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#212032 - 08/07/13 11:26 AM Why is Understanding Evolution important?
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An understanding of evolution
by natural selection, does it matter?
Or to put it another way, “Who cares?”
Or, “So what?”
And, “What difference does it make?”
I may not understand general relativity; that doesn’t stop me from using the GPS on my cell phone. So what’s the big deal if I or my children or my elected officials don’t “get” evolution?

The subject line question, “Why is this important?” may seem a bit broad, but your answer to that question will help us focus on the most important part of any production: our audience.

We look forward to hearing from you and will keep you posted as to our progress.
And, please, feel free to forward this to others you think might like to contribute.

Sincerely,
Roger

Wanna help Roger with his production? I am,
and will forward any AWAD thoughts to Roger.

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#212040 - 08/07/13 07:24 PM Re: Why is Understanding Evolution important? [Re: jenny jenny]
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That's a good question. And it deserves a good answer.

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#212041 - 08/07/13 07:29 PM Re: Why is Understanding Evolution important? [Re: jenny jenny]
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#212042 - 08/07/13 07:30 PM Re: Why is Understanding Evolution important? [Re: jenny jenny]
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One reason for having at least a general understanding of evolution is so that you don't waste the time of students who really do care and want to learn about evolution so they don't have the so-called controversy filling up their school time. If I were a early school science teacher and were required to spend some time discussing creationism or intelligent design I would get it out of the way early in a session on the nature of science and why those two ways of thinking are not science.

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#212054 - 08/08/13 12:42 PM Re: Why is Understanding Evolution important? [Re: Faldage]
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Thank you, Faldage, your pragmatic answer will be welcomed.
Roger and his team will be in Oregon Friday to present his interviewing work to the funding committee so any other thoughts offered here can be forwarded to Roger by noon tomorrow.

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#212064 - 08/09/13 12:20 AM Re: Why is Understanding Evolution important? [Re: jenny jenny]
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Why is understanding evolution important? Because...

We ARE Evolution. And so is everything else. We know this vicariously through every thought and observation we've made since birth. We are wired to experience an ever-progressive cause-and-effect reality with any other reality being beyond our ken.

BANG! Cosmic stuff becomes atoms and atoms become molecular and elements become rocks and rocks become life. And life, mindless as the rocks that preceeded them, evolved and is evolving.

[part I of 2]

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#212074 - 08/09/13 09:31 PM Re: Why is Understanding Evolution important? [Re: jenny jenny]
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Part II

"To thine own self be true, and it must follow,
as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man."

___________________________________ William Shakespeare

And therein lies the problem. Both evolutionists and creationists fail to understand the functions of Free Will and Determinism. And they don't because of the invention and evolution of language.

Mindless mechanical evolution continues the clade rather than the individual. Culture (especially language) serves that end.
Words and thoughts compete against other word and thought systems at the expence of the individual for the continuance of the clade. Morals, customs, belief systems, etc. are created with more vigor when concocted by a free-thinking many rather than by an autocratic few.

So here lies the paradox: Words and thoughts are physical objects (think about it) that lie and claim "Free Will".

Ergo: The Universe Is Deterministic and we have Free Will.

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#212077 - 08/09/13 10:19 PM Re: Why is Understanding Evolution important? [Re: jenny jenny]
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Free will and determinism are artifacts of language.

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#212083 - 08/10/13 02:06 PM Re: Why is Understanding Evolution important? [Re: jenny jenny]
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What's the evolution of the troll?
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#212093 - 08/10/13 10:37 PM Re: Why is Understanding Evolution important? [Re: Faldage]
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Originally Posted By: Faldage
Free will and determinism are artifacts of language.


Of course. And Evolution determines the functions of language.

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