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To push it far enough to believe that all everyday objects and states are in two contradictory but simultaneous states goes a tad far for me.
Not to contradict, however, relativity shows us that one object can maintain two contradictory states.
An example of this is the Lorentz-Fitzgerald Contraction. This shows us how as an object nears the speed of light its length contracts. However, from the perspective of someone moving along side this same object, the object will remain the same size. Thus one object can and does remain in two different states simultaneously.
 

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Can I infer you have NO concrete ideas in life?? Absolutely nothing in this world that you are certain of? You question even your own existence.

If so, I pity you. Having no certainty is a recipe for disaster, and to be honest I don't think you actually go that far. At times, it is preferable for us to take an action even if 'ultimately wrong', as the alternative is a paralysed inaction, which in my book is worse.

Quantum theory is a wonderful and exciting 'trip', but the big question of course is how and where it breaks down (if at all??) in the macro vs micro domains. So I would be wary of how far in everyday life those concepts are pushed. To push it far enough to believe that all everyday objects and states are in two contradictory but simultaneous states goes a tad far for me.
There I'm afraid it has been proved already, not only that, the state changed because there was a viewer. The reality is all is not what it seems, even Einstein who could not get on board with the Quantum theory coined the thrase 'Spooky stuff at a distance' associated with it.
Weird stuff happens all the time, to us all, You just have to be awake to notice when it happens. Some believe it is devine intervention, and may take comfort with that. Some take a mystical angle on things and some take the scientific view. In the end it is those who master their fear of the unknown to explore any possibility who will take us through the pearly gates of truth.

Am I certain of anything?, well actually yes.....TAXES; life well maybe not so certain, but there if you don't question you don't get answers.

Do I question my own existence? I could argue that there is worse things to question, like questioning the faith of a sports follower and their favourate team. It wasn't so long ago such talk would have one drowned in the local lake, but then the earth was flat and fear of sailing to far from land would end in your falling off the edge of the world.

I need no pity, I'm happy in my space, even if it turns out that I am a fuzzy blob matter or a creature some great purpose, maybe both until some wise chap(or chapess) comes along and rewrites our existence.

Until then I am just an explorer on the passage of life.
 

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Not to contradict, however, relativity shows us that one object can maintain two contradictory states.
An example of this is the Lorentz-Fitzgerald Contraction. This shows us how as an object nears the speed of light its length contracts. However, from the perspective of someone moving along side this same object, the object will remain the same size. Thus one object can and does remain in two different states simultaneously.
And this state has been shown to exist in everyday life? It may be of import for particles near the speed of light, but for you and I??
 

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And this state has been shown to exist in everyday life? It may be of import for particles near the speed of light, but for you and I??
Yes and yes, because it's all relative. Also nearly everything we use today relies on some part moving at the speed of light for it to work.

Although I undestand that most people don't see quantum mechanics as practical (only theoretical) I suggest this:
gluons effect quarks, quarks effect neutrons, neutrons effect attoms, atoms effect molecules, molecules effect matter, matter effects us. Therefore what effects one effects all.

Another example I would suggest is quantum tunneling. Without which the transistors in your sub amp would be useless.
 

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Think we may have wires crossed somewhere, or my poor attempts at stating what I mean.

for sure, there are times when to fully understand or utilize certain mechanical processes, such as transistors et al, then we can and need to apply what we have learnt in areas such as quantum physics. And from that viewpoint then yes it does apply to us in everyday life.

However, in keeping with the start of this thread, namely how we live our life and how we view, for example, evolution, then we have no need to invoke quantum theory.

Sure it does impinge on our technological progress, but when I said it does not affect you or I I'm merely saying that we are NOT a quantum process or body. At a quantum level of course there are quantum processes, but the interesting question that quantum theory poses is EXACTLY where does the quantum theory breakdown and macroscopic everyday life take over.

We personally are not subject to multiple states nor can probability be used to determine whether I am in actual fact sitting here typing this or not. I am.

I love the whole area and am fascinated by it (on an entry level understanding of course, I'm definitely no expert) but I can see no real relevance of it to the topic under discussion.

To invoke uncertainty or be unable to have a decision on a topic because uncertainty exists at a quantum level (which of course is FAR removed from everyday human interaction level) is a sad place to be.

What would have been the reason a hundred years ago when we didn't have quantum theory as a prop for that indecision??

No, we can and do have knowledge of the world around us, it is not the indeterminate and strange world attempting to be conjured here by appealing to quantum theory.
 

