Sunday, November 05, 2006

 

God vs Science (TIME Magazine Cover Story)

From TIME Magazine (5-page Cover Story):

There are two great debates under the broad heading of Science vs. God. The more familiar over the past few years is the narrower of the two: Can Darwinian evolution withstand the criticisms of Christians who believe that it contradicts the creation account in the Book of Genesis? In recent years, creationism took on new currency as the spiritual progenitor of 'intelligent design' (I.D.), a scientifically worded attempt to show that blanks in the evolutionary narrative are more meaningful than its very convincing totality. I.D. lost some of its journalistic heat last December when a federal judge dismissed it as pseudoscience unsuitable for teaching in Pennsylvania schools.

But in fact creationism and I.D. are intimately related to a larger unresolved question, in which the aggressor's role is reversed: Can religion stand up to the progress of science? This debate long predates Charles Darwin, but the antireligion position is being promoted with increasing insistence by scientists angered by intelligent design and excited, perhaps intoxicated, by their disciplines' increasing ability to map, quantify and change the nature of human experience.

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Comments:
It is regrettable that there is not a word in the debate on the issue of "junk DNA" - a topic of much interest, see http://www.junkdna.com/new_citations.html

Especially, since Dr. Collins has recently went on record that "it took some hubris to call any part of the DNA junk" - while Dr. Dawkins is still on record to think that most of the DNA is.

This is a science issue that can actually be addressed by algorithmic theory, that led to predictions, which were supported by experimentation:

http://www.junkdna.com/fractogene/05_simons_pellionisz.html

Dr. Pellionisz
 
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