$7.5 Trillion Prize for Proving Evolution: Update

Submitted by: davymid 9 years ago in
http://www.reuters.com/article/artsNews/idUSL0992091620080509?sp=true

Remember that Creationist who challenged anyone to prove Evolution? Turns out he"s going to jail for fraud...
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Male 2,605
"Overmann, that was so beautifully stated!"

Thank you, elkingo. It`s good to see someone agree with me about open and honest criticism. It`s vital to any true democracy.

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Male 5,620
I have no idea why my posts are doubling lately.. hmm
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Male 5,620
Overmann, that was so beautifully stated! Dude, I hope to argue with you in the future. haha.. Debate only makes one stronger in his/her faith, or allow them to question it, and is so very important. Jesus calls himself a Shepard, but that doesn`t necessarily mean he wants blind sheep as followers!
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Male 2,605
"do you like your beliefs messed with? no? THEN SHUT THE F*CK UP THEN!"

I vehemently disagree. I may not like people trying with all their might to mock my beliefs (or lack of them), but do I hate them for that? Would I prefer them silenced or arrested for expressing criticism? No. And why? Because I would hope and expect them to allow me the same courtesy, neither of which I could realistically do without giving them their space. I am not going out of my way to insult the person, but if I feel what they believe is irrational, I should be able to say so. Disrespecting religious belief is not the same as disrespecting a person`s right to believe, which I certainly do not do. And if it seems unusual to you that one should feel compelled to disrespect religious belief (by shielding it from honest criticism, which seems terribly childish to me), let me remind you that there are many other beliefs we openly disrespect, such as racism or sexism.

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Male 5,620
Perhaps I am a bit confused on the terminology, as it all seems so negative to me. I guess it might help to state my view: I do believe in the Creator, and I do believe in some things I have studied in science.. most specifically evolution. I do not believe in young earth, nor do I believe in the earth being trillions of years old. I think there is good data to support that.. (magnetic fields, erosion, ect.. ) I don`t think earth is quite as young as most creationist say, but not quite as old as most scientists say either. I think natural selection does take place, but not to the point of speciation (that is to say that species evolve enough that they can`t breed with one another.. when talking about large scale animals, bacteria and plants are a different story, in which case I think it can happen.) I don`t think everything came from one common ancestor in short. I do think things evolve in the sense on minor changes, not major ones. I don`t think for example a cat can become a bear.
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Male 1,164
shouldnt the $7.5 million be for proving god? which is harder to prove
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Male 36
ok i believe in BOTH evolution and god but still...
you cannot arrest someone for spreading their beliefs. anyone here who says gays and atheist are pure evil GO F*CK YOURSELVES!seriously and those who say god is a myth and that believers are stupid GO F*CK YOURSELVES! donot say ones faith or lack of faith is evil or retarded!
do you like your beliefs messed with? no? THEN SHUT THE F*CK UP THEN!the world would be a better place without biblethumpers and extremests. i say religion is a good thing but taking it too far is bad. dont mess with anyones faith or beliefs.
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Male 2,313
Thanks Davymid. Common drating sense man, common drating sense. Unfortunately common sense is relatively uncommon.
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Male 2,605
I remember hearing that a history teacher at the college for which I tutor had his hands on a book that disproved evolution, so I asked to see it. It was Oktar`s Atlas of Creation. I hadn`t known of the man at the time but upon reading it I very quickly picked up on the bias and agenda. Not only through the opening mission statement, but also in its more subtle and completely incorrect and unorthodox penging of natural selection as a `chance` process. The history teacher, I learned much later, is a minister. Even so, it doesn`t seem as though he brought the book to any biology faculty because they could have immediately had corrected him. Alas. Even today it annoys me that anyone, teacher or not, could be deceived by such utterly fabricated sh*t like this. Dress any ludicrous idea in pseudo-science and you can expect the herd to swallow it whole. Man I feel like getting into a live evolution debate.
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Male 12,138
vv *Claps* Bravo, Sixclaws, well said.
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Male 2,313
I consider myself more a less an orthodox creationist, in that I believe (not just have been blindly led to believe, but whole heartedly believe) that everything was created, essentially the way it says in the Bible. I do not think the Earth is 10,000 years old, there is absolutely no evidence for that. The Bible, like every important thing in mankinds history, has been distorted and abused for personal gain. It has been misinterpreted hundreds of times over the thousands of years, and many of those misunderstandings, both the deliberate and the accidental, have stuck around. If you are a true believer, your duty is not to make millions for your church, to disprove science or to hate gays. Every human, but especially those who claim to be representing religion, has a responsibility to his fellow man. Using religion as a way to justify your hatred, make money or start wars is more of an abomination than homosexuality ever will be.
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Male 474
Thanks Davey, i think you cleared the water in eyes...
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Male 474
but to say your an orthodox creationist but not a fundie is like saying you believe the earth is flat and then taking a cruise around the world... you cant believe something so simplistic and fantastical is fact, and think that other things in the bible less fantastical are deniable...
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Male 12,138
What I`m talking about is the kind of Creationist (often called Young-Earth Creationist) who deliberately bury their head in their holy book and refute the direct evidence of decades of scientific advancement in fields such as evolutionary biology, radiometric dating, palaeontology, geohistory, planetary physics etc etc etc.
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Male 12,138
Elingo, I don`t believe that`s what fake was saying at all... He was making a point about the forced switch in terminology (no-one`s fault, really) as the word "fundamentalist" started to take on very negative connotations in a post 9-11 America.