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Not sure I follow you train of thought. Asking where does quantum mechanics breakdown and macroscopic everyday life take over is like asking where does electricity breakdown and where does the amplifier start? they are intrinsically linked. In reference to the original question, If quantum theory goes someway to explaining the underlying facets of evoltionary theory, then it is very relavent to this topic. (BTW I don't mind the thread going off topic, its still interesting and good fun)
Where we are physicaly located in spacetime is not being questioned here, how we are is. If that makes sence?


I think I understand what you are saying about uncertainty. If we, as people, choose to believe nothing because we have no definitive proof then we become stale and lifeless. However I think this is not quite what was meant by uncertainty. Heizenburg's uncertainty principal plays a detrimental role in understanding why somethings cannot be measured and what we have to do to reach a conclusion without such information. What we need to remember is that even though there are a lot of uncertainties in science (even the definition of a scientific fact is one that states it is not an absolute certainty) sometimes we don't need them to know what is, for intents and purposes, definitively absolute.
 

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Ahh, but Quantum is mearly a label, a term discribing the world, space, time and evolution itself.
The idea of it has a direct link with this discussion.

It could be in time as elusive to totally prove with 99% certainty either way, as much as evolution is in darwin theory or evolution from a religious faith sense. There is followers of everything, and there is nothing wrong with that. Infact to have your faith checked is healthy, no matter what path you take.
To there is absolute proof either way why not have a foot in both waters.

Where we as humans fail quite regularly is our ability to alter our thinking when our faith is challenged with overwhelming evidence. Ones world, sense of reality can be destroyed leaving one hanging on to old ideas. It took many years, centurys to resolve if we had a flat or round earth. Then there was earth as the center of the universe. The people that brought forward these ideas where quite often ridiculed and margionlised like we humans do to any thing that conflicts with our thinking. Like our bodies reaction to a virus, we send out antibodies to margionlise and kill it, we do the same to races and different ideas that do not fit within our reality and belief systems. But then this is a natural response as we humans have fought for our right to survive on this planet, then you could label that, evolution.
 

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Great thread and some great points!

I hear the words evolution and faith used like antonyms and can't help but wonder if there may be a way they can both be true... (?)
 

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I hear the words evolution and faith used like antonyms and can't help but wonder if there may be a way they can both be true... (?)
Absolutely,

Whilst they are two completely different articles, there is nothing in either of them that precludes the other. Where some people get caught up is either not fully understanding one or not wanting to accept the other. An open mind generally yields to some degree of acceptance of both. I could postulate all day as to why some people think one (indeed even BB theory/literal genesis theology) precludes the other, but I have yet to meet someone who can argue a scientific/logical case against the bible without misconstruing the scripture. Or indeed why some religions can't displace evolution theory without mis-representing science.

I think it comes down to our personal disposition as to what we are
a) comfortable believing,
b) understand to be the more logical reallity or
c) have repeated personal experiences that cannot be explained using current scientific understanding.

And sometimes you just need to go with your gut feeling
 

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Well said. If you look at most of the great scientists of the past, and many from our time, most do not reject either perspective, but look for the value in both. Starting with the assumption that any particular perspective is wrong, without looking at all of the evidence available and considering what we may not know is inherently unscientific. Faith does not require scientific inquiry, but if one wants to engage in a rational discussion or debate, it is necessary to be willing to challenge one's own assumptions. If you are not willing to do so, you are not having a rational discussion at all, just preaching. There are far too many preachers on all sides, IMO.
 

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You can prove evolution in just a few days.
Subject flies to a stressor and the surviving offspring will have changed.
Mice and other mammals take longer for changes to manifest themselves because reproduction rates are much slower than for flies.
Without a stressor or change in their environment some species can remain unchanged for very long periods indeed.
All it needs is a trigger to set off a genetic reaction.
Or do you have some other explanation for genetic changes?
Look around you: Cats and dogs are an excellent example of evolution.
Farm animals have been bred to massively increase milk supplies over just a few decades. That's evolution.
Pigs now produce larger litters and gain weight very rapidly compared with the past.
You want further proof: The Aids virus. This virus changes constantly to survive the attacks made on it by medicine.
Don't ask a layman to prove evolution. Ask a geneticist
Exactly, I agree with everything you just stated, that is all fact. But that is evolution on a "smaller" scale, microevolution if you will. Darwin's theory of evolution takes it further by suggesting every existing organism today is the descendant of one or a few original organisms from billions of years ago, essentially macroevolution. It also delves into life springing from non-life, from a primordial soup. Life from non-life has never been observed or recreated, and so it is not a fact, but an assumption that requires faith to be believed in.

