The Fishes Invade The Land
Something for their class at school. It does need colouring in! The explanations and time lines are a little outdated.
Kids love skeletons !
What I still find so wonderful, when you really think about it – “Some fish that had just become mammals (air breathers) on land, then went back into the sea again, to become whales and dolphins, and, so on…” (Creationists, put this in your pipe and smoke it: probably a ‘cloven hoofed animal’, somewhat like a small deer: split or cloven hoof to fin – relationship @ Richard Dawkins . net)
Admiration & Imagination https://docs.google.com/present/edit?id=0ARJcF_ILInOCZGRjOTdtMmhfMjJjbjZidnJkZA&hl=en
Evolution. Fish to Man. Man’s Debt ToThe Past. https://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0ARJcF_ILInOCZGRjOTdtMmhfNjNmY21kNXpndw&hl=en
The Prehistoric Mind. How did Prehistoric Man Think? The Primitive Mind. https://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0ARJcF_ILInOCZGRjOTdtMmhfODJmNnJ4a3ZmNQ&hl=en
Don’t ever forget and get your ‘head around it’, for you will be asked (mostly, general public or private education, so very poor worldwide; governments, religion, parental beliefs and ideologies; often prevent people from exploring further or thinking things out for themselves, they like: the easy traditional or tribal answers, especially, the superstitious ones, to all the important questions, such as, “Why did monkeys (primates) stay as monkeys and only some others evolved to humans?” “Evolution is the theory (now – fact – i.e., proved beyond any possible ‘shadow of a doubt’ – DNA and ‘modern dating analysis’) of natural selection and occasional selective random mutation” (sexual attraction / survivability, mostly, over long periods time, a specific likeness, so on…Different races, different species, so on…)Evolution. Fish to Man. Man’s Debt To The Past. (your debt to the past >99% of all species that have ever lived have become extinct)
But, Fergus Stokes, a former priest turned humanist, said that Christians and other believers were trying to have it both ways, “Either God has a hand in the fishbowl, in which case you can pray to him, or he doesn’t.”
“There is some kind of inbuilt desire to hang on to supernatural forces. More and more, religion is not working for people and supernatural explanations rarely help.” http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2005/jan/03/tsunami2004.world
Why do we need? A silly dumb-down and superstitious (PC) School Ethos’s when we have now gained all this knowledge, but then, reject it out of hand. Is this, really, some form of crassly stupid clinical denial? The ‘average’ mind boggles! Indoctrination from a superstitious basis has far too many holes in it, very like my socks! People do react against it, guessing at the truth and making it some sort of fact in our schools. This does not set anyone a very good example; however pretty all the stories may be, so that this must not be correct, or even, becomes any type of an answer; so very short sited and myopic. Our schools must be dependent on the facts and reason, for their respect, or in them being, supposedly, an authoritative place for obtaining some learning! You can get obsessed fanatics and suicide bombers into the bargain, if they insist on doing, a silly dumb down and the various forms of superstitious imaginings in our schools. So very obvious, but we cling like limpets to a grossly unsatisfactory past, which we all look at with our rose coloured spectacles. Because we are far too lazy about any change, and that any change, will always be somehow; far too difficult for us to implement. See, Evil-doers entry http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!962.entry “The Public Enquiry into The London Suicide Bombs” is being neglected today, by a lazy government in total denial that the UK’s Education Policy may be seriously at fault. This is all so embarrassing! (for most of our teachers and educationalists). Could it be this reason? Church Schools and Faith Schools UK – The Roman Stoic philosopher Seneca (2BC – 65AD) wrote, “Religion is recognised by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful,” and said, “The time to live is now”. Something believed by all modern day humanists. Ref ‘Quangoes of Religiosity’ and ‘In The Playground of Faith and Belief’ UK and (locked in) ‘The Infantile Situation’ UK.
Creationism in Hampshire? (what – a battle)
Many members have got in touch to express their concern over reports that Hampshire County Council has recommended that creationism and ‘intelligent design’ be taught in school science lessons. We have been in touch with the local authority directly and through local humanist representatives on the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education and have been reassured that it is not the intention that either creationism or intelligent design should be taught in science lessons in schools in Hampshire. A unit has been proposed in line with Hampshire’s syllabus for RE which will examine creationism and intelligent design in RE, building on learning about evolution in science lessons. As part of our work on countering creationism and in ensuring objective fair and balanced RE, representatives of the BHA and local humanists will be meeting soon with the author of the unit to clarify the intentions of the unit, and to ensure that any guidance to schools is firmly rooted in good educational principles, and the government’s clear guidance that creationism and intelligent design are not science and must not be taught as such in schools. Ref, Hampshire – 1963 New Forest, Hampshire, England. A ‘witch’ was compelled to leave her house because her neighbours genuinely believed in her powers. All of them believed, as implicitly as they believed in their Faith, that the Powers of Darkness were still physically active in the world. (Pre-logical thought. ‘The Demon-haunted World’ Carl Sagan)
Earths Time-line Interactive www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12721432/
PN. Charles Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’ ‘The Theory of Evolution’ becomes scientific fact with the discovery of the unravelling of the helical structure of DNA, by Francis Crick and James Watson. Maurice Wilkins at Kings College (London), Francis Crick and James Watson all receive the Nobel Prize in 1962. On top of this is the use of Radio Carbon Dating and the modern use of many other methods to date our past. Any other theory, such as ‘creationism facts‘ or ‘intelligent design theories‘, as to the history of the past and so on…may now be considered an annoying ‘madness’ by the majority of ‘sane’ and un-brainwashed ‘thinking’ people. Science is now a major part of our culture and a heritage of Britain, and not that of a ‘pernicious religious dogma’, which has been fully sidelined and marginalised within our UK society, and at large. The ‘Quangoes of Religiosity’ and the enormous Power of the Guardians being the major stumbling block to any social reforming. Ref, ‘Power of the Guardians’ Armartya Sen.
