about the age of the planet and the evidence for or against evolution.

    Source, I watched the whole thing last night.

    By the way, it was not boring. A little sad maybe, that this is even a "debate".


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  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 28,477
    know1 said:

    riotgrl said:

    Understandable that, in earlier times before rational thought/scientific method, people would develop ideas about how/why we are here but for me it is time to let science explain creation/evolution.

    So does anyone else beside me think that in 2000 years or so from now we might look back at 2014 as a time before "rational thought/scientific method" and that we had to "develop ideas about how/why we are here"?

    I definitely think that way. That's a long time from now and progress continually happens at faster and faster rates.

    I don't think so. I think in 2000 years (if, by great fortune and much effort we're still here) we will have a better scientific understanding of life and the cosmos (not to mention the comic) and and even deeper appreciation for the myths (which will be taught in classes called "Creation Myths 101") that humans have created throughout the millennia.

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    If you think that's living, you are
    Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong"
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  • riotgrlriotgrl LOUISVILLEPosts: 1,872
    brianlux said:

    know1 said:

    riotgrl said:

    Understandable that, in earlier times before rational thought/scientific method, people would develop ideas about how/why we are here but for me it is time to let science explain creation/evolution.

    So does anyone else beside me think that in 2000 years or so from now we might look back at 2014 as a time before "rational thought/scientific method" and that we had to "develop ideas about how/why we are here"?

    I definitely think that way. That's a long time from now and progress continually happens at faster and faster rates.

    I don't think so. I think in 2000 years (if, by great fortune and much effort we're still here) we will have a better scientific understanding of life and the cosmos (not to mention the comic) and and even deeper appreciation for the myths (which will be taught in classes called "Creation Myths 101") that humans have created throughout the millennia.

    Have either of you read anything from Joseph Campbell about human mythology? The Power of Myth is a great documentary/book about the universality of myths and how these myths are integrated into our culture and how humans then use these myths to recognize universal truths. Sounds very similar to the metaphors/parables/life lessons/etc. that are common amongst all the world's religions. The following quote is from Campbell:

    "God is a metaphor for a mystery that absolutely transcends all human categories of thought, even the categories of being and non-being. Those are categories of thought. I mean it's as simple as that. So it depends on how much you want to think about it. Whether it's doing you any good. Whether it is putting you in touch with the mystery that's the ground of your own being. If it isn't, well, it's a lie. So half the people in the world are religious people who think that their metaphors are facts. Those are what we call theists. The other half are people who know that the metaphors are not facts. And so, they're lies. Those are the atheists."

    Campbell then goes on to say that the function of mythology is to educate our young and define their path/journey in that particular society so we are able to make sense of our world. He has a pretty interesting take on the role of mythology and religion.
    Are we getting something out of this all-encompassing trip?

    Seems my preconceptions are what should have been burned...

    I AM MINE
  • hedonisthedonist standing on the edge of foreverPosts: 19,956
    know1 said:

    I believe in both. Not sure why anyone wouldn't.

    For the same reasons anyone might believe in one or the other, or neither.

    It's so personal for each of us...and I respect that. There's much that can't be explained (yet?), so...I'm open.


  • know1know1 Posts: 6,554
    brianlux said:

    know1 said:

    riotgrl said:

    Understandable that, in earlier times before rational thought/scientific method, people would develop ideas about how/why we are here but for me it is time to let science explain creation/evolution.

    So does anyone else beside me think that in 2000 years or so from now we might look back at 2014 as a time before "rational thought/scientific method" and that we had to "develop ideas about how/why we are here"?

    I definitely think that way. That's a long time from now and progress continually happens at faster and faster rates.

    I don't think so. I think in 2000 years (if, by great fortune and much effort we're still here) we will have a better scientific understanding of life and the cosmos (not to mention the comic) and and even deeper appreciation for the myths (which will be taught in classes called "Creation Myths 101") that humans have created throughout the millennia.

    And I believe that a lot of what we accept now as scientific fact will be looked upon as myth in 2000 years.
    The only people we should try to get even with...
    ...are those who've helped us.

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  • dignindignin Posts: 7,481
    Idris said:

    Started listening (15 mins ago, so missed a lot of the 'debate' so far)

    Gotta say, not impressed by any of em (yet), but I'll keep listening for a bit.

    know1 said:

    brianlux said:

    know1 said:

    riotgrl said:

    Understandable that, in earlier times before rational thought/scientific method, people would develop ideas about how/why we are here but for me it is time to let science explain creation/evolution.

    So does anyone else beside me think that in 2000 years or so from now we might look back at 2014 as a time before "rational thought/scientific method" and that we had to "develop ideas about how/why we are here"?

    I definitely think that way. That's a long time from now and progress continually happens at faster and faster rates.

    I don't think so. I think in 2000 years (if, by great fortune and much effort we're still here) we will have a better scientific understanding of life and the cosmos (not to mention the comic) and and even deeper appreciation for the myths (which will be taught in classes called "Creation Myths 101") that humans have created throughout the millennia.

    And I believe that a lot of what we accept now as scientific fact will be looked upon as myth in 2000 years.

    I think you may be looking for a different word, like maybe wrong or mistake. Myth more accurately describes something else, like stories that may have occurred in the bible.


    myth
    miTH/Submit
    noun
    1.
    a traditional story, esp. one concerning the early history of a people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events.
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 28,477
    riotgrl said:

    brianlux said:

    know1 said:

    riotgrl said:

    Understandable that, in earlier times before rational thought/scientific method, people would develop ideas about how/why we are here but for me it is time to let science explain creation/evolution.

