Intelligent Design in Animal Self-Location and Navigation

algorithms, Animal Algorithms, bats, behavior, biology, circuits, electronic circuit, Engineering, fish, grid cells, head-direction cells, hindbrain, hippocampus, homeostasis, information, Intelligent Design, Life Sciences, mammals, navigation, neural network, neurons, optical flow, place cells, proximate neurons, Research, science, self, zebrafish
A question is whether such mechanisms exist in more ancient brain regions of other animals. A new study has identified a self-location mechanism in zebrafish. Source
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“Poor Design”? Actually, the Human Body Is Amazing; Here’s Why

architecture, bicycling, biology, blood, Chemistry, colors, darkness, death, ears, Engineering, equilibrium, Evolution, eyes, heart, human body, information, Intelligent Design, internal temperature, James Dobson, life, light, lungs, Medicine, oxygen, photons, physicians, physics, piano, reproduction, Richard Dawkins, running, Steve Laufmann, swimming, systems, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas Kuhn, triathlon, Walt Whitman
If someone suggests that a coherent, interdependent system of systems arose by chance, they’ll need to back that up with a detailed engineering analysis. Source
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Still Unexplained: The First Living Cell

American Biology Teacher, biology, Brian Miller, Cell Biology International, cell's, cellular machinery, chicken-and-egg problem, DNA, enzymes, Evolution, First Life from Purely Natural Means? (series), Frank Salisbury, genetic code, information, intelligent agents, Intelligent Design, Jeremy England, molecular machinery, molecular machines, origin of life, physicists, RNA, simplest cell
In recent years, MIT physicist Jeremy England has gained media attention for proposing a thermodynamic energy-dissipation model of the origin of life. Source
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Egnor: Why More Sex Change Medicine for Teens in U.S. than Europe?

Children’s Hospital, clitoris, Culture & Ethics, Europe, gender affirmation, Gender Dysphoria, hysterectomy, information, Jason Rantz, KTTH, Medicine, mental health, metoidioplasty, Michael Egnor, National Health Service, patients, penis, scrotum, Seattle, sex change, surgery, teenagers, testicles, testicular implants, United States, University of Washington, vaginoplasty
One factor in the difference between the United States and Europe may be less accurate information in the United States. Source
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In Critiquing Dembski, Jason Rosenhouse Prioritizes Imagination over Reality

Ann Gauger, Arthur Hunt, bacterial flagella, biological structures, circular reasoning, Conservation of Information, design detection, Douglas Axe, Evolution, Günter Bechly, information, Intelligent Design, James Madison University, mathematics, mind, molecular machines, natural selection, Ola Hössjer, Panda's Thumb, probability space, Robert J. Marks, rotary motors, royal flush, specified complexity, The Failures of Mathematical Anti-Evolutionism, William Dembski, Winston Ewert
Jason Rosenhouse, a mathematician who teachers at James Madison University, is the author of the recent book The Failures of Mathematical Anti-Evolutionism. The purpose of the book is to discredit the mathematical and algorithmic arguments presented by ID proponents against the plausibility of undirected evolution crafting complex novelties. Rosenhouse focuses much of his critique on William Dembski’s design-detection formalism based on specified complexity. Dembski responded in detail to Rosenhouse’s arguments, highlighting Rosenhouse’s confusion over Dembski’s theoretical framework and its application to biological systems (here,here). Rosenhouse in turn responded to Dembski’s critique. His counter-response, published at Panda’s Thumb, reveals that his opposition to Dembski is not based on any flaws in the substance of Dembski’s work but instead on Rosenhouse’s unassailable faith in the limitless Read More › Source
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Conservation of Information — The Theorems

active information, artificial life, Basic Argument from Improbability, combinatorics, computer simulations, Conservation of Information, Darwinism, Dawkins Weasel, Easter egg, Erik Tellgren, Evolution, fitness functions, fitness landscapes, Guide to Reading Jason Rosenhouse (series), Holmes Rolston, information, Intelligent Design, Jason Rosenhouse, No Free Lunch theorems, Richard Dawkins, Robert J. Marks II, search, Templeton Prize, The Failures of Mathematical Anti-Evolutionism, Thomas Schneider, weasel, Wikipedia, Winston Ewert
We’ve seen active information before in the Dawkins Weasel example. The baseline search for METHINKS IT IS LIKE A WEASEL stands no hope of success. Source
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Investigating the Evidence for Intelligent Design — in Biochemistry and Other Fields

amino acid sequences, biochemistry, biology, codes, DNA, Douglas Axe, Evolution, Experience, genetics, information, intelligent agents, Intelligent Design, irreducibly complex systems, language, molecular machines, mutational sensitivity, observation, paleontology, physics, protein sequences, specified complexity, Stephen Meyer, systematics, The Positive Case for Intelligent Design (series), William Dembski
Irreducible complexity and high CSI systems are found, indicating these systems were designed. Source
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Darwin and the Swinging 1860s

Algernon Charles Swinburne, Charles Darwin, Darwin and the Victorian Crisis of Faith (series), Evolution, faith, Faith & Science, First Cause, First Vatican Council, Flower Power, Germany, Higher Criticism, information, Kulturkampf, Otto von Bismarck, Pope Pius IX, Roman Catholic Church, Secularism, Victorian England
The threat which such thinking posed to theistic beliefs was not lost on the Roman Catholic Church when Pope Pius IX convened the First Vatican Council of 1869. Source
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Evolutionary Biologist Richard Sternberg: Why I’m a Platonist

Aristotle, Aristotle and Other Platonists, biology, demiurge, Evolution, fossil record, Genesis, information, Intelligent Design, Lloyd Gerson, natural world, philosophy, Platonists, population genetics, Richard Sternberg, Science Uprising, Stephen Meyer, Timaeus, University of Toronto, waiting-time problem
The evolutionary turns that life has taken, he says, “ultimately have their source in an informational realm that is outside space and time.” Source
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