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Luskin - Intelligent Design

Luskin - Intelligent Design

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p. 163Casey LuskinIntelligent DesignLynn Margulis
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National Academy of Sciences BiologistPart I: Evolution, Science, PhilosophyForces of Science v. Blind Religious Dogma?Yes, but which side is which?Evolution
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 1)
 
Small scale changes within species2)
 
All living organisms share a common ancestry3)
 
Natural selection and random mutation is driving force
Darwin’s Big idea –
natural selection drove evolution (Darwinism)Darwinism
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 1)
 
Random, chance and indirect mutations2)
 
Organisms compete for limited resources3)
 
This blind and unguided process is called natural selection4)
 
EvolvesNew Darwinism = Darwinism + Modern Knowledge of DNA and GeneticsChemical EvolutionGasses used were not present on Early Earth (Methane, Ammonia)
 
This impossible to create primordial soupLife is fundamentally based upon informationDNA cannot evolve because all parts must be present to have cellOdds of producing a self-replicating RNA without intelligence by chance: 1/10^150
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which isbelow the Universal Probability BoundBBC News
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May 20, 2010
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“Artificial Breakthrough Announced by Scientists”
 (Intelligently Designed Plagiarism)Joke -> www.getyourowndirt.com  Part II: Irreducible complexityIf you remove or change any part a structure stops workingCommon Descent
Tree of Life doesn’t work
 
“Darwin was Wrong” quote from Newscientist magazine
 When Phylogenetic tree is builtFundamentally similarities = same ancestry (assumption)
Common Descent … or common design?
 St
ephen Joy Gould “Paleobiology”, p. 127. 1981
 Cambrian Information Explosion
“Uncovering our Earliest Ancestor the link” –
Sir David Attenborough (IDA)
 
 Part II: Scientific Evidence for Intelligent DesignMany features of nature are best explained by an intelligent cause because in our experience,intelligence is the cause for the informational properties in life.
“Contact” the movie (used as example)
 Stephen C. Meyer quote
Information is ‘complex” if it is unlikely
Its specified if it follows some independent patternSpecific pattern + complex = intelligent designOne might disagree with the conclusions of Intelligent design, but one cannot reasonably claim that it isan argument based on religion or faithIntelligent Design Prediction = Life will be more complex than we think3 Layers of Design1)
 
Encoded info2)
 
Info processing ability of cell3)
 
The product is protein based molecular machinesWojciech Makalowski
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“not junk after all”
 
“Life is complicated” in
-nature
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vol. 464-664-667
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April 1, 2010

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