This disconnection between the majority, who are now scientifically literate, in the general population of the UK is causing untold damage and a slowness in social progress, here and abroad – esp, with the chronically stupid example that we set to other countries (Asia and the East) and in whose affairs that we feel that we we must interfere with (at present/temporarily) for the sake of our governments propaganda relating to Homeland Security and with the level of its general security.
“The total lack of proportion in the whole exercise gives it a weird atmosphere of unreality, as though one had strayed into a science fiction narrative and landed on a planet, in which only fear and greed were institutionalised at a global level. A planet inhabited and ruled by anthropoids with only fossilized and vestigial intelligence and a hideous preoccupation with death”. ‘The Home of Man’ Barbara Ward.
Smiley and happy – “Dream-time” – ‘Education Policy’ in the UK. (God given potential) http://www.stosmunds.dorset.sch.uk/pages/information/welcome.htm
Selfish adults ‘damage childhood’
“Children, I’ll argue, have a human right not to have their minds crippled by exposure to other people’s bad ideas—no matter who these other people are. Parents, correspondingly, have no god-given licence to enculturate their children in whatever ways they personally choose: no right to limit the horizons of their children’s knowledge, to bring them up in an atmosphere of dogma and superstition, or to insist they follow the straight and narrow paths of their own faith.
In short, children have a right not to have their minds addled by nonsense. And we as a society have a duty to protect them from it. So we should no more allow parents to teach their children to believe, for example, in the literal truth of the Bible, or that the planets rule their lives, than we should allow parents to knock their children’s teeth out or lock them in a dungeon.” ‘What Shall We Tell The Children’ ‘Amnesty Lecture’ Oxford – Nicholas Humphrey. http://www.mindmeister.com/13207398
‘Useless Knowledge’ Bertrand Russell – “Additional to the animal urges of survival and copulation, there is curiosity and fear of the new, both inherited from our primate ancestors. In humans, they are called neophilia (love of the new) and neophobia (fear of the new). The evidence is that neophobia is the stronger urge in humans and their cousins the apes. A few historical examples will illustrate our strong neophobic urge…” Ref, Blog – to be corrected, at the start of blog http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!210.entry
Author: Professor Richard Dawkins FRS
Pilgramage to the Dawn of Life. Read all books by Sir Richard Dawkins.
Author: PJ Wilson
Evolution of the Human Species. Peter J. Wilson, is also the author of Man, The Promising Primate: The Conditions of Human Evolution.
Author: Colin Renfrew
Cognitive Archaeology and more! All of our ‘human’ prehistory as involuntary migratory explorers and small group, 20 to 30 sedentary (sedentism) dwellers developing symbolism, religion, and order: enhancing purpose, population, thus, our own survival.
In this three-part series, Andrew Marr explores the legacy and contemporary influence of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection.
In each film he combines incisive and witty story-telling with archive and stills to bring the unfolding of Darwin’s idea and its legacy to life.
He explores key moments in Darwin’s life-changing voyage on HMS Beagle in Argentina, Chile and Brazil, as well as visiting locations in the United States, Turkey, Belgium and Berlin that are central to the epic story of the development and impact of Darwin’s “dangerous idea”.
Each programme explores the ways in which Darwin’s idea broke out from the world of science and took on a life of its own. The series shows that it still has the power to inspire, challenge and disturb us.
Flesh and faith
Andrew Marr explores how Darwin’s challenge to religion raised questions of body and soul1.
Every man is everyman
Despite being hijacked during some of the darkest years of the last century, Darwin’s work proved we’re all born equal2.
The whole thing
How do Darwin’s ideas help us understand extinction and the interconnectedness of life and death3?
Evolution’s Bumper Sticker War Against Intelligent Design
“The fossil, nicknamed Ida, is claimed to be a “missing link” between today’s higher primates – monkeys, apes and humans – and more distant relatives.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8057465.stm?lsm
ScienceDaily (1999-08-10) — Fire provided the spark for modern human evolution, but not because it allowed our ancestors to eat meat. Rather, it was the ability to cook tuberous roots akin to carrots, potatoes and beets that caused hominids to turn a major evolutionary corner about 1.9 million years ago, according to anthropologists Richard Wrangham of Harvard University, Gregory Laden of the University of Minnesota and Harvard colleagues David Pilbeam, Jamie Jones and NancyLou Conklin-Brittain.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_8270000/8270396.stm ‘A Protection Racket’
The facts of evolution are getting more exciting, with the passing of every day! Ref, ‘Creationism is an impertinent insolence that flies in the face of the Divine (nature – naturism or naturalism – naturists) Becoming human is a process and not some event. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8285180.stm
“The environmental damage caused to developing nations by the world’s richest countries amounts to more than the entire third world debt of $1.8 trillion, according to the first systematic global analysis of the ecological damage imposed by rich countries.” http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2008/jan/21/environmental.debt1
The discovery of a fossilised skeleton that has become a “central character in the story of human evolution” has been named the science breakthrough of 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8419487.stm