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    I got burned out from trying to compose a phylogeny of crop plants -- even with restricting myself to the better-known ones, I had a *lot* of list-making to do.

    List of culinary nuts
    List of culinary fruits
    List of vegetables
    List of culinary herbs and spices
    Edible seaweed

    So I'll take on the rest of eukaryotedom.
    • Amorphea - Opisthokonta
      • Holozoa - animals
      • Fungi
        • Ascomycota - brewer's yeast (Vegemite, Marmite), Quorn fungus
        • Basidiomycota - the most commonly-eaten mushrooms
    • Diaphoretickes
      • Archaeplastida
        • Chloroplastida
          • Chlorophyta - sea lettuce
          • Streptophyta - land plants
        • Rhodophyta - nori
      • SAR - Stramenopiles - kelp


    Turning to prokaryotes, there is only one kind of prokaryote that is eaten in bulk: Spirulina, a cyanobacterium.

    There are some prokaryotes that are used to do fermentation and other such tasks for preparing certain foodstuffs, prokaryotes like lactic-acid bacteria (Lactobacillus). However, all such prokaryotes, and also Spirulina, are in the Bacteria part of the Bacteria-Archaea split in prokaryotes. This is the earliest known split in the history of our biota where both branches have known survivors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lion IRC View Post
    Same birth date as Abraham Lincoln.
    Christopher Hitchens called these two great (Christian) men...
    "The Great Emancipators"
    Darwin on his religious views:

    "Science has nothing to do with Christ, except insofar as the habit of scientific research makes a man cautious in admitting evidence. For myself, I do not believe that there ever has been any revelation. As for a future life, every man must judge for himself between conflicting vague probabilities."
    Yeah, totally sounds like a Christian thing to say. Can't possibly be that history is more complicated than you think it is. You're being deceptive, again. All this takes is to do just a little bit of research. We have Google now. There's no excuse.
    Do human beings have free will? I can't decide.

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    I like to source things. I did indeed find a source for that: To Nicolai Mengden 5 June 1879 | Darwin Correspondence Project

    Religious views of Charles Darwin

    He started out an Anglican, but he was a deist for some years, before eventually becoming an agnostic.
    As disbelief later gradually crept over Darwin, he could "hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true; for if so the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who do not believe, and this would include my Father, Brother and almost all my best friends, will be everlastingly punished. And this is a damnable doctrine."

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    Keep on lying, Christians. It only helps the atheist's cause.
    Do human beings have free will? I can't decide.

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