Anyway, I`m totally comfortable with creationism as Fake describes it. If you accept the laws of physics etc but believe that was set in motion by a creator, then that`s fine. I don`t believe that, but then again (to be humble here) I`m a professional scientist, and science has no clear answer yet as to the origins of the universe. We`re getting there, but we simply don`t know yet (notice I say I don`t believe there is s creator. I would be a bad scientist if I wrote off the possibility completely until the matter is proven).

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Male 5,620
Maybe, I should have put it in quotations.. "fundamental jerk". What I was reffering to was your comparrison of all fundamentalist as possible terroists, or close minded individuals.
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Male 474
but to put it to your argument, believing in the tora/bible/koran creation IS fundamentalism at its very core. (There really needs to be a prefix to creationism when referring to the tora/bible/koran creation story. Something like orthodox creationist? Yeah, ill call them orthodox creationists...) You can`t be an orthodox creationist and NOT be a fundamentalist and you cant be a fundamentalist without being an orthodox creationist. Now, if your like me and more of a deist creationist, then you say things like "i believe the laws of nature and physics were created, i believe the boundries were defined and the universe was set into motion, and everything up to this very moment in time is a direct result of that cause and effect dictated by those laws." That is a creation belief but i would not attach the label of creationist to myself because it IS a term used for fundamentalists in this nation.
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Male 474
oh i believe the universe was created, dont get me wrong, but im not a genisis/young earth creationist. The term creationist is, in most cases, associated with people who believe the earth was created exactly the way the first couple of paragraphs in the tora/bible/koran says it was. That is a fundamentalist, but you dont here the term fundamentalist in the US anymore. Because it has switched to creationist. Its easier to say "im a creationist" than to say "im a fundamentalist" in the US. If someone said, "im a muslim fundamentalist" here in the US people would become very uncomfortable around them, but to say "im a muslim creationist" makes it sound like your in the same boat with every other creationist out there. But the term creationist started in the US, its a US term that has replaced fundamentalist and i predict that within 10 years there wont be fundementalists anywhere, there will only be creationists... 1000 character limit again...
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Male 5,620
85% of the world population, and .001% of that population makes the rest of us look like idiots..

Believing in Creation doesn`t make you a fundamental jerk fake.. I don`t know exactly why you make that link, but whatever.

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Male 474
That was my 1000 character or less summary on the subject anyway...
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Male 474
BlackiPod
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
947 Posts Monday, October 13, 2008 8:17:01 AM
Am I the only one who noticed that the article on IAB says "Creationist" but the actual article says "Islamic"

I`ve covered this before on here im sure, but let me fill you in. Creationist is the new post 9/11 term for fundamentalist. When the media began the post 9/11 coverage of the terrorists and other terrorists around the world, the media and the president threw the terms fundamentalist, extremist, and terrorist all in the same speeches and sometimes in the same sentence. So the term fundamentalist became associated with extremist and terrorist very quickly. Especially since it was fundamentalists bombed abortion clinics int he past. About that time there was a movement in one of the southern states i dont remember which where creationism was a science being introduced. Fundies quickly embraced that term and their cause so they can drop out of the terrorist spotlight.

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Male 5,620
Well, on that note, I can agree with you.. People who don`t learn all sorts of proven things, and blindly follow anything are morons to me also.
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Male 12,138
Elkingo, when I refer to stupid I`m not applying that to anyone with a faith, but "Fundamentalists". Specifically Young-Earth Creationists like this guy, the people who set up the Creation Museum, the guys over at Answersingenesis.org etc. These muppets are just one rung above flat-earthers on the scale of absolute mouth-breathing glazed-eyed god-mumbling idiocy.
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Male 5,620
yes, you and the other 15% keep telling yourselves that.
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Male 10,440
85% of the world is therefore stupid.
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Male 5,620
davy, a set of beliefs isn`t stupid.. not acknowledging them, however, is ignorant. Considering that 85% of the world follows a faith and all.
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Male 12,138
vv "Am I the only one who noticed that the article on IAB says "Creationist" but the actual article says "Islamic"

BlackIpod, read the article again. He`s an Islamic Creationist. Fundamentalist Christians don`t have a monopoly on the stupid.

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Male 9,305
Like he ever HAD the money to begin with...
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Male 5,620
oh yeah, it seems you spelled fraudulently wrong, as well as powers hehe.
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Male 5,620
"And.. Why don`t Christians ever seem to use their Godly poewers fraudulantly?"

Ever heard of televangelists?

