Sometimes I question the reason I write… there is no true ends to it,
it merely comforts me, organizes my thoughts and gives me the hope that in some way I can be immortal. The Philosopher would have me believe that it is an essential part of happiness, and I agree, but to see fake smiles on the fools’ faces makes the unexamined life seem so tempting - yet still I write, and think - and lead a life worth living.

Eros is an issue of boundaries. He exists because certain boundaries do. In the interval between reach and grasp, between glance and counter-glance, between “I love you” and “I love you too”, the absent presence of desire comes alive. But the boundaries of time and glance and I love you are only aftershocks of the main, inevitable boundary that creates Eros : the boundary of flesh and self between you and me. And it’s only, suddenly, at the moment when I would dissolve that boundary, I realize I never can.
—  Anne Carson, Eros the Bittersweet

iisjunior said:

Hey! Just wondering if you've ever read the book (it's fairly recent) "Evolution's Achilles' Heels." I have yet to order it, but wanted to share it with ya.

I’ll put this bluntly: I’m not interested in reading any more ID or creationist propaganda. Let’s take a look at the focus of each of the chapters:

  • Chapter 1: Natural Selection (Dr. Don Batten, Ph.D.Plant Physiology, University of Sydney)
  • Chapter 2: Genetics and DNA (Dr. Robert W. Carter Ph.D. Marine Biology, University of Miami)
  • Chapter 3: The Origin of Life (Dr.Jonathan Safarti Ph.D. Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)
  • Chapter 4: The Fossil Record (Dr. Emil Silvestrus Ph.D. Geology, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania)
  • Chapter 5: The Geologic Record (Dr. Tasman Walker Ph.D. Engineering, University of Queensland)
  • Chapter 6: Radiometric Dating (Dr. Jim Mason Ph.D. Experimental Nuclear Physics, McMaster University)
  • Chapter 7: Cosmology: Exposing the Big Bang Theory (Dr. John Hartnett Ph.D. Physics, University of Western Australia)
  • Chapter 8: Ethics and Morality (Dr. David Catchpoole Ph.D. Agronomy, University of New England, New South Wales & Dr. Mark Harwood Ph.D. Engineering, University of Sydney)

The origin of life or more accurately, abiogenesis, has nothing to do with evolution. Even if alien engineers or a deity created all life, that wouldn’t change the fact that evolution is a phenomenon that occurs within species.

With that said, that natural selection, genetic drift, nonrandom mating, mutation, and gene flow have weaknesses as theories does nothing to change the fact that evolution, like gravity and germs, is an actual phenomenon in nature.

Chapter 7 and 8 have no place in a discussion on evolution given that neither of those topics are related to evolution. A weakness in Big Bang cosmology, for instance, doesn’t harm evolution. Evolution may have applications to discussions on the origin of morality, but it’s not the be-all explanation.

This book looks like an updated version of Lee Strobel’s The Case For A Creator. You should definitely read my review of Strobel’s book, particularly after reading the book you’ve recommended. I’m pretty sure that there are salient connections between Strobel’s book and the book you’re recommending. The fact that you’re recommending a book you haven’t read looks quite bad on you. It makes your confirmation bias apparent. It makes you look like a fool who doesn’t question his beliefs.

In any case, what I’m saying is that I have no interest in reading propagandist material. The fact that the book flaunts its nine Ph.Ds already sounds a lot like Strobel’s book. I’m not impressed by a mere Ph.D. Does the individual hold a Ph.D. in the subject they’re purporting to be an expert in? If not, then what they say isn’t authoritative. If yes, are they still in practice? A surgeon who has forgone the use of surgical apparatus is no longer a surgeon. A scientist who no longer employs scientific reasoning and who has forgone the tools and the methodology of science is no longer a scientist. So I’d be interested in their journal publications for starters.

Ultimately, that a physicist disagrees with the Big Bang isn’t surprising. A proponent of inflation is like a shade of gray. What theory of inflation are we talking about—eternal inflation, chaotic inflation, slow-roll inflation, string theory-based inflation, loop quantum gravity-based inflation? Science isn’t in the business of absolutes. That sort of black and white, with-me-or-against-me thinking belongs in the purview of religions like Christianity. In any event, I’m a proponent of evolution because I took the time necessary to learn about it—to see why its widely accepted among people holding any degree beyond a Bachelors. Have you done the same? If not, you’ve come to the right place. I have a few recommendations of my own. If you want to brush my recommendations aside due to your beliefs, don’t expect my respect because you won’t get any. I don’t respect anyone who hasn’t gone to the extent I’ve gone to find the truth. People who believe they’ve already found it never get my respect. Truth isn’t about affiliation, tradition, authority, consensus, or sheer comfort. Truth causes discomfort; truth challenges foundational beliefs; truth shatters consensual strongholds; truth, if a person permits it, will change one’s life. She isn’t easily found and no impostor compares to her beauty. Seek the truth because regardless of what you’ve been told, you have not found it.

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