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Alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein pledged $30 million for Harvard evolution program

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According to the Daily Beast:

Over the years, Epstein billed himself as a renowned philanthropist and pledged $30 million for Harvard’s Program for Evolutionary Dynamics. He’s palled around with a host of famous faces including Donald Trump and Bill Clinton; the latter traveled with Epstein to Africa to address issues like economic development and AIDS.

Pervaiz Shallwani, Kate Briquelet, Harry Siegel, “Jeffrey Epstein Arrested for Sex Trafficking of Minors” at The Daily Beast

Program for Evolutionary Dynamics

Our current research topics include: evolution of cooperation, cancer, viruses, evolutionary game/graph/set theory, prelife, protocells, eusociality, evolution of construction, population structure, evolution of language, experimental games, and evolutionary economics.

Our ambitious goals include curing the world of cancer, infectious disease, selfishness, and inclusive fitness theory. More.

Some of these areas would seem to be science issues and others only questionably so. It is much easier to get general, evidence-based agreement on what constitutes cancer and its remedies, for example, than on what constitutes selfishness and its remedies.

One niggle: There seems to be something wrong with the second paragraph of the description. Much as the Program’s participants might hate inclusive fitness theory, they can’t really intend “curing the world” of it. More likely, some grammatical signposts are missing. They may, in reality, be well disposed toward inclusive fitness theory.

The director of the program is Martin Novak, of whom we learn:

A corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Nowak is the recipient of the Weldon Memorial Prize of Oxford University, the David Starr Jordan Prize of Stanford University, and the Akira Okubo Prize of the Society for Mathematical Biology. Nowak is the author of over 450 papers and four books. Evolutionary Dynamics (2006) provides an overview of the powerful yet simple laws that govern the evolution of living systems. SuperCooperators (2011) argues that cooperation is the third fundamental principle of evolution beside mutation and selection.



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5 Replies to “Alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein pledged $30 million for Harvard evolution program

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    AaronS1978 says:

    Hey just keep in mind that as bad as this looks this guy might just be trying to look good with the academics of Harvard

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    Bob O'H says:

    One niggle: There seems to be something wrong with the second paragraph of the description. Much as the Program’s participants might hate inclusive fitness theory, they can’t really intend “curing the world” of it. More likely, some grammatical signposts are missing. They may, in reality, be well disposed toward inclusive fitness theory.

    You’ve actually covered this issue on UD (search for “Nowak”). Nowak thinks that inclusive fitness theory is wrong, and group selection theory right. He managed to convince E.O. Wilson, but virtually nobody else, probably because we already knew they two are equivalent (oh yes, and his arguments didn’t hold water).

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    Bob O'H says:

    Aaron – apparently Nowak & Epstein were friends: Nowak has said in interviews that he has visited Epstein’s island lair (that’s not the phrase he used!), where they talked physics. I haven’t seen any allegations that are more salacious about them, so I think it’s worth keeping an open mind about this (I can see Nowak being slightly naïve, especially if he wasn’t invited to those sorts of parties, but I would also agree that a lot of scepticism is warrented). I hope more information will come out soon.

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    bornagain77 says:

    As to:

    Our current research topics include: evolution of cooperation, cancer, viruses, evolutionary game/graph/set theory, prelife, protocells, eusociality, evolution of construction, population structure, evolution of language, experimental games, and evolutionary economics.

    Our ambitious goals include curing the world of cancer, infectious disease, selfishness, and inclusive fitness theory.

