Re: [asa] Best Quote of the Week

From: Nucacids <>
Date: Sun Mar 01 2009 - 15:03:13 EST

Hi John,

I like the quote for two reasons.

1. It nicely captures the manner in which the common debate of evolution vs.
design is a false dichotomy. The issue is far more interesting than this
polarized version would have it.

2. It's striking how similar this is to the view I have been exploring for
the last ten or so years. I'd just make one word change: "It's evolving.
It's doing what it was designed it to do."

I don't think it is fair to suggest Benner is doing any wagon circling - he's
just a scientist immersed in the project of designing life forms. When this
objective is achieved, the distinction between biology and engineering will
be blurred from both ends.

As for MN, I don't have a problem with it. The problem comes when people
try to leap from MN to PN, as that leap must embrace the god-of-the-gaps

-Mike Gene

> That is great. And I bet Benner isn't even aware of the irony we find in
> it.
> This shows the duplicity of secular atheists. Between them they know
> evolution represents something larger than naturally explicable processes
> but they collectively circle the wagons when anyone dares to suggest that
> that something might be God. And they hide behind methodological
> naturalism to do it. Not that I think there is anything wrong with MN but
> we need to be wise to the game that is being played here. Johnson got it
> right in his book Darwin on Trial using the example of the guy controlling
> the microphone.
> John


>> "It's evolving. It's doing what we designed it
>> to do," said Benner, a biochemist with the Gainesville,
>> Fla.-based Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution.
>> - Mike Gene

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