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Read through the most famous quotes by topic #descent

After 1980, you never heard reference to space again. Surface, the most convincing evidence of the descent into materialism, became the focus of design. Space disappeared.

Arthur Erickson

#again #became #convincing #descent #design

To establish evolutionary interrelatedness invariably requires exhibiting similarities between organisms. Within Darwinism, there's only one way to connect such similarities, and that's through descent with modification driven by the Darwinian mechanism. But within a design-theoretic framework, this possibility, though not precluded, is also not the only game in town. It's possible for descent with modification instead to be driven by telic processes inherent in nature (and thus by a form of design). Alternatively, it's possible that the similarities are not due to descent at all but result from a similarity of conception, just as designed objects like your TV, radio, and computer share common components because designers frequently recycle ideas and parts. Teasing apart the effects of intelligent and natural causation is one of the key questions confronting a design-theoretic research program. Unlike Darwinism, therefore, intelligent design has no immediate and easy answer to the question of common descent. Darwinists necessarily see this as a bad thing and as a regression to ignorance. From the design theorists' perspective, however, frank admissions of ignorance are much to be preferred to overconfident claims to knowledge that in the end cannot be adequately justified. Despite advertisements to the contrary, science is not a juggernaut that relentlessly pushes back the frontiers of knowledge. Rather, science is an interconnected web of theoretical and factual claims about the world that are constantly being revised and for which changes in one portion of the web can induce radical changes in another. In particular, science regularly confronts the problem of having to retract claims that it once confidently asserted.

William A. Dembski

#conclusions #darwinism #evidence #evolution #homology

The many meanings of 'evolution' are frequently exploited by Darwinists to distract their critics. Eugenie Scott recommends: 'Define evolution as an issue of the history of the planet: as the way we try to understand change through time. The present is different from the past. Evolution happened, there is no debate within science as to whether it happened, and so on... I have used this approach at the college level.' Of course, no college student—indeed, no grade-school dropout— doubts that 'the present is different from the past.' Once Scott gets them nodding in agreement, she gradually introduces them to 'The Big Idea' that all species—including monkeys and humans—are related through descent from a common ancestor... This tactic is called 'equivocation'—changing the meaning of a term in the middle of an argument.

Jonathan Wells

#ambiguous-terminology #ambiguous-words #darwinism #equivocation #evolution

In the world of the celebrity, the hierarchy of publicity has replaced the hierarchy of descent and even of great wealth.

C. Wright Mills

#descent #even #great #hierarchy #publicity

My individual, psychological descent coincided, ironically, with my ascent into the public eye.

Joni Mitchell

#descent #eye #individual #into #ironically

My life has been one long descent into respectability.

Mandy Rice-Davies

#descent #into #life #long #my life

Deconstructing the concept of race not only conflicts with people's tendency to classify and build family histories according to common descent but also ignores the work of biologists studying non-human species.

J. Philippe Rushton

#also #biologists #build #classify #common

I'm of Filipino, Spanish, and Chinese descent, and was raised on Hawaii.

Tia Carrere

#descent #filipino #hawaii #i #raised

The descent to the infernal regions is easy enough, but to retrace one's steps, and reach the air above, there's the rub.


#air #descent #easy #enough #infernal

Genealogy, n. An account of one's descent from a man who did not particularly care to trace his own.

Ambrose Bierce

#care #descent #did #genealogy #his

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