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Subject:  Re: Religionists miss the scale of things Date:  3/13/2005  8:16 PM
Author:  Goofyhoofy Number:  143674 of 521017

Lemme see. The fossil record being studied goes back 500 million years plus. OK, that's about 8 or 9 extinctions. And they've got the time frame down to exactly 62 million years (give or take an hour or so)?

Well, that's sort of exactly the point of the article, that they believe there is periodicity to the extinctions. You can laugh at that if you like, but then we know there is periodicity to sun spots, to the change of the magnetic poles from North to South and back again, and other natural phenomena. We know that our solar system revolves in a wingtip of a greater galaxy and that there is periodicity to making that revolution, that even galaxies move through space, that there are comet showers which return on predictable timetables, and so on.

Of course you can just dismiss the concept if you like. No harm, no foul. No point actually considering the proposition, either, right?

Wonder how many nominal atheists actually have taken courses in chemistry, physics, biology, chemistry, logic and advanced math.

Let's see, I had advanced physics, advanced chemistry, and calculus in high school. I had biology, but hated it, and yes, I've had my fill of logic courses. Then I went to college (technically "university"), where I programmed a mainframe in Fortran in 1965. Please deposit one vote on the side of "atheists."

Pardon me if I don't share your faith in the advanced education of atheists. After all, I haven't seen the evidence to prove that particular assertion. ;-)

I'm sure she wasn't claiming every single atheist is a Ph.D. nor that every theist is completely uneducated. Take yourself, for instance, as you seem proud to do. I'm sure in that case she was just judging from the ignorance of your writing.

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