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  • Controlling Blood Pressure Requires an Irreducibly Complex System

    09/23/2015 8:15:42 AM PDT · by fishtank · 15 replies
    Evolution News ^ | 9-22-15 | Howard Glicksman
    Controlling Blood Pressure Requires an Irreducibly Complex System Howard Glicksman September 22, 2015 12:32 PM | Editor's note: Physicians have a special place among the thinkers who have elaborated the argument for intelligent design. Perhaps that's because, more than evolutionary biologists, they are familiar with the challenges of maintaining a functioning complex system, the human body. With that in mind, Evolution News & Views is delighted to present this series, "The Designed Body." Dr. Glicksman practices palliative medicine for a hospice organization. The body is a multi-cellular organism that requires the circulation of blood within its cardiovascular system to give...
  • "Absent legitimacy it's a sprint to whatever irreducible power center presents itself."

    07/23/2014 7:31:57 PM PDT · by JoanVarga · 11 replies
    The Woodpile Report ^ | 7/22/2014 | Uncle Remus
    We're no longer a nation of laws, we're a nation of men, specifically those men who were the first to figure out legitimacy is no longer a serious constraint, and there are no other constraints. Absent legitimacy it's a sprint to whatever irreducible power center presents itself. As in any other no-rules fight, the violent prevail over the peaceful and the homicidal prevail over the violent. This isn't mere looting, major assets, even national assets, are in play. Mexico for example, one of the most violent countries on earth, is conquering—not merging with, conquering—the southwestern US. National borders are always...
  • Gene Complexity Eludes a Simple Definition

    06/05/2014 8:54:03 AM PDT · by fishtank · 30 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | June 2014 | Jeffrey Tomkins PhD
    Gene Complexity Eludes a Simple Definition by Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D. * In the early days of molecular genetics in the 1960s and ’70s, it was widely held that a gene could be defined as a single entity that encodes the information to make a protein. However, as genetic studies have progressed, our understanding of what defines a gene has become incredibly more complicated.1 We still hear evolutionists claim “this and that creature have the same genes and are therefore related through common descent in evolution,” but in light of recent genetic studies, this claim is grossly oversimplified.
  • Mind-Boggling Complexity in the Fruit Fly Transcriptome

    03/27/2014 11:31:20 AM PDT · by fishtank · 18 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 3-26-2014 | Jeffrey Tomkins PhD
    Mind-Boggling Complexity in the Fruit Fly Transcriptome by Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D. * The humble fruit fly that has been at the heart of genetic studies for nearly 100 years continues to amaze scientists and defy simplistic evolutionary predictions. A research team recently evaluated the diversity of gene expression across the insect's genome in much greater detail than previous studies, and the results revealed incredible complexity and design.1 One of the key features that is emerging across the spectrum of research in plant and animal genomes is the fact that nearly all DNA is expressed (copied into RNA).2 This expressed RNA...
  • Chapter 1 - What is the 29th day? (Updated)

    06/28/2010 7:51:24 AM PDT · by Pete · 2 replies
    Chapter 1 - What is the 29th day? Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him. Dwight D Eisenhower (1890 - 1969) - Military Leader, President of the United States This above all: to thine ownself be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man. Polonius' advice to Laertes, in Hamlet William Shakespeare (1564-1616) English playwright Something has happened in the 21st century which has never happened before. It is...
  • It's Complicated

    06/11/2010 5:45:12 AM PDT · by Scanian · 8 replies · 400+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | June 11, 2010 | Randall Hoven
    Jon Stewart pointed out something interesting: how often President Obama or his underlings tell us how complicated or complex the job is. So I did some searching on the White House web site to see how often such words appear in various speeches and remarks. Below is a partial summary, going back only through April. (Emphases added.) "There are some complicating factors... That is very, very complex... It's the breadth and the complexity of the disaggregation of the oil, which I don't think was accounted for and anticipated in any plans. It's very complex. It's one of the hardest things...
  • Chapter 1 - What is the 29th day?

