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Public message 1749 SCIENCE Area 02:01 Saturday 21-Mar-92 From: DR PEPPER To: CREATIONISTS Re: Shall we play a game? Let's play a game, shall we? The name of the game is: EVIDENCE FOR SCIENTIFIC CREATION Anyone may join the game, just post your intention to participate. I will be the judge. My decision is final. The Rules: 1. Each contestant has 60 days from the date they announce their entry into the game to score their first point. Thereafter they must score at least 1 point every 10 days. Any failure to meet a deadline means that contestant is out of the game. They may reenter, but will start with zero points again. 2. Each item must be presented in a single statement, which can be one or more sentences. Include all references and definitions. Statements offering more than one item will not be considered. If a post contains more than one statement, they should be separated by blank lines. 3. Each contestant may post as often as they like. Each post should have "Evidence Game" as the subject line. 4. Contestestants may obtain help and advice wherever they please. But they will be responsible for the content of their statements. 5. Each and every contestant who scores 10 points will be declared a winner. All who score less before missing a deadline will be declared losers. Scoring: 1. Points are scored by posting verified and referenced items that tend to support scientific creationism. Each item is worth 1 point. 2. If any item is presented merely to refute evolution, the contestant will be out of the game. Refuting evolution is not part of the game. We can have another game later with that goal if anyone wishes to. But for this game we will start by asserting that evolution is false, and something positive is required to fill the gap. 3. Statements that "God did it" are irrelevant and worth zero points. That God (or someone or something else) "did it" is a conclusion to work towards, not evidence. 4. Quotes from scriptures are worth zero. They may be useful as illustrations but are not themselves evidence. 5. Each use of the argument from design is worth -1 point. The argument from design is not scientific. 6. Each use of a false statement is worth -1. 7. Each use of a statement quoted out of context is worth -2. 8. Each use of a statement from a non primary source is worth -1. 9. Each statement of opinion, from whatever source, is worth -1. Opinions are fine, but they aren't evidence. 10. Each appeal to morality is worth -1. 11. Each unsupported statement is worth zero. Furthermore, until the contestant either supports or withdraws said statement, no further statements will be considered. 12. Chronologically anomalous items are worth zero. For instance, should a verified digital watch be found in precambrian rock, that only means there was a digital watch back then. That's negative evidence in that it messes up conventional ideas. But it is not positive evidence for creation. 11. Each misuse of magnetic field variation is worth -2. 12. Each misquote of the second law of thermodynamics is worth -20. Prizes: Well i'm a poor self (un)employed freelance programmer, so i can't offer a mercedes or a tropical vacation. But if anyone can win this game, i'll donate $10 to the creationist organization of your choice. Let's Go! 10 2 DR PEPPER 4 --- * Origin: GG TECH: Fandom and conversation (1:103/241)

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