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What if you’re wrong
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October 11, 2008
The World According to Gulp
…The theory of evolution is a naturalistic theory of the history of life on earth (this refers to the theory of evolution which employs methodological naturalism and is taught in schools and universities). Merriam-Webster's dictionary gives the following definition of evolution: "a theory that the various types of animals and plants have their origin in other preexisting types and that the distinguishable differences are due to modifications in successive generations." Since World War II a majority of the most prominent and vocal defenders of the theory of evolution which employs methodological naturalism have been atheists. Although the defenders of the theory of evolution contend there is evidence that supports the theory of evolution, there is a multitude of serious problems with the theory of evolution which will be shortly discussed.
As far as public support for the theory of evolution, an article by CBS News begins with the observation that, "Americans do not believe that humans evolved, and the vast majority says that even if they evolved, God guided the process. Just 13 percent say that God was not involved." In addition, there is evidence to suggest that the evolutionary position is gradually losing public support in the United States. The prestigious science journal Science reported the following in 2006 concerning the United States: "The percentage of people in the country who accept the idea of evolution has declined from 45 in 1985 to 40 in 2005. Meanwhile the fraction of Americans unsure about evolution has soared from 7 per cent in 1985 to 21 per cent last year"…
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From ‘The theory of evolution’ on Conservapedia
September 13, 2008
Deconstruct this Invitation
…”What relationship do the following songs have with each other: Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown (1965) Refugee (1979) Stairway to Heaven (1971) Black Magic Woman (1970) Band on the Run (1973) Walk This Way (1975) Tequila Sunrise (1973)
A class-mate of mine gets invited to a party each year where the invitation gives a hidden clue as to who the musical guest will be. This year's is a stumper and so we're turning to Big Green for help.
While there may be a music-related link here (i.e. lyrical, writer, producer, etc), it could very well be something entirely non-musical. Any MeFi music buffs find any relationship at all with those songs?...”
- An interesting puzzle on Ask Mefi. (Scroll all the way down for discussion, and eventually, the solution)
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“Bruce wins the race, but he gets no trophy”, and other Lateral Thinking Puzzles
July 10, 2008
Silence of the lambs Optical illusion
Silence of the lambs Optical illusion is based on the origin of the skull on the moth of the cover. The Death’s Head Moth features a skull over its head, but the skull is not an actual Skull. The Skull was originally the Dali Portrait which features nude women arranged in such a way to make the outline of a skull. Another
A man goes into a restaurant, orders albatross, eats one bite, and kills himself. What happened? One of many Realistic Lateral Thinking Puzzles
The new Bubble Wrap Calendar
Chinless wonders Upside down Faces
June 04, 2008
The History of the Universe in 200 Words or Less
Quantum fluctuation. Inflation. Expansion. Strong nuclear interaction. Particle-antiparticle annihilation. Deuterium and helium production. Density perturbations. Recombination. Blackbody radiation. Local contraction. Cluster formation. Reionization? Violent relaxation. Virialization. Biased galaxy formation? Turbulent fragmentation. Contraction. Ionization. Compression. Opaque hydrogen. Massive star formation. Deuterium ignition. Hydrogen fusion. Hydrogen depletion. Core contraction. Envelope expansion. Helium fusion. Carbon, oxygen, and silicon fusion. Iron production. Implosion. Supernova explosion. Metals injection. Star formation. Supernova explosions. Star formation. Condensation. Planetesimal accretion. Planetary differentiation. Crust solidification. Volatile gas expulsion. Water condensation. Water dissociation. Ozone production. Ultraviolet absorption. Photosynthetic unicellular organisms. Oxidation. Mutation. Natural selection and evolution. Respiration. Cell differentiation. Sexual reproduction. Fossilization. Land exploration. Dinosaur extinction. Mammal expansion. Glaciation. Homo sapiens manifestation. Animal domestication. Food surplus production. Civilization! Innovation. Exploration. Religion. Warring nations. Empire creation and destruction. Exploration. Colonization. Taxation without representation. Revolution. Constitution. Election. Expansion. Industrialization. Rebellion. Emancipation Proclamation. Invention. Mass production. Urbanization. Immigration. World conflagration. League of Nations. Suffrage extension. Depression. World conflagration. Fission explosions. United Nations. Space exploration. Assassinations. Lunar excursions. Resignation. Computerization. World Trade Organization. Terrorism. Internet expansion. Reunification. Dissolution. World-Wide Web creation. Composition. Extrapolation?