    06/08/2010 9:01:36 AM PDT · by Pete · 3 replies · 29+ views
    Chapter 1 - What is the 29th day? Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him. Dwight D Eisenhower (1890 - 1969) - Military Leader, President of the United States Editorial (unpublished) Something has happened in the 21st century which has never happened before. It is as significant as the Scientific Revolution and the Industrial Revolution. It is frightening us because we do not know exactly what it is or why it has happened. What is worse, nobody else seems to...
  • Officials Explain Afghanistan’s Complexity

    04/13/2010 5:40:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 148+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 13, 2010 – The hurdles to be overcome in Afghanistan are no simple matter, the director of communications for NATO and U.S. forces there told reporters traveling with Navy Adm. Mike Mullen when the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visited earlier this month. “Afghanistan is a complicated place,” Navy Rear Adm. Greg Smith said. Smith and others working in Kabul spoke of the complex “human terrain” of Afghanistan and the challenges facing the coalition as forces work to provide security and to train Afghans to take over responsibility for the mission. Knowing the players and how...
  • Tax Complexity Adds Pain to Cash Drain (America has one of the world's most complicated tax code)

    04/13/2010 7:04:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies · 229+ views
    National Review ^ | 04/13/2010 | Deroy Murdock
    If the tax code were straightforward and simple, April 15 would be just another lovely spring date. But as April 15 approaches like an incoming monsoon, millions of Americans brace for the pain of writing checks to the IRS. Even worse, this annual discomfort begins even earlier, as taxpayers generate a cyclone of documents just to calculate their tax liability. America’s excruciatingly complex tax-compliance regime deepens the aggravation of sending hard-earned cash to Washington for virtual incineration by Congress. Completing tax forms required 7.75 billion hours of human labor in fiscal year 2008, according to the latest data. That...
  • Complexity Can Be Dangerous

    02/21/2010 9:21:25 PM PST · by stolinsky · 15 replies · 328+ views ^ | 02-22-10 | stolinsky
    Soon - if it hasn’t happened already - the lines will cross. Increasing complexity will cross decreasing time to master it. As a result, cars will accelerate uncontrollably, airliners will crash, our phones will reveal our location, and our health care will be managed by computers.
  • The future of investing: academics predict more complexity

    10/13/2009 4:32:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 463+ views
    FT ^ | 10/11/09 | Maik Rodewald
    The future of investing: academics predict more complexity By Maik Rodewald Published: October 11 2009 10:21 | Last updated: October 11 2009 10:21 “A theory should be as simple as possible, but no simpler.” If one applies Albert Einstein’s words to a colourful basket of theses from leading US academics about the future of investing, it could look like this: Andrew Lo of MIT’s Sloan School of Management provides the foundation of the theory. For one of America’s current academic superstars, it is pretty clear how the future must look: “We need to solve investors’ biggest problem – uncertain outcomes...
  • Is Modern Society Too Complex to Understand?

    04/19/2009 7:28:41 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 27 replies · 753+ views
    PajamasMedia ^ | 4/19/09 | Matt Peterson
    The late great astronomer Carl Sagan was once famously lampooned by Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show for saying “billions and billions” on the hit PBS show Cosmos in a unique voice when describing astronomical distances. Well, we are beyond astronomy now, beyond billions and billions and into the unreal realm of trillions. The Federal Reserve recently announced that it was injecting another $1 trillion into the financial system. China owns U.S. Treasuries to the tune of 1.4 trillion rapidly weakening dollars. On April 2, Congress approved President Barack Obama’s $3.6 trillion budget. New estimates from Congressional Budget Office project...
  • Mending America’s broken tax code

    04/14/2009 5:53:55 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 546+ views
    FT ^ | 04/13/09
    Mending America’s broken tax code Published: April 13 2009 19:16 | Last updated: April 13 2009 19:16 The approach of tax-filing day on April 15 invariably lowers spirits in the United States. Many taxpayers expect a refund when they have finished their calculations, but even this does little to improve the mood. The system’s surreal complexity is enough to defeat candidates for senior positions in the Treasury, let alone Joe the Plumber. Struggling with it arouses the suspicion that the income tax code is chiefly an instrument of political repression – a reminder of who is in charge. Ceaseless meddling...
  • Motive Mongering: Does It Belong in Science?

