Biology Comp. Sci. / Eng. Darwinism Evolution Science Self-Org. Theory

The Definition of Life

http://www.ffame.org/sbenner/cochembiol8.672-689.pdf The opening discussion: To decide whether life has a common chemical plan, we must decide what life is. A panel assembled by NASA in 1994 was one of many groups to ponder this question. The panel defined life as a ‘chemical system capable of Darwinian evolution’ [16]. This definition, which follows an earlier definition Read More…

Comp. Sci. / Eng. Intelligent Design

Tautologies and Theatrics (part 2): Dave Thomas’s Panda Food

(this also servers as a partial response to a formal request for a response fielded by the UDer’s mortal enemies, the Pandas, specifically Dave Thomas in Take the Design Challenge!) This is part 2 a of discussion of evolutionary algorithms. In (part 1): adventures in Avida, I exposed the fallacious, misleading, and over-inflated claims of Read More…

Biology Comp. Sci. / Eng.

Invasion of the IBM Engineers

http://domino.research.ibm.com/comm/pr.nsf/pages/news.20060425_dna.html IBM today announced its researchers have discovered numerous DNA patterns shared by areas of the human genome that were thought to have little or no influence on its function and those areas that do. As reported today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), regions of the human genome that were Read More…

Comp. Sci. / Eng. Education Intelligent Design Science

Engines of Creation Series (#1)

I’ve decided to write a series of articles touching upon ID-relevant portions of the seminal book describing the nanotechnology revolution “Engines of Creation” by K. Eric Drexler. The book was originally published in hardcover in 1986 and purchased/read by me that year. This year marks its 20th anniversary and is a good point to take Read More…