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Conference: Epigenetics as the Meeting Point Between Nature and Nurture

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In Sweden:

We need to know if epigenetic changes remain within one generation or can extend across generations. To what extent are changes reversible? Can we be epigenetically proactive?

We welcome you to a multidisciplinary workshop on Epigenetics to explore the potential for multidisciplinary research initiatives

Biology, social science and the humanities are all needed in order to explore the epigenetic mediation of gene-brain-environment interactions. There are obstacles in terms of a suspicion of biological explanations among some scholars and simplifications of social and philosophical problems among some scientists. The two cultures must be bridged and the bridge, we suggest, is epigenetics.

Eva Jablonka will be there.

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3 Replies to “Conference: Epigenetics as the Meeting Point Between Nature and Nurture

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    Mung says:

    When Darwinism fails, what else is there?

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    Robert Byers says:

    There they go again. Trying to say brains are affected by genetics affecxted by envirorment etc.
    They are trying to say that all men are NOT created equal, by God, and born with the same intellectual capability.
    Thats a modern desire of evolutionism. It is needed for social control of mankind which they never cease to desire.

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    bornagain77 says:

    A few notes on epigenetics:

    Tonight’s Feature Presentation: Epigenetics, The Next Evolutionary Cliff – video
    Excerpt: Just keep this one thing in mind as you watch. For everything you see in this animation, evolutionists have no scientific explanation how it evolved.
    http://darwins-god.blogspot.co.....ation.html

    Soft Inheritance (Epigenetics): Challenging The Modern Synthesis – Lablonka, Lamb – 2008
    Excerpt: Many biologists feel that the foundations of the evolutionary paradigm, that was constructed during the 1930s and 1940s (Mayr, 1982) and has dominated Western views of evolution for the last 60 years, are crumbling, and that the construction of a new evolutionary paradigm is underway.,,
    We believe that rather than trying to continue to work within a framework of a Synthesis that was made in the last century, we now need a new type of evolutionary theory, one that acknowledges Darwinian, Lamarkian and saltational processes.
    http://www.somosbacteriasyvirus.com/soft1.pdf

    Epigenetics and Soft Inheritance – Challenging The Modern Synthesis – video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52d5jWK1vdc

    The Mysterious Epigenome. What lies beyond DNA – video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpXs8uShFMo

    “The Mysterious Epigenome: What Lies Beyond DNA?” – May 2012 – podcast
    http://intelligentdesign.podom.....7_28-07_00

    Plant’s Epigenome as Varied as Their Environments – Cornelius Hunter – March 24, 2013
    Excerpt: epigenetics would involve literally hundreds (and that is conservative) of changes required before any benefit would be realized.
    The tagging machines not only need to be built, or adapted from other machines, but they need to know where in all the genome to place the tags. Likewise for the machines that remove and move the tags. In other words, it is not good enough merely to evolve the machines. They somehow much know where to place the tags given a spectrum of environmental signals.
    And then the machines that interpret the tags would have to do so correctly. They would have to know what the tag means. So again, not only must these machines have evolved or adapted, but they must know what they are doing.
    That is astronomically unlikely to occur according to our knowledge of science.
    But that is not all. For even given such a miracle, such epigenetic tags would not be inheritable. And yet they are. So there are even more machines that must have arisen by chance to preserve the tags when the cell divides.
    This brings us to yet another set of problems with epigenetics: the machinery described above is not inheritable unless is evolves in the germline. But in the germline it doesn’t do anybody any good. Only when it is a passed on to the progeny can it help.
    But even then the epigenetics capability likely won’t help because this capability gives the organism the ability to respond to a wide range of environmental conditions—conditions that probably won’t even occur in the organism’s lifetime.
    In other words, we must believe that an astronomically unlikely capability arose by chance and though most of it wasn’t helpful, it was preserved anyway. Then, in future generations, when a particular environmental shift occurred, the epigenetics came to the rescue.
    These problems are highlighted by the new research discussed above, showing how the epigenetic tagging can be so different in the same species of plant, in different locations around the world.,,,
    http://darwins-god.blogspot.co.....their.html

    Evidence of biological process that embeds social experience in DNA that affects entire networks of genes – October 11, 2012
    Excerpt: Early life experience results in a broad change in the way our DNA is “epigenetically” chemically marked in the brain by a coat of small chemicals called methyl groups,,,
    “This study provides strong evidence of a biological process that embeds social experience in DNA in the brain that affects not just a few genes but entire networks of genes,” says Szyf. “We highlighted the immense importance of the social environment during childhood and illustrated the profound consequences of child adversity on the way our DNA is programmed.
    http://medicalxpress.com/news/.....tml#ajTabs

    Moreover, directly contrary to the materialistic assumption that we are merely helpless ‘victims of our genes’, victims who are forever trapped in whatever misfortune our genes happen to throw at us, it is now known that, besides environmental triggers producing epigenetic changes, that mental states (i.e. mind) can also ‘epigenetically’ modify the expression of our genes, thus giving us a certain measure of control over our ‘genetic fate’:

    Scientists Finally Show How Your Thoughts Can Cause Specific Molecular Changes To Your Genes, – December 10, 2013
    Excerpt: “To the best of our knowledge, this is the first paper that shows rapid alterations in gene expression within subjects associated with mindfulness meditation practice,”,,,
    “Most interestingly, the changes were observed in genes that are the current targets of anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs,”,,,
    the researchers say, there was no difference in the tested genes between the two groups of people at the start of the study. The observed effects were seen only in the meditators following mindfulness practice. In addition, several other DNA-modifying genes showed no differences between groups, suggesting that the mindfulness practice specifically affected certain regulatory pathways.
    http://www.tunedbody.com/scien.....ges-genes/

    Networks of Genes Respond to Social Experiences – October 13, 2013
    Excerpt: It is subjective mind and perception that changes genes, not just external situations.
    http://jonlieffmd.com/blog/net.....xperiences

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