    02/26/2009 8:22:42 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 87 replies · 1,889+ views
    CEH ^ | February 26, 2009
    Motive Mongering: Does It Belong in Science? Feb 26, 2009 — Amanda Gefter, a book reviewer and science editor, felt the need to warn the world about the creationists. She wrote a blog entry at New Scientist called “How to spot a hidden religious agenda.” In addition, Gefter listed concepts and emphases that she felt betray a hidden agenda: an emphasis on complex molecular machines, the reference to quantum physics in support of free will, and calls for “academic freedom” (which she says can be translated as “the acceptance of creationism”). Lastly, she disclaimed any connection between the truth of...
  • Darwinists Topple Darwin’s Tree of Life (it's about time!)

    02/20/2009 8:35:49 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 60 replies · 1,339+ views
    Darwinists Topple Darwin’s Tree of Life Darwin’s “Tree of Life” is a myth. It’s based on circular reasoning. It is a pattern imposed on the data, not a fact emerging from the evidence. We should give up the search for a single tree of life (TOL) as a record of the history of life on earth, because it is a “quixotic pursuit” unlikely to succeed – and the evidence is against it. Who said this? Not creationists, but a new member of the National Academy of Sciences in his inaugural paper for the academy’s Proceedings.1 W. Ford Doolittle and Eric...
  • Why the Failure to Understand the Global Financial System?

    02/20/2009 2:15:43 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 484+ views
    Why the Failure to Understand the Global Financial System? Some readers may take issue with the headline, but bear me out. /snip Contrast the 1987 panic with our credit meltdown. The 1987 crash was a single country event, in transparent markets (equities and equity futures). This crisis revolves around multiple over the counter markets (asset backed securities, including securitized auto, student, residential and commercial real estate loans, CDOs, CLOs, CDS) that were originated and sold around the world. The authorities have an weak to non-existent picture of trading volumes and prices. In addition. they also do not have a good...
  • Wall Street crisis: Is this the death knell for derivatives? (good read)

    09/15/2008 8:08:51 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 32 replies · 136+ views
    Guardian ^ | 09/15/08 | Nils Pratley
    Wall Street crisis: Is this the death knell for derivatives? On page 62 of last year's accounts, under the heading "off balance sheet arrangements" Lehman had derivative contracts with a face value of $738bn Nils Pratley, Monday September 15 2008 09:18 BST If this is the death of Wall Street as we know it, the tombstone will read: killed by complexity. Derivatives in their baffling modern forms – collateralised debt obligations, credit default swaps and so on – lie at the heart of the failure of Lehman, Bear Stearns, Fannie and Freddie, and even our own Northern Rock. The...
  • Understanding of Dark Pools is Elusive, Reports Traders Magazine Survey

    07/13/2008 10:12:20 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies · 148+ views
    Traders Magazine ^ | 06/17/08 | Nina Mehta
    Understanding of Dark Pools is Elusive, Reports Traders Magazine Survey June 17, 2008 By Nina Mehta The dark pool landscape is changing so rapidly that a large portion of buyside traders can't keep up with some of the developments. According to a Traders Magazine electronic survey, 38 percent of buyside traders said they were not aware that some dark pools send out or receive information about resident orders. Nor were they aware that some dark pools send and receive electronic immediate-or-cancel orders from other venues. Dark pools are now stepping up efforts to cater to different buyside constituencies through their...
  • Science Without Experiments - There are no black-and-white answers when we face integrated...