Mutations in DNA result in the loss of data, the rearranging of data, data not being activatd, or the activation of dormant data, but never the creation of new, unique data. For life to start as a single celled organism and change over billions of years into creatures with no legs, two legs, four legs, six legs, eight legs, wings, horns, fingers, tails, teeth, hair, eyes, hearts, kidneys, lungs, ears, noses, wiskers, tongues, intestines, skin, etc., new, unique DNA data would have had to have been created, several millions of times over, again and again. But creation of new DNA data has never been observed or recreated, and so that is not a fact either, but also an assumption that requires faith to be believed in.

Science is essentially based on observation - establishing facts based on repeatable events. There are many beliefs that do not fall into the realm of science because they can not be observed or repeated, and Darwin's theory of evolution, or macroevolution, is one of those beliefs. One needs to put faith into that theory, just as much if not more so than they would need to put faith in any other theory that explains the origin of life. Yet that theory of evolution is what scientists push and many people accept as fact. To remain a science, evolution needs to be limited to what can be observed and repeated, it needs to be limited to microevolution.
 

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Life from non-life has never been observed or recreated, and so it is not a fact, but an assumption that requires faith to be believed in.
Biogenesis is certainly an interesting subject.

Science is essentially based on observation
Absolutely. The problem with some or the more common types of creationism is that it isn't subject to change based on new observations, right? The scientific community would brush aside evolution for the most part if they discovered or observed something multiple times that was contrary to it. Would creationists do the same?

One needs to put faith into that theory, just as much if not more so than they would need to put faith in any other theory that explains the origin of life. Yet that theory of evolution is what scientists push and many people accept as fact.
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Too many people aren't thinking critically about what they believe.

There is proof for creation... there in no proof for evolution.


This thread isn't about Creation and the Bible, but that is definitely been proven over and over again. It has never been dis-proven while evolution has been, over and over again by numerous people.
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Absolutely. The problem with some or the more common types of creationism is that it isn't subject to change based on new observations, right? The scientific community would brush aside evolution for the most part if they discovered or observed something multiple times that was contrary to it. Would creationists do the same?
Yes, I believe most of them would, If we look back at the history of the church over the past 4000 years, there is a significant change in the understanding of scriptures everytime we discover new things, e.g the shape of the earth. The thing is, even with modern science, there is still nothing that flies in the face of the core context of the bible.

One thing I would like to know (just to take back to topic) is, what is the exact significance of a 58% match in protein sequences between two species? One of the things Macro evolutionist seem to claim is that this is conclusive proof that one speacies evolved from another.

Another interesting question: Why, if chimps have 98% identical DNA to us, do they still swing in trees?
Is it possible that the 2% that is different is coincdentally the bit that makes us modest?
 

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The thing is, even with modern science, there is still nothing that flies in the face of the core context of the bible.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

A more truthful statement is that there is nothing intrinsically in the core bible text that we can use to predict or explain, and I actually do question the readiness to re-interpret the bible based on new scientific discoveries.

Umm, I can quite easily point you to strongly held creationist belief that the universe IS in fact only 6000 years old (which incidentally is not in the bible) and now claim that the word 'behemoth' as used in the bible is 'proof' that humanity co-existed with dinosaurs.

I can also point you to conversations in the bible between people and their donkeys, so I wouldn't push that line (it's all explained in the bible anyway) too far.
 

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Umm, I can quite easily point you to strongly held creationist belief that the universe IS in fact only 6000 years old (which incidentally is not in the bible) and now claim that the word 'behemoth' as used in the bible is 'proof' that humanity co-existed with dinosaurs.
Very true.

What proof do we have that our fossil record is anywhere near accurate.

Great Paleontologists have stated that trying to understand the history of life on Earth using the current fossil record would be comparable to understanding Tolstoy's "War and Peace" by just reading a paragraph.

And further more, we have nothing to compare the fossils to to be sure they are as old as we think.
Was anyone around 100 million years ago to document the death of a dinosaur that we carbon date that old?
What vantage point do we have?

There have been 20th century tools that have been found fossilized. A woman left an item in her fridge for too long and it actually fossilized.

As far as the 'behemoth' in the Bible, it speaks about a goat and we have goats. It speaks about a dog and we have dogs, it speaks about a lion and we have lions, it speaks about dragons and we've got what?

Perhaps the arc was too small to facilitate dinosaurs and they they died in the flood?
Perhaps a comet hit the Earth 65 million years ago and they were wiped out then?

Science and faith. It's all based on belief.
According to quantum physics, we shouldn't even exist!
 

