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Creationism as common sense

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From Reason, we learn:

Specifically, Kahan contrasts the responses to versions of survey questions about the origin of human beings as asked by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the General Social Science (GSS) survey. The NSF asks: “Human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals. True or false? 55 percent selected true.

The GSS asks: “According to the theory of evolution, human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals. True or false? 81 percent selected true. Kahan observes:

By adding the introductory clause, “According to the theory of evolution,” the GSS question disentangles (“unconfounds” in psychology-speak) the “science knowledge” component and the “identity expressive” components of the item.

But aren’t we missing the main point?

What happened to us was so totally different from what happened to any other life form that … you can know a whole bunch of pseudo-explanations that don’t make any difference.

Something happened and all the approved explanations are stupid. How does THAT make sense?

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13 Replies to “Creationism as common sense

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    Acartia_bogart says:

    “What happened to us was so totally different from what happened to any other life form that…”

    Really? How? And please don’t use the art, beauty, abstract thinking talking points because they are not proof of anything. We can’t see in the infrared like butterflies can, or use sonar like bats and porpoises can, or fly like birds can, or breath under water like fish can, or breath and eat like almost all mammals can, or not get cancer like sharks, or breath through our anus like sea cucumbers, etc. All species have traits that are unique to them, or unique to a small number of related species.

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    Barb says:

    Acartia,

    Really? How? And please don’t use the art, beauty, abstract thinking talking points because they are not proof of anything.

    Why not? They are proof that humans have the capacity for appreciation of abstract concepts which other animals do not.

    How about language, which is another gulf between humans and animals?

    Saying that these things are not proof of anything is completely and utterly wrong.

    We can’t see in the infrared like butterflies can, or use sonar like bats and porpoises can, or fly like birds can, or breath under water like fish can, or breath and eat like almost all mammals can, or not get cancer like sharks, or breath through our anus like sea cucumbers, etc. All species have traits that are unique to them, or unique to a small number of related species.

    We can’t do these things naturally but we can mimic them or invent devices that can mimic the animals’ natural abilities. I’d say that also sets humans apart as well.

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    Andre says:

    Acartia Bogart

    We can see in infrared, we designed a device that makes us see, we can fly, we’ve designed several devices that makes us fly, we can breathe under water, we’ve designed devices that help us do that, we have sonar, we have designed devices that allow us to use sonar. We can live cancer free, we’ve designed medicine that help us fight it. We may not breath through our abuses but people who have repertory problems can breathe by other means. There is nothing in the known universe as beautifully engineered as you.

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    Andre says:

    Dang auto spell checker!

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    Acartia_bogart says:

    @Andre: “There is nothing in the known universe as beautifully engineered as you.”

    Really? So, I should be thankful for the beautifully designed spinal curvature, spontaneous collapsed lung and Marphan’s syndrome that I was designed with? Or my myopia and macular degeneration?

    We have one organ that is more developed than other animals. We were just lucky that this was our brains.

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    Andre says:

    Yes love and enjoy every minute of being alive, with whatever you may call or think of as defects, you are still a beautifully engineered human being.

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    OldArmy94 says:

    “breath through our anus like sea cucumbers,”

    No, but I know plenty of people who talk out of their’s all the time, including some here!

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    ppolish says:

    Arcadia_Bogart, Man rises above all others through his Designs. A Rolex Watch shows design. Man has risen above Nature. Man alone in this special man place. Intelligent Design is Man above Nature.

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    bornagain77 says:

    ppolish,,

    OMEGA Co-Axial Chronometer – The perfect mechanical movement – video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctj-RDbTBMU

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    ppolish says:

    I love that advert, Bornagain77:) Makes me want to buy the watch.

    But alas, it is only the “appearance of design”. Madison Avenue playing with
    my emotions.

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    buffalo says:

    @Angcartia_bogart That dang curvature allows the body to expend virtually zero calories to stand. It is very efficient.

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