In order to have a *useful* prediction, which actually helps "validate" ID in some way, they would have to make their predictions much more specific, and predict in advance what *kind* of functional elements will be found in the genome, in what *amounts*, what *properties* those functional elements will have (in both a qualitative and quantitative way), wha *kinds* and *amounts* of similarities will be found among similar species, *and* what *kinds* and *amounts* of differences will be found among similar and not-so-similar species. *This* is the kind of scientific prediction (based rigorously on actual features of the specific theory) which allow a scientific theory to be validated or falsified by subsequent findings. EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY MAKES THOUSANDS OF SUCH DETAILED PREDICTIONS, and HAS SUCCESSFULLY PASSED THEM ALL.
That's a very impressive statement. I'd be curious what then you make of the following:
"The expectation was that many of the most active DNA sequences in humans would be prevalent in other mammals, too, because evolution tends to save and reuse what works best. But more than half were not found in other creatures..."
posted on 06/22/2007 12:59:30 AM PDT
What, you're leaving us hanging? I find disorienting the way creationists tend to start quoting something and then leave off suddenly before the end of the train of thought. To complete the quotation above:
". . . But more than half were not found in other creatures which suggests they may not be that important in people, either, said Ewan Birney of the European Bioinformatics Institute in Cambridge, England, a coordinator of the Encode effort."
Imagine that. DNA that is under neutral selection tends to mutate freely.
posted on 06/22/2007 6:21:49 AM PDT
("Impenetrability! That's what I say!")
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