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One of the difficulties I see in showing the error in Darwin's theory of evoution or macroevolution is that biblical creationism is immediately brought up as the only other alternative. Many in the scientific community who study paleontology, genetics, geology, etc. are atheists - for many, it is the reason they decided to take that career path - and the mention of biblical creationism as the alternative to the theory they support often causes them to aggressively and perhaps irrationally defend their position, just as those on the other side will often aggressively and irrationally defend their biblical creationist beliefs. Also, if you attempt to show the error in macroevolution, you are immediatey labled as a biblical creationist. If we leave biblical creationism off the table as a potential explanation for the origin of life for the sake of trying to refine Darwin's theory of evolution, and focus primarily on the large, legitimate problems with said theory, we may be able to actually create a better scientific theory to explain the origin of life. That's not to say by any means that biblical creationism isn't or couldn't be the right explanation, just that it needs to be suspended in order to get the right frame of mind from some of the folks who spend their life studying the earth. It's like letting a girl beat you in something in order to better your standing with her :)

What I find interesting about the concept of Noah's Ark is that since we already know that microevolution is act and does occur, there would not need to be a pair of every species aboard such a vessel as some like to point out to show the absurdity of such an idea. Rather, there would only need to be a pair of animals from each family, as offspring would be able to evolve over time and regions of the world into different genus. Further microevolution would lead to different species. So for example, rather than needing to stow away a pair of lions, tigers, panthers, bobcats, leopards, cougars, cheetahs, lynxs, jaguars, pumas, and the various types of domesticated cats, there would only have needed to be a single pair of animals from the felidae family. They would have then evolved over time into all those types of cats we know today. This greatly simplifies one of the core concepts of the story of Noah's Ark. Does that prove it or mean it doesn't have other weak points? Definitely not, but it is something to consider.

Why don't scientists ever think like this or mention this rather than balking at how silly it would be to have a pair of every single animal on board? Because everybody wants their theory to "win" :R
 

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I'll start off here with a statement

Universal truth is not measured in mass appeal.

Just because some people (even the majority) believe something to be true does not necessarily make it so.

Also it is my belief that Christianity and evolution are incompatible. Ie evolution is death etc was occurring before humans would god therefore classify that as 'good'

my 2 cents
 

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Quantum physics actually doesnt mean we don't exist, just not as you think you exist. The problem we have is we think from the human perspective of isolation, ie it exists because you and I believe it does.
Where as in the quantum world an object may exist dispite what we believe. We are not the center of the universe. Of course I could be wrong, which case when I push up daisy's Ill return and let you know.

Now a personal view about evolution in this context is Im leaning on the darwin mutant gene survival of the strongest line of thought. For me the evidence weights in that favour. But without slamming folklaw, wivestales, stories of old and biblical manuscripts one must not discount the possibility of a truth mixed within exageration, our stories grow wilder and more dramatic in time to make them more exciting and believable. (how big was that fish)

Although we still as a species suffer from misinterpretation of events, we get fooled by our senses, our brains get things wrong and our fear of the unknown compound upon our belief systems we have been programmed with. The Arc story could be based on reality and just a matter of perspective. It could have been Farmer Bob who happened to have a modest boat for day outings and family occasions. One day a big storm dumped a ton of water, the farmer with no high high ground couldnt save all his stock so choose to save just the breading pairs of his animals. Later Bob told his story to the village, but like the size of ones fish catch the story grew way beyond actual events. The villagers knew the storm was bad, it was very heavy so his story must be true so they document the event in their local history.

In the context of the story the storm was true, the boat existed and animals were saved. Just the sequence of the events, perspective got distorted.

This is not to say all stories could be reconstructed, just possibly those with evidence of an event, ie a storm which has left scares on the earth for example.

Just some ideas to consider.
 

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Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

A more truthful statement is that there is nothing intrinsically in the core bible text that we can use to predict or explain, and I actually do question the readiness to re-interpret the bible based on new scientific discoveries.
I believe that in general the human race is getting smarter with each generation. Which means that there is higher inteligence and historical experience with which to interperate the bible.
I think the bible does explain quite alot, it just does it in simple easy to understand terms. How many people would be christian if the book of genesis read like a quantum physics white paper?

heres a little example:

I could explain the process of quantum tunneling, by illustrating a field barrier that would logically require a particle to have a higher energy state than its own inherent kinetic energy in order to breach said barrier. Yet we can observe particles with the lower energy potential breach the barrier anyway. This is a seemingly illogical possiblility.

Or I could just say: If you switch on the light switch, power will flow to the light.

the later statment wil be understood by majority of people, yet has the potential to be mis-interpreted by those with either below average I.Q or a hidden agenda.

The former statment can't be easily mis-interpreted (except for the fact that I wrote it:dumbcrazy:) but requires a fair amount of knoweldge that is only availiable in the late 20th centurary. So it is not much good to anyone before then. This is why the bible was written the way it was, Imagine trying to explain what a finite potential barrier is to Pontius Pilot!!

Just more food for thought.
 
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