Don't miss new Big Think videos! Subscribe by clicking here: http://goo.gl/CPTsV5 Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology. According to Bill Nye, aka "the science guy," if grownups want to "deny evolution and live in your world that's completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that's fine, but don't make your kids do it because we need them." -- Transcript: Denial of evolution is unique to the United States. I mean, we're the world's most advanced technological—I mean, you could say Japan—but generally, the United States is where most of the innovations still happens. People still move to the United States. And that's largely because of the intellectual capital we have, the general understanding of science. When you have a portion of the population that doesn't believe in that, it holds everybody back, really. Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology. It's like, it's very much analogous to trying to do geology without believing in tectonic plates. You're just not going to get the right answer. Your whole world is just going to be a mystery instead of an exciting place. As my old professor, Carl Sagan, said, "When you're in love you want to tell the world." So, once in a while I get people that really—or that claim—they don't believe in evolution. And my response generally is "Well, why not? Really, why not?" Your world just becomes fantastically complicated when you don't believe in evolution. I mean, here are these ancient dinosaur bones or fossils, here is radioactivity, here are distant stars that are just like our star but they're at a different point in their lifecycle. The idea of deep time, of this billions of years, explains so much of the world around us. If you try to ignore that, your world view just becomes crazy, just untenable, itself inconsistent. And I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, in your world that's completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that's fine, but don't make your kids do it because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need people that can—we need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems. It's just really hard a thing, it's really a hard thing. You know, in another couple of centuries that world view, I'm sure, will be, it just won't exist. There's no evidence for it. Directed / Produced by Jonathan Fowler and Elizabeth Rodd
jebstuart: Life is an emergent property.
Necromonger Nation: +Gary Bell: "Life is an emergent property, no truer statement can be made."
Baseless assertion in the absence of that from which life supposedly emerges.
ergonomover: “There is something infantile in the presumption that somebody else has a responsibility to give your life meaning and point… The truly adult view, by contrast, is that our life is as meaningful, as full and as wonderful as we choose to make it.”
― Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion
Evotard Exterminator: Today's Creation Moment
Secret Intelligence from the Deity
Genesis 1:21 "So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good." Whales can maneuver precisely through the world's oceans and ice floes and among each other. Herman Melville noted this when he wrote in Moby Dick that whales seem to be guided by a "secret intelligence from the Deity."
Much about that "secret intelligence" remains a secret to this day. It is known that sperm whales can echolocate in the same way that bats do. They send out a series of clicks from a special organ in their head. However, other species of whales lack that organ. Scientists think that other whales may use a less precise method of echolocation based on their low pitched calls.
Whales also use sounds to communicate with each other. Scientists have catalogued at least 23 different sperm whale click arrangements. Some of the patterns always follow other patterns, indicating that the clicks are a form of language. Some whales are believed to carry out conversations over thousands of miles. Scientists believe that some of the frequencies used by the whales allow them to communicate with other whales halfway around the world. The haunting melodies of the hump back whale are mating songs. The songs can last as long as 30 minutes. A humpback song will be the same within a single population of whales and sometimes within an entire ocean basin!
Whales are beautiful creatures. While they are intelligent, they are not as intelligent as once thought. However, they still glorify their Creator.
Dear heavenly Father, I thank You for making whales and showing forth Your glory and Godhead by giving them such wonderful abilities. Help me to use the abilities You have given me to glorify You, too. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Tylerosaurus: Atheism is the belief in a spontaneous, causeless, purposeless, meaningless existence
Will To Win: Religion doesn't oppose evolution. Just some morons do. I'm a proud Christian and I believe in evolution.
Gary Bell: Life is an emergent property, no truer statement can be made. You eat your own pie Giggler, I've been waiting 10 days to post this the moment you started the premature victory dancing, enjoy your bumbler pie.
Jatz07: Mongs definition of how life started on Earth. The thing that made the things for which there is no known maker
Necromonger Nation: +jebstuart: ME: “Hey, Stuart, tell more about about the origin of life. Tell us more about "life as an emergent property...." ...of who knows what.”
YOU: “Yeah, sure. Life is an emergent property. Wiki says "...of chemistry.”
ME: ”LOL! So the mighty Stewart has finally eaten his humble pie and fashioned a sentence that has the "appearance" of "Life is an emergent property of chemistry!" So are you still dancing for us, Stuart, or are you actually going to sign off on "Life is an emergent property of chemistry?" What will it be? Hmm?”
Gary Bell: Now who has one single atom of evidence that life hasn't evolved over billions of years? 150+ years and we're still waiting for the first human to produce this world changing evidence, any takers?
Necromonger Nation: +Gary Bell: "So now you know that mutations are the source for the Earth's biodiversity and biology doesn't need nor ask for any luck"
Incorrect. If mutations are the source for the history of biodiversity on this planet, it's the position of science. A science which seems to have no qualms about getting behind a phenomenon based on the improbable, the unpredictable, and the serendipity of dumb, blind luck. Hardly science, Bell.
Jatz07: Don't post any facts on a Mong comment, he/she will delete it.
Gary Bell: Haha, the comedy continues... embryogenesis can't explain how DNA is passed from one generation to the next? Deepak Chopra would be impressed with that pointless and meaningless word salad. When sperm meets egg Gigglet it isn't from random actions, it's intelligently planned and guided, lol!
Gary Bell: There's nothing like the sight of a fundy in full flight frantically trying to distance herself from the pummelling below, a red herring here a red herring there, everywhere a red herring. Don't Google "mutation, repair and recombination" to learn any actual science, just pretend that mutation and recombination aren't separate natural processes that both result in changes to the genome. Oh... and life is an emergent property.
Necromonger Nation: +Yoda: "No scientific alternatives to evolution exist. Not one." Sorry, but the origin of animal embryogenesis can't be explained in terms of random genetic mutation. Animal embryogenesis features developmental gene regulatory networks, or DGRNs, which guide the deployment of cell specialization during ontogenesis.
At the very moment a fertilized egg divides, the DNA is already downregulated to permit ever increasing specialization of the cell lineage through embryological development.
DGRNs are metainformation - genetic information controlling other genetic information.
DGRNs control which genes will be expressed during ontogeny.
Sorry, but DGRNs are BEYOND THE REACH OF NATURAL SELECTION.
Necromonger Nation: The most important thing that convinces you that you are alive - your inner thoughts and sentient sense of self - these are off limits to science and cannot be falsified. And yet these are more real to you than the material objects of empirical science! Of what use is science as it's popularly defined? Is that kind of science not well and truly bound in an ideological straight jacket?
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