Re: [asa] Re: "junk" DNA

From: Rich Blinne <>
Date: Fri Jun 15 2007 - 18:06:54 EDT

On 6/15/07, D. F. Siemens, Jr. <> wrote:
> I get your point, but note that it applies to humans acting. They are
> neither omniscient nor omnipotent. So they put in something that may be
> relevant down the road. It is a design process that produces designed
> objects. In contrast, if evolution is God's appointed means, then it is a
> designed process which produces objects that may not have an indication
> of design that we can detect.
> Dave

Yes, prescience does distinguish God from humans. My point was the design
process with its forward looking to future products -- albeit less perfectly
forward looking than God -- does look a lot like evolution. To put it a
different way, the design process often has more than one object in view.
Re-usability is often a key design criterion. Both sides of the debate see
this when it fits their agenda. Preadaptation that is neutral to selection
is seen by the evolutionist. That so-called junk DNA has an unknown function
possibly in the future is seen by the IDist -- at least for the IDists that
accepts common descent. I see no fundamental distinction between these
concepts and if ID and evolution were not so wrapped up in their respective
ideologies I believe that would see it too.

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