Sep 102016

Is it so hard to do science without the obligatory infusion of Darwinian fairy tales into everything? Apparently so. Take a look at this quote from the journal Chemical Senses, From the evolutionary standpoint, the ability to taste starch or its oligomeric hydrolysis products would be highly adaptive, given their nutritional value.

According to the author of this study Juyun Lim the ability to taste starch is an evolutionary adaptation. How? To a Darwinist, as long as there is a need then evolution will provide the answer. Are you kidding me? It would be advantageous to be invisible but why didn’t random mutation (RM) and natural selection (NS) or even evodevo created that solution for us? Or sprouts wings to fly but that didn’t happen. Maybe the superhero power like Reed in the Fantastic Four with stretchable body parts. My point is this, just because there is a need it doesn’t mean evolution is able to provide the solution, but this is exactly what Lim is claiming.

How, which came first the chicken or the egg? If there is a causal effect between eating starchy food’s nutritional value and adaptation of a new taste sense, which came first or is it simultaneous? If our putative ancestors ate starchy food without the taste sense, then why is the adaptation necessary. If there is no adaptation advantage, then there is no selective pressure to evolve a new taste sense. On the other hand, if the taste sense for starch was evolved first what was the driving factor if our putative ancestors did not eat starchy food for the nutritional value. Again there is no selective pressure and correlation between evolution and nutrition.

My point against this author is that Darwinian fairy tales is a mantra and the default solution for everything whether there is evidence for it or not.

Feb 132015

Everyone agrees evolution is a fact if we define it as change over time. Darwinism on the other hand extends that change to common descent through novel mutations. But what happens when there is no novel mutations over billions of years, well that’s okay because that is also proof for Darwinian evolution. Say what?

“It seems astounding that life has not evolved for more than 2 billion years—nearly half the history of the Earth,” said J. William Schopf, a UCLA professor of earth, planetary and space sciences in the UCLA College who was the study’s lead author. “Given that evolution is a fact, this lack of evolution needs to be explained.”

Charles Darwin’s writings on evolution focused much more on species that had changed over time than on those that hadn’t. So how do scientists explain a species living for so long without evolving?

“The rule of biology is not to evolve unless the physical or biological environment changes, which is consistent with Darwin,” said Schopf, who also is director of UCLA’s Center for the Study of Evolution and the Origin of Life. The environment in which these microorganisms live has remained essentially unchanged for 3 billion years, he said.

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Feb 082014

For the last couple of days there have been a number of post-debate analysis between Ham-Nye. Let me just say at the outset that I am not as negative on the debate as I am on the pro-Ham reviews of the debate. What I mean is that while I still don’t agree with Ham’s argument for creationism and I still don’t think this debate should have taken place. But he was only mildly derisive toward old earth creationists. And the aftermath could be worst if Nye was a better debater. On the other hand, I’ve noticed that most of the pro-Ham reviewers did not really get into the substance of the debate as to why Ham did so well. But they speak in generalities of how Ham is able to undauntingly contrast his Christian worldview against Nye’s atheist materialistic worldview. And that to them is considered a victory. Really? Who was even challenged by what the other side said? If you can’t even create a challenge for the opposition how can that be considered doing well. It would have been better for Ham to just hold a camp revival meeting and just proclaim the gospel maybe that would have been more fruitful.
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Jan 302014

The internet have been buzzing with news that Ken Ham will debate Bill Nye at the Creation Museum. Even someone that I ran into in the doctor’s office was talking about it.

This to me is like a debate between obstinate arrogant blind faith vs. idiotic fairy tales. It is true I am an old earth creationist and I can probably count in one hand all the young earth creationists that is worth one’s salt on this subject. But I really resent the fact the people like AiG and ICR are suppose to be representative of all Creationists. Atheists love to make them the representatives because it is so easy for them to shoot them down like fish in a barrel.

Will RTB respond to the debate?

Jul 292013

That said, it occurred to me that Charles Darwin voiced a deeper doubt, of relevance to all of Meyer’s critics. In a letter to William Graham on July 3, 1881, Darwin wrote:

Nevertheless you have expressed my inward conviction, though far more vividly and clearly than I could have done, that the Universe is not the result of chance. But then with me the horrid doubt always arises whether the convictions of man’s mind, which has been developed from the mind of the lower animals, are of any value or at all trustworthy. Would any one trust in the convictions of a monkey’s mind, if there are any convictions in such a mind?

