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by Gavin
Fri Jan 20, 2012 6:27 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Phylogenetics software?
Replies: 2
Views: 1782

PHYLIP, BioEdit, Staden Package (the last two are mainly for sequence alignment). All are FREE. I've used them all plus a few commercial programmes.

For more, go to: http://en.bio-soft.net/tree.html
by Gavin
Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: science music videos
Replies: 1
Views: 1108

science music videos

Having trouble getting your kids to appreciate science? Check out these music videos. Impressive productions.

http://www.symphonyofscience.com/
by Gavin
Thu Jan 12, 2012 2:19 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Theories - Origin of Life
Replies: 563
Views: 1789645

Re: Theories - Origin of Life

You're becoming tiresome, scottie. If you really want to believe that science favours the existence of a creator over evolution, then go ahead. Your faith is stronger than your ability to reason and seems unshakeable, so any effort on my part to shake it appears to be futile. Science requires an ope...
by Gavin
Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:03 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Theories - Origin of Life
Replies: 563
Views: 1789645

Re: Theories - Origin of Life

scottie You're getting back to the crux of the matter by addressing the issue of scientific inference. In the absence of absolute truth, inference, through inductive and deductive reasoning, and based on the available evidence, is the best we can do. No phylogenetic tree, or anything else for that m...
by Gavin
Sat Jan 07, 2012 1:52 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Theories - Origin of Life
Replies: 563
Views: 1789645

Re: Theories - Origin of Life

I am disappointed that you are so reluctant to engage in the science underpinning your view. Experience has taught me that doing so is futile. Closed minds are difficult to reason with. The issue is neither the lack of evidence supporting evolution nor the wealth of evidence supporting supernatural...
by Gavin
Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:17 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Theories - Origin of Life
Replies: 563
Views: 1789645

scottie, are you sure you're not a creationist? You seem to use their tactics a lot. Gee, science doesn't have a good answer for this. I guess god must have done it. When science has figured out everything, we'll get back to you. Until then, read the last paragraph of the section you quoted from.
by Gavin
Mon Jan 02, 2012 6:18 am
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: bottom and surface dwelling fish
Replies: 11
Views: 8367

Re: bottom and surface dwelling fish

You're welcome, and I doubt you're a fool.
by Gavin
Mon Jan 02, 2012 6:02 am
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: bottom and surface dwelling fish
Replies: 11
Views: 8367

Re: bottom and surface dwelling fish

Cold water can hold more oxygen than warm water. Bottom waters tend to be colder than surface waters.
by Gavin
Sat Dec 31, 2011 8:39 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Theories - Origin of Life
Replies: 563
Views: 1789645

Re: Theories - Origin of Life

But trying to move the goal posts into the philosophical area won’t work, and for this reason. The goal posts are already philosophical. I haven't moved them. Every one is aware that functional design (whether good, or not so good or even downright bad) displays itself with certain properties. 1) T...
by Gavin
Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:25 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Theories - Origin of Life
Replies: 563
Views: 1789645

Re: Theories - Origin of Life

scottie You see design in nature and argue that there must be a designer (a bit tautological, that). By accepting design as a given, you cannot lay any claim to scientific rigour. Science must assume that supernatural forces are not responsible for whatever is being studied. Science does not (cannot...
by Gavin
Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:51 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Theories - Origin of Life
Replies: 563
Views: 1789645

Re: Theories - Origin of Life

I can't figure out why you're still going on about this, scottie. You believe in the Creator Thing and others do not. Science cannot prove or disprove its existence. Your "disproofs" of evolution are (embarrassingly) feeble compared to the weight of evidence in its support. The only people...
by Gavin
Fri Nov 18, 2011 5:17 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Theories - Origin of Life
Replies: 563
Views: 1789645

Re: Theories - Origin of Life

Scottie. Thank you for making your position clear, at least to me. Amongst other labels, I consider myself an Occamist. We mortals face two "Big Questions" - the origin of the universe (or multiverse, or whatever) and the origin of life. Evidence is totally lacking for both, so for us to h...