    06/12/2008 12:47:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 77+ views
    National Review Online ^ | June 12, 2008 | Jim Manzi
    June 12, 2008, 9:00 a.m. Science Without ExperimentsThere are no black-and-white answers when we face integrated complexity. By Jim Manzi The idea that that Republicans and conservatives are waging a “war on science” has become a staple of Democratic rhetoric. Hillary Clinton frequently referenced this in her campaign speeches. Chris Mooney, who wrote a book by this name, has an article on it in a recent issue of The New Republic. Daniel Engber has a three-part series on this topic in Slate. This idea has become widespread among liberals — and, unfortunately, many scientists. Mooney’s thesis is that it’s...
  • Study Questions 'Cost Of Complexity' In Evolution

    04/01/2008 1:15:12 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 48+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 4-1-2008 | Yale University
    Study Questions 'Cost Of Complexity' In Evolution A new study, in mice, showed that most mutations only do affect a few traits. (Credit: iStockphoto/Emilia Stasiak) ScienceDaily(Apr. 1, 2008) — Higher organisms do not have a "cost of complexity" -- or slowdown in the evolution of complex traits -- according to a report by researchers at Yale and Washington University in Nature. Biologists have long puzzled over the relationship between evolution of complex traits and the randomness of mutations in genes. Some have proposed that a "cost of complexity" makes it more difficult to evolve a complicated trait by random mutations,...
  • Covering Reality with Gold Leaf

    02/20/2008 1:48:41 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 2 replies · 121+ views
    Quadrant ^ | January 2008 | Greg Price
    THERE’S SOMETHING QUAINT about the earliest paintings in Florence’s Uffizi Gallery. In these religious paintings, you know who is important because of their relative size. The big people are the important ones. The little ones are less important. That seems like a nice simple way to organise the world. Or rather, there’s almost no sense of the world as a real place in these early paintings. That’s partly because the background is gold leaf. At most the figures exist in some very sketchy religious architecture, or they’re assigned little frames, like fragments of a comic strip. They don’t actually have...
  • Ice Sheet Complexity Leaves Sea Level Rise Uncertain

    03/16/2007 6:10:42 PM PDT · by blam · 26 replies · 778+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 3-16-2007 | Catherine Brahic
    Ice sheet complexity leaves sea level rise uncertain 13:41 16 March 2007 news service Catherine Brahic Ice shed from the giant sheets covering Antarctica and Greenland is responsible for just 12% of the current rate of global sea level rise, according to a new review. The authors emphasise that it is now clear that the ice caps are losing ice faster than it is being replenished by snowfall. But exactly why this is happening remains unknown, making it difficult to predict the extent of future sea level rises. The remaining 88% of the current rise is due to the...
  • Report Discusses Complexity of Iraqi Struggles (IRAQ and WOT)

    03/15/2007 4:24:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 136+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 15, 2007 – Some areas in Iraq are involved in a civil war, according to a report titled “Measuring Stability and Security in Iraq” that the Defense Department released yesterday. The quarterly report to Congress goes on to agree with the January 2007 National Intelligence Estimate, however, that the term “civil war” does not adequately convey the complexity of the conflict in Iraq or the fact that different parts of the country have different challenges. Most of the information in the report is from January, before the new joint Iraqi-coalition strategy had time to gel, DoD officials...
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwin and Intelligent Design

    08/09/2006 12:44:17 PM PDT · by truthfinder9 · 13 replies · 804+ views
    With trouble brewing in Kansas again, this new book from "Icons of Evolution" author is timely: ***** The latest in a series of cogent and provocative reference books to the current controversies of our age. The Politically Incorrect Guide series (or, as we like to call them, the PIG books) have dealt with—in order—American History, Islam and the Crusades, Science, and Women, Sex, and Feminism, and later on this year we’ll see a guide to English and American Literature. Each of the books contains clear, no-nonsense explanations of these important subjects—each and every one free of the usual academic cant...
  • Technology Design or Evolution?

