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JustinReeves:
Do you believe in evolution? And if you don't, why?

Constructman:
By evolution, are you talking about the process of evolution itself (which I wholeheartedly believe is an accurate observation) or are you talking about how evolution has impacted humans (ie are we really descended from monkeys, etc.)?

The actual process that evolution represents I feel is an accurate one (genetic mutation, natural selection, etc.); however, I am not sure about the prospect of a last universal ancestor from which all life is descended. I am also not sure about how humans fit into the process, and coming from a religion that believes man was made by God, it just adds to the confusion.

Mind_Bender:
I believe a creative Source was first, is foremost, and eternal, but with that said, I also believe in evolution. You plant a seed and it grows into a plant, tree, or creature.  You focus on internal change and your old friends and associates no longer recognize who you have become. We were created to recognize our own beauty, and I think that is what evolution is - a moving picture of us towards our perfection.

From a more humanesque view, as physical beings, we learn and change internally and externally constantly, but our spiritual essence or soul is perfect, we just lost sight of it and evolution is helping us return to the understanding of our perfection.

EllyEve:
Evolution isn't about belief. Science is not about belief. It's about people who don't know, and are doing their best to find and figure it out, or at least it should be.

I don't see why politics or culture should have charged the "evolution meme" with an agenda other than sharing with us plebes something that happens in too big a perspective for many of us to care, but I appreciate this explanation as to a mystery of nature.

Sometimes it isn't appropriate, like I used to be a huge fan of evolutionary psychology until I saw how problematic it was from the standpoint of kyriarchy. Not everyone is there, and that point that is there shouldn't be everywhere.

But generally I like it.


--- Quote ---Here is a story that I believe.

Once we were blobs in the sea, and then fishes, and then lizards and rats, and then monkeys, and hundreds of things in between. This hand was once a fin. This hand once had claws.

In my human mouth I have the pointy teeth of a wolf and the chisel teeth of a rabbit and the grinding teeth of a cow.

Our blood is as salty as the sea we used to live in.

When were frightened, the hair on our skins stands up, just like when we had fur. We are history!

Everything weve ever been on the way to becoming us, we still are.

Im made up of the memories of my parents and grandparents, all my ancestors. Theyre in the way I look, in the color of my hair.

 And Im made up of everyone Ive ever met whos changed the way I think.
--- End quote ---

Mars:
Evolution is clear to me, I believe in an original divine creator, but we evolve not just biologically, and mentally but spiritually every day. I think it is the way of things, to ever evolve yet stay the same, a grand contradiction and confusion that I have yet to understand.

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