Evolutionary disproof of the supernatural
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15-08-2014, 06:15 AM
Evolutionary disproof of the supernatural
I think this proof has wider implications than its direct subject matter suggests:
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15-08-2014, 10:16 AM
RE: Evolutionary disproof of the supernatural
No offense, but most of SMBC comics are word salads to me. Tongue

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15-08-2014, 10:29 AM
RE: Evolutionary disproof of the supernatural
Yabut... the spirit realm is non-interactive with the natural realm ... didn't you know? ... so her argument is invalid.

Consider

*goes off a-googling "spirit realm" thinking... good name for a booze shop*

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19-08-2014, 10:35 PM
RE: Evolutionary disproof of the supernatural
This is a really stupid argument. It makes little to no logical sense even if those ancestor ghosts were real or whatever.


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19-08-2014, 11:08 PM
RE: Evolutionary disproof of the supernatural
(15-08-2014 10:29 AM)DLJ Wrote:  Yabut... the spirit realm is non-interactive with the natural realm ... didn't you know? ... so her argument is invalid.

Consider

*goes off a-googling "spirit realm" thinking... good name for a booze shop*

Just open up a D&D Player's Handbook and go rummaging through the Spells section for names for the drinks...

Astral Projection...

Raise Dead...

Fireball...

Chain Lightning...

Draw Upon Holy Might...

Wish...

Speak with Animals...

Summon Monster...

Earthquake...

Color Spray...

Storm of Vengeance...


The names practically write themselves! Tongue

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20-08-2014, 12:28 AM
RE: Evolutionary disproof of the supernatural
(19-08-2014 11:08 PM)EvolutionKills Wrote:  
(15-08-2014 10:29 AM)DLJ Wrote:  Yabut... the spirit realm is non-interactive with the natural realm ... didn't you know? ... so her argument is invalid.

Consider

*goes off a-googling "spirit realm" thinking... good name for a booze shop*

Just open up a D&D Player's Handbook and go rummaging through the Spells section for names for the drinks...

Astral Projection...

Raise Dead...

Fireball...

Chain Lightning...

Draw Upon Holy Might...

Wish...

Speak with Animals...

Summon Monster...

Earthquake...

Color Spray...

Storm of Vengeance...


The names practically write themselves! Tongue

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20-08-2014, 12:55 AM
RE: Evolutionary disproof of the supernatural
(20-08-2014 12:28 AM)Free Thought Wrote:  
(19-08-2014 11:08 PM)EvolutionKills Wrote:  Just open up a D&D Player's Handbook and go rummaging through the Spells section for names for the drinks...

Astral Projection...

Raise Dead...

Fireball...

Chain Lightning...

Draw Upon Holy Might...

Wish...

Speak with Animals...

Summon Monster...

Earthquake...

Color Spray...

Storm of Vengeance...


The names practically write themselves! Tongue

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21-08-2014, 11:33 PM
RE: Evolutionary disproof of the supernatural
Try a Triforce!

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GoldSchlagar
Captain Morgan ( I prefer black myself)


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22-08-2014, 10:35 AM
RE: Evolutionary disproof of the supernatural
I think the humour is in the slippery slope fallacy. She is inappropriately applying theories of evolution to an un-scientific topic, in what is otherwise a benign conversation.

I laughed when I read it. Then I read some of the response and laughed a bit more Smile. We are a bunch that tends to take ourselves rather seriously Tongue .
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25-08-2014, 10:05 PM (This post was last modified: 26-08-2014 05:20 AM by ghostexorcist.)
RE: Evolutionary disproof of the supernatural
(19-08-2014 10:35 PM)Shadow Fox Wrote:  This is a really stupid argument. It makes little to no logical sense even if those ancestor ghosts were real or whatever.

Although it's satirical in nature, I can't say I would be a big fan of the argument if it were ever used seriously. I think tracing the evolutionary origins of religion would discount the supernatural. I've always looked at the very early origins of religion as having to do with expanding brain capacity. Chimpanzees, for instance, have been shown to exhibit second-order awareness--"I think that you think." This allows them to gauge the mind of another in order to navigate their extremely complex social structure. Thinking outside oneself then opens the door to analyzing the world beyond pure instinct. In this thread, I described the “waterfall display” performed by east African chimps. Several primatologists consider it to border on a religious ritual. For instance, Jane Goodall believes that they may be “awed” by the waterfall. This awe whips them up into a frenzy during which they throw rocks and swing from vines. This is then followed by long periods of watching the waterfall. They usually avoid water because they can’t swim, so the behavior is peculiar indeed. It’s almost as if they are showing fearful reverence for the elements, and this seems like the first step towards the many thunder gods like Thor, Zeus, Indra, and Tlaloc who have been worshiped my man over the centuries.
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