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Tuesday, 5 August 2008
05:53:18 PM (GMT)
k so here is the deal
i have a science project due the 20th and i have to write 2 paragrafs on a scientific
artical on what ever i want
and i cant decide on witch artical to do it on
i like the last 1 better but i dont know....

The conflict between evolutionary theory and biblical creationism has had a long
and complex history, and has recently reemerged in the US as a topic of social and
political debate. Indeed, these are both profoundly important ideas beyond their
respective realms of religion and science, yet they are wholly irreconcilable. That
is, when they are examined at a fundamental philosophical level they are outright
contradictions – one claiming the presence and work of God, the other claiming that
existence is little more than happenstance molded by a need for self-preservation. It
is not difficult to foresee the vast implications for a conflict of such magnitude;
accepting one could mean outright rejection of established religious principles or a
denial of what is arguably the most consequential discovery of science. Both seek to
answer a long standing quandary regarding the origin of life, certainly one of the
‘big’ questions that have been biting away at minds for millennia, or longer,
depending on which worldview one subscribes to. 

The question of the origin of life.
Courtesy of www.sxc.hu 
It is important to note that creationism and its modern day successor intelligent
design (ID), are distinct movements, but both are reliant upon an underlying faith.
Unlike creationism, ID does not rely strictly upon biblical teachings and is
relatively open to interpretation, involving a wide range of explanations for the
origin of life. Herein lies the allure of ID - it is open ended enough to appeal to a
wide range of religions and could even attract those who don’t believe in God, but
merely a higher power. Furthermore, subscribing to ID allows one to view science
selectively. That is, one can embrace certain aspects of science that appeal to them,
while discrediting those that are not in agreement with their faith. For example, the
age of the Earth is fairly uncontested and while the exact age is unknown, it seems
more than likely that it is well over the 6,000 to 10,000 year scale that
creationists advocate. This is one scientific theory that most proponents of ID will
embrace, but what is it about evolutionary theory that has these proponents up in

For many, claiming that life, particularly human life, is nothing more than a chance
occurrence in the development of the universe proved to be a disconcerting
proposition. But the debate between evolutionary theory (ET) and ID is in many ways a
microcosm of a much larger schism in the fabric of society. Spirituality is surely as
ancient as humanity itself and so it is not surprising that potential threats to this
cornerstone of civilization would be avidly questioned. Today, the greatest threat to
spirituality is unabashed materialism, which, above all, insists upon observable
cause and effect, something that is well within the domain of science. This could not
be farther from what it means to be spiritual; to believe in intangibilities, offer
supernatural explanations, and seek solace in knowledge of a higher power. 

ID has a myriad of wide-ranging implications, the most obvious being the existence of
an omniscient intelligence, but there is also a subtle corollary that comes with this
theory. Design, above all, ordains significance and more importantly a sense of
purpose. The watch, an engineered tool, has a discrete role in the universe, which is
sufficient to explain its existence as a timekeeper. Humans would like to seek solace
in this same sort of knowledge, but without a conscious designer we are left with
what amounts to an existential crisis. That is, we have no obvious role in the world
and therefore our lives are meaningless [1]. Phillip Johnson, an avid member of The
Discovery Institute, has developed a plan to counter this line of thought and it has
come to be known as The Wedge Strategy. 

One of the guiding principles of this strategy is that without a stated purpose for
life, people will inevitably fall into a sort of moral wasteland spurred by
materialist notions. This lack of morality in turn will filter down into all aspects
of human affairs including culture, politics, and society as a whole. Many
conservative Christian groups claim that this has already happened, that much of the
world is an atheist’s playground ruled by selfishness and the desire for
materialistic gain. The Discovery Institute believes if they can restore humanity’s
faith in God and theism the world will have no choice but the outright rejection of
materialism along with its explanations for the origin of life and the universe
itself. The following is an excerpt from a speech by Johnson in regard to The Wedge
Strategy: “The objective is to convince people that Darwinism is inherently
atheistic, thus shifting the debate from creationism vs. evolution to the existence
of God vs. the non-existence of God. From there people are introduced to ‘the truth’
of the Bible and then ‘the question of sin’ and finally ‘introduced to Jesus’ [2].”


Scientists in Ethiopia have discovered a skull that could be the missing link
between the already extinct Homo erectus and the modern human. This hominid cranium
was found in two separate pieces that are estimated to be around 500,000 to 250,000
years old. The Gona Paleoanthropological Research Project in Ethiopia asserts that it
came from a significant period and has many anatomical similarities to the modern
man. The skull was found at Gawis, in Ethiopia’s northeastern region. Along with the
skull, stone tools and many fossilized animals were also found at the site. [1]

The Gona Ethiopian excavation site. 

This hominid skull is believed to be the intermediate between the two species Homo
erectus and Homo sapiens. Scientists believe that this skull can provide information
about the development of modern Homo sapiens. Through more in-depth research and
analysis of the skull, more information can be uncovered regarding the evolution of
man from Homo erectus to Homo sapiens. [2]
While different from the modern human, the Gawis skull possesses many characteristics
that verify its connection with human ancestry. Characteristics of the braincase,
upper face, and jaw of this hominid cranium provide significant evidence that it was
part of the humanity’s evolutionary past. [3]
Ethiopia has produced numerous other discoveries that have become important in
understanding the evolution of man. In 1974, Lucy, a complete hominid skeleton was
unearthed in Ethiopia that provided essential evidence on the origin of humans. Even
as far back as 1967, two Homo sapiens skulls were found that are predicted to be
195,000 years old. Such discoveries have clarified our understanding of how the
humans have evolved on Earth. [2]

‹WE'RE GOING IN THE VAGINAAAA› says:   5 August 2008   824665  
thats cool, well i guess it's past the 20th, so i can't really
suggest anything, but I can say that I've had to do an assignment
almost exactly like this. I did it on human genome sequencing.
Attack_My_Flying_Monkeys says:   5 August 2008   613613  
i though we were supost to write it on physics
‹<3mad_for_you<3› says :   6 August 2008   889166  
no i still have to write it your not to late!!

no kelly he said on anything we want


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