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The image in the top left corner is the Kentucky Derby.

The Kentucky Derby and Evolution

Every year, thousands of race horses are born. Only a few of them are good enough to even enter the Kentucky Derby. The winners of the big race eventually go out to stud, and sire a much larger number of offspring than the average horse. Over the centuries, the process makes race horses faster and faster. This is a type of evolution, called artificial selection, in which humans meddle.

Something similar happens in the wild. Instead of a single race there is a life-long deathblow with events like running from predators, fighting other horses for the right to mate, successfully digesting food, enduring mosquitoes and blackflies, withstanding hot and cold weather… The losers die or have little chance to compete for a mate. They leave behind relatively few offspring, compared with the winners. Over the centuries, the horses get more fit. How could it be otherwise if offspring tend to resemble their parents and fitter parents have more offspring? That is a type of evolution called natural selection. Artificial selection works the same way as natural selection, except humans are even more ruthless at elimination than nature and may have more narrow criteria for what constitutes fitness.

Creationists may have told you there is some incredibly improbable game of chance going on. However, there is no randomness involved, other than every year all the colts born are different. The colts are also in general similar to their parents. There is nothing in the least improbable or bizarre going on.

Put the shoe on the other foot. Ask a creationist how it could possibly be that horses would not get fitter over time? What would undo the effect of the fittest horses having the most offspring?

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The Tax War

Wrangling over taxes, tax loopholes and budget cuts can be simplified. It is a war between the rich and poor. Think about the effect of any particular proposal on the hardship for each type of citizen. If you reduce medical benefits, you are taking money from the pockets of the ill and elderly. If you close a tax loophole, you are taking money from a wealthy scoundrel who has been taking from the country but contributing nothing. The wealth gap has been growing steadily ever since the 1950s. If you don’t do anything to counter, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer (technically called wealth condensation). Yet we have the rich demanding measures to widen the wealth gap even faster. The rich pay lobbyists to bribe politicians and press their case for greater unfairness.

~ Roedy (born:1948-02-04 age:68)

Atheism Is Not Just Another Religion

One of the popular defences a religious apologist uses is to pretend religion is an arbitrary choice, like picking a favourite flavour of ice cream and atheism is just one of those choices. That is like including non-fiction as one of the possible choices of your favourite genre of fiction.

~ Roedy (born:1948-02-04 age:68)
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