The Elephant in the Science Lab

Albert Einstein, ammonia, biochemistry, biology, Carl Woese, Chemistry, DNA, electrical charge, Evolution, H2O, hydrogen, inorganic chemistry, Intelligent Design, Isaac Newton, lipids, macromolecules, model, molecular biology, molecules, oxygen, physics, proteins, purpose, RNA, science, science of purpose, Senses, Tinkertoys, water
I have been seeking to describe the science of purpose. Now it is worth getting down to the basics of what science actually is and how it works. Source
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Merry Christmas! #8 Story of 2022: “Non-Random” Mutations

Arabidopsis thaliana, biology, cabbage, Darwin-skeptics, DNA, Evolution, gene-coding, genome, Intelligent Design, Journal of Theoretical Biology, Life Sciences, mustard, mutation, mutation rate, Nature (journal), non-random mutation, proteins, random mutations, Research, thale cress, waiting-time problem
The study was able to directly measure mutations after they occurred in the plant but before mutations could have been affected by natural selection. Source
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Darwinist Turns Math Cop: Track 1 and Track 2

anti-evolutionism, Darwinian processes, Darwinism, Evolution, evolutionary pathways, formalism, Guide to Reading Jason Rosenhouse (series), improbability, Intelligent Design, Jason Rosenhouse, mathematicians, mathematics, origin of life, presuppositions, probability, protein space, proteins, sophistry, statistics
Jason Rosenhouse insists that intelligent design proponents obey his rules, but happily flouts them himself. Source
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Natural Machinery Operates Without Intervention; But How?

Abe Weintraub, chloroplasts, Current Biology, David Wolpert, Evolution, Francis Bacon, Heidelberg University, heterochromatin, information flow, Intelligent Design, Isaac Newton, Jay Richards, jumping genes, Junk DNA, kinesin, Life Sciences, mechanical philosophy, Nobel Prize, nuclear membrane, open reading frame, Penn State News, Prime Mover, proteins, Ribosome, Robert Boyle, robotics, Rockefeller University, Salk Institute, Santa Fe Institute, Steinway pianos, University of Southern California, Vanderbilt University, Willaim Dembski, William Paley
We’re going to need a new philosophy: one that can handle realities the Elizabethans and Victorians could never have imagined. Source
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Brain Neurons Are “Comparable to a Library”

axon, biology, brain, Brown University, Duke University, external world, Intelligent Design, Irreducible Complexity, library, Max Planck Institute, NELL2, neuroscience, Neuroscience & Mind, pinwheels, proteins, purpose, retina, Robo3, Rockefeller University, visual cortex
It’s one of those occasions in biology (not rare) when the term “intelligent design,” despite other merits, falls flat as a description. Source
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Application of ID: Leveraging Design Triangulation to Anticipate Biological Redundancy

Bacillus, Bacillus subtilis, beauty, biological redundancy, biological systems, biology, catalytic converters, cellular cost, design triangulation, duplicate genes, E. coli, elegance, Elizabeth Mueller, environment variability, enzymes, Evolution, fine-tuning, fitness, function, gene expression, genetic information, Intelligent Design, keyless entry systems, laboratory conditions, maintenance, Neo-Darwinism, optimality, periplasmic enzymes, precision, proteins, responsive backup circuits, robustness, speakers, sporulation, Stanford University, storage, transmission
In previous posts, I’ve covered how neo-Darwinism can make biological redundancy more confusing than it should be. Source
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Real-World Data and the Lesson of Chloroquine Resistance

A Mousetrap for Darwin, biological systems, Casey Luskin, CCC, chloroquine complexity cluster, chloroquine resistance, coordinated mutations, Evolution, Intelligent Design, Laurence Moran, Michael Behe, mutation rate, mutations, PfCRT, Plasmodium falciparum, PNAS, proteins, Robert L. Summers, Sandwalk, The Edge of Evolution
The take-home lesson is that evolution, on its best day, is an embarrassingly anemic process. Source
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New Study in Nature Showing “Non-Random” Mutation Spells Trouble for Neo-Darwinism

Arabidopsis thaliana, biology, cabbage, Darwin-skeptics, DNA, Evolution, gene-coding DNA, genome, Intelligent Design, Journal of Theoretical Biology, Life Sciences, mustard, mutation, mutation rate, Nature (journal), non-random mutation, proteins, random mutations, Research, thale cress, waiting-time problem
The study was able to directly measure mutations after they occurred in the plant but before mutations could have been affected by natural selection. Source
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Khan Academy Misleads with Human-Chimp Genetic Similarity Argument for Common Ancestry

biology, cats, chimps, common design, DNA, DNA polymerases, DNAPs, embryos, Emily Reeves, Evolution, evolutionary transitions, fossil record, genes, genomes, homology, horses, humans, Icons of Evolution, Jonathan Wells, Khan Academy, Life Sciences, orphan genes, Paul Nelson, phylogenetic trees, proteins, Richard Dawkins, students, teachers, Theodosius Dobzhansky, Tree of Life, Zombie Science
The video compares humans and chimps, saying the latter’s behaviors and facial expressions are “eerily human.” I could say the same thing about my cat. Source
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