RE: [asa] Behe's Math... was Arrogance

From: Gregory Arago <gregoryarago@yahoo.ca>
Date: Thu Aug 30 2007 - 08:47:53 EDT

Do you actually visit such places on the internet that put out anti-theistic rhetoric regularly PIM? You still haven't taken up my challenge to give voice to Christian views of altruism instead of those of sociobiologists and evolutionary psychologists. One might wonder: why not?

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Subject: Re: [asa] Behe's Math... was Arrogance

See Behe flail
http://scienceblogs.com/evolutionblog/2007/08/see_behe_flail.php

A wonderful example of the extremes to which ID proponents have to go
to deny the evidence. As PZ explores
http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2007/08/michael_behe_demonstrates_his.php

Want to see some real science? An article in the NY Times
summarizes research in the evolution of glucocorticoid receptors. This
is really cool stuff, where the investigators do step-by-step changes
in the protein structure to determine the likely sequence of
evolutionary changes - it really does describe the path of
evolutionary history for a set of proteins at the level of amino
acids.

Now, if you want to see some junk science, Michael Behe flounders
disgracefully to try and dismiss the work. This is a genuine
embarrassment: Behe is a biochemist who has done legitimate work in
protein structure, and this kind of research ought to be right up his
alley, where he could make an informed analysis. Instead, it's ugly
and sad. A sensible creationist would simply admit that sure, here's
one case of the evolution of a receptor that is solidly made, but hey,
look, over there - here are all these other proteins that haven't been
analyzed to the same level of detail. It would be pathetic and
avoiding the issue, but Behe has a different and worse strategy: he
denies the work shows anything at all.

Shocking

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