Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Big Bang Nucleosynthesis and Darwin's Deathbed

An extensive discussion on the exact process of Big Bang Nucleosynthesis preceded by a dispelling of two Creationist fabrications regarding the man Charles Darwin.

Big Bang Nucleosynthesis and Darwin's Deathbed

National Center for Science Education Website:

Lady Hope Story (with exact quotes and original story:)

Darwin on the Eye:
The Origin of the Species, Charles Darwin

Big Bang Nucleosynthesis:
[i]these two sites give great information, the second one lists exact physical processes leading up to the light elements.


Blogger Country Cottage said...


Your podcasts are getting quite interesting.

What if there were an intelligent designer, but he gave the universe free will, and the bible isn't literal?

So, everything that you talk about did happen, just as you say, and in the time frame, but God is just standing back and watching his handywork develope.

12:58 PM  
Blogger Lucretius said...

There very well could be a designer. I am an atheist myself, and don't believe that a designer was present during any stage — but certainly evolution and the Big Bang are not in confliction with the idea that there is such a designer guiding natural processes. This is a point I try to make with Creationists and others who claim the Big Bang Theory and Evolution are "atheistic theories".

5:50 PM  
Blogger Country Cottage said...

I'm agnostic rather than atheist. I'm perfectly willing to accept the idea of a god, but it would be nice to have proof positive. Your answer is good because you don't exhibit the dogmatism of the creationists who would probably be apopleptic at the tone of these comments. Well done!

3:11 PM  
Blogger Jean-Marie Vaneskahian said...

For what reason would creationists get angry over the "tone" of this conversation? I am somewhat naive about this, but in a free society, do rational people really get angry over the free exchange of ideas?

8:01 AM  
Blogger Country Cottage said...

Of course they get angry. You only have to look at the debate in Europe at the moment over some cartoons that are "anti-islam".

11:35 AM  
Blogger Lucretius said...

The fundamentalist religious tend to get upset about certain things a lot more than other people. In the case of Creationism versus Evolution, they get upset probably due to the fact that their claims are based on dogma, versus science which will go wherever the evidence does. Science is willing to change when the facts say otherwise. Creationism has demonstrated that it is not.

6:06 PM  
Blogger barry_telfor_donaldson said...

I am an atheist, who actually believes that the big bang theory is rubbish. I have many problems with the theory but, my big problem with the theory is as follows;
Before the big bang there was nothing and space itself was created by the big bang, this breaks all known human concepts of psychics, an explosion can only take place if there is a given space for expansion, an explosion cannot create its own space. Also if space was created by the big bang, then the universe has to have an end, our at least an edge, which means that the universe is not infinite, if the universe is not infinite then what is behond the edge of expansion. My other big problem is time scale, time is only relevant to us on this planet, if you are living on another planet, then your time consept has to be completely diffrent to our own.
does this mean there is a creator, No it means that we are children croping around a dark room looking for a light switch that we are not even sure is there and have no chance of finding it.

4:56 AM  

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