Re: [asa] Michael Denton's Books

From: PvM <>
Date: Sun Dec 10 2006 - 15:53:30 EST

Yes, Denton has moved away from his original book as discussed by
Korthof. In a recent paper, Denton focuses on what he calls 'platonic

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However, recent advances in protein chemistry suggest that at least
one set of biological forms -the basic protein folds- is determined by
physical laws similar to those giving rise to crystals and atoms. They
give every appearance of being invariant platonic forms of precisely
the type that the pre-darwinian biologists were seeking.
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Evolution by natural law....

We speculate that it is unlikely that the folds will prove to be the
only case in nature where a set of complex organic forms is
determined by natural law, and suggest that natural law may have
played a far greater role in the origin and evolution of life than is
currently assumed.
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Science is no friend of the IDT movement

Protein and RNA forms are an interesting topic. For instance,
researchers have found that RNA protein forms form a well connected
structure where other RNA forms are connected via neutral pathways.
This means that neutral evolution plays/played an important role in
RNA. Work by researchers on proteins and holey adaptive landscapes has
shown similar effects.

Check out the work by Gavrilets for instance. Fascinating stuff that
counters much of the assertions by IDers about protein landscapes.

On 12/10/06, Don Nield <> wrote:
> It should be noted that about 20 years have passed since the publication
> of "Evolution, a Theory in Crisis" and Denton himself has answered some
> of his old arguments. One should read Denton's second book, "Nature' s
> Destiny", and especially his chapter in the book " Uncommon Dissent"
> edited by Dembski..
> Briefly, Denton now regrets the choice of title -- it should have been
> "Darwinism, a Theory in Crisis". Denton also regrets the spin that the
> ID movement headed by Phillip Johnson has put on the book, and he has
> dissociated himself from the Discovery Institute of which he was
> formerly a Fellow.
> Recent advances in molecular biology have convinced Denton that small
> changes at the genetic level can explain certain major changes at a
> higher level. Crucially, Denton now sees macromolecular structures as
> self-organizing lawful forms rather than as mechanisms.
> Don
> David Opderbeck wrote:
> > I frequently see reference in ID and other anti-evolution arguments to
> > Michael Denton's "Evolution, a Theory in Crisis." I have seen
> > counter-arguments that much of Denton's criticism in that book has
> > been refuted. Can anyone summarize Denton's central arguments, and
> > how they have or haven't been answered?
> >
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