Date: Fri Oct 15 1993 20:27:00 To: Kevin Davis Subj: The anti evolution game EVOL

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Date: Fri Oct 15 1993 20:27:00 From: Dr Pepper To: Kevin Davis Subj: The anti evolution game EVOLUTION ------------------------------- THE ANTI-EVOLUTION GAME ----------------------- Here's an opportunity to see how good you are at refuting evolution scientifically. That means using science, not faith. If you have faith that evolution is false, that's great for you but has nothing to do with science. HOW TO PLAY Just write a series of statements showing either inadequacy in the basic tenets of evolution, or contradictory evidence. It is not necessary to absolutely disprove evolution, just give us something to rock conventional science. Your statements will be evaluated and assigned points. 10 points wins. PROCEDURE 1. To enter the game, leave a post declaring your intention to play. You may start making statements in that post if you like. 2. You will then have 60 days to make as many posts as you like with statements for the game. If you do not make 10 points in those 60 days you will have to start over. 3. All posts in the game should have ANTI-EVOLUTION GAME as the subject line and contain only statements relevant to the game. Anything else will not be counted. WINNING I'm self (un)employed so i can't give away cadillacs or trips to Hawaii. But if you can get 10 points your name will go on a public list of succesful challengers of evolution, a list that is currently empty. And i will send a $10 donation to the organization of your choice. SCORING Type of Statement Points Observation of spontaneous generation of a modern lifeform either from nothing or from nonliving elements. 5 Explanation of how totally independent dating methods agree so well if the dates they show are wrong. 5 Evidence showing that all remains of Earth are younger than 1 million years. 3 Example of total genetic discontinuity between two species considered closely related by conventional science. 2 Example of two species considered separated by over 100 million years of time by conventional science found to 2 be contemporaneous. Example of a fossil considered over 2 million years old by conventional science showing the exact same genetic makeup as a modern member of the same species. 1 Correct statement of the theory of evolution. 1 Any other single statement showing you understand evolution. 1 Any quote from secondary sources. -1 Any statement mischaracterizing evolution. -1 Misunderstanding of the difference between theory and fact. -2 Misunderstanding of the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. -2 Misunderstanding of entropy, order, randomness or complexity. -2 Misunderstanding of the use of C-14 dating. -2 Misunderstanding of isochron dating. -2 Misunderstanding of nuclear decay. -2 Misunderstanding of the speed of light. -2 Appeal to supernatural entities. Such is outside the framework of science. -2 Misquoting or distorting someone's statement. -3 Mischaracterizing a disagreement on the hows of evolution as doubt of the fact of evolution. -4 Appeal to your own ignorance "I don't see how else..." is a description of your personal inadequacy, not that of conventional science. -4 Outright lie. It doesn't matter if you didn't know it was a lie. -5 Use of argument already thoroughly refuted. You are responsible for looking these things up. -5 Appeal to moral consequences. That has no bearing on truth value. -5 GOOD LUCK --- * Origin: I survived: Reagan-Bush, 1980-1992 (1:103/241)

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