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Did life really begin in the oceans ?

Posted on Wednesday, 15 February, 2012 | Comment icon 55 comments | News tip by: BFB

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A controversial new theory suggests that life might have actually developed in freshwater ponds.

It has long been thought that the first life forms on Earth evolved in the depths of the sea, but now a team of scientists has contested this idea by suggesting that the sea is simply too salty to provide the right conditions for this to happen. Instead, they believe that landlocked freshwater ponds would have been a more suitable environment.

"For most everyone alive today, it's almost a fundamental fact."

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Comment icon #46 Posted by aquatus1 on 26 February, 2012, 1:08
*gasp* A sectarian used the same commonly used English expression denoting a negative response in a casual and unimportant fashion as I did? Why...that must mean that...that... Wait, what does it mean?
Comment icon #47 Posted by oly on 26 February, 2012, 1:10
Only that you reminded me of him for some reason
Comment icon #48 Posted by aquatus1 on 26 February, 2012, 1:14
So, nothing, then. You may want to consider upping your standards when it comes to making connections between people, if you can actually classify them by who has said "no" to you. More generally, you may want to review your entire process for determining which data is valid and credible.
Comment icon #49 Posted by Swede on 26 February, 2012, 1:58
You may wish to seriously consider upgrading the level of your research/documentation. To address just a few of the "examples" presented in your "references": Have you found supplied references to genetic/mutation suppression to be of interest? Edit: Aquatus - Chuckle. Was writing as you were submitting.
Comment icon #50 Posted by oly on 26 February, 2012, 8:19
yes, thanks for links about suppressed mutations, some not exactly in laymans terms. The links about the ooparts didn't really do much. Someone saying "they're fake" isn't debunking. Seems like evidence that is inconvenient to mainstream science is dismissed. The motives are clear, it's just a shame that the mainstream aren't more forward thinking.
Comment icon #51 Posted by aquatus1 on 26 February, 2012, 8:54
Perhaps the problem is not in the explanation, but in the listener. Not at all. It is simply explained. Not understanding the explanation is not the fault of the people explaining. Yes, the fight against the perpetuation of deception. You've got your directions reversed. Pretending we still live in the past isn't forward thinking, whether it relies on quoting a 150 year old study and thinking it is still relevant, or ignoring all the "no" arguments in favor of the pitifully few "yes" arguments.
Comment icon #52 Posted by oly on 26 February, 2012, 10:13
Interesting, despite how scientifically advanced we are, we are still governed by politics, which manipulates whatever it can, including science. One could argue we are governed by rational intelligent beings, but I'd disagree.
Comment icon #53 Posted by aquatus1 on 26 February, 2012, 10:22
Which is why it is so important for people to understand how to properly apply skepticism, so that they can determine the probability of any given claim (scientific or political) in terms of credibility and validity. I wouldn't. After all, the easiest course for a rational, intelligent being is to manipulate people by appealing to their most influential triggers. For the vast majority of people (including skeptics), those are emotional appeals (which, for whatever reason, tend to be faith-based). If a person is well-versed in the mental kung-fu known as skepticism, they are much ... [More]
Comment icon #54 Posted by FurthurBB on 26 February, 2012, 21:34
The theory does not depend on a timeline.
Comment icon #55 Posted by FurthurBB on 26 February, 2012, 21:36
Oh, yes, it is a shame that rigorous standards are in place and there must be evidence to back things up. How much better we would all be if we just imagined what we want to be true and then shopped for evidence to support it.

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