Or as Indiana Jones would say, “Umm…, chilled monkey brain.”

Sep 092012

An integrated encyclopedia of DNA elements in the human genome
This is just one of many scientific papers that have come out as a result of the ENCODE (Encyclopedia of DNA Elements) project discovering functions in the “non-coding” region of human DNA. ID theorist have long disputed the Darwinian propaganda of 98% similarity of chimps and humans. But that debate has really been on 2-3% of the entire human genome. The rest of the genome according to the Darwinian fairytale is junk, an artifact left over from millions of years of evolutionary changes. This study puts a nail in the coffin of Darwinian common ancestry story that chimps and humans must share a recent common ancestry because of our morphological and phylogenetic similarities. The ENCODE project shows that 78% (80% of 98%) of our genome is functionally different than the Darwinian chimp model. See my other related posts Research on Intelligent Design by Darwinians and How To Grow A Homo Sapien

From RTB : Dr. Fazale Rana’s take on this.
Junk No More: ENCODE Project Nature Paper Finds “Biochemical Functions for 80% of the Genome”
The Demise of Junk DNA and Why It Matters

May 212010

This post title was taken directly from the Sciencexpress research article title. Here are a few headlines from the popular press.
1st cell with synthetic genome — TheScientist
J. Craig Venter Institute creates first synthetic life form — The Christian Science Monitor
Scientists Create First Self-Replicating Synthetic Life — Wired

I think the media is more about sensationalized entertainment than informative reporting, but you would expect them to at least accurately report the facts somewhere in their reporting. I shouldn’t be surprise at the exaggerated claims from the popular press, except over time we have become desensitized to this misreporting and we are being collectively brainwashed to believe the popular press rather than reality. I think this is also in part for the widespread acceptance of Darwinism.

I want to commend Venter and his team for doing some amazing bioengineering work. It will undoubtedly lead to other breakthroughs in treating illnesses. However it does fall far short of what scientists ultimately would like to do, i.e. to create life from scratch. In other words, what Venter has done is still a long way from what the popular press headlines are claiming.

What Venter’s team has accomplished is exactly what they set out to do as reported back in 2003 and I posted about it here in 2005. While this is a remarkable piece of bioengineering, in truth Venter has not actually created any life. He merely took the digitized genome of a Mycoplasma mycoides, assembled the DNA from small pieces and inserted it into the cell of a Mycoplasma capricolum with its genetic material removed through enzymatic process.

I don’t know about you but the headline says “first synthetic life” or “Create First Self-Replicating Synthetic Life” I would expect a de novo DNA of a genomic sequence that does not exist. I would expect something from molecules to a self replicating cell. In the whole scheme of things, this is more like copying someone else’s homework with borrowed papers and pen. Unfortunately, I think scientists sometimes are complicit in misleading the public by not admonishing or even correcting these sensational headlines. This kind of misinformation does not ultimately benefit science.

Sep 112009

A few weeks ago PZ defended his religion of Darwinism in the post Darwin and the vermiform appendix. PZ Myers is a Darwinian Prior, who refuse to allow silly things like facts stand in the way of his worship of atheism. So when a lot of press starts to suggest evolution might be in error, PZ the Darwinian Prior, must spin the fairy tale once again.

Where they go awry, though, is in trying to pick a fight with a dead man, and making that the focus of their public relations. … Charles Darwin is dead. Your research can’t be very cogent if your approach to drum up interest is to dig up a 120-year-old corpse and kick it around; is there anyone alive who disagrees with you who can put up a more informative and entertaining struggle? What this does is pick this one fellow as a symbol of the whole edifice of evolutionary theory

I agree. Darwin is dead and no one should make him the symbol of the whole edifice of evolutionary fairy tale theory. I mean only a crazy person would make such a big deal about a dead guy right? A rational and smart scientist like PZ would never make such a big deal about a 120 year old corpse who does not have very cogent research to science, right? Hey, PZ do you know the Darwin corpse worshipper from Fairyngula who said this?

Get out and celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of the most important scientists of all time, Charles Darwin, and the 150th anniversary of the publication of one of the most important books in biology, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. It’s that day!

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