4 Replies to “Recommendation from a molecular biologist friend

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    DaveScot says:

    And just think, all these interdependent machines each cooperating with the others to bring about all the processes required of life, with the manufacturing specifications of their component parts recorded in digital code that controls a robotic protein assembly machine – it all just came together by accident. No design to see here folks. Move along now.

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    Father Wolf says:

    I’d be interested in seeing a positive example of application ID principles – e.g. actual quantitative use the explanatory filter to demonstrate whether or not a specific biological mechanism or organism or whetever was intelligently designed or not. Specific computations would be appreciated. Most interesting would be computational comparisons showing that a particular mechanism/organism/etc. was NOT intelligently designed while another similar one was.

    Specific computational projects like this would be ideal for grad students or post-docs. An ID-friendly institution like the Discovery Institute could endow fellowhips for the purpose of cranking out specific applications of ID principles. An ever-growing mass of specific numeric results, especially showing which biological phemonena are intelligently designed and which are not, would go a long way toward silencing ID critics. Especially if the results led to medical or agricultural applications.

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    Mark Frank says:

    Re #2. A very sensible request.

    To do that the ID practioner would have to come up with clearly defined and justified specification (in Dembski’s sense of specification) for some living system. Only then would it possible to assess the probability of any organism meeting that specification. As far as I know no one has attempted to define any specification for any biological system for the purposes of ID calculations.

    True?

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    Mung says:

    As far as I know no one has attempted to define any specification for any biological system for the purposes of ID calculations.

    Let’s say that this is true, even though it is possible to dispute it. Why do you think this is?

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