Questions for evolutionists

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OHA (February 23, 2009, 13:31:16 PM):
While I am trying to get more Christian friends to help answer all your questions (some valid), here is something for you - short answers/questions welcome :)

1. Where did the space for the universe come from?

2. Where did matter come from?

3. Where did the laws of the universe come from (gravity, inertia, etc.)?

4. How did matter get so perfectly organized?

5. Where did the energy come from to do all the organizing?

6. When, where, why, and how did life come from dead matter?

7. When, where, why, and how did life learn to reproduce itself?

8. With what did the first cell capable of sexual reproduction reproduce?

9. Why would any plant or animal want to reproduce more of its kind since this would only make more mouths to feed and decrease the chances of survival? (Does the individual have a drive to survive, or the species? How do you explain this?)

10. How can mutations (recombining of the genetic code) create any new, improved varieties? (Recombining English letters will never produce Chinese books.)

11. Is it possible that similarities in design between different animals prove a common Creator instead of a common ancestor?

12. Natural selection only works with the genetic information available and tends only to keep a species stable. How would you explain the increasing complexity in the genetic code that must have occurred if evolution were true?

13. When, where, why, and how did: a) Single-celled plants become multicelled? (Where are the two- and threecelled intermediates?) b) Single-celled animals evolve? c) Fish change to amphibians? d) Amphibians change to reptiles? e) Reptiles change to birds? (The lungs, bones, eyes, reproductive organs, heart, method of locomotion, body covering, etc., are all very different!) How did the intermediate forms live?

14. When, where, why, how, and from what did: a) Whales evolve? b) Sea horses evolve? c) Bats evolve? d) Eyes evolve? e) Ears evolve? f) Hair, skin, feathers, scales, nails, claws, etc., evolve?

15. Which evolved first (how, and how long, did it work without the others)? a) The digestive system, the food to be digested, the appetite, the ability to find and eat the food, the digestive juices, or the body’s resistance to its own digestive juice (stomach, intestines, etc.)? b) The drive to reproduce or the ability to reproduce? c) The lungs, the mucus lining to protect them, the throat, or the perfect mixture of gases to be breathed into the lungs? d) DNA or RNA to carry the DNA message to cell parts? e) The termite or the flagella in its intestines that actually digest the cellulose? f) The plants or the insects that live on and pollinate the plants? g) The bones, ligaments, tendons, blood supply, or muscles to move the bones? h) The nervous system, repair system, or hormone system? i) The immune system or the need for it?

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Mefiante (February 23, 2009, 13:49:32 PM):
Allow me to respond with just a single question:
Even if we had not a single answer to any of these 15 questions, or a clue about how to find their answers (and for several of them we do, which a genuine effort to find out will reveal), how does that in any way warrant a belief in a god?
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Rigil Kent (February 23, 2009, 15:12:32 PM):
Will try and squeeze in as much as I can during tea time ... I'm no expert so please correct me if I'm mistaken:

1. Several things came out of the big bang. Space was one of them. Space expanded at speeds greater than that of light from a single point.

2. A large amount of energy is equivalent to a small amount of matter. Its just different currencies of the same thing.

3. Those are all inherent properties of energy and matter.

4. Matter is organised by the weak (gravity) and strong (nuclear) forces.

5. If you mean organised as in clumping together, as in stellar formation, we can again thank gravity. Gravitational attraction, as far as I know, requires no energy.

6. We think it all started in the primordial soup, when replicators (large molecules) spontaneously assembled and started to reproduce themselves. Some atoms like carbon can link up with itself to form very long and complicated chains reminiscent of biomolecules.

7. Molecules that were able to reproduce probably preceded life as we know it today.

8. No idea.

9. Basically it boils down to the survival of the animal or plant's genetic code, not the individual. What is important at the end of the day is for the genes to survive, not the individual. Evolution has therefore set organisms up to procreate, even though there is little in it for the parents.

10. Most mutations are not advantageous at all. In fact they can be very harmful. It is only once in a blue moon that a random mutation will cause an individual to have a slight advantage over the unmutated individuals. The environment will then naturally select for the advantageous mutation.

11. Are you referring to things like the DNA similarities between mice and men? Suppose anything is possible. Thats why we have to weigh up the evidence.

12. Incorrect. Natural selection will tend to diversify species.

13.a) If lots of unicellular plant clump together, and evolve an interdependency, I would call that a multicellular organism, wouldn't you?


Sentinel (February 23, 2009, 17:27:18 PM):
Beware of the Straw Man...
Sentinel (February 23, 2009, 17:50:24 PM):
Nice work, Mintaka.
Related to Q8... could the first cells have reproduced asexually via Mitosis and Cytokinesis?

While I am trying to get more Christian friends to help answer all your questions (some valid), here is something for you - short answers/questions welcome :)


Allow me to respond with just a single question:
Even if we had not a single answer to any of these 15 questions, or a clue about how to find their answers (and for several of them we do, which a genuine effort to find out will reveal), how does that in any way warrant a belief in a god?

OHA, your post is definitely a Straw Man, but we are looking forward to your answers, as promised.

Most of your questions are based on theories, which in turn are supported by facts. Remember that we use the word "theory" in the scientific sense of the word. Since you have set the trend for the kind of evidence you may require, we have to insist on the same when answering your questions.

Kind regards,

Sentinel

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