I sent my religious father a copy of the God Delusion for Christmas. After reading it, his first response (so far, assuming there are more considering it was only on the phone) is that Richard…Continue
"I think you are correct, but there are people who disagree. Some scientists argue that group selection does not occur at all or is so rare that it is not important. Others argue that though group selection occurs, it cannot occur for traits that do…"
"yes, and there's a lmited transmission of acquired traits.
Suppose a 1-billion year old cellphone were discovered :) The only recourse for evolutionists would be to say aliens had left it there, or people were time traveling, or…"
"Don't know the answer to your questions, but two comments.
There are other mechanisms by which evolution occurs besides natural selection, for example, genetic drift in small populations is one that has been mathematically explored.
"OK, but is there a hypothetical feature that would genuinely have irreducible complexity?
I'm asking for something made up. What could not have evolved by natural selection?
What could disprove evolution by natural selection?"
"Logically it is always possible that an as yet unknown valid example of irreducible complexity exists, and as Darwin pointed out, a single such example would refute his theory, but no candidate put forward has survived scrutiny.
The two popular…"
"The following article from the Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences counters the argument effectively, but it is technical:
The PNAS is a prestigious journal that only publishes papers of high…"
"Alexandra, I'm going to try. I will first deal with possible communication problems.
In every attempt at communication, thoughts have to pass through several "screens" (a Zen idea), and at any of these screens errors can harm the…"
"This is another way of eventually going back to stating that abiogenesis is impossible, as many theists do. There are bound to be those here who have studied far more in depth than I have, but my own findings have been that we have absolutely NO…"
"I haven't detected an answer to my question in the replies yet so I'll reiterate.
My problem is that what dad is suggesting makes sense to me. How can mitochondria have evolved from something that is essential in copying dna, if the dna…"
"Alexandra, obviously I don't know your dad, but after reading the God Delusion, and then him explaining his reasoning to you, I don't think he's going to change his opinion. Some people just will not hear or see reason."
Wonderful post. Loved the image too.
I'm not a biologist so I don't know much about this stuff. I did get the impression from what little I've read that there is still plenty of debate about the origin of mitochondria. Though…"
"It's no different than a child, constantly asking "why?" to every answer the parent gives. In most cases, an answer will understandably involve some aspect that requires further explanation. So, again we get "why?".…"
"Mitochondria aren't really motors, they break down glucose for a form of energy the rest of the cell can use, changing ADP to ATP. There are tiny rotating "motors" in flagella, which are completely different. Mitochondria evolved…"
"These types of "God of the gaps" arguments are dishonest. Why? Because the believer is pulling a "bait and switch." For example, if we can't explain the existence of the mitochondrial motor, they say, that proves that God…"
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