'Death Anxiety' Prompts People to Believe in Intelligent Design

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    'Death anxiety' prompts people to believe in intelligent design, reject evolution, study suggests

    ScienceDaily (May 23, 2011) — Researchers at the University of British Columbia and Union College (Schenectady, N.Y.) have found that people's 'death anxiety' can influence them to support theories of intelligent design and reject evolutionary theory.
    Existential anxiety also prompted people to report increased liking for Michael Behe, intelligent design's main proponent, and increased disliking for evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins.

    Despite scientific consensus that intelligent design theory is inherently unscientific, 25 per cent of high school biology teachers in the U.S. devote at least some class time to the topic of intelligent design. And in Canada, for example, Alberta passed a law in 2009 that may allow parents to remove children from courses covering evolution.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110317172047.htm

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    The fear of death is the origin of all religions, once man realized his own mortality.
     
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    Al Queda don't fear death yet seem quite devoutly religious.
     
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    rdean, because he thinks he's so much smarter than everyone else, likes to characterize people who think differently than him or disagree with him as unthinking and acting emotionally.

    What he doesn't understand, or maybe doesn't want to understand is that God is the logical result of looking at the Universe as it is. It's so huge and so vast and amazing that it had to have been created by a Higher Being. It couldn't possibly have been an accident, it's just to good and well planned out.

    No one can prove how the Universe was created. I believe God created it. Others believe that dust particles came together and then exploded. That may have actually been the way it was created but it had to have started somehow, there had to have been a Prime Motivator. I call it God. You may call it something else but we can't prove either theory can we?

    I'm ok with that but rdean will never be. Why? because he thinks he can know everything there is to know, but that's impossible. The human mind is just too small to know all the universes' secrets. Am I saying we shouldn't explore science and the outer limits of mans' understanding? No, not at all.
     
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    No one can prove how the Universe was created ----> yet.

    Of course, we've only been thinking about it in a realistic way for decades. All kinds of Gawds have been around for thousands of years. Which one will be find proof of "first"?
     
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    the truth is saying the possibility of intelligent design is unscientific is about as unscientific as one could get
     
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    Well, let's look at it: They live in a hopeless shithole, with nothing but hate in their lives. They can trade it all in with an instantaneous, painless death for Paradise and a pile of virgins to deflower for all eternity.

    Intelligence isn't very high on the requirements list on the splodeydope job description.
     
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    Why are you attempting to tie an article about the evolution of primates with a junk science article?
     
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    Can you prove that, or you just blathering something you heard someone else say because you think it makes you look intelligent?
     
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    If I were to take a bet I would have to put my money on finding proof of God before we find proof of how the universe was created.

    By the way, what makes you think no one thought about how the universe came to be before the 1900s? Are you really that arrogant?
     
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