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May 24 2015, 05:00 PM
Talk about dinosaurs.

One ground rule (well i guess it's more of a guideline since im not a staff member who can enforce it) is that many dinosaurs were definitely, unambiguously feathered and i don't want that to be under debate. the idea of dinosaurs not being feathered is indefensible. educate yourself.
May 24 2015, 02:43 PM
I noticed nobody's yet bitten in this subforum. I figured, why not start the kind of discussion I've always wanted to argue on BZPower, but the rules never quite let me? So here's one, and it's a doozy: should evolution and creationism be considered equal theories of the origins of life? Should creationism (or its weasel-words "scientific" equivalent, intelligent design) even be considered a scientific theory at all?

Now, I consider myself a scientist, at least in theory. I approach the world with a sense of wonder, and I dedicate myself to learning as much as I can about the world and how it works.

As someone scientifically-minded, my answers to both questions are "no". I have done a lot of research in my spare time to wrap my head around this controversy, and I can't see it any other way. Evolution is a scientific theory (which is quite a bit different from the casual use of the word theory) with centuries of data and study put into it, all of which seems to work in favor of it. Even in the fossils, we can see gradual changes over time. (Take, for example, Psittacosaurus to Protoceratops to Triceratops; there's a clear progression in change, from the change to quadrupedalism to the development of the bony frill. [I'm not claiming these species exactly developed into each other; they lived in different areas on different continents. But a general progression can be seen.]) Additionally, as someone who completely and fully understands the mechanisms of evolution, they just make sense.

Creationism, meanwhile, requires a denial of scientific fact. Radioactive dating of rocks sets the age of the Earth at billions of years, yet young-Earth creationism insists that the Earth is only 6000 years old. (For reference, humans have been around for 200,000 years; it requires quite the truncation of human history to make it fit.) Even old-Earth creationism requires ignoring things like the morphological similarities between Tyrannosaurus and birds to insist that birds did not evolve from theropod dinosaurs, or the observed ways in which populations of creatures even now change slightly due to environmental changes.

Anyway, that's enough to set up my view on the subject. I'm interested to see where this conversation leads.
May 24 2015, 01:52 PM
Hello, I'm Jess. I don't really have a username I go by these days, but that's my name. On BZPower, my current name is Dina Saruyama.

Some of you probably know me. Some of you also probably hate me. Whatever the case, here I am.

Don't expect me to be too active here; I don't use forums much. I only use BZPower because its ability to drive my blood pressure up might just kill me before I'm 25.
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