Sunday, July 30, 2006

Discussing Creationism Part XXI

Before Charles Darwin left to go on the Beagle, he was given a copy of Sir Charles Lyell's Principles of Geology. This book was to have a great influence on his interpretions of what he observed while on his voyage.

Lyell was writing about the uniformitarian theory, first introduced by James Hutton, that the earth changed by natural forces over a long period of time.

Evolution requires uniformitarianism in order to work.

This was different from the catastrophic viewpoint. Catastrophism holds that earth was immediately shaped by world-wide catastrophes. (During the 1700-1800's, it was also believed that all of creation was destroyed and had to be reestablished during these catastrophes.)


No one can deny that some of the changes in our earth are due to slow acting forces such as erosion but the sudden changes produced by catastrophic events can not be denied either. Earthquakes and floods leave their mark, quickly.


Sources:
Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
Evolution by Edward J. Larson
Physical Geography
Science Clarified
Encylopedia Britannica

Previous Discussions:
Discussing Creationism: The Initial Argument
Part II: Two Questions about the Ark
Part III:The Volume of the Ark
Part IV: The Weight and Sturdiness of the Ark
Part V:What is a Myth
Part VI: Gilgamesh
Part VII: The Biblical View of Noah
Part VIII: Gathering of the Animals
Part IX Evolution
Part X The First Evolutionist
Part XI The Notebook
Part XII Erasmus Darwin
Part XIII Aristotle
Part XIV Middle Ages
Part XV Kant's Quotation
Part XVI Kant in Context
Part XVII: The Beliefs that influenced Darwin
Part XVIII: John Henslow
Part XIX: Darwin's Infallibility
Part XX: Darwin's Thoughts on Apes and Human

Friday, July 28, 2006

Friendly Friday


At tuba camp


I'm back FFMB. I could not spend another Friday without the band. (You will have to come back another day for the details on my holidays)


Let's start today's march with:

Simon at Simon on Books. I like this blog because:
  • I like books
  • and he give honest, concise reviews.
  • the simple layout works.
  • of his other site (even though it is not friendless)

Then there is Patrick of The Point of Departure. I like this blog because:
  • it is insightful and thought-provoking
  • of his variety of posts ranging from poetry, fiction and journalling on different topics
  • he is just out of high school
  • and wants to be an archeologist

Granimore from And So Begins My New Life. I like this blog because:
  • it is different because
  • he is a funeral director.
  • he likes parodies like Weird Al
  • and he made me wonder who the Angry Beavers are...


So, do you wanna join?
Just leave a comment stating that you wish to join then choose any instrument you like. (ability isn't an issue for this cyber band) We have three piano players, a harpist, a theramin and french horn player plus a variety of others so you get the idea that any instrument is possible.
On Fridays, the band meets to visit the chosen friendless sites which are listed anew each Friday. Then the band leaves friendly comments for our honored recipients. Let them know that you are from the FFMB.
Get to know other band members. There is sure to be someone you can connect with.
Nominate friendless sites. They can be bloggers you know or ones that you come across in your blog surfs. Think unique and creative. These sites have less than 5 comments/post and be posting currently. Leave me a comment with their address or email me at Carol_ffmb at yahoo.ca. I will let you know whether they have met the friendless criteria.

Display the FFMB banner, to let others know that you are a friendly blogger.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

On Holidays!


Although my vacation is not that exotic
I still would love to take the FFMB along,
but until I master the art of making a travel blog,
perhaps, you would settle for visiting one another while I am gone.

Click on a member from the blogroll...
or maybe find a new friendless site...
and have fun blogging!

Monday, July 17, 2006

Performers

I am amazed by the courage and openness to sing in front of the whole country, discovering who they are by the process.



"I want to be a drama queen!"
performing each moment from the depths
of no despair

Sunday, July 16, 2006

The Lighter Side of Discussing Creationism and Darwin


Take this quiz to find out how well you know Darwin.



One day the zoo-keeper noticed that the orang-utan was reading two books - the Bible and Darwin's The Origin of Species. In surprise he asked the ape, "Why are you reading both those books"?
"Well," said the orang-utang, "I just wanted to know if I was my brother's keeper or my keeper's brother." Darwin Jokes and Evolution

Friday, July 14, 2006

Friendly Friday


Hi DDMV...uh, I mean FFMB. I am still recovering from the Birthday Bash we played for on Tuesday.
Mango is helping me on today's friendly march...

