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  1. Yes, I agree. We do have a large set of traits that appear to be adaptions to an aquatic environment. On the other hand, we don't have the capacity to hold our breath underwater for very long. Aquatic mammals such as sea lions and whales have high levels of myoglobin in their muscle tissue, which allows them to store large amounts of oxygen, and therefore remain underwater for prolonged periods. This adaptation has obviously evolved multiple times. The fact that we aren't adapted in this way perhaps points towards a weak version of the AAH.
  2. A short and easy to understand explanation of the chemistry of blood colours here.
  3. The issue of why people continue to have supernatural beliefs while living in the modern world- a world that is shaped by the fruits of scientific inquiry- is to my mind a really fascinating question. It's a shame that it can't be discussed without the thread being terminally derailed by bizarre theistic meanderings. Much of what recursion says falls into the category of nonsense. For example, this paragraph: There isn't any sort of argument here. Just a lot of long words being used to say nothing.
  4. First of all: Why do you assume that the universe was created- that something did come out of nothing? It's at least as plausible that the universe has always existed. Some interesting lines of current scientific inquiry that seem to point in that direction: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/rainbow-gravity-universe-beginning/ http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/2-futures-can-explain-time-s-mysterious-past/ Secondly: The 'God of the Gaps' is an exceptionally poor argument for the intellectual viability of religious belief. Just because science can't explain some phenomenon
  5. I'm not convinced that fear of damnation is the biggest thing that leads people to believe in religion. It's surely one factor, at least for some people, but I don't think that it's the most important one. Some other factors: 1. Upbringing. Most people follow the dominant faith of their culture, which they were brought up into. Breaking with these culturally validated beliefs can be difficult. 2. Ignorance. Most people don't understand science, and lack critical thinking skills. For them, the idea that God created the world in 4004 BCE is just as plausible as the scientific alterna
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