Are You Intelligently Designed?

There are 409 comments on the The Capital-Journal story from Oct 23, 2012, titled Are You Intelligently Designed?. In it, The Capital-Journal reports that:

Sometimes, when I'm discussing or debating issues with online atheists, agnostics, and evolutionists, the huge topic of Intelligent Design comes up, and they ask me to explain the Intelligent Design hypothesis to them.

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#385 Feb 9, 2013
Chimney1 wrote:
If there is a genome below "perfection", and just barely functional, there will be non-zero odds that a change to that genome may improve it.
That is true but it's far more likely that a barely functional genome will cross over to an absolutely nonfunctional genome that is so hopelessly decayed that even trillions of offspring coupled with natural selection will not rescue it.

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#386 Feb 9, 2013
Shubee wrote:
<quoted text>That is true but it's far more likely that a barely functional genome will cross over to an absolutely nonfunctional genome that is so hopelessly decayed that even trillions of offspring coupled with natural selection will not rescue it.
And your evidence that supports this claim is???

Surely not John Sanford. You are aware, aren't you, that his nonsense was debunked long ago.

As far as anyone has ever shown here natural selection is more than strong enough to remove harmful genes.
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#387 Feb 9, 2013
Subduction Zone wrote:
And your evidence that supports this claim is???
Couple together the law of large numbers and this fact:

"The vast majority of mutations with effects on fitness are known to be deleterious in a given environment, and their accumulation results in mean population fitness decline."

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#388 Feb 9, 2013
Shubee wrote:
<quoted text>That is true but it's far more likely that a barely functional genome will cross over to an absolutely nonfunctional genome that is so hopelessly decayed that even trillions of offspring coupled with natural selection will not rescue it.
While waiting for your answer, let me remark you would be hardpressed to find truly non-functional DNA.
Given that ENCODE (had a too broad definition for function, so bit of a media disaster.) formulated the function of this socalled non-functional matter as still having a function:
"Metabolic stability and epigenesis in randomly constructed genetic nets ".

Someone remarked that you could cut it away without it making that much of a difference. Inbuild redundacy, room to encode again.

Think of Salamanders that have a 10 times bigger genome.
Loose a tail, grow a new one, came to mind.

I was frankly looking for the link to the organism that is entirely made up out of redundant apparently non-functional genetic matter.

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#389 Feb 9, 2013
http://www.soulsofdistortion.nl/SODA_chapter9...
45% we would say nowadays.

Wasn't Garjarev discussed somewhere on this forum recently? The torsion effect?

Emotions effect our DNA with blue UV light.

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#390 Feb 9, 2013
Actually, scientists have known for some time that it's possible that organisms may use arsenic instead of phosphorous, it simply doesn't make sense to. This is not because it's impossible, it's simply because that organism has a disadvantage against phosphorous cased organisms. Lab tests has shown that phosphorous based organisms will replace the phosphorous with arsenic if subjected to an increasingly arsenic-laden environment:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment...

Why don't DNA based organisms discard error repair?
http://www.virology.ws/2009/05/20/why-dont-dn...

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#391 Feb 9, 2013
https://docs.google.com/viewer...

50+ pages 'spacemath'.
Also with the Mono-lake organism in Nevada.

We came upon these discussing the Atacama. Aridity.

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#392 Feb 9, 2013
newton physics vs quantum physics > material vs magic :)

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#393 Feb 9, 2013
Islamic Scientist wrote:
newton physics vs quantum physics > material vs magic :)
It only seems that way if you don't understand it.

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#394 Feb 9, 2013
to be designed 'intelligently'..
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#395 Feb 9, 2013
Subduction Zone wrote:
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It only seems that way if you don't understand it.
And nobody understands it.

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#396 Feb 9, 2013
Shubee wrote:
<quoted text>And nobody understands it.
That depends on your perspective.
But rehashing Einstein can drive me crazy. I'll admit to that.

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#397 Feb 9, 2013
Subduction Zone wrote:
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It only seems that way if you don't understand it.
i understand what i say exactly..
you still think partial, not holistic..still unbalance
material + quantum > balance
you only see material, but not quantum :)
Einstein can "see" quantum..so, makes quote "knowledge without religion is lame"

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#398 Feb 9, 2013
Shubee wrote:
<quoted text>And nobody understands it.
o ya?:)
different "worldview":
think partial..wrong perspective
think holistic..right perspective

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#399 Feb 9, 2013
Islamic Scientist wrote:
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i understand what i say exactly..
you still think partial, not holistic..still unbalance
material + quantum > balance
you only see material, but not quantum :)
Einstein can "see" quantum..so, makes quote "knowledge without religion is lame"
It is very clear that you do not know what you are talking about. At the very east you cannot put it into English.

Quantum Mechanics has nothing to do with god, nor is there any reason for it to have anything with god.

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#400 Feb 9, 2013
Islamic Scientist wrote:
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i understand what i say exactly..
you still think partial, not holistic..still unbalance
material + quantum > balance
you only see material, but not quantum :)
Einstein can "see" quantum..so, makes quote "knowledge without religion is lame"
And don't anyone go and give a sneer about Is lame, it's allready undercut.

Curious where this might all go.

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#401 Feb 9, 2013
Shubee wrote:
<quoted text>You're the one that is practicing evasion by not answering my questions.
Sorry, you cannot play that silly game.

Sanford claims that genetic entropy is inevitable given the structure of the genome, mutation rates, etc, and natural selection cannot reverse entropy.

An experiment with one species sharing the same basic genome structure of all other complex organisms, recovers fitness over 80 generations, when natural selection is re-introduced, after being subjected to accelerated entropy caused by lack of natural selection.

All you can claim is that a healthy lifestyle and prayer can improve health.

You are flailing.

Accept the obvious and irrefutable conclusion. Sanford is falsified. And you know it.

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#402 Feb 9, 2013
Shubee wrote:
<quoted text>That is true but it's far more likely that a barely functional genome will cross over to an absolutely nonfunctional genome that is so hopelessly decayed that even trillions of offspring coupled with natural selection will not rescue it.
It is possible that such at such a marginal point, the species will slip into a point of no return. After all, 99% of species are extinct today.

However, that is not the issue, as you know.

The salient point is that the further a genome parts from "optimal", the greater the odds are that random change will improve it.

Likewise the closer to "perfection" a genome is, the greater the odds that a mutation will be deleterious.

Therefore, a stable equilibrium or attractor point may be reached whereby the genome is stable. As we see with the nematodes returning to their previous level of fitness with the re-introduction of natural selection.

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#403 Feb 9, 2013
Shubee wrote:
<quoted text>Couple together the law of large numbers and this fact:
"The vast majority of mutations with effects on fitness are known to be deleterious in a given environment, and their accumulation results in mean population fitness decline."
Their accumulation, of course, being possible in the absence of natural selection. Where natural selection operates, as we have seen with the nematodes, the counteracting effects of beneficial mutations is clearly high enough to restore population fitness.

Sanford loses - evidence, not elegance, is the judge.

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#404 Feb 9, 2013
Islamic Scientist wrote:
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i understand what i say exactly..
you still think partial, not holistic..still unbalance
material + quantum > balance
you only see material, but not quantum :)
Einstein can "see" quantum..so, makes quote "knowledge without religion is lame"
Einstein laughed at your childish human scripture based approach to God as much as he laughed at the Jewish and Christian versions of it, as he made perfectly clear numerous times. Now go and stick your backside in the air again, and the Lord and Creator of the Universe will smile upon you.

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