The View From 1776

Another Stake In The Heart of Evolutionary Biology

Intelligent design becomes in yet another area of biology the most credible source of the astonishing variegation of earth’s plant and animal life.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09/21 at 08:43 PM
  1. Thomas,

    Further advances in understanding the wonders of DNA sequencing only further establishes the principles of evolution. It is a quaint and curious idea to think that progress and new discoveries somehow invalidates the evolution.

    That is akin to believing Einsteins relativity physics somehow invalidates the idea that earth travels around the sun, or that the earth is not flat.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/22  at  08:50 AM
  2. Mr. Jay:

    You write, "Further advances in understanding the wonders of DNA sequencing only further establishes the principles of evolution."

    I do not believe that you can adduce a single piece of evidence to support that statement.

    Every advance in molecular biology demonstrates the impossibility that random change within the currently estimated time of the universe's existence could account for the complexity of cell structure and the myriad interdependent systems within any single living creature.

    Moreover, Darwinian evolutionary theory has to presume the existence of life before fictive evolution could commence. No theory that liberal-progressive-socialist apologists have ever dreamed up has withstood scrutiny by the world's leading scientists. Darwinian mythologists endeavor unsuccessfully to circumvent the problem with theories of how one small part of DNA or RNA might have evolved from some other parts of DNA or RNA. Even those tiny segments fail to survive detailed scrutiny by chemists and molecular biologists.

    The key to complexity of life on earth is coordinated, meaningful information, not random chance emanating exclusively from material conditions on the earth. DNA and RNA are meaningful information. And meaningful information has to have preceded creation of life.

    If one is not a religious believer, he can look to intelligent design emanating from an inconceivably comprehensive intellect somewhere outside our universe and antedating it. If one is a religious believer, the answer is God.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/22  at  01:48 PM
  3. Mr. Brewton,

    You are changing your tune with this post. A year or so you were in agreement that a certain amount of change in species does occur over time (although I admit that I had not convinced you of the reality of the actual mechanism of evolution yet.)

    The reality of evolution has not changed and as I have mentioned before, relies on three simple (and indisputable) observations.

    1) During reproduction, replication of DNA to the next generation is not perfect. Mutations (a miss-copy of DNA)occur.

    2) These changes to the DNA sequence do not magically revert to the former sequence. If the new DNA sequence does not cause a problem for the organism, it will be passed on to the next generation.

    3) If the new DNA sequence results in a slight change to the form or chemistry of the organism which allows it to reproduce more successfully than the other organisms, over time the new DNA sequence (and the slightly altered organism) will come to be more prevalent in the population.

    That is it. Slow changes over thousands of years made up of tiny alteration of DNA sequences. None of those three principles is difficult to understand and I challenge you to tell me which of them is not completely obvious!
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/26  at  08:36 AM
  4. Mr. Jay;

    Changes within a species is not in question. There exists not a single piece of clear evidence of evolution of new phyla or genera, via multitudinous incremental steps that Darwin postulated. Certainly there is no evidence that all life forms evolved from a single original life form.

    Taxonomists can speculate ad infinitum about where in the purported tree of life new species discoveries belong, but often there is bitter dispute.

    To date the best that can be said for Darwinian evolution, and I'm being charitable, is that it is an unproved speculation, most useful for the purposes of promoting the religion of socialism.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/26  at  09:50 PM
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