This is a re-post from March 25, 2004. It was composed by astronomer and science humorist Eric Schulman, a member of the editorial board of the Annals of Improbable Researc. He later expanded this piece into a book, A Briefer History of Time
February 21, 2008
How are they the same?
• Woody Allen
• Martin Luther King, Jr
• Bill Clinton
• Bruce Lee
• David Duchovny
• Raisa Gorbachev
• Jay Leno
• Harrison Ford
• Steve Martin
• Susan Sarandon
• George Soros
• Thomas Jefferson
• Northrop Frye
• Iris Murdoch
• Alexander Solzhenitsin
• Susan Sontag
• Pope John Paul II
• Pierre Trudeau
(Don’t click unless you know The answer)
(From One good move)
January 27, 2008
Socrates is mortal
"Why should merely cracking down on terrorism help to stop it, when that method hasn't worked in any other country? Why are we so hated in the Muslim world? What did our government do there to bring this horror home to all those innocent Americans? And why don't we learn anything, from our free press, about the gross ineptitude of our state agencies? about what's really happening in Afghanistan? about the pertinence of Central Asia's huge reserves of oil and natural gas? about the links between the Bush and the bin Laden families?"
January 17, 2008
Where did I leave my keys?
The Ulam Spiral is a simple method of graphing the prime numbers that reveals a pattern which has never been fully explained. It was discovered by the mathematician Stanisław Ulam in 1963, while doodling on scratch paper at a scientific meeting. Ulam, bored that day, wrote down a regular grid of numbers, starting with 1 at the center, and spiraling out
Retired porn star Asia Carrera studied piano as a child, and performed at Carnegie Hall twice before the age of 15. By 16 she taught English at Tsuruga College in Japan. When she was 17, she ran away from home because she felt her parents put too much pressure on her to succeed academically.
She won a full academic scholarship to Rutgers University and is a member of Mensa. (From 8 Celebrities You Didn't Know Were Geeks)
About the emerging brain fitness movement - 10 Habits of Highly Effective Brains
October 05, 2007
Who owns the fish?
There are 5 houses in 5 different colors. In each house lives a man with a different nationality. The 5 owners drink a certain type of beverage, smoke a certain brand of cigar, and keep a certain pet. No owners have the same pet, smoke the same brand of cigar or drink the same beverage.
The question is: "Who owns the fish?"
The Brit lives in the red house.
The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
The Dane drinks tea.
The green house is on the left of the white house.
The green house's owner drinks coffee.
The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.
The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.
The man living in the center house drinks milk.
The Norwegian lives in the first house.
The man who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats.
The man who keeps the horse lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill.
The owner who smokes Bluemasters drinks beer.
The German smokes Prince.
The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
The man who smokes Blends has a neighbor who drinks water
Abandoned scientific center of Russian brain research
September 19, 2007
From Mensa Danmark: IQ Test. The test is developed using Macromedia Flash MX. Inspired by Raven's Advanced Progressive Matrices.
“There are 14 punctuation marks in English grammar. Can you name at least half of them?”
In case you don't know everything… (Thank you, Marilyn B.)
A directory of 2573 online papers on consciousness and related topics
July 28, 2007
I’m in ur skoolz – pokin ur popperz
Le Grand Content, examines the omnipresent Powerpoint-culture in search for its philosophical potential. Intersections and diagrams are assembled to form a grand 'association-chain-massacre'. Which challenges itself to answer all questions of the universe and some more. A Film by Clemens Kogler. (Found on Indexed)
The Collected Works Of Friedrich Nietzsche
How to solve a maze with Photoshop
March 13, 2007
"...We live but for a moment"
Meet Daniel Tammet, real life Brain man
I didn’t know that Michel Foucault took LSD at Zabriskie Point and died from AIDS after heavy S&M partying in San Francisco in the early 80‘s...
Action Philosophers, a comic book series detailing the lives and thoughts of history's A-list brain trust
(Pix of Erasmus the Duck from tingilinde)
December 17, 2006
Hawking to divorce
If Geniuses Ruled from Worth1000
The MIT Mystery Hunt is an annual puzzle competition held at MIT during the January Independent Activity Period (IAP). The competition challenges each team to solve a large number of puzzles which lead to a coin hidden somewhere on-campus
October 06, 2006
Everybody has to cross the river
If a hot air balloon could be manufactured in the shape of giant popcorn kernels, why not in the shape of a human brain? The World’s Largest Brain was designed by neurosurgeon Dr. Scott Gibbs. (From Ami Ben Basat)
Japanese IQ Test by Rob Mathiowetz
Monopolis - The global marketplace
“Don't pray in my school, and I won't think in your church” and other atheist quotes