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Beyond the Power of Accident

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Just over a century ago a gracefully aging scholar quietly left the world with these wise words:  Read more

I read Wallace's book and was surprised how well it made a logical sense of certain things. Yet seeing biological results from endless accidents has not produce the glory of life. I understand indeed Wallace didn't like Darwins stuff of turning man into a mere animal with no reflection of a God. Perhaps not the biology thing either. Robert Byers
Alfred Russel Wallace on the Web - Michael Flannery September 28, 2012 http://www.evolutionnews.org/2012/09/alfred_russel_w_2064831.html bornagain77
This comment from your link caught my eye Dr. Hunter:
"There seems to me," said Professor Wallace, "unmistakeable evidence of guidance and control in the physical apparatus of every living creature. Consider for a moment the question of nourishment. Men of various races eat different foods; men of the same race may follow diets as separate and distinct as chalk from cheese. But in all cases the main result is the same. The food is converted into blood. That is interesting enough, marvellous enough, baffling enough; but mark what follows. This blood circulating through the body becomes at one point hair and at another nail; here it transforms itself into bone and there into tissue; at the same moment that it changes into skin it changes into nerve; it is at once the bone in my finger and the eye in my head. Materialism forges such words as secretion, but no word signifying unconscious and accidental action can explain this mystery."
Seems the co-founder of evolution (who I believe, correct me if I'm wrong, actually came up with the concept of natural selection a few years before Darwin) was also the first, in very rudimentary terms, to realize the basic concept of ID. He would be probably be ecstatic to see how 'information' provides "unmistakeable evidence of guidance and control in the physical apparatus of every living creature. Note, the co-discoverer of Natural Selection, Alfred Wallace, ended up turning against against Charles Darwin and embraced Intelligent Design, in large measure, because of the 'problem' of human consciousness:
Darwin's Heretic: Alfred R. Wallace - Did the Co-Founder of Evolution Embrace Intelligent Design? - video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxvAVln6HLI Rescuing Alfred Russel Wallace from his (Darwinist) Rescuers - May 22, 2012 Excerpt: By 1913, Wallace declared himself unapologetically for theism: http://www.evolutionnews.org/2012/05/rescuing_alfred059961.html
Further notes:
Bird Evolution vs. The Actual Fossil Evidence - video and notes http://vimeo.com/30926629 “The whole notion of feathered dinosaurs is a myth that has been created by ideologues bent on perpetuating the birds-are-dinosaurs theory in the face of all contrary evidence” Storrs Olson, the curator of birds at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History Pro-ID Paper Examines Irreducible Complexity of Birds in Flight - podcast http://intelligentdesign.podomatic.com/entry/2012-05-04T15_30_25-07_00 Evidence Of Design In Bird Feathers And Avian Respiration - Andy McIntosh http://journals.witpress.com/paperinfo.asp?pid=399 Can Humans Improve on Nature? If So, What Does it Mean for Intelligent Design? – February 9, 2012 Excerpt: Now if they can create an impedance pump that builds itself from materials in its environment and copies itself flawlessly for thousands of generations without human intervention, or build a superhydrophobic carbon nanotube array that produces seeds that grow into beautiful works of art as well as functional systems, or design a 747 that lays eggs that hatch into new 747s, then they will really be something to talk about. http://www.evolutionnews.org/2012/02/can_humans_impr055981.html Birds have a 'Quantum connection' to the earth's magnetic field: Jan. 2011 - Quantum robins lead the way - physorg.com G.E. Brings Life to Good Things - February 16, 2012 Excerpt: Thanks to the micro-design on a beautiful insect's wings, someday we may see many useful applications. A surgeon might be able to visualize precise locations of inflammation. A soldier might wear higher-resolution night-vision goggles. A firefighter might carry a hand-held thermal sensor to avoid danger. A security inspector might have a new way to detect explosives. Your doctor might study a wound's heat signature for better diagnosis without incisions. http://www.evolutionnews.org/2012/02/ge_brings_life056451.html From butterflies’ wings to bank notes — how nature’s colors could cut bank fraud Excerpt: According to Kolle: “We have unlocked one of nature’s secrets and combined this knowledge with state-of-the-art nanofabrication to mimic the intricate optical designs found in nature.”,,,”These artificial structures could be used to encrypt information in optical signatures on banknotes or other valuable items to protect them against forgery. We still need to refine our system but in future we could see structures based on butterflies wings shining from a £10 note or even our passports,” he says. http://www.physorg.com/news194418476.html
Inspirational and verse
Starlings Flocking - Murmuration http://vimeo.com/31158841 Matthew 10:31 "So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows."

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