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    We here at UD want to take a moment to thank all of our loyal readers over the past year.  We get tens of thousands of visitors here each month, and we hope that in 2014 we lived up to our motto:  “Serving the Intelligent Design Community.”   UD is a mostly volunteer effort but we do have some significant expenses, not the last of which is our hefty server fees in order handle all of that traffic quickly and efficiently.   We wish all of our readers a Merry Christmas and a happy new year and hope you will remember us in your end of year giving plan.   To give, please click on the “Donate” button Read More ›

Origin of Life Research Has Failed to Generate a Coherent and Persuasive Framework

Because while Franklin Haroldwonders in 2014 if “we may still be missing some essential insight” (given that a century of origin of life research “has failed to generate a coherent and persuasive framework that gives meaning to the growing heap of data and speculation” and has “remarkably little to show for” for all the effort expended), it was, in fact, just over a century ago when evolution’s co-founder, the great Alfred Russel Wallace, provided exactly what Harold may be looking for, to wit  Read more

This Paper Explains How Potassium Channels Evolved

The evolution of proteins such as potassium channels, according to a recent paper, occurs easily and is a good opportunity for communicating evolutionary principles, promoting evolution literacy, and refuting the misleading message of “design creationism” which is empirically unfounded and conceptually wrong. Nothing more than mutations and natural selection are sufficient to explain the origin of highly specialized proteins such as potassium channels. Those are important claims given the consistent message from both experiments and theory that protein evolution is so astronomically unlikely it can safely be put in the “impossible” category. There is only one problem: the paper is all wrong.  Read more