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Darwin’s boys try enforcing against the Royal Society

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Well, this’ll be interesting. Darwin vs. Boyle. From Suzan Mazur at Huffington Post:

In an attempt to do damage control, one of the organizers of the Royal Society paradigm shift meeting (not Denis Noble) sent me an email, which follows, asking that I stop referring to the Royal Society meeting as such. Why? Because he speaks for scientists who think they can control the scientific discourse as it was controlled at the time of Darwin.

They are embarrassed. They don’t want to be seen as sitting on scientific evidence and feeding the public old science — which they are — and so they circle the wagons and deride those outside the circle who dare to point out that there is crucial evidence they are conveniently tucking away, that they are gaming the system as a result. The arrogance is so flagrant that they can’t even remember it’s their job to serve science, and the public that funds science.

The world is awash with the latest scientific evidence that anyone and everyone can now access on the Internet. Science in that sense has been democratized and everyone who wants to be in the know can be — including the Royal Society organizing committee — and can have an educated opinion.

It’s beginning to look as if the responsibility for the success of the Royal Society meeting rests with its distinguished audience.More.

The Paradigm Shifters: Overthrowing 'the Hegemony of the Culture of Darwin' Mazur, author of The Paradigm Shifters: Overthrowing “the Hegemony of the Culture of Darwin,” identifies a critical issue:

Yes. Once upon a time, starting in the late Sixties, a group of American engineers accidentally invented the internet. They just wanted a pure stream of information, to ship their data around. Turned out, almost everyone wanted that, so here we are.

One thing the internet did was eliminate many traditional gatekeeper roles. One can no longer control whether a controversy matters by select coverage in elite journals   or newspapers of record.

Not when more than half the people who care know the story anyway… All that such “control” means is that the real discussion moves elsewhere. Perhaps to places less easy to control.

If one doesn’t deal honestly with the information most people actually already know, it’s one’s own rep that is on the line. That goes for the Royal Society as much anyone else.

See also: Big Darwin will go down fighting (again): The hardest thing to get across to people raised on Darwinism is that it is not a mechanism but rather a metaphysic. It tells us that evolution has no ultimate goal, something only a metaphysic can do.

Horizontal gene transfer and symbiosis, by contrast, are mechanisms of evolution. They do not tell us whether or not evolution has an ultimate goal; they are mere descriptions of observed events. We need more of that.

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5 Replies to “Darwin’s boys try enforcing against the Royal Society

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    Bob O'H says:

    Oh gods, that first sentence is a mess. I initially read it as the Royal Society saying that she shouldn’t refer to it as a Royal Society meeting, which was surprising. It’s not until near the end of the article that we discover it’s the ‘paradigm shift’ term that’s problematic.

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    News says:

    Bob O’H, change is happening. It’s confusing. The program always comes out after the show in these cases.

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    bornagain77 says:

    IMHO, the biggest ‘paradigm shift’ will be when quantum mechanics comes to maturity in molecular biology and overturns the materialistic foundation of Darwinian evolution.

    Molecular Biology – 19th Century Materialism meets 21st Century Quantum Mechanics – video
    https://www.facebook.com/philip.cunningham.73/videos/vb.100000088262100/1141908409155424/?type=2&theater

    Specifically, current materialistic/Darwinian thinking holds information to be ’emergent’ from a material basis. Yet, in quantum mechanics information is its own independent entity. Its own independent entity that requires a beyond space and time cause to explain its existence.

