Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Around the Blogosphere 1/17/07

William's comment in reaction to a previous comment that "teaching evolutionary theory has a secular purpose, and it doesn't foster an excessive gov't entanglement with religion." William's mention of genomic repair mechanisms and this question: would you argue for suppression of teaching that references the concept (DNA repair mechanisms) and how does any of this entangle the government with religion?" brought about a strange response from another commentator.

Uncommon Descent's 'Every day biology is looking more and more designed'

Mesk (not an IDer) made this comment and more at Telic Thoughts:

"IDists need to approach things in this sort of way:

(1) Identify the evidence around them that constrains the possibility space of how the designer(s) may have acted;
(2) Use this evidence to generate explicit models incorporating the nature, motivations and design processes of the designer(s);
(3) Use these models to generate testable hypotheses about the world;
(4) Perform experiments and make observations in order to further constrain the possibility space and place further constraints on your models of the designer."

From TTer Steve Petermann:

"Then even if one finally gets to the so called four fundmental forces the question still remains. There is an infinite regress. Paul Davies points out this problem with his turtles example in this presentation where eventually there is a pissing contest on who's uber-turtle is the best.

It would seem that for those who insist that the designer must be independently known or know who or what designed the designer, they are also hamstringing science. In fact, as ID does, science tries to induce the characteristics of the fundamental causes from observations(that are not those fundamentals themselves)."

'Tandem Repeats, Growth and Form, Cellular Zip Codes, and Molecular Tags'

From Creation Evolution Headlines

'The Evolution of Electrical Engineering'

"Nerves carry electrical impulses. Ipso facto, they are subject to laws of physics concerning conductance, capacitance, and resistance. Getting a signal from one end of an animal to the other in time can be a matter of life and death. In order to maintain optimum levels of electrical conductivity to meet their lifestyle requirements, animals possess numerous adaptations to increase throughput. In a paper in Current Biology,1 D. K. Hartline (U of Hawaii) and D. R. Colman (McGill U, Quebec) described how these adaptations fall into two main categories: (more at the linked site)


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