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  1. billyjoe says

    Weirdly, in the first bit of the video clip, Stein says “life did not originate randomly….[slight pause]…not by random mutation and natural selection” but, in the second bit of the video clip, he just says “randomness” and leaves off “and natural selection”. He doesn’t seem to realise that he has the answer to his misunderstanding of evolution in the very first words he spoke. Or am I missing something?

  2. robro says

    Good lord, I hope it’s not all scientific here! I appreciate the scientific parts, of course, as well as the atheist parts. But I also like the social justice messages, and the pissed off at the messed up world rants. The animal pictures. The cat. And the new baby.

    This was a pretty good one, PZ, although I think seeing you talk on camera is fine. Thanks particularly for the Shelley quote. It’s already posted on my FaceBook page for all my creationist friends to ignore.

  3. jrkrideau says

    You are denying randomness!
    What did you say your chair’s phone number was, again?

    Nice piece of work but the vocabulary is assuming a university level education or equivalent.

  4. says

    Even without going into genetics, I am left wondering – if you somehow scanned a beach, counting all grains of sand, and where they are in relation to each other, would that “information” only exist after you collect it, or does it exist, inherent in the bloody sand? Stupid question, I know, but allowing for a moment that the people pondering this are creationists, if the answer is no, they would be right, but it begs the question of how that information references anything at all in the real world, if not derived from it (whcih it can’t be, if the information didn’t already exist, to be collected). If the answer is yes, it did exist, then what.. their “god” fiddled every bloody grain of sand into place, knowing some joker would want to know how many there are, at some point, and how they relate to each other?

    This, to me, is the true absurdity. They keep coming up with bloody complicated things, like genes, and saying, “That’s designed, because *information*!”, but its a BS argument when *everything* contains information, even if they find it trivial or useless information.

  5. David Marjanović says

    He doesn’t seem to realise that he has the answer to his misunderstanding of evolution in the very first words he spoke. Or am I missing something?

    Nope.

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