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carlsonjok



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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 16 2007,15:06   

Quote (bystander @ Nov. 15 2007,20:09)
ps. I can't wait until this thread moves to page 7. I find the photo at the top disturbing for some reason

You mean, this picture?

EDITTED for the little babies with sensitive tum-tums. :p

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Annyday



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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 16 2007,15:14   

I hate you.

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Lou FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 16 2007,15:16   

Waiting for the page to roll over has been killing you, hasn't it Carlson Jokstrap?  I'm betting you've been planning that for some time.

Lou

P.S. I also hate you.

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J-Dog



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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 16 2007,15:27   

Quote (Lou FCD @ Nov. 16 2007,15:16)
Waiting for the page to roll over has been killing you, hasn't it Carlson Jokstrap?  I'm betting you've been planning that for some time.

Lou

P.S. I also hate you.

Yeah, me too, but I'm laughing so hard I can hardly type.

ID Predicts that if you can get that through the Thought Police at UD, you win the prestigious Poster of The Century Award.

Getting it autographed by Behe, Lindsy Lohan and Abbie Smith - ABSOLUTELY PRICELESS, and we would all have to bow down and worship you.  Except me, cuz fortunately I am an atheist.

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carlsonjok



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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 16 2007,15:28   

Quote (Lou FCD @ Nov. 16 2007,15:16)
Waiting for the page to roll over has been killing you, hasn't it Carlson Jokstrap?  I'm betting you've been planning that for some time.

Who, little old me?  Would I do something like that?  It was just an innocent question.  But, to show what a swell gent I am, I editted the post to keep from offending your senstivities, oh moderator!
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P.S. I also hate you.


You know, there was an absolutely perfect lolcat you could have used in this case.  Just so ya know......

Oh, by the way.  Any guy who wore a red dress with that much junk in his trunk shouldn't be hating on Behe!

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Lou FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 16 2007,15:35   

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Oh, by the way.  Any guy who wore a red dress with that much junk in his trunk shouldn't be hating on Behe!

Hey, I made that dress look good.

Plus, I did it by request of my dead Aunt.  Favorite Aunts get a certain amount of consideration when they go to California.

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stevestory



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(Permalink) Posted: May 10 2008,15:44   

We don't seem to have a general Mike Behe thread per se, so I'm putting this here.

I was reading the new Panda's Thumb story about Behe's ridiculous immune system claims, and it makes me idly wonder, has any idea ever been eviscerated as thoroughly as Irreducible Complexity?

   
guthrie



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(Permalink) Posted: May 10 2008,17:33   

I have no idea.  I was just thinking that to me Behe probably looks marginally better than the Lamprey, although the Lamprey probably talks better science.

  
JohnW



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(Permalink) Posted: May 12 2008,11:57   

Quote (stevestory @ May 10 2008,13:44)
We don't seem to have a general Mike Behe thread per se, so I'm putting this here.

I was reading the new Panda's Thumb story about Behe's ridiculous immune system claims, and it makes me idly wonder, has any idea ever been eviscerated as thoroughly as Irreducible Complexity?

Well, phlogiston, lead-into-gold, and geocentrism come to mind.  But if we restrict it to recent hypotheses, proposed when the evidence was already running against them, and maintained by their proponents as evidence continued to mount, the only parallel I can think of is steady-state cosmology.  Of course, steady-state was always a scientific theory, not religious apologetics, so I'm not sure it's that good a parallel.

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Venus Mousetrap



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(Permalink) Posted: May 12 2008,12:26   

Quote (stevestory @ May 10 2008,15:44)
We don't seem to have a general Mike Behe thread per se, so I'm putting this here.

I was reading the new Panda's Thumb story about Behe's ridiculous immune system claims, and it makes me idly wonder, has any idea ever been eviscerated as thoroughly as Irreducible Complexity?

I was arguing IC on Uncommon Descent a week ago here, where I told them they should stop clinging to the flawed notion, but they still believe it's credible, and I rather failed at showing them otherwise.

Apparently they are aware that nothing in evolution prohibits IC, but still insist that it be shown in practice else ID wins by default. I know a goalpost has been moved somewhere there but my argument-fu is weak. In any case they're asking for evidence which is unreasonably difficult to obtain in practice, but easy to show in principle.

Personally I believe that emphasising the power of gene duplication is the key, since that, as far as I know, is the method for adding information (by their definition) - the mechanism they claim doesn't exist. how exactly do they deny that one? we know genes duplicate, we know that it doesn't always harm the animal, we know that they can mutate in different ways to the original gene, we know that this can be selected for, and we have evidence of genes which look like copies of others.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: May 12 2008,12:48   

Quote (Venus Mousetrap @ May 12 2008,12:26)
Quote (stevestory @ May 10 2008,15:44)
We don't seem to have a general Mike Behe thread per se, so I'm putting this here.

I was reading the new Panda's Thumb story about Behe's ridiculous immune system claims, and it makes me idly wonder, has any idea ever been eviscerated as thoroughly as Irreducible Complexity?

I was arguing IC on Uncommon Descent a week ago here, where I told them they should stop clinging to the flawed notion, but they still believe it's credible, and I rather failed at showing them otherwise.

Apparently they are aware that nothing in evolution prohibits IC, but still insist that it be shown in practice else ID wins by default. I know a goalpost has been moved somewhere there but my argument-fu is weak. In any case they're asking for evidence which is unreasonably difficult to obtain in practice, but easy to show in principle.