    Quantum Entanglement and Information
    Quantum entanglement is a physical resource, like energy, associated with the peculiar nonclassical correlations that are possible between separated quantum systems. Entanglement can be measured, transformed, and purified. A pair of quantum systems in an entangled state can be used as a quantum information channel to perform computational and cryptographic tasks that are impossible for classical systems. The general study of the information-processing capabilities of quantum systems is the subject of quantum information theory.
    http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/qt-entangle/

    Looking beyond space and time to cope with quantum theory – 29 October 2012
    Excerpt: “Our result gives weight to the idea that quantum correlations somehow arise from outside spacetime, in the sense that no story in space and time can describe them,”
    http://www.quantumlah.org/high.....uences.php

    Physicists find extreme violation of local realism in quantum hypergraph states – Lisa Zyga – March 4, 2016
    Excerpt: The physicists also showed that the greater the number of particles in a quantum hypergraph state, the more strongly it violates local realism, with the strength increasing exponentially with the number of particles. In addition, even if a quantum hypergraph state loses one of its particles, it continues to violate local realism. This robustness to particle loss is in stark contrast to other types of quantum states, which no longer violate local realism if they lose a particle. This property is particularly appealing for applications, since it might allow for more noise in experiments.
    http://phys.org/news/2016-03-p.....alism.html

    Of related note, in quantum mechanics it is information that is primarily conserved, not matter or energy that is primarily conserved, as matter and energy are primarily conserved in classical mechanics.

    Quantum no-hiding theorem experimentally confirmed for first time
    Excerpt: In the classical world, information can be copied and deleted at will. In the quantum world, however, the conservation of quantum information means that information cannot be created nor destroyed. This concept stems from two fundamental theorems of quantum mechanics: the no-cloning theorem and the no-deleting theorem. A third and related theorem, called the no-hiding theorem, addresses information loss in the quantum world. According to the no-hiding theorem, if information is missing from one system (which may happen when the system interacts with the environment), then the information is simply residing somewhere else in the Universe; in other words, the missing information cannot be hidden in the correlations between a system and its environment.
    http://www.physorg.com/news/20.....tally.html

    Also of note: Classical ‘digital’ information, which Dembski and Marks mathematically proved to be conserved, is found to be a subset of ‘non-local’ (i.e. beyond space and time) quantum entanglement/information by the following method:

    Quantum knowledge cools computers: New understanding of entropy – June 2011
    Excerpt: No heat, even a cooling effect;
    In the case of perfect classical knowledge of a computer memory (zero entropy), deletion of the data requires in theory no energy at all. The researchers prove that “more than complete knowledge” from quantum entanglement with the memory (negative entropy) leads to deletion of the data being accompanied by removal of heat from the computer and its release as usable energy. This is the physical meaning of negative entropy. Renner emphasizes, however, “This doesn’t mean that we can develop a perpetual motion machine.” The data can only be deleted once, so there is no possibility to continue to generate energy. The process also destroys the entanglement, and it would take an input of energy to reset the system to its starting state. The equations are consistent with what’s known as the second law of thermodynamics: the idea that the entropy of the universe can never decrease. Vedral says “We’re working on the edge of the second law. If you go any further, you will break it.”
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/re.....134300.htm

    And here is a demonstration of the preceding:

    New Scientist astounds: Information is physical – May 13, 2016
    Excerpt: Recently came the most startling demonstration yet: a tiny machine powered purely by information, which chilled metal through the power of its knowledge. This seemingly magical device could put us on the road to new, more efficient nanoscale machines, a better understanding of the workings of life, and a more complete picture of perhaps our most fundamental theory of the physical world.
    http://www.uncommondescent.com.....-physical/

    Matter, energy… knowledge: – May 11, 2016
    Running a brain-twisting thought experiment for real shows that information is a physical thing – so can we now harness the most elusive entity in the cosmos?
    https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23030730-200-demon-no-more-physics-most-elusive-entity-gives-up-its-secret/

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    Yarrgonaut says:

    Do you think it might be best to cool it on pointing out the obvious for a while?

    I didn’t see the email myself, but I think our crew should be more than familiar with having the rug pulled out from under us in the usual attempts to supress the discourse. Could it be that this individual who contacted you has a similar fear?

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    tjguy says:

    Scientists use Intelligent Design in their conclusion here:

    http://crev.info/2016/05/neand.....ted-again/

    Perhaps the Royal Society will be open to Intelligent Design? I guess that is asking too much.

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