We like Harold Davis's Photoblog 2.0 because:
  • the photos are fabulous.
  • he tells the story behind the photos
  • as well as technical tips on how to achieve that same effect in your photos.
You have to register at Harold's blog in order to leave a comment so you might want to leave a message for him here.

We like Danielle's Love the Sea because:
  • of those gorgeous underwater shots.
  • of the African safari pictures
  • that don't require a trip to the zoo.
  • of her conservation efforts.

We like Ginny and Jacqui's travel blog Shangerz because:
  • of the beautiful photos they're collecting from around the world.
  • Carol got to play with the handy currency converter
  • and Mango with the clocks.



Thank you Mango for helping me with the tuba today!




Remember to submit the friendless gems you find this week.

To join the Friends of the Friendless Marching Band, leave a comment stating that you wish to join then choose any instrument you like. (ability isn't an issue for this cyber band) We have three piano players, a harpist, a theramin and french horn player plus a variety of others so you get the idea that any instrument is possible.
On Fridays, the band meets to visit the chosen friendless sites which are listed anew each Friday. Then the band leaves friendly comments for our honored recipients. Let them know that you are from the FFMB.
Get to know other band members. There is sure to be someone you can connect with.
Nominate friendless sites. They can be bloggers you know or ones that you come across in your blog surfs. Think unique and creative. These sites have less than 5 comments/post and be posting currently. Leave me a comment with their address or email me at Carol_ffmb at yahoo.ca. I will let you know whether they have met the friendless criteria.

FFMB Banners are always available here.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Bringing it All Home

My Son and Daughter are having swimming lessons this week. They have not spent a lot of time in the water over the past years and as a result it has showed up in my Son developing a fear of putting his face in the water. The instructor told me that all they really need is more time in the pool.


Later, I attended a Toastmaster's Meeting and was disappointed when I ummed and ahhed my way through the improv speech. Fortunately, I was able to make them laugh which accounted for almost 20 seconds of my talk.

I asked my mentor, Paul, afterwards what he thought of my Table Topic and he said I did fine but not to worry as the ability to think of something quickly to talk about only takes a lot of practise.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Party isn't Over, Yet!

Sorry, it took the band so long to learn this and Barbara for having to wait until the day is almost over but here the FFMB is doing what we do best, making music and being friendly.

As requested by Suzy, the FFMB will do a well rehearsed cover version of You're Having a Birthday originally played by the Beatles.

This one is for Barbara, still the birthday girl in these here parts.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Happy Birthday Barbara!


The Friends of the Friendless Marching Band is pleased to be able to provide the musical entertainment for Barbara's big birthday bash.

To honor one of our own, we will play "Birthday Celebration". (Thanks for the help from Happy Harmonies.) Put on your party hats, everyone. No, only the Birthday Girl gets a tiara.

Okay, let's do this just as we practised, in the key of A to the tune of 'Camptown Races'




Sent this song to celebrate, doo-dah, doo-dah. For your age you still look great, Happy Birthday!

CHORUS:We wish you a happy day, A birthday wish to Barbara, The Happy Harmony way!

Do not worry or doubt, doo-dah, doo-dah. Lifes too short, so don't stress out, Happy Birthday!

REPEAT CHORUS

Go ahead eat lots of cake, doo-dah, doo-dah. Today's your day, forget your waist, Happy Birthday.

REPEAT CHORUS

Enjoy your day, may it last, doo-dah, doo-dah. Hope your birthday is a blast, Happy Birthday.

REPEAT CHORUS


And now, everybody's favorite. You can bring in the cake, Jennifer. Who wants ice cream on their cake?

To close our part of the celebration, we will play this for all of the friendly people out in blog land.

Have a great day, Barbara, from your fellow band members. Balloons and streamers drop from the ceiling. Ooooh... Look at the flowers.



Read other other birthday messages at J. Andrew's, Wendy Wings' and Friday's Child's!

Leave your own personal greetings at Barbara's place.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Discussing Creationism Part XX


When Charles Darwin wrote Origin of Species, he did not want his theory to be dismissed so he did not mention that humans were included in the evolutionary process as well.

A quote from a private letter used in Cynthia L. Mill's book, The Theory of Evolution demonstrates his private beliefs at this time.
"Man in his arrogance thinks himself a great work worthy of the interposition of a deity, more humble and I think true to consider him created from animals...Let man visit Ourang-outang in domestication, hear expressive whine, see its intellgence when spoken (to), as if it understood every word said-see its affection to those it knows,-see its passion and rage, sulkiness and very extreme despair; let him look at savage (Fuegan), roasting his parent, naked, artless,l not improving, yet improvable, and then let him dare to boast his proud pre-eminence."


