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Pillar

pillar

1. The general and popular term for a firm, upright, insulated support for a superstructure; a pier, column, or post; also, a column or shaft not supporting a superstructure, as one erected for a monument or an ornament. Jacob set a pillar upon her grave. (gen. Xxxv. 20) The place . . . Vast and proud, Supported by a hundred pillars stood. (Dryden)

2. Figuratively, that which resembles such a pillar in appearance, character, or office; a supporter or mainstay; as, the Pillars of hercules; a pillar of the state. You are a well-deserving pillar. By day a cloud, by night a pillar of fire. (milton)

3. A portable ornamental column, formerly carried before a cardinal, as emblematic of his support to the church.

4. The center of the volta, ring, or manege ground, around which a horse turns. From pillar to post, hither and thither; to and fro; from one place or predicament to another; backward and forward. Pillar saint. See Stylite. Pillars of the fauces. See Fauces.

Origin: OE. PilerF. Pilier, LL. Pilare, pilarium, pilarius, fr. L. Pila a pillar. See Pile a heap.


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Re: Theories - Origin of Life

I have come across an article in New Scientist which bears on the subject of Natural Selection. another fundamental pillar of darwinian evolution. You will find the article here http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn9896-genealtered-flies-testify-to-global-warming.html The actual ...

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by scottie
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Re: Theories - Origin of Life

... even distant species challenges the core Darwinian principle of common ancestry. If there is a natural mechanism for HGT then certainly the core pillar of universal common decent is refuted. Are you saying that HGT discredits phylogenies derived from vertical transmission? If so, you are really ...

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by wbla3335
Sat Jan 21, 2012 3:22 am
 
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... even distant species challenges the core Darwinian principle of common ancestry. If there is a natural mechanism for HGT then certainly the core pillar of universal common decent is refuted. However it does not refute evolution (i.e change over time) as such. I hope this clears up any misunderstandings.

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by scottie
Fri Jan 20, 2012 7:47 pm
 
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Re: Theories - Origin of Life

... that neo Darwinian theory is based on, not just common decent but on common decent from a Universal common ancestor. That is the foundation pillar of the theory, hence the tree of life concept. The hypothesis of HGT invalidates or at least challenges that concept. That is what Koonin is ...

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by scottie
Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:01 pm
 
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... go into the theory of probability) of this is so great that even the theory itself recognises it. Why else is common decent the other fundamental pillar. Because it only happened once, says the theory. It is this creative force that I keep challenging. Science advances in a culture of doubt. Your ...

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by scottie
Fri Dec 23, 2011 3:48 pm
 
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