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Author Topic:   May, 2009, Posts of the Month
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Message 1 of 7 (507798)
05-08-2009 6:36 AM

When you find a post that is too good to be missed, nominate it here as one of the May, 2009, Posts of the Month (POTM).
You message subtitle should include the author's name and the topic/thread title.
Message Format:

Author: Author's Name
Forum: Forum where posted
Thread: Thread title
Message #: Number and Link to the nominated message

Nominations should include a link to the nominated article, and a short comment on why the message deserves nomination.

Note: As always, this is not a thread for debates. Posts should be limited to nomination, seconds, and acceptance statements by nominees.

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Message 2 of 7 (509781)
05-24-2009 11:52 PM

Mr Jack
One post, the thread is over!

Message 20

The only really thoughtful word on the thread topic so far and one which really finishes the discussion.

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Message 3 of 7 (509799)
05-25-2009 4:29 AM
Reply to: Message 2 by NosyNed
05-24-2009 11:52 PM

Re: Mr Jack
Thank you, NosyNed :)

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Message 4 of 7 (510315)
05-29-2009 10:53 PM

dwise1 - 2 messages at "YEC without the bible, possible?"
Author: dwise1
Forum: Miscellaneous Topics in Creation/Evolution
Thread: YEC without the bible, possible?
Message #: 34, 42

dwise1, in message 34, writes:

Unitarian Universalist, of the atheist stripe.

The details of dwise1's transition from theist to atheist.

dwise1, in message 42, writes:

A quick history of "creation science", if I may.

Exactly what the above quote says.

Somehow I suspect I've POTM'ed this dwise1 material before. Well, it's back! Now the question is, were the messages on-topic? :)

Also kudos to the other participants of the topic - A pretty nice job all around.


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Message 5 of 7 (510348)
05-30-2009 7:53 AM
Reply to: Message 4 by Minnemooseus
05-29-2009 10:53 PM

Re: dwise1 - 2 messages at "YEC without the bible, possible?"
Enthusiastically seconded. dwise1 has a strong record of quality posts on this kind of topic. I would encourage creationist readers (or those who are perhaps on the fence) to pay close attention to what he has to say. I particularly agree with this statement;

dwise1 writes:

They're not trying to prove creation, but rather they just want to prove science to be wrong. About anything. That's why they'll even make claims that have absolutely nothing to do with evolution or the age of the earth (eg, to role of refrigerants in depleting the ozone layer); from a strict creation/evolution perspective, that just doesn't make any sense at all, but from the perspective of proving science to be wrong it does make sense. And they don't even have to actually prove science wrong, just so long as they can cast enough doubt.

In my opinion, this undermining of science, not just evolutionary biology, but all science, is what makes creationism so objectionable and dangerous.

Mutate and Survive

"The Bible is like a person, and if you torture it long enough, you can get it to say almost anything you'd like it to say." -- Rev. Dr. Francis H. Wade

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Message 6 of 7 (510515)
05-31-2009 11:32 PM

Caffeine: "Coded Information in DNA"
I would like to nominate Caffeine's post #41 from Coded Information in DNA.

I particularly like the succinctness and the simplicity of the post: Caffeine presented an effective argument in just a couple of simple paragraphs. The post describes a simple mechanism (DNA base pairing), along with a conceptual analogy (social insect castes), and doesn't get bogged down in the inherent confusion of the subject matter.

-Bluejay (a.k.a. Mantis, Thylacosmilus)

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Message 7 of 7 (516925)
07-28-2009 9:29 AM

Overlooked Gem by Huntard
This was posted in May so I am placing this notice here

Message 35 in Evolving New Information

We know the gene, we know the site, we know the mutation, we know the result. Laid out in simple precise steps that fit the whole argument well within the GML (Granny Magda Limit).


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