Darwin noted similarities between man and ape then concluded that not only is man not superior to the ape but they evolved from a common ancestor.

  • First was Darwin's observation that apes are capable of emotion similar to man.
Both animals and man were created with a soul. A soul experiences sensual sensations or feelings which are based upon the body's physical and instinctive needs. These reactions ensure survival. Man, however has a distinct difference from animals in that he also has a immortal element created in the image of God. As a result, he is capable of moral and rational reasoning not based on the physical alone. In other words, he can choose between the bestial nature or the spiritual.

  • Darwin was disgusted by the actions of the primitive Fuegan men that he met on his journeys on the Beagle. The beasts were better than these men.
Man can choose to live by the bestial nature. Abominable acts like the ones that Darwin witnessed are extreme consequences of a life without morality or God.


Previous Discussions:
Discussing Creationism: The Initial Argument
Part II: Two Questions about the Ark
Part III:The Volume of the Ark
Part IV: The Weight and Sturdiness of the Ark
Part V:What is a Myth
Part VI: Gilgamesh
Part VII: The Biblical View of Noah
Part VIII: Gathering of the Animals
Part IX Evolution
Part X The First Evolutionist
Part XI The Notebook
Part XII Erasmus Darwin
Part XIII Aristotle
Part XIV Middle Ages
Part XV Kant's Quotation
Part XVI Kant in Context
Part XVII: The Beliefs that influenced Darwin
Part XVIII: John Henslow
Part XIX: Darwin's Infallibility

Friday, July 07, 2006

Friendly Friday

Howdy FFMB. Are you ready for a rip roaring stomp around the corral?
Come on then, don't be shy. Shout it.
Yahoo!



I like Hasbon's blog because:
  • of the colors and design of her blog.
  • of her "About me" entry.
  • she is going to take Molecular Biology at University
  • and hopes to be a dentist.

I like Michelle's New Town, New Life because:
  • she is blogging of her life in small town Saskatchewan, Canada.
  • she has 3 adult daughters and...
  • a 2 year old with a wonderful "smile for the camera."
  • she is Wandi's Daughter-in-law's Mother! or her Son's Mother-in-law.

I liked UziCue's blog, Uzi's Musings because:
  • she is on a Redhead webring. Cool.
  • of her "Things I do too Much" list.
  • she is not a quitter.
  • of her Hubby's scary makeup artistry.



Don't forget that I need your help to round up more lonely hearts.
Here's how:

1. Nominate someone you know who doesn't get the recognition they deserve.
2. Surf by clicking the "Next Blog" on the top of your blog. Surf until you find a really good blog that doesn't get enough comments (5 or less qualifies)
3. Or surf by clicking on the "Search all blogs" on whatever topic you like.
4. Are you on a blog ring? Look there.
5. Go to your blog profile and click on one of your interests. This will take you to other blogs that share that same interest.
6. Tell me some more ways and I will add it on here.



Do you want to join the Friends of the Friendless but are wary of commitments. Here's what is expected of you friendly cowpokes out on the range:

To join the Friends of the Friendless Marching Band, leave a comment stating that you wish to join then choose any instrument you like. (ability isn't an issue for this cyber band) We have three piano players, a harpist, a theramin and french horn player plus a variety of others so you get the idea that any instrument is possible.
On Fridays, the band meets to visit the chosen friendless sites which are listed anew each Friday. Then the band leaves friendly comments for our honored recipients. Let them know that you are from the FFMB.
Get to know other band members. There is sure to be someone you can connect with.
Nominate friendless sites. They can be bloggers you know or ones that you come across in your blog surfs. Think unique. These sites have less than 5 comments/post and be posting currently. Leave me a comment with their address or email me at Carol_ffmb at yahoo.ca. I will let you know whether they have met the friendless criteria.

Lassoo yourself a banner.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

June's Perfect Post

I am late!
No surprise there!

The contenders were:
  • Art Puppy for her Father's Day post but she has disappeared along with the post. If you can read this AP, I hope you will let me know how you are and if you have created a new blog.
  • Sister Celtic for two of her husband, George's, photos of beautiful birds. (Barbara, bird-lover, go have a look!)
  • TNChick for advice to women on being better wives.
And the winner is TNChick. Congrats to this great blogger!



A Perfect Post