Tenacious DNA

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Some pretty amazing video. A few inaccuracies, an elision or two, but an impressive 12 minutes or so nonetheless.

Via Mano Singham.

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Very cool. Surely some detractors will focus on the inaccuracies and elisions (yes I had to look it up) and ignore the main points, but that’s how all pseudoscience operates.

Everyone who falls for ID should watch it, and engrave it in their minds that most major ID peddlers agree, or at least do not dispute, that something very much like that happened, timeline and all. All those ID peddlers do is add a baseless and useless assertion that some designer must have tinkered on a microscopic level at some yet-undetermined places and times. And they refuse to determine those places and times, let alone mechanisms, even though that would be their only hope at a scientific theory.

To anyone who is not yet past the point of hopeless compartmentalization, and who thinks that ID is the great hope for validating the childhood fairy tale that they desperately want to be true, all I can say is “Sorry, it doesn’t, and the ID peddlers know it.” If you’re that desperate, you still have Ken Ham, or Hugh Ross if you’re an old-earther.

I have to confess, I thought this would be an educational video featuring Jack Black and Kyle Gass.

Richard, thanks for introducing Mano Singham, your fellow advocate for science, with this video.

Throughout all the extreme events involving meteor impacts, volcanoes, and molten lava, it is helpful to remember the energies involved at the atomic and molecular level.

Ripping apart matter at this level involves energies on the order of tenths of an electron volt.

Chemistry takes place in the range of a couple of electron volts.

Delicate creatures bound together in the range of a couple of hundredths of an electron volt (the energy range of liquid water) would perceive such events as horrendously devastating; but for the foundational chemistry of life, it is an incubator.

…most major ID peddlers agree, or at least do not dispute, that something very much like that happened, timeline and all.

That’s only when talking to scientific literati. When at church or some choir-preaching-rubber-chicken-dinner they say something else. ID is useless, unprovable assertions + dishonesty.

cgauthier Wrote:

When at church or some choir-preaching-rubber-chicken-dinner they say something else.

By “major ID peddler” I mean DI Fellow or close associate who’s in on the scam. If anyone has evidence (recording, transcript) that any of them has unequivocally stated that a 6-day independent origin of “kinds” (young or old Earth variety) fits the evidence better than “billions of years of common descent”, I would love to see it. I strongly suspect that it does not exist, though, because even in those settings they are not going to make such easily falsifiable statements. Note that such statements are very different from, say, Dembski’s recent admission that one ought to believe that a global flood occurred because the Bible says so, even though the evidence is not there “yet.” You can look up his exact words, but they are classic DI “written in Jello.”

cgauthier said:

…most major ID peddlers agree, or at least do not dispute, that something very much like that happened, timeline and all.

That’s only when talking to scientific literati. When at church or some choir-preaching-rubber-chicken-dinner they say something else. ID is useless, unprovable assertions + dishonesty.

That’s why I refer to Dishonesty Institute “luminaries” like Mikey Behe, Bill Dembski, David Klinghoffer (sadly a fellow Brunonian), Casey Luskin, Stephen Meyer, Paul Nelson, and Johnny “I Love Reverend Moon” Wells as mendacious intellectual pornographers and Intelligent Design as their mendacious intellectual pornography.

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