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Why can’t we have an honest discussion of the Cambrian explosion?

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Kooteninchela deppi (reconstruction)/Imperial College London

Here is a claim made by a commenter at an ID-friendly site:

They lie because 99% of the time noone will never know, and they can easily win the debate. There is little integrity on their side. Most pro-ID people, if shown one of their arguments is bad, will stop using it. Most anti-ID people don’t care whether their arguments are bad, they just want to use whatever is effective at winning. There’s a lot of bad faith on their side.

I (news writer O’Leary) only raise this because I had been researching the Cambrian explosion, and everything you ever wanted to know about the reasons to doubt Darwin’s followers’ history of life can be found by studying their reactions to the Cambrian explosion: All seem to be attempts to explain away the fact that most basic life forms appeared suddenly within a comparatively short period of time. It is just like atheist cosmologists’ attempts to explain away fine-tuning of the universe—as if there would ever be any problem with that for anybody other than diehard atheism or Darwin believers.

So life and the universe are designed? So?

Here’s an interesting Cambrian animal recently found in British Columbia, Canada, that started my question:

The researcher believes that Kooteninchela deppi would have been a hunter or scavenger. Its large Edward Scissorhands-like claws with their elongated spines may have been used to capture prey, or they could have helped it to probe the sea floor looking for sea creatures hiding in sediment.

Kooteninchela deppi was approximately four centimetres long with an elongated trunk for a body and millipede-like legs, which it used to scuttle along the sea floor with the occasional short swim.

It also had large eyes composed of many lenses like the compound eyes of a fly. They were positioned on top of movable stalks called peduncles to help it more easily search for food and look out for predators.

The exquisitely complex eyes, absolutely necessary for the way of life described, just evolved accidentally at the same time, right? All just sorta happened.

Like things never do in real life.

Researchers mostly get public instead of private money.  So no one forces them to ask critical questions.

6 Replies to “Why can’t we have an honest discussion of the Cambrian explosion?

  1. 1
    Axel says:

    Because it’s an ‘open and shut case’, Denise, isn’t it? Either/Or.

    They live in a genuinely-surreal fantasy world quite literally. Hence bornagain77 is baying at the moon pointing them in the direction of the findings of QM, unequivocally attesting to non-locality, theism and even Christianity.

  2. 2
    Axel says:

    But it has to be done, and is fascinating for ‘those with ears to hear’.

  3. 3
    lifepsy says:

    You are free to discuss it all you want, as long you remember to conclude that Natural Selection Dunnit after the discussion.

    You must presuppose this before discussion, too, of course.

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    bornagain77 says:

    OT: The First Image Ever of a Hydrogen Atom’s Orbital Structure – with photo – 20 May 2013
    Excerpt: how to magnify the microscopic states of a quantum particle? The answer, according to a team of international researchers, is the quantum microscope — a device that uses photoionization microscopy to visualize atomic structures directly.
    Writing in Physical Review Letters, Aneta Stodolna of the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMOLF) in the Netherlands describes how she and her team mapped the nodal structure of an electronic orbital of a hydrogen atom placed in a static (dc) electric field.
    After zapping the atom with laser pulses, ionized electrons escaped and followed a particular trajectory to a 2D detector (a dual microchannel plate [MCP] detector placed perpendicular to the field itself). There are many trajectories that can be taken by the electrons to reach the same point on the detector, thus providing the researchers with a set of interference patterns — patterns that reflected the nodal structure of the wave function.
    http://io9.com/the-first-image.....-509684901

    Semi related video and pictures:

    The ‘Uncertain Non-Particle’ Basis Of Material Reality – video
    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/4109172

    Photographs of atoms, produced by the scanning tunnel microscope
    http://physics.unipune.ernet.i...../image.gif
    http://researcher.watson.ibm.c.....cover7.tif
    http://researcher.watson.ibm.c...../stm15.jpg

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    Joe says:

    There can be an honest discussion of the cambrian explaosion if you don’t invite any evolutionists to take part in it.

    Just sayin’…

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    Robert Byers says:

    The Cambrian explosion is only interpretated after the gelogical claims for its place in time are accepted.
    Otherwise its just stuuf on a rock with no meaning except what you see.

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