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Even New Scientist is now toying with the fact of purpose in nature

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Evolutionary change, we know, results from random mutation and natural selection, and any notion of purpose smacks of creationism and its close cousin, intelligent design. “That’s the third rail of evolutionary theory,” says Peter Corning – anyone who treads near it risks a severe shock to their reputation.

But Corning, director of the Institute for the Study of Complex Systems in Friday Harbor, Washington, is one of a handful of people who are tiptoeing, gingerly, into the danger zone by suggesting that organisms can guide their own evolution. And they are not talking … More.

Well, they aren’t talking but we bet we know who won’t be invited to the next “skepticfest.” From the Abstract:

It could be called ‘constrained purposiveness’, and one of the important themes in evolution, culminating in humankind, has been the ‘progressive’ evolution of self-determination (intelligence) and its ever-expanding potency. I call this agency ‘Teleonomic Selection’. In a very real sense, our species invented itself.

No, but keep talking.

3 Replies to “Even New Scientist is now toying with the fact of purpose in nature

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    Mung says:

    The idea that behaviour has played an important role in evolution has had its ups and downs over the past two centuries.

    http://www.darwinawards.com/

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    bornagain77 says:

    OT: A Bacterium Reveals the Crucible of Its Metallurgical Activity – Oct. 14, 2013
    Excerpt: Magnetotactic bacteria have the ability to synthesize nanocrystals of magnetite (Fe3O4) enabling them to align themselves with the terrestrial magnetic field in order to find the position in the water column that is most favorable to their survival. The alignment of the nanomagnets is similar to that of a compass needle. The magnetite crystal synthesis process is a complex one, and it is little understood at the present time. Magnetite is a compound of oxygen and iron in a mixture of two different oxidation states [Fe(II)Fe(III)2O4]. In this study, the researchers have described the mechanism by which the bacterium produces these two states, one of which, Fe(III), is essentially insoluble.
    The determination of the structure of the protein MamP has shown for the first time that a section of this protein possesses an original folding structure known as a magnetochrome. This structure is only found in magnetotactic bacteria. The structure has a crucible-like shape capable of containing iron. Additional experiments have shown that MamP has the ability to oxidize iron from the Fe(II) state to the Fe(III) state, and to stabilize the latter in its crucible. …
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/re.....102359.htm

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    tjguy says:

    “In a very real sense, our species invented itself.”

    Yea, that’s it! We created ourselves!

    What an ingenious solution!

    How could we have missed this for so long?!

    Well, I guess when you remove God from the pool of answers from the start and when chance is ruled out by the evidence, this is what you have left.

    We created ourselves. Something that didn’t even exist created itself!

    This is the rationality(or perhaps we should say “blind faith”) that materialism leads to.

    Evolutionists will believe anything to avoid the obvious conclusion.

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