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Author Topic:   Hello everyone, and my senior paper
Percy
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Message 6 of 70 (692778)
03-07-2013 1:13 PM
Reply to: Message 3 by KevinAthans
03-07-2013 12:17 PM


Hi KevinAthans,
Welcome aboard! I just wanted to comment about a few things. Concerning this first thing I'll be rather blunt:
I just want to start making some money...
If you have outside sources of income to draw upon or are on full fellowship or your parents gave you a house or for whatever reason you are not hurting for money then just ignore this.
But if not then with 2 kids and a wife who wants to get her "doctorates," and after that you'll be getting your doctorates, then you need serious money. You and your wife do not want to be entering the full time job market owing $400,000 with training for jobs that have entry salaries of only $35,000/year. It's great to follow your interests, but make sure there's the kind of training mixed in there somewhere that allows at least one of you to get a job that makes real money, otherwise you'll never dig out of the debt burden.
You mentioned American history, thought I'd mention I'm in the middle of David McCullough's biography of John Adams.
Lastly, about Darwin, I've read a couple biographies and it seems to me that his naturalistic studies were already providing a significant push toward agnostic thinking long before his daughter's death. Do you have evidence leading you to suspect Darwin's tendency toward agnosticism only came after his daughter's death? In other words, are you pursuing this because it is something about Darwin that it appeals to you to believe, or do you have material evidence? From what I've read it can at best be argued that his theological doubts continued turning more toward certainty with the death of his daughter. I don't think there's evidence to support anything more than that.
--Percy

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Percy
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From: New Hampshire
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Message 8 of 70 (692780)
03-07-2013 1:18 PM
Reply to: Message 5 by KevinAthans
03-07-2013 12:38 PM


KevinAthans writes:
Darwin never said anything about the origin of life...
Not in any depth, but you might want to check out the last sentence of Origin of Species.
--Percy

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Percy
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Message 46 of 70 (692907)
03-08-2013 12:46 PM


I fear we may be coming across as hostile and insular. I can't put my finger on exactly what it was, but something in Kevin's initial few posts apparently set people off. He was just trying to say hello, maybe we could lighten up a bit.
--Percy

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