    ,,, “evolution of cooperation” HA! Yes that would be a bit of an enigma for a theory based on survival of the fittest and selfish genes. In fact altruistic and/or cooperative behavior of any sort is an outright falsification of Darwin’s theory:

    (May 2019) the amorality inherent within atheistic materialism (i.e. blind pitiless indifference, Dawkins), and indeed the ‘anti-morality’ inherent within Darwin’s theory itself when one couples the amorality inherent within atheistic materialism with Darwin’s mechanism of ‘survival of the fittest’, (i.e. red in tooth and claw, Dawkins), does falsify the validity of Darwin’s theory.
    https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/david-klinghoffer-racism-is-integral-to-darwinian-thinking-like-an-irremediable-birth-defect/#comment-677416

    as to, “cancer”. Shoot, besides Darwinian just so stories being completely useless for medical research,,

    Darwinian Medicine and Proximate and Evolutionary Explanations – Michael Egnor – neurosurgeon – June 2011
    Excerpt: 4) Evolutionary explanations by themselves are worthless to medicine. All medical treatments are based on detailed proximate explanations.
    http://www.evolutionnews.org/2.....47701.html

    In fact, besides being useless to medicine, Darwinian evolution, to the extent it has influenced medical diagnostics and research, has been harmful to medicine (i.e. malpractice) – December 2016
    http://www.uncommondescent.com.....ent-622443

    ,,, besides Darwinian just so stories being completely useless , even harmful, to medical research,, a Darwinist once claimed that cancer was actually proof that evolution could, of all things, innovate and create

    Jonathan Wells Dismantles Joshua Swamidass’s Argument for Evolution from Cancer
    https://evolutionnews.org/2017/09/jonathan-wells-dismantles-joshua-swamidasss-proof-for-evolution-from-cancer/

    as to “prelife, protocells”,, see Dr. Tour’s recent devastating critique of current ‘evolutionary’ Origin of life research:

    “We have no idea how to put this structure (a simple cell) together.,, So, not only do we not know how to make the basic components, we do not know how to build the structure even if we were given the basic components. So the gedanken (thought) experiment is this. Even if I gave you all the components. Even if I gave you all the amino acids. All the protein structures from those amino acids that you wanted. All the lipids in the purity that you wanted. The DNA. The RNA. Even in the sequence you wanted. I’ve even given you the code. And all the nucleic acids. So now I say, “Can you now assemble a cell, not in a prebiotic cesspool but in your nice laboratory?”. And the answer is a resounding NO! And if anybody claims otherwise they do not know this area (of research).”
    – James Tour: The Origin of Life Has Not Been Explained – 4:20 minute mark
    https://youtu.be/r4sP1E1Jd_Y?t=255

    As to “evolution of language”. That is the most laughable area of research of all for a Darwinist to donate money to. Much like the origin of information in life, Darwinists have ZERO hope of ever explaining the origin of language in humans. In fact, the unique ability of man to be able to utilize language, and more specifically, the unique ability of man to be able to infuse information into material substrates, is a VERY powerful proof that man was indeed ‘made in the image’ of God:

    Although the purported evidence for human evolution is far weaker and illusory than most people realize, it is interesting to note that leading Darwinists themselves admit that they have no clue how evolution could have produced the particular trait of language in humans.,,,
    It is hard to imagine a more convincing scientific proof that we are made ‘in the image of God’ ,,, than finding both the universe, and life itself, are both ‘information theoretic’ in their foundational basis, and that we, of all the creatures on earth, uniquely possess an ability to understand and create information, and, moreover, have come to ‘master the planet’ precisely because of our unique ability infuse information into material substrates.
    https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/comparing-human-and-chimp-dna-using-a-software-analogy/#comment-654635

    Each and every other area of research listed by News, that Epstein donated to, is also a completely hopeless area of research for a Darwinist to take up. Which is not surprising. Darwinian evolution simply is not a science by any reasonable measure one may wish to invoke but is much more realistically, at least how Darwinists treat their theory, classified as a unfalsifiable pseudoscientific religion for atheists.

    ‘What in blue blazes does biology have to do with Darwinian evolution in the first place?”
    https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/j-p-moreland-on-when-it-is-right-to-reject-science/#comment-679195

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    bornagain77 says:

    OT:

    New Science Uprising Episode:
    Mutations: X-Men Flub Evolution (Science Uprising 06)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ivgQFIST1g
    Are chance mutations really “the key to our evolution” like they claim in the X-Men films? Or are there strict limits to what mutations can accomplish, limits that point to the need for an overarching designer and the failure of Darwinian evolution to create fundamentally new things?

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