Personally I believe that emphasising the power of gene duplication is the key, since that, as far as I know, is the method for adding information (by their definition) - the mechanism they claim doesn't exist. how exactly do they deny that one? we know genes duplicate, we know that it doesn't always harm the animal, we know that they can mutate in different ways to the original gene, we know that this can be selected for, and we have evidence of genes which look like copies of others.

Ah so!  You must remember Little Grasshopper, that no man can convert a True Believer™.  True Believer must convert himself.



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stevestory



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(Permalink) Posted: May 12 2008,14:05   

Quote (Venus Mousetrap @ May 12 2008,13:26)
Quote (stevestory @ May 10 2008,15:44)
We don't seem to have a general Mike Behe thread per se, so I'm putting this here.

I was reading the new Panda's Thumb story about Behe's ridiculous immune system claims, and it makes me idly wonder, has any idea ever been eviscerated as thoroughly as Irreducible Complexity?

I was arguing IC on Uncommon Descent a week ago here, where I told them they should stop clinging to the flawed notion, but they still believe it's credible, and I rather failed at showing them otherwise.

Apparently they are aware that nothing in evolution prohibits IC, but still insist that it be shown in practice else ID wins by default. I know a goalpost has been moved somewhere there but my argument-fu is weak. In any case they're asking for evidence which is unreasonably difficult to obtain in practice, but easy to show in principle.

Personally I believe that emphasising the power of gene duplication is the key, since that, as far as I know, is the method for adding information (by their definition) - the mechanism they claim doesn't exist. how exactly do they deny that one? we know genes duplicate, we know that it doesn't always harm the animal, we know that they can mutate in different ways to the original gene, we know that this can be selected for, and we have evidence of genes which look like copies of others.

You should have pity for them. Believing in IC at this point is a kind of IQ test.

   
Richardthughes



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(Permalink) Posted: May 12 2008,14:28   

Plus PaV or DHL or some other nugget was arguing that redundancy in biological structure is evidence of design last week.

To recap:
Take a piece out.
If it still works: Design!
If it doesn't work: Design!

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Erasmus, FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: May 12 2008,14:46   

besides since there are no theory independent observations, and theories are clearly designed, all observations thus yield design.

you pathetic darwinist materialists chance worshippers cannot possibly understand how infantile your objections to Design are in the eyes of the almighty GOD DESIGNER.

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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 01 2011,00:39   

Exhuming an old Behe thread to post this:

The Humanist Interview with Leo Behe "The son of intelligent design heavyweight Michael Behe discusses his journey to atheism"

A snippet:

 
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The Humanist: How long was this transformation, and why didn’t your father’s ideas (or others) about intelligent design demonstrate proof of a “designer” or creator?

Behe: The journey from very devout Catholic to outspoken atheist took about six months total. Once my trust in the Bible was shaken, I still believed strongly in a theistic god, but I realized that I hadn’t sufficiently examined my beliefs. Over the next several months, my certainty of a sentient, omnipotent and omnibenevolent deity faded steadily. I believe that the loss of a specific creed was the tipping point for me. After I lost the element of trust—be it trust in the Bible, trust in a church, or trust in the Pope—I had no choice but to vindicate my own beliefs through research, literature, and countless hours of deep thought. It was then that my belief in any sort of God faded away gradually, and to this day I continue to find more and more convincing evidence against any sort of design or supernatural interference in the universe. As for the arguments from design, such as irreducible complexity or the so-called fine-tuning of the six cosmological constants, I have many reasons for dismissing them each in particular, but one overarching reason would be the common refutation of William Paley’s classic watchmaker argument—the only reason that complex objects appear to be designed is because we as humans create complex objects, and we then assume that complexity is indisputably indicative of a designer. This is an association we make only as a result of what our “common sense” tells us.

  
noncarborundum



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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 01 2011,00:46   

Quote (BopDiddy @ Sep. 01 2011,00:39)
Exhuming an old Behe thread to post this:

The Humanist Interview with Leo Behe "The son of intelligent design heavyweight Michael Behe discusses his journey to atheism"

A snippet:

   
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The Humanist: How long was this transformation, and why didn’t your father’s ideas (or others) about intelligent design demonstrate proof of a “designer” or creator?

Behe: The journey from very devout Catholic to outspoken atheist took about six months total. Once my trust in the Bible was shaken, I still believed strongly in a theistic god, but I realized that I hadn’t sufficiently examined my beliefs. Over the next several months, my certainty of a sentient, omnipotent and omnibenevolent deity faded steadily. I believe that the loss of a specific creed was the tipping point for me. After I lost the element of trust—be it trust in the Bible, trust in a church, or trust in the Pope—I had no choice but to vindicate my own beliefs through research, literature, and countless hours of deep thought. It was then that my belief in any sort of God faded away gradually, and to this day I continue to find more and more convincing evidence against any sort of design or supernatural interference in the universe. As for the arguments from design, such as irreducible complexity or the so-called fine-tuning of the six cosmological constants, I have many reasons for dismissing them each in particular, but one overarching reason would be the common refutation of William Paley’s classic watchmaker argument—the only reason that complex objects appear to be designed is because we as humans create complex objects, and we then assume that complexity is indisputably indicative of a designer. This is an association we make only as a result of what our “common sense” tells us.

Turnabout is fair play.  O'Hair's son became a Christian, didn't he?

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Amadan



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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 01 2011,02:29   

Hang on: for a proper 'conversion-to-atheism' story, doesn't he have to have an account of how happy, purpose-driven and Good he was before turning away from Jeebus?

I suspect an infiltrator....

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