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  1. Former Mormon Becomes PM of New Zealand

    That doesn't make any sense. I know people who have left the church for diverse reasons, none of which have anything to do with furthering their careers.
  2. Former Mormon Becomes PM of New Zealand

    Mitt Romney managed to be elected as governor of Massachusetts as a Mormon. Besides, that's not the point of my question. Americans may have a different view of the church than people in other countries. My question is regarding evidence that the people of New Zealand would place their religious biases over their common sense in politics.
  3. Former Mormon Becomes PM of New Zealand

    I think that's a completely unfair thing to say. You are implying that: 1. She left the church in order to further her career and 2. Kiwi's care more about a candidate's religious affiliation than their leadership skills. I'm not super familiar with New Zealand politics. Is there any evidence to support either one of those things?
  4. Reeeeeeally? So while my husband is off working very hard to carry out his priesthood duties, I'm doing nothing? I would argue that without my support and WORK, he would not be able to do a fraction of the church work he does. Just because he gets the credit doesn't mean I get it for free.
  5. Yes. All human bloodlines go back to Africa.
  6. Evangelical Creation Movie

    So do I. I also see a creation that was set into motion in such a way that every living thing in the natural world is connected in a literal and physical way. Humans are part of the natural world and our bodies are subject to the same forces that formed every other living creature.
  7. Evangelical Creation Movie

    I think you are looking too narrowly. The forces that drive evolution are being understood more fully now. There is no doubt that our understanding will be greater in ten years than it is at this moment. The first force to be understood was natural selection. Then we learned about genes and how inheritance works. Later we learned about DNA, etc. Junk DNA was called Junk DNA because nobody understood what it was and why it didn't seem to do anything useful. We are just in the very beginning phases of learning the potential functions and potentials of these stretches of genetic material. All of these things are adding to our understanding of how evolution works. It is incredibly complex and we are always learning more. Science is a process, not a result.
  8. Evangelical Creation Movie

    It is ironic. 😊
  9. Evangelical Creation Movie

    Because it is evidence for evolution. And yes, over time, these small changes can create new genes--insertion mutations can cause new proteins to be synthesized. They can be harmful, neutral or beneficial. And if they occur in a gamete (sex cell), they can be passed on to the next generation. Alone, however, they can't account for the type of macroevolutionary changes we see when we look back on the fossil record. The number of changes we see to actually produce another species couldn't happen nearly as fast as they do if this were the only way evolution happens. I'm going to link to a short, fun video that gives a quick overview of how regulatory genes can cause traits to appear or disappear very quickly (in geologic time). Regulatory genes Epigenetics is a completely different thing that can help explain why closely related species can be so similar at the DNA level, but look and behave so differently at the phenotypic level.
  10. Mountain Meadows, and Las Vegas. It is a fair comparison?

    MMM and Las Vegas is a fair comparison in the sense that they were both slaughters of innocent people and guns were involved (as was the Wounded knee massacre). Why people want to quantify and say, "this was worse than that" just seems like people with too much time on their hands. They were all atrocities, all unjustified and all horrific.
  11. Corvette C4

    I've driven C4s before and they are hella-fun! I had a C5 for several years and I LOVED that car until I gave it up for a Chevy Volt. Now when they come out with the electric Corvette I'll be the first in line. Be really careful going over speed bumps and dips and pulling up to a parking block (undercarriage is soooooo low)
  12. Evangelical Creation Movie

    I don't know anything about quantum biology, but I do know that the best understandings of natural phenomena occur when several different disciplines are looking at the same problem from different theoretical frameworks. Even though DNA studies fall under the category of biology, one of the earliest breakthroughs in understanding it came from a chemist.
  13. Evangelical Creation Movie

    Whether we are stupid or not is beside the point here (as well as an extremely rude thing to say). Galton's pseudoscience was not based on natural selection, although he may have claimed that it was. It was based on artificial selection aka: selective breeding, something Darwin also discussed in his publications. Selective breeding far predated the theory of natural selection, and was one of the inspirations for the theory. Galton believed that stupidity is always a measurable and heritable trait and that it always begets stupidity--lots of irony in your post. Galton's theory was scientifically unsupportable but that didn't stop the Nazi's from glomming onto it and using it as an excuse to try to create the master race. Like Calm pointed out, scripture has also been used as an unrighteous excuse to commit all kinds of atrocities: racial superiority, murder, abuse of women, slavery, etc.
  14. Evangelical Creation Movie

    The first article is simply wrong. What this researcher is describing is adaptive radiation which is exactly what Darwin described in the Galapagos. Migration is a direct result of competition or environmental change. The second article is simply saying that the evolution of one particular life form is more complicated than Darwin described. Of course it is. Genetics didn’t even exist at the time of Darwin and he knew that he didn’t understand all the mechanics. But his theory of natural selection has more than withstood the test of time. We just know now that there are other important forces of evolution.
  15. Evangelical Creation Movie

    Good heavens. What is your biological background? Are you saying that there are no beneficial mutations? There are harmful, neutral and beneficial mutations happening all the time in all species. Example: the ability to digest milk after the age of 3 or 4 was caused by a mutation on a regulatory gene on the long arm of chromosome 2. If you have this variant then you can continue to digest milk into adulthood. If you don't, then you are lactose intolerant. In groups of people who were pastoralists, this was a huge survival advantage and they passed this mutation down to their descendants. In groups of people who did not have access to milk products, it would be a neutral mutation and may or may not have been passed down. While point mutations on protein coding genes alone could never explain the variety of life we see today, mutations on regulatory genes combined with epigenetic changes can.