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talk.origins is the name of a Usenet newsgroup that dates almost to the beginning of Usenet (it was, before the 1986 Great Renaming, known as net.origins). Its purpose was and is to be a place about the discussion of issues that relate to the origins of the universe, life on Earth, and civilization, with evolutionary biology, creationism, geology, and Velikovskyanism being the most commonly discussed subjects The related TalkOrigins FAQ archive is a huge repository of information and discussion about two topics: the origins of the universe, and the origins and development of life.
One useful feature of the site is their voluminous list of FAQ files, where creationist and other pseudoscientific claims are carefully debunked. The sheer quantity of quality scientific information has led to the Talk.Origins archives being considered the Net's most significant clearinghouse of origins information out there, even being cited from time to time in science textbooks for further reading purposes. The TO archive also makes a point to link back to pages with opposing viewpoints, something not as common among creationist pages. The site is maintained by the TalkOrigins Archive Foundation.
While activity has tailed off somewhat since 2006, the archive maintains a blog presence at The Panda's Thumb, a collaborative blog that aggregates articles on evolution from the science blogosphere as well as some original material.
- The TalkOrigins Archive home page.
- An Index to Creationist Claims, a massive and well-organized collection of refutations.
- The original talk.origins newsgroup on Usenet (available on the web through Google Groups).
- The Panda's Thumb, the official TalkOrigins blog.
- Another Talk.origins site. The Virtual University of Ediacara.