    So does anyone else beside me think that in 2000 years or so from now we might look back at 2014 as a time before "rational thought/scientific method" and that we had to "develop ideas about how/why we are here"?

    I definitely think that way. That's a long time from now and progress continually happens at faster and faster rates.

    I don't think so. I think in 2000 years (if, by great fortune and much effort we're still here) we will have a better scientific understanding of life and the cosmos (not to mention the comic) and and even deeper appreciation for the myths (which will be taught in classes called "Creation Myths 101") that humans have created throughout the millennia.

    Have either of you read anything from Joseph Campbell about human mythology? The Power of Myth is a great documentary/book about the universality of myths and how these myths are integrated into our culture and how humans then use these myths to recognize universal truths. Sounds very similar to the metaphors/parables/life lessons/etc. that are common amongst all the world's religions. The following quote is from Campbell:

    "God is a metaphor for a mystery that absolutely transcends all human categories of thought, even the categories of being and non-being. Those are categories of thought. I mean it's as simple as that. So it depends on how much you want to think about it. Whether it's doing you any good. Whether it is putting you in touch with the mystery that's the ground of your own being. If it isn't, well, it's a lie. So half the people in the world are religious people who think that their metaphors are facts. Those are what we call theists. The other half are people who know that the metaphors are not facts. And so, they're lies. Those are the atheists."

    Campbell then goes on to say that the function of mythology is to educate our young and define their path/journey in that particular society so we are able to make sense of our world. He has a pretty interesting take on the role of mythology and religion.
    Oh yeah, Campbell is great. In 2000 years we'll still be reading Campbell, for sure!

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    If you think that's living, you are
    Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong"
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  • Last-12-ExitLast-12-Exit Charleston, SCPosts: 8,661
    know1 said:

    brianlux said:

    know1 said:

    riotgrl said:

    Understandable that, in earlier times before rational thought/scientific method, people would develop ideas about how/why we are here but for me it is time to let science explain creation/evolution.

    So does anyone else beside me think that in 2000 years or so from now we might look back at 2014 as a time before "rational thought/scientific method" and that we had to "develop ideas about how/why we are here"?

    I definitely think that way. That's a long time from now and progress continually happens at faster and faster rates.

    I don't think so. I think in 2000 years (if, by great fortune and much effort we're still here) we will have a better scientific understanding of life and the cosmos (not to mention the comic) and and even deeper appreciation for the myths (which will be taught in classes called "Creation Myths 101") that humans have created throughout the millennia.

    And I believe that a lot of what we accept now as scientific fact will be looked upon as myth in 2000 years.
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  • dignindignin Posts: 7,481
    Reminds of this

  • groovemegrooveme Posts: 353
    brianlux said:

    In light of the science I've read, to me it seems pretty darned reasonable to believe that life evolves. There's nothing written in stone that says there isn't some creative comic being that set life and the universe into motion but my feeling is that if someone says they understand that and can define it as created by something they believe to be God or a god or gods then their God/god/Gods is/are too small. (If that makes sense.)

    Agreed. I have a degree in biology and studied evolutionary biology. Life evolves. That is undisputed amongst educated people. Why it does or what originated life to start with, that is not a question that science has answered or can answer, most likely

  • know1know1 Posts: 6,554

    know1 said:

    brianlux said:

    know1 said:

    riotgrl said:

    Understandable that, in earlier times before rational thought/scientific method, people would develop ideas about how/why we are here but for me it is time to let science explain creation/evolution.

    So does anyone else beside me think that in 2000 years or so from now we might look back at 2014 as a time before "rational thought/scientific method" and that we had to "develop ideas about how/why we are here"?

    I definitely think that way. That's a long time from now and progress continually happens at faster and faster rates.

    I don't think so. I think in 2000 years (if, by great fortune and much effort we're still here) we will have a better scientific understanding of life and the cosmos (not to mention the comic) and and even deeper appreciation for the myths (which will be taught in classes called "Creation Myths 101") that humans have created throughout the millennia.

    And I believe that a lot of what we accept now as scientific fact will be looked upon as myth in 2000 years.
    Like what?
    How should I know? But 2000 years from now, things are going to look a lot different than they do now. And our perspective will change dramatically.

    Do you think the people 2000 years ago felt what they believed were myths?
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    ...are those who've helped us.

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  • CosmoCosmo Posts: 12,217
    edited February 2014
    I think what we need to get away from is the belief that all Christians believe what these fundamentalist Christians believe... that the word of God was written in the Bible and it is the absolute truth.
    Many Christians i know find some truths in the Bible, but, understand its origin... from tales of ancient societies, repeated through generations and finally, written into text form. People find inspiration, comfort, faith and joy in these words. It is the fundamentalists that are screwing shit up.
    In other words, you can have both religion and science in your life... or you can choose either one. But, that is your life. Don't feel compelled to chose for others.
    Post edited by Cosmo on
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  • CosmoCosmo Posts: 12,217
    P.S. The Creation Museum is on my 'must-see' of museums... after the Smithonian Aviation and Aerospace Museum and the Museo del Prado, Madrid to see the Hieronymous Bosch triptych. I want to see Adam and Eve riding a Tyrannasaurus Rex to the Tree of Knowledge to have a conversation with that talking snake.
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    Hail, Hail!!!
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