|The Evolution of the Phone..|
The possession of a querying mind does permit one to wander, discover and assimilate a plethora of information. Occasionally, one comes across a discussion or argument or points, that either reaffirms or poses other interesting questions, where those bigger questions arise that have been mauled over for generations. As one seeks more knowledge, it is also a good practice to view information with an open mind, rather that maintaining one's irrational "everyone else is wrong" mindset. The pursuit of knowledge should never be limited by only ensuring that the information one peruses is only applicable to one's political outlook or one's own ignorance of other information being available..
Sadly it is the mindset of quite a few, particularly on the web, where they can argue and try to sustain that ignorance by introducing false information or just outright lies, without reliable quantification. It happens constantly and one has to be aware. The feminastie movement is the number one, prime example of that process. A process that has destroyed factual and verifiable information and encouraged ignorance as well as obvious stupidity to reign supreme..
Here are some examples of what I mean..
Cardinal George Pell was challenged in his Q&A debate with atheist Richard Dawkins:
Charles Darwin was claimed as a theist by the cardinal, because Darwin ‘’couldn’t believe that the immense cosmos and all the beautiful things in the world came about either by chance or out of necessity’’ - a claim disputed by Professor Dawkins as ‘’just not true’’.
Cardinal Pell won applause when he shot back: ‘’It’s on page 92 of his autobiography. Go and have a look.’’
From Darwin’s autobiography:
Another source of conviction in the existence of God, connected with the reason and not with the feelings, impresses me as having much more weight. This follows from the extreme difficulty or rather impossibility of conceiving this immense and wonderful universe, including man with his capacity of looking far backwards and far into futurity, as the result of blind chance or necessity. When thus reflecting I feel compelled to look to a First Cause having an intelligent mind in some degree analogous to that of man; and I deserve to be called a Theist.
A point is given against Pell by an Age reporter too inclined to jeer at reasoned challenges to his own prejudices and assumptions:
Pell’s argument during an exchange over evolution was downright baffling. He started by saying he “probably” accepts that humans descended from Neanderthals.Well, we can, actually:
“Neanderthals?” piped up Dawkins, jumping disdainfully on the slip. ”They were our cousins. We can’t be descended from our cousins.”
More on that interesting article...
WHEN the first modern humans left Africa they were ill-equipped to cope with unfamiliar diseases. But by interbreeding with the local hominins, it seems they picked up genes that protected them and helped them eventually spread across the planet.
The publication of the Neanderthal genome last year offered proof that Homo sapiens bred with Neanderthals after leaving Africa. There is also evidence that suggests they enjoyed intimate relations with other hominins including the Denisovans, a species identified last year from a Siberian fossil.