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Old 04-07-2006, 06:51 PM   #46
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I agree 100% with the view that what u define as “spirituality” is a viable tool of continued understanding. I just don’t believe in the concept of a “spirit” as metaphysical entity separate from ourselves (but within ourself) that exists in objective reality. What you are explaining as the “spirit”, many others would define as “cultural understanding.. or cultural wealth”.. I would define it as the “ingrained culmination of human understanding”.

Thus “spirituality” (aka “the acknowledgement of the ingrained culmination of cultural understanding”) is indeed an invaluable tool in existence!
Thank you for the reply, My First Timbs

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Old 04-08-2006, 01:00 AM   #47
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if consciousness is simply mental stimulus and signals, and humans are just the most advanced of creatures, will rabbits, in thousands of years, assuming the world and rabbits will even be around then, develop to this advanced brain level, and we will begin to see rabbit hookers, rabbit slurpees, rabbit vehicles, and, most importantly for many us, rabbit high speed internet?
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Old 04-08-2006, 01:30 AM   #48
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What school did you earn your Phd from?

Would you be considered a Paelentologist?

When did the wooly mammoth become extinct? What caused it's extinction?

Do you know if there is any truth behind bigfoot or abomnible snowman stories- or stories of sea serpents like the lochness monster?
1) a college and university in new jersey

2) i am not a paleontologist. my formal training and education is in evolution. i am an evolutionary biologist. it just so happens that evolution is such a far reaching discipline that it encompassed and is tie dto so many different fields (one being paleontology)

3) the wholly mammoth died out during the quaternary era (the era beginning about 1.8 million years ago and still going on till this day).. yep we currently live in the quaternary period! this perios saw the rise of the giant mammals (sloths, saber tooth tigers, rhinos etc, but also saw the rise of man)

mammoth extinction is a topic that is continually being researched and rethought in evolutionary biology ( thats how science works.. everything is always re examined and in a state of flux.. thats a good thing...otherwise it would be purely dogmatic and not open to change or reform based on new eveidence)

the current evidence dictates that the mammoth did not die base on 1 specific thing, but rather (as with most exitinction events) a few things!

a) a change in climate.. mammoths thrived during the ice age.. but approx 15 thousand years ago the ice age was coming to an end.. with that, the air moistur level changed and plant life changed.. hence the mammoth diet was abrubtly altered.

b) hominids (us) crossed over into north america by way of siberia and were at this time skilled hunters with spears and great strategies. we hunted them almost to total extinction

c) with us, we brought a hidden weapon.. that weapon being disease and bacterial infection that existed in the human louse (lice) and fleas of our domesticated animals. lice and fleas contain certain pathogens within their bodies that we humans by this time had evolved a resistnace to. the poor mammoth (who was never introduced to these dangers) ws unequipped to face the microbial weaponry we possessed.

the 3 factors lead to mammoth extinction. the last ammoth died about 12 thousand years ago.

4) regarding loch ness, bigfoot and ab snowmen ther is only speculation and anecdotal evidence. there is no evidence to really comment on. they could exist or could of existed in some form, but there is no evidence to prove it. so its a wash.
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Old 04-08-2006, 01:37 AM   #49
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if consciousness is simply mental stimulus and signals, and humans are just the most advanced of creatures, will rabbits, in thousands of years, assuming the world and rabbits will even be around then, develop to this advanced brain level, and we will begin to see rabbit hookers, rabbit slurpees, rabbit vehicles, and, most importantly for many us, rabbit high speed internet?
there is no telling. evolution isnt goal oriented and purpose driven!

time alone does not dictate that acreature has to become as u say "more advanced"

evolution is a change in the genes over time based on environmental stressors! (environment could be anything.. physical environment/habitat, social environment/ predatory success rate etc)

so as for rabbits one day becoming sentient and possessing the type of brain functioning we have.. its theoretically possible but not plausible.

the only way for this to ocur is if the environmental stress encourages it!

for example, if humans are no longer around in 1000 years and rabbits are still around and happen to have no more natural predators and happen to have a few genetic mutatations at the right time (that are inheritable and beneficial) then yes.. anything is possible. but the niche must be there for the rabbits to fill. as of right now we basically control that niche.

but if we werent here, then yes its possible another life form would be the dominant intelligent life form.

imagine if the dinosaurs were never wiped out.!!! we humans wouldnt be here and its totally plausible that the dominant life form (with inteligence) in the year 2006 would be reptilian
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Old 04-08-2006, 01:49 AM   #50
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Well...I would ask you sometin - but, hell naw...them white folks just waiting fo you to say some shit that proves that the Blackman ain't God.

I ain't buying into that shit...have fun Timbs - and I hope you sell alot of books.

They rather believe that a fish is God rather than the Original Asiatic Blackman...but I already know where you coming from with the Atheist thing -so it's all good.
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Old 04-08-2006, 02:42 AM   #51
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there is no telling. evolution isnt goal oriented and purpose driven!

time alone does not dictate that acreature has to become as u say "more advanced"

evolution is a change in the genes over time based on environmental stressors! (environment could be anything.. physical environment/habitat, social environment/ predatory success rate etc)

so as for rabbits one day becoming sentient and possessing the type of brain functioning we have.. its theoretically possible but not plausible.

the only way for this to ocur is if the environmental stress encourages it!

for example, if humans are no longer around in 1000 years and rabbits are still around and happen to have no more natural predators and happen to have a few genetic mutatations at the right time (that are inheritable and beneficial) then yes.. anything is possible. but the niche must be there for the rabbits to fill. as of right now we basically control that niche.

but if we werent here, then yes its possible another life form would be the dominant intelligent life form.

imagine if the dinosaurs were never wiped out.!!! we humans wouldnt be here and its totally plausible that the dominant life form (with inteligence) in the year 2006 would be reptilian
hmm good answer
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Old 04-08-2006, 02:43 AM   #52
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^ See?...case in point, got damn white folks - aahahaha!
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Old 04-08-2006, 10:23 AM   #53
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Well...I would ask you sometin - but, hell naw...them white folks just waiting fo you to say some shit that proves that the Blackman ain't God.

I ain't buying into that shit...have fun Timbs - and I hope you sell alot of books.

They rather believe that a fish is God rather than the Original Asiatic Blackman...but I already know where you coming from with the Atheist thing -so it's all good.

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thats how science works.. everything is always re examined and in a state of flux.. thats a good thing...otherwise it would be purely dogmatic and not open to change or reform based on new eveidence

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Old 04-08-2006, 11:52 AM   #54
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in your thorough study of the scriptures do you find it possible that the Black man is the God thats written about in them ?

if no then why
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there is a difference between the evolution of a physical body
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the appearance of divine intelligence in a physical body



that wasnt a question
more of a reminder
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Can anyone get a PhD? (I mean does everyone have the talent or is it just a matter of hard work?)
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Old 04-09-2006, 05:21 PM   #57
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Can anyone get a PhD? (I mean does everyone have the talent or is it just a matter of hard work?)
anyone can earn one, provided they have the dedication and are willing to put in long years of concentrated study and can successfuully defend what it is they propose the fruits of their reserach yielded

also providing u get accepted into the program

it helps out a whole lot if u are very fascinated by what u are studying (that way it seems more like fun and personal gain, than work)
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Old 04-09-2006, 09:43 PM   #58
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im sorry bigben.. im not familiar with that.. im reading up on it now
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Old 04-09-2006, 10:22 PM   #59
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Alright let me know what you think.
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which form of evolution the physical or the mental is faster? the leaps in logic or the leap in a generation?
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