    07/15/2006 9:42:19 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 16 replies · 577+ views
    Technology Review ^ | July 11, 2006 | Steve Jurvetson
    Many of the most interesting problems in computer science, nano-technology, and synthetic biology require the construction of complex systems. But how would we build a really complex system -- such as a general artificial intelligence (AI) that exceeded human intelligence? Some technologists advocate design; others prefer evolutionary search algorithms. Still others would conflate the two, hoping to incorporate the best of both while avoiding their limitations. But while both processes are powerful, they are very different and not easily combined. Rather, they present divergent paths. Designed systems offer predictability, efficiency, and control. Their subsystems are easily understood, which allows their...
  • Admiral Cites Complexity in Horn of Africa Mission

    04/24/2006 5:57:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 216+ views
    DJIBOUTI, April 24, 2006 – The complexity of operations in the Horn of Africa boggles the mind. A person may be tempted to throw his hands up and decide that conditions are too dire, the people are too many, the politics are too tangled to make any changes in the region. But that person would be wrong, said Navy Rear Adm. Richard Hunt, commander of Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa. Hunt leads a small command dedicated to improving lives in the region so the people do not embrace extremist ideologies or shelter terrorists. The command includes Djibouti -...
  • Time to Give It Up [Intelligent Design and Irreducible Complexity]

    04/11/2006 5:11:24 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 163 replies · 2,135+ views
    Seed Magazine ^ | 4/10/06 | Britt Peterson
    New research chips away at the "irreducible complexity" argument behind intelligent design. Lehigh biochemistry professor Michael Behe and his cronies in the intelligent design community have attempted to poke holes in evolutionary theory using an idea dubbed "irreducible complexity"—the notion that complex systems with interdependent parts could not have evolved through Darwinian trial and error and must be the work of a creator, since the absence of any single part makes the whole system void. However, a paper published in the April 7th issue of Science provides the first experimental proof that "irreducible complexity" is a misnomer, and that even...
  • New Edition: Darwin's Black Box

    04/10/2006 8:01:00 AM PDT · by truthfinder9 · 16 replies · 520+ views
    The new 10th Anniversary edition of the book that still has Darwin Fundies running scared. With a new afterword. "A persuasive book. It will speak to the layman and perhaps even to professional evolutionists as well, if they are able to suspend for a little while their own judgment about origins, the ultimate black box." -- The Washington Times "An argument of great originality, elegance, and intellectual power. . . . No one can propose to defend Darwin without meeting the challenges set out in this superbly written and compelling book." -- David Berlinski, author of A Tour of...
  • Evolution versus Intelligent Design: The God of the Gaps

    03/11/2006 10:35:26 PM PST · by DallasMike · 22 replies · 538+ views
    Stingray: a blog for salty Christians ^ | March 11, 2006 | Michael McCullough
    Joe Carter at The Evangelical Outpost has an outstanding article on the "God of the Gaps." Joe explains in easily understandable terms that the notion "actually encompasses four different views based on distinctions between a “science gap” (a gap in our current scientific knowledge) and a “nature gap” (a break in the continuous cause-effect chain of natural process) that may or may not be bridged by miraculous-appearing theistic action." As technology advances, our science gaps close, but more science gaps often rise up to take their place. For example, we once thought that an electron was a sub-atomic particle that...
  • Introns Stump Evolutionary Theorists

    03/10/2006 6:12:05 AM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 81 replies · 2,044+ views
    Creation-Evolution Headlines ^ | March 9, 2006 | Staff
    This story is not about Enron and Exxon, but about introns and exons.  The proportions of the scandals they are causing in evolutionary theory, however, may be comparable.     Introns are spacers between genes.  For several decades now, it has been a puzzle why they are there, and why a complex machine called a spliceosome takes them out and joins the active genetic parts – the exons – together. Only eukaryotes have spliceosomes, though; mitochondria have “group II introns” and some mRNAs may have them.  Their presence and numbers in various groups presents a bewildering array of combinations.  Figuring...
  • The Problem With Evolution

