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Defending The Indefensible October 4, 2006

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published: mardi 3 octobre 2006 6:44:34

I seem to have a talent for raising the ire and indignation of anti-ID folks. Check out the number of comments here (126 comments at this writing). This is a good sign for ID, because it’s obvious that my posts strike sensitive nerves. Defending the indefensible is a difficult task that requires a great deal of passion.

But wait, there’s more, at no additional charge! Check out this article.

TIME Magazine Cover Story: What Makes Us Different? October 4, 2006

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Categories : Evolution, Intelligent Design, Science

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published: mardi 3 octobre 2006 20:55:21

Yet tiny differences, sprinkled throughout the genome, have made all the difference. Agriculture, language, art, music, technology and philosophy–all the achievements that make us profoundly different from chimpanzees and make a chimp in a business suit seem so deeply ridiculous–are somehow encoded within minute fractions of our genetic code. Nobody yet knows precisely where they are or how they work, but somewhere in the nuclei of our cells are handfuls of amino acids, arranged in a specific order, that endow us with the brainpower to outthink and outdo our closest relatives on the tree of life. They give us the ability to speak and write and read, to compose symphonies, paint masterpieces and delve into the molecular biology that makes us what we are.

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Quantum Leap In Protein Folding Calculation October 4, 2006

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Categories : Evolution, Biology, Intelligent Design, Comp. Sci. / Eng.

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published: mercredi 4 octobre 2006 1:34:12

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/09/060918202123.htm

Applying techniques derived from classical and quantum physics calculations may radically reduce the time it takes to simulate the way that proteins fold.

It’s vital to understand the shapes that proteins take on as they fold up because the shapes determine how they function, both in keeping cells running and in leading to various diseases.

Rather than calculating the motions of a protein molecule step by step, as most simulations do, a team of Italian and French physicists studied the evolution of a molecule using variational principles. The technique allowed the physicists to evaluate all the possible paths that the molecule’s parts would follow and then pick out the most likely one.

Sketches from the Toronto ID conference 3 (hey, I promised and here it is) October 4, 2006

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published: mercredi 4 octobre 2006 2:37:08

I’d left the conference early on Friday night. The house was packed out and the U organizer worried about the Fire Marshal’s opinion of people sitting on the stair grades, so I ceded my seat.

(So much for “ID is dead …” Not in Toronto, anyway.)

Thus I missed the presentation by emeritus chemist Dr. David Humphreys, in support of the view that the molecules of life give evidence of purposeful design. I bet they do. I also missed the presentation by astronomer Hugh Ross of Reasons to Believe.

When I got back early Saturday morning, there was a distinct buzz because Ross had “witnessed” during his presentation.

Wish now I had taken bets. Friends say he is at heart an evangelist and uses every opportunity he can and any science info he can get hold of to win converts to Christianity.

But in Toronto, witnessing is widely regarded as infra dig.

Well, it will give the local village atheists something to go on about. And on and on and on. But hey.

Sketches from the Toronto ID conference – okay, a bit of context – 2 October 3, 2006

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published: lundi 2 octobre 2006 3:20:06

A commenter, from my first post-conference sketch, asks,

Denyse: thanks for your first anecdotal response. I have read elsewhere (on this blog?) that the current generation may simply have to die off, given the faith system/creation myth of naturalism/darwinism. A key issue then is what the young people think, both graduate and undergraduate students. What were the objectives of the organizers? How evenly balanced were the ID friendly and evolution friendly speakers? What was the temper of the questions asked? Finally, how well received was the notion of a testable creation model?

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The biggest ID event to date — sponsored by medical doctors October 3, 2006

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published: lundi 2 octobre 2006 16:00:56

On Friday evening, September 29, 2006, several of us (Mike Behe, Jonathan Wells, Ralph Seelke and I — I was a last minute add on) spoke to a crowd of almost 4,000 people at the University of South Florida’s Sun Dome in Tampa, usually devoted to sports events such as basketball games. The event was sponsored by Physicians and Surgeons for Scientific Integrity (PSSI). It was organized by Tom Woodward (author of Doubts About Darwin), Rich Akin, and some hard-working volunteers.

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News from Finland October 3, 2006

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published: lundi 2 octobre 2006 16:16:52

I just learned the following from a colleague in Finland:

1. The first Finnish edition of your book [i.e., Intelligent Design] has been sold out (1500 copies)
2. 30% of Finns do not believe in Evolution — which shocked our educators

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