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New Study in Science Reveals Molecular Machine “Rock-Climbing” DNA

A new paper just published in the journal Science reveals how an SMC (structural maintenance of chromosome) complex called MukBEF “climbs” DNA in a manner similar to a rock-climber grabbing onto a handhold. The paper reports, Although ATP hydrolysis is essential for the activity of SMC complexes, its mechanistic importance has been unclear. Our data indicate Read More…

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A reply to Dr Dawkins’ September Playboy interview

  In an interview with Playboy, September just past, Dr Dawkins made some dismissive remarks  on the historicity of Jesus, in the context of having made similarly dismissive talking points about Intelligent Design.  As UD News noted: PLAYBOY: What is your view of Jesus? DAWKINS: The evidence he existed is surprisingly shaky. The earliest books Read More…

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Eric Anderson Responds to Kantian Naturalist Re the “Quartium Quid”

Kantian Naturalist writes a thought-provoking response to my Thomas Nagel and the “Quartum Quid” post and Eric Anderson responds. Kantian: The problem here is whether ‘naturalistic teleology’ collapses into reductive naturalism or design realism. Rather than treat naturalistic teleology as a quartium quid, it is a tertium quid. The first two, “chance” and “necessity” are Read More…

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La Evolucion es un Proceso Natural que Corre al Reves

My video “Evolution is a Natural Process Running Backward” has been translated into Spanish by Sebastian Escuain, and produced with the help of Jorge Viramontes and my brother Kirk Sewell. The Spanish version is linked below (high def. version is here). For more background, see How the Scientific Consensus is Maintained . embedded by Embedded Read More…

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‘Penis Worm’ Shakes Evolutionary Tree

Scientific American features an article based on a new paper in Current Biology. Scientific American reports, A study on the development of priapulids or ‘penis’ worms throws doubt on a feature that has been thought for more than 100 years to define the largest branch of the animal tree of life. Members of this branch — the Read More…

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Stasis in Pleistocene mammals and birds

New information has emerged to show that a prediction of neo-Darwinism has been falsified. Everyone knows that animals adapt to their environments. The surge of interest in climate change has stimulated research into morphological change in Galapagos finches, “Siberian warblers, English sparrows, cuckoos, cowbirds, red-winged blackbirds, and many others.” The message coming through is that Read More…

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The promise and (under)performance of green technologies — and the lesson for us

First off, let me say that I would be delighted if green technologies could be made to work and could account for much of our energy (leaving aside the politics and powertrip that seem to lure many who push green technologies). That said, these technologies have consistently underperformed in relation to the hype used to Read More…

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From Protein Science, “The Levinthal Paradox of the Interactome”

Paul Nelson highlights an interesting paper that appeared relatively recently in the journal Protein Science entitled “The Levinthal Paradox of the Interactome.” The paper’s abstract reads, The central biological question of the 21st century is: how does a viable cell emerge from the bewildering combinatorial complexity of its molecular components? Here, we estimate the combinatorics Read More…

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Thomas Nagel and the “Quartium Quid”

Since Aristotle it has been common to refer to intelligent agency as a third cause in addition to law and chance.  The Philosopher obviously spoke Greek, but his concept has come to be known by the Latin “tertium quid” the “third thing.”  Over at Witherspoon William Carroll reviews atheist philosopher Thomas Nagel’s Mind and Cosmos: Why Read More…

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Updating DesignInference.com

I just want to let people on this forum know that I’m finally updating my personal website at DesignInference.com. Specifically, the page with my writings, which had not been updated for three years, is now largely up to date (though it omits articles and books in the pipeline): http://www.designinference.com/dembski-on-intelligent-design/dembski-writings. My own work and research, though Read More…

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New Paper in Nature Reports, “Filamentous bacteria transport electrons over centimetre distances”

Check out the paper in Nature here. From the abstract, Oxygen consumption in marine sediments is often coupled to the oxidation of sulphide generated by degradation of organic matter in deeper, oxygen-free layers. Geochemical observations have shown that this coupling can be mediated by electric currents carried by unidentified electron transporters across centimetre-wide zones. Here Read More…