Epigenetics: Performing the Genome

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Epigenetics is surpassing genetics in distinction, just as the pianist gets the applause and not the piano. Source
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Hyping Artificial Intelligence with Seductive Optics and the Frankenstein Complex

Artificial Intelligence, Boris Karloff, Buddhist monks, Diane Ackerman, eye contact, Frankenstein, Frankenstein Complex, Goddess of Mercy, Kannon, Mary Shelley, Mindar, Neuroscience & Mind, News Media, packaging, regression curve, robots, seductive optics, seductive semantics, Sophia the Robot, Technology, Thomas Edison, uncanny valley, Victor Frankenstein, YouTube videos
Some of the panicky AI-will-take-over-the-world talk grows out of seductive optics — that is, the AI packaging. Source
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Frankenstein and His Offspring

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"Abiogenesis" seems to draw its strength from pseudo-scientific folk-beliefs that life could somehow be made to emerge from non-life. Source
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Sorry, Origin-of-Life Researchers, But Bubbles Are Not Cells

Aleksandr Oparin, Alexander Marras, Ann Gauger, Argonne National Laboratory, bubbles, Charles Thaxton, Chemistry, coacervates, Darwinian theory, Dean Matthew Tirrell, Elena dos Santos, Encyclopedia Britannica, Evolution, Frankenstein, Geppetto, Illustra Media, Intelligent Design, Marxists, Nature (journal), Nature Communications, origin of life, Penn State, Pinocchio, replication, RNA, RNA world, Sam Sholtis, Sidney Fox, Signature in the Cell, Stephen Meyer, The Mystery of Life’s Origin, University of Basel, University of Chicago
Oparin is back. Some origin-of-life researchers are using his coacervate theory without giving him credit or realizing they are retreading dead-end ideas. Source
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Mystery of Life’s Origin — Intelligent Design’s Original Edition, Greatly Expanded, on Sale Now!

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Editor’s note: We are delighted today to offer a new book from Discovery Institute Press, The Mystery of Life’s Origin: The Continuing Controversy, a greatly expanded and updated version of the book that, in 1984, launched the intelligent design movement. The following is excerpted from Discovery Institute Senior Fellow David Klinghoffer’s historical introduction to the work. Other brand new chapters on the “continuing controversy” about the origin of life are by chemist James Tour, physicist Brian Miller, astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez, biologist Jonathan Wells, and philosopher of science Stephen C. Meyer. How does life emerge from that which is not alive? This mystery exercises a peculiar fascination, with the power to elicit remarkable feats of imagination. As the novelist Mary Shelley recalled, her invention of the story of Frankenstein traced back…
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