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Do you honestly think that evolution gets "crammed" down everyone's throat more than Jesus or whatever religious belief or idea in everyday life? That's pretty ridiculous.
I don't know why I bother. I don't really have time for this but I can't resist.
First of all, not knowing the exact, step-by-step changes that occurred as a species evolved is a far cry from not knowing how evolution works and how it leads to speciation. The only thing "we don't really know yet" are minor details. We can't tell you which gene changed first because evolution is completely random. However, we can often make a pretty accurate prediction and we certainly know how those changes occurred
Regarding usefulness to society, I don't have a lot of time but I can throw out a few examples. If you truly want to understand then go check out what evolutionary biologists do and LEARN. Evolutionary biology is the driving force behind drug design and discovery. For example, using a process called directed evolution, a team of scientists can develop an enzyme that is more than 100 times more effective at treating an illness. The tools of evolutionary biology provide insight into human to human variation and drive individualized medicine. If people had a basic understanding of evolution, we wouldn't have so many people not following through with their antibiotic treatment leading to increased antibiotic resistant bacteria. Knowledge of fundamental evolutionary principles such as the founder effect, bottlenecks etc. enable us to understand genetic risk factors in populations so we can make informed family planning decisions. Genetic diversity is the driving force behind species survival and studying that diversity enables us to manage endangered species and develop breeding programs that can help increase survival of those species. Evolutionary biology drives our understanding of the impact of global climate change.
I'll try a sports analogy to address your comments about evolution and meaning and purpose. A person can go to a Spartan football game and enjoy the event without a lot of understanding of what is going on. However, it is more enjoyable if you understand all the rules and even more enjoyable when you understand Xs and Os, the players the coaches, etc. You don't HAVE to know all that to enjoy the game but it sure makes a hell of a lot more sense when you do.
The impact of CFCs was dead wrong? This paragraph almost prevented me from even trying to respond because I'm not sure if this is serious. Maybe we should just remove the ban on CFCs and see what happens. The scientific community rarely gets things "dead wrong" but I don't deny that it occasionally happens. However, a few errors don't disqualify the vast majority times the scientific community is dead right. This is what really goads me about the anti-science arguments.
This last paragraph has to be a joke. We only hear about Jesus in church? You must not be a sports fan.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Green Genes 22 months ago
Research is what I am doing when I don’t know what I am doing - Werner von Braun
Since Green Genes already wrote a dissertation on this, I'm just going to address your main points as succinct as I can.
1. Evolutionary biology has helped us understand molecular biology, biochemistry and physiology, which do not make sense EXCEPT in the light of evolution.
2. Knowledge about how organisms operate needs an evolutionary construct to fully comprehend it. You wouldn't dare wade in to the politics of Israel without understanding it's operation as a state from 1947 to now and the pre and post war zionist movements. It is taught as an operational science because it IS operating now, as we speak. It can and has been observed.
3. People can assign meaning to evolution if they choose, but that is more philosophical and has no relation to the science of evolution. Evolution does not give purpose to anyone because it does not have goals or aims. It is a process. You are assigning anthropomorphic qualities to it.
I remember very distinctly watching television programs on CFCs with my father and having him provide context.
Here is a summary history:
A compelling argument can be made that we reacted to the threat rapidly and prevented a lot of problems.
The continuing repair, although going slower than thought, of the ozone layer is one of the great success stories for environmentalists.
"No one cares what you know, until they know how much you care." Mark Dantonio
so much ignorance in one post........if you're a schtick, well done!
If you're for real, well, let's just hope you have not reproduced......
No kidding. But the anti-science lobby keeps arguing that environmental policy is just about killing business.
That thread was an obvious troll attempt, I dont get what you mean by hook.
Bill is STILL taking it to the thumpers!!
I truly believe you when you say you don't get it. Everyone else on the board regardless of party affiliation can grasp this overly simplistic point that you agreed completely with the obvious troll attempt and put on display the very idiocy that the op mocked in the most overtly facetious tone imaginable.
Of course you don't get it. You think that when you jump it's an angel that brings you back to earth so you don't float off into space and that a solar orbit is a dangerously heretical concept.
youngblood96/viggo martyr/jargon: tRCMB's answer to Vidkun Quisling and Fred Phelps.
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