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Female 929
FFS... lol. Why is it that almost every radical Islamist who`s not in it to blow himself up is in it for fraudulant personal gain?

And.. Why don`t Christians ever seem to use their Godly poewers fraudulantly?

ALSO.. did i spell "fraudulantly" right? O_o

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Male 5,620
nnnnooooww its Istanbul not Constantinople why`d they change the name???? people just liked it better thata way!
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Male 4,867
yh yoimmylene, its kinda cool.

i find myself wondering how i knew this guy was a joke, he wanted some publicity before being put inside, in 3 years everyone will have forgotten about him

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Female 2,064
XDDDD

Anyone else find it cool that one day we`ll have something up on I-A-B and later we have an update on it? Or is that just me?

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Male 1,244
Am I the only one who noticed that the article on IAB says "Creationist" but the actual article says "Islamic" - Now before you start yellin- I know what I`m talking about here. Well I guess I can`t prove that to you, the reader of this long comment, but if you are generally an idiot, don`t try to prove anything
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Male 175
7.5trillion converts to $7million, he was using his crappy turkish currency to come up with that figure.
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Male 1,091
Guess there`s no reason at all to prove evolution now huh?
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Male 4,290
I hope they haven`t frozen his assets, I`m almost finished the conclusion.

My first purchase will be... AMERICA! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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Male 928
Sic semper retardus.
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Male 2,372
THIS ARTICLE WASN`T AN UPDATE

...MORE LIKE A BACKDATE.

Definition of "update"

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Male 1,685
dimwit
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Male 2,344
Hmm, didn`t see that coming.

/sarcasm

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Male 3,301
Well that was rather anticlimatic...
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Male 274
vv I am sure, highly doubt you wouldnt keep any of the 7.5 trillion dollars.
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Male 386
"Rapid evolution can actually be seen in introduced species of fruit flies. I`ll take cash."

Bacteria/viruses/etc. evolve pretty fast too. That`s why last years flu vaccine will have to be upgraded this year and next year etc. Too bad this guy went to jail, I would have taken the money and donated half to evolution research and half to missionaries so we would be exactly where we were before! bwa ha ha.

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Male 1,766
DUDE this is awesome
PS i just stole 2 prop 8 signs on my street
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Male 1,556
Serves the f ucker right.
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Male 2
Rapid evolution can actually be seen in introduced species of fruit flies. I`ll take cash.
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Male 164
That`s what happened when you mess with Chuckie. There I am in my avatar.
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Male 891
ha, good catch, BeatleAddict. i wouldn`t have noticed unless someone pointed that out.

...guess i should pay more attention to what i`m reading.

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Male 2,076
The guy is crazy, most Turks think so.
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Male 394
I don`t under stand what happened. The Title and the Content don`t match. I don`t even understand why he`s in prison.

They basically said.

He had an illegal operation for personal gain

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RELIGOUS POINTS OF VIEW BAD!


I understand the charge but all the information is just so ridiculously unrelated it`s rediculous. I have no clue what actually happened.

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Male 1,853
Happy birthday prime. Davy told me.

And I knew it was a scam all along...

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Male 505
At least we can rest assured that he was fully devoted to actually awarding that prize...

/sarcasm

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Male 12,138
HAPPY EFFING BIRTHDAY PRIME!
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Male 317
Yeah I thought we`d be hearing some more bullshet, too.
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Female 226
...What update?

Date of article covering evolution proof: 29 September 2008

Date of the article on fraud sentence: 9 May 2008


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Female 61
Can i come with you, Opie? But I shall be with the lions or tigers, whichever one is nicer. And that guy is a drater. I wanted that money for myself :-(
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Male 7,933
"Ima go live with my true people... the giraffes."

... Giraffes arent... nvm

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Male 12,138
vv "Erm, no he isn`t. Fraud isn`t even mentioned in the article."

Fair point. The article never mentioned the word fraud. What it said was that he "was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday for creating an illegal organization for personal gain...using threats for personal benefit and creating an organization with the intent to commit a crime".

The guy is clearly legit.

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Female 2,044
good for you opie.
i`m going to live with panda`s :D
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Female 15,763
God damnit, these people are idiots!

ARHG! I AM FED UP WITH PEOPLE!

Ima go live with my true people... the giraffes.

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Female 2,044
so i wasted my time finding a monkey picture for proof the other day for NOTHING?!
hmmph.
i demand that this man give me my 5 minutes of life back.
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Male 150
Erm, no he isn`t. Fraud isn`t even mentioned in the article.
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Male 614
Damn, 3 years is a little much.
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Male 764
wait wtf, why is this news story accept and not mine, ._. its official, fancy, JC, and J-dawg have shunned me =[ (thats the 4th rejected link, and they stopped replying to emails)
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Male 764
serves him right, no one has 7.5 trillion
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Male 12,138
Link: $7.5 Trillion Prize for Proving Evolution: Update [Rate Link] - Remember that Creationist who challenged anyone to prove Evolution? Turns out he`s going to jail for fraud...
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