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Why one scientist checked out of Darwinism


Donald E. JohnsonBecause Darwinism requires “fantastic leaps of faith”

The Darwinist troll bawling up a storm in his cave about this recent defection may not have heard about the one below:

The author worked for ten years as a Senior Research Scientist in the medical and scientific instrument field. The complexity of life came to the forefront during continued research, especially when his research group was involved with recombinant DNA during the late 1970’s. … After several years as an independent consultant in laboratory automation an other computer fields, he began a 20-year career in university teaching, interrupted briefly to earn a second Ph.D. in Computer and information Sciences from the University of Minnesota.Over time, the author began to doubt the natural explanations that had been so ingrained. It was science, and not his religion, that caused his disbelief in the explanatory powers of nature in a number of key areas including the origin and fine-tuning of mass and energy, the origin of life with its complex information content, and the increase in complexity in living organisms. This realization was not achieved easily, as he had to admit that he had been duped into believing concepts that were scientifically unfounded. The fantastic leaps of faith required to accept the natural causes in these areas demand a scientific response to the scientific-sounding concepts that in fact have no known scientific basis.” – Don Johnson, Probability’s Nature and Nature’s Probability LITE: A Call to Scientific Integrity (2009), vi.

Legacy mainstream media: File under “Ace scientist morphs into illiterate, Bible-hollering rube. Zinger quotes above.”

Maybe you can help me make sense of it. Mung
Well Mung, I found Don Johnson's 'Programming of Life' very helpful, for the non-technical audience, as to elucidating information flow in cells. bornagain77
You should save your money when it comes to books by this guy. They are just huge collections of quotes mined from other sources. Very hard to follow any line of argument, if there is any. Mung
Cannuckian Yankee at 5: Continuing news features guaranteed - can't promise up-to-the-minute stuff, of course because there's no continuous news feed, just helpful people letting news staff know. And yes, I write the news, mostly - essentially, many features are just news, with odd comment, so it wouldn't matter much who was on the desk. Hence, moniker. O'Leary
Here is another lecture by Dr. Johnson, that was recorded by the IDEA club; The Information In Life - Dr Donald Johnson http://www.vimeo.com/18428844 bornagain77
Dear "News" (or is it really O'Leary?) - come on Denyse, we know it's you. ;) It would be nice to have a continuing "News" feature on These Darwin dissenters, with links to their (preferably Kindle) books and other articles. CannuckianYankee
??? No Kindle download? NZer
Came to know about his book "Programming of Life" through UD and bought it. The book was very informative and Compared to the content of the book, the book is cheap. Don if you are reading this, Thank you for writing this book. T. lise
semi OT; here is an excerpt of Stephen Meyer's lecture video from the TrueU series; Stephen Meyer - Proteins by Design - Doing The Math - video http://www.metacafe.com/w/6332250 bornagain77
Dr. Johnson has a excellent lecture video at this site; Bioinformatics: The Information in Life http://vimeo.com/11314902 His home site is here; Science Integrity - Exposing Unsubstantiated Science Claims http://scienceintegrity.net/PNNP.aspx bornagain77

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