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Excerpts from new ID thriller: The Soul of the Matter


subscribe_web3  Offered by author Bruce Buff via Evolution News & Views:

For months, he and Alex Robertson had spent a nearly continuous stream of long nights toiling in secret, trying to crack what had to be the most extraordinary encryption ever devised. What they had encountered should have been unbreakable.

It was remarkable that, through a series of astounding discoveries, they had gotten as far as they had, only to be stymied by a final puzzle that had defied solving.

It was even more remarkable that the answer to hat last obstacle had suddenly come to him this morning. Realizing the implications of what they were about to obtain, he had decided to wait until he was certain what it would reveal before sharing his breakthrough with Alex. More.

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Outline for Soul of the Matter:

A scientist’s claim that he’s found the secrets of the universe’s origin encoded in DNA sparks a race against time to uncover the truth in this fast-paced thriller of science and faith, power and murder, loss and redemption.

Dan Lawson, a former government cyber-intelligence analyst, is surprised to be contacted by his estranged friend Stephen Bishop, a renowned geneticist. Stephen says that he’s discovered amazing information within DNA, including evidence of a creator, and needs Dan’s help to protect his findings. Dan is skeptical and wonders whether he is being manipulated, or if the recent illness of Stephen’s only child, Ava, has caused his childhood friend to fall back on religion for answers to questions best left to science. Spurred by his desire for proof that life has meaning, however, Dan puts aside his doubts and agrees to help.

When an experiment goes terribly awry, Dan realizes he must get to the bottom of Stephen’s discoveries. With the help of Trish Alighieri, a pediatric oncologist trying to save Ava’s life, Dan desperately searches for answers—including whether the human soul can survive science’s conquest of nature. ( Audio)

Fro Evolution News & Views editor David Klinghoffer’s review,

To observers in the media and academia, ID is a bogeyman, to be slyly conflated with the deplorable “creationism.” To the most rigid evolutionary biologists it’s the monster under your bed at night, that stalks you in the departmental office building by day. To some thoughtful scientists and philosophers, it’s a challenge and a cause of rumination, not welcome, for sure, but not to be dismissed either.

As of today, ID is also something else that I wouldn’t have predicted: the main theme and dramatic backdrop of a pretty effective and tense thriller by debut novelist Bruce Buff. Following the adventures of ex-CIA officer turned computer hacker Dan Lawson and eerily compelling pediatric oncologist Trish Alighieri, Mr. Buff’s The Soul of the Matter (Simon & Schuster/Howard Books) expertly invokes a range of ideas — including irreducible complexity, the Cambrian explosion, the enigma of protein evolution, and the malign illusion of a “transhuman” future.

Imagine Dan Brown meets Stephen Meyer meets Wesley J. Smith and you’ll have an idea of what’s in store for readers. A turning point in the story involves a visit to Seattle’s Pioneer Square and, yes, Discovery Institute. If Mr. Brown’s knockout The Da Vinci Code were to be rewritten from a design perspective with the combined insights of Doug Axe, Michael Behe, and Jonathan Wells, you would have something like Mr. Buff’s impressive book. More.

See also: Just use more of your brain and you’ll evolve? Says movie.

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BA77 @2: Did the Russian geneticist use the 20th Century Fox in his breeding experiment? Also, were his interesting results first announced on FoxNews? :) Dionisio
BA77: Notice that your comment @2 was posted at the exact same time as mine @1. That proves that unguided macroevolution is possible, right? :) Dionisio
Off topic: This may interest you News:
Russian geneticist repeats dog domestication with foxes in just fifty years - September 16, 2016 (Phys.org)—A Russian geneticist, the BBC is reporting, replicated the process that led to the domestication of the dog, with foxes, over the course of just fifty years. Curious about the means by which dogs became domesticated, Dmitry Belyaev began a breeding program in the late 1950's aimed at replicating the process using foxes. Foxes cannot be tamed, the conventional thinking goes—you can raise them in your house, feed them like babies and try to cuddle with them, but their wild nature will eventually win out—they will become unruly and eventually unwelcome pets. But what if the wildness was bred out of them? That is what Belyaev wondered, so he set to work on a very long term project—one that was very simple. He and his intern, Lyudmila Trut, wandered around Russia searching for foxes to start their experiment. Foxes were chosen based on their behavior in the presence of humans. Those that showed slightly more tolerance of humans were brought back to their Novosibirsk lab to serve as the start group. From there, the foxes were mated, and once again, those cubs that showed the most tolerance for humans were kept as part of the experiment while the others went on to become fur coats. This process was repeated for a half-century—the research pair found that within just a few generations, the foxes had begun to lose their wildness and mistrust of humans. The fourth generation, they reported, showed traits that we see in modern dogs, such as tail wagging, seeking human contact and licking people. Over the course of 50 years, the foxes became friendly, their behavior nearly indistinguishable from domestic dogs. They changed physically, too; their ears drooped and their legs and snouts became shorter and their heads got wider. And it was not all on the outside—their adrenal glands became more active, resulting in higher levels of serotonin in their brains, which is known to mute aggressive behavior.,,, http://phys.org/news/2016-09-russian-geneticist-dog-domestication-foxes.html
It was even more remarkable that the answer to hat last obstacle had suddenly come to him this morning.
Since English is not my first language, I have to ask this question. What does the word 'hat' mean in the above quoted text? Was it supposed to read 'that' instead? Thank you. Dionisio

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