    09/26/2005 5:44:09 AM PDT · by DARCPRYNCE · 340 replies · 6,041+ views
    ChronWatch ^ | 09/25/05 | Edward L. Daley
    Charles Darwin, the 19th century geologist who wrote the treatise 'The Origin of Species, by means of Natural Selection' defined evolution as "descent with modification". Darwin hypothesized that all forms of life descended from a common ancestor, branching out over time into various unique life forms, due primarily to a process called natural selection. However, the fossil record shows that all of the major animal groups (phyla) appeared fully formed about 540 million years ago, and virtually no transitional life forms have been discovered which suggest that they evolved from earlier forms. This sudden eruption of multiple, complex organisms is...
  • The Plot to Kill Evolution

    11/09/2004 12:17:34 PM PST · by truthfinder9 · 35 replies · 637+ views
    The Plot to Kill Evolution [Article Review: Evolution vs. Intelligent Design] Wired Magazine has joined the crusade against reasonable science. Their October 2004 issue emblazoned “The Plot to Kill Evolution” across the cover. The article, “The Crusade Against Evolution” was largely a one-sided look at the so-called “evolution vs. creation” debate. The author seemed to try, but largely failed, to contain his pro-evolution bias. At least they talked to some intelligent design (ID) supporters and allowed one proponent to write his own piece, providing some balance. The article quotes physicist, and ardent atheist, Lawrence Krauss as saying “By no definition...
  • The Law of the Conservation of Problems (vanity)

    06/03/2004 4:09:16 PM PDT · by gitmo · 1 replies · 179+ views
    June 3, 2004 | gitmo
    The Law of the Conservation of Problems We have all used a number of laws describing the nature of the Universe, the nature of Man, and the nature of Society to make sense out of what we experience in everyday life. The Law of Unintended Consequences describes how any given decision can create results that were not in the original plans, even if the decision produced the desired results. The Law of Diminishing Returns describes how actions can produce lessened returns over time. The model I am proposing can explain a lot about the complexity and stress of modern life....
  • Stephen Wolfram on Natural Selection

    09/04/2002 11:23:46 AM PDT · by betty boop · 215 replies · 2,105+ views
    A New Kind of Science ^ | 2002 | Stephen Wolfram
    Stephen Wolfram on Natural Selection Excerpts from A New Kind of Science, ©2002, Stephen Wolfram, LLC The basic notion that organisms tend to evolve to achieve a maximum fitness has certainly in the past been very useful in providing a general framework for understanding the historical progression of species, and in yielding specific explanations for various fairly simple properties of particular species. But in present-day thinking about biology the notion has tended to be taken to an extreme, so that especially among those not in daily contact with detailed data on biological systems it has come to be assumed that...
  • A friend's analysis of " A New Kind of Science"

    07/17/2002 3:04:07 PM PDT · by sayfer bullets · 19 replies · 445+ views
    Stephen Wolfram's "A New Kind of Science" | Stephen Wolfram
    mike carter Analysis of Stephen Wolfram's "A New Kind of Science" Wed Jul 17 2002 In A New Kind of Science (Wolfram Media, 2002) Stephen Wolfram develops a series of positions upon which he seeks to build a model for investigating reality by means of computer generated pictures instead of traditional mathematics (pp. 1, 111, 724, 742, 793). He opts for this approach because, he argues, computers are in fact “universal systems with fixed underlying rules that … can perform any possible computation” (p. 5) and that means the pictures generated by computers make it possible to represent reality at...
  • Unraveling the DNA Myth

    03/10/2002 12:38:04 PM PST · by Phaedrus · 147 replies · 1,134+ views
    Harper's Magazine ^ | February 2002 | Barry Commoner
    The Spurious Foundation of Genetic Engineering Barry Commoner is senior scientist at the Center for the Biology of Natural Systems at Queens College, City University of New York, where he directs the Critical Genetics Project. Readers can obtain a list of references used as sources for this article by sending a request to Biology once was regarded as a languid, largely descriptive discipline, a passive science that was content, for much of its history, merely to observe the natural world rather than change it. No longer. Today biology, armed with the power of genetics, has replaced physics as the...