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  1. @notme Its a bit long and drawn out. A lot of people repeating themselves, but if you can make your way through the 99% of junk, you can find some decent info in here. I wonder if he still roams these forums. He fell back a bit toward the end. Took a bit of wrestling. I honestly havent looked at these posts in a couple years. I remember when i wrote them though. I was sitting in a restaurant at the time for much of it. Time flies. Feel free to poke holes in them.
  2. And if you would like notme, we can look at the research. but thankyou, yes the question remains.
  3. Punctuated equilibrium, if you examine rates of evolution demonstrated within it, correlate with Darwinian rates of gradual evolution. the difference is that pe predominantly focuses on fossils, which by their nature, form an intermittent sequence, verses genetic changes which are of a more precise way of observing change. "sudden and dramatic" with respect to geology, are events that occur over millions of years.
  4. If we recognize that living things are changing over time. Then to say that, that change stops at humanity, sort of requires an explanation for why it stops. for example, if mutations are a predominant cause of evolution, and if these mutations have occurred continuously for over a billion years, why would mutations stop in us now? That is a question I would ask. And then there would be the question of if they actually have stopped.
  5. Just out of curiosity, why do you think man is a dead end? In light of things like genetic drift.
  6. Im not sure what you mean Ozzy. But if it helps, below is a geologic timescale. In the column on the right are ages. The rest are all names of periods, epochs, eons, etc. The hadean is typically considered sort of a lifeless time of continental formation. Complex ocean based life came about around the early paleozoic. The devonian was when fish to amphibian transitional vertebrates came onto land. The carboniferous was dominated by vegetation and trees with amphibian to reptile transitional animals. Between the Permian and the end of the cretaceous, you get dinosaurs and these reptile to mammal and reptile to bird evolutionary transitions of animals. The dinosaurs die out by the end of the cretaceous. In the paleogene, mammals come to dominate the planet since the dinosaurs had died off. Proto apes came about within 10 million years ago. Then species more similar to mankind a few million years ago, then mankind within the last few hundred thousand years.
  7. If the question is about the earth, im a geologist if anyone has questions. Generally, the earth is recognized to be about 4 and a half billion years old. This being recognized through relative and absolute dating methods. Or radioactive dating.
  8. I see a lot of people doing this. If Christianity/Islam then not evolution, or if evolution then not christianity/Islam. scriptures of religion were written thousands of years ago. They're attempts of mankind in describing something beyond ourselves. Science too is an ever proceeding attempt at understanding things that are beyond us. You can't take subjective literature, and turn it into an objective "this scripture is/means X". Scripture and science, ultimately having subjective traits, gives people the freedom to interpret and consider novel ideas about each. To the extent that science and religion are not mutually exclusive unless you choose to believe that they are. islam and evolution are not in opposition to eachother, no more than Christianity and evolution. And there are many Muslims and Christians like myself, who are comfortable supporting the the theory of evolution, while still appreciating Sunday service.
  9. Don't think I ever saw this post. Whether or not you believe that someone instantaneously made a bird from dust, comes down to how you perceive scripture, who wrote it, what it means etc. personally, I do not believe in miracles in the sense you're describing.
  10. God may give you an exceptional ability to perform mathematics, but this doesnt erase your origins to people prior to you (perhaps your grandparents) who could not do mathematics as you can. Just the same, God providing us with a greater intellect and reason than others animals, doesnt erase our origins in relatedness. If the hadith says nothing of common descent, then it is really poor justification trying to use it against the concept of common decent. Having a greater intellect does not negate a common ancestor no more than you having a different intellect than your great grandparents.
  11. There are arrogant people of this world that support many things unfortunately.
  12. The hadith doesnt discuss common descent. How could it be used as justification against common decent?