Re: Not enough info for your brain (was Re: Dawkins video)

Glenn R. Morton (
Wed, 17 Jun 1998 06:18:52 -0500

At 12:20 AM 6/17/98 -0700, Greg Billock wrote:
>> I agree, but it flies in the face of the argument presented by Intelligent
>> design folks as proof that information is necessary for evolution to
>In the simplest case, for sure. Taking into account environmental
>'information' seems more of a hard job than DNA information, even, so
>it's hard to see what would come of such an attempt. Perhaps it would
>be fruitful, though.

but if you have information in the environment affecting development and
morphology, then you are an evolutionist. :-) This is precisely what the ID
folks are trying to evolve. And besides, information in the environment is
fluid as opposed to their concept of a static set of info in the DNA.

>> much like a message in a known language, with chemicals acting as letters
>> and combining in defined sequences to form words, phrases, and sentences.
>> The 'message' is decoded by the cell much the same way the dots and dashes
>> of messages in Morese Code cann be decoded by anyone who knows
>> it."~Percival Davis and Dean H. Kenyon, Of Pandas and People, (Dallas:
>> Haughton Publishing Co., 1993), p. 6
>As we've been saying, this is a hyper-simplistic view. (Even
>in 1993.) Cells are tuned for the DNA they want to 'decode' and the
>DNA builds up some of the decoding mechanism itself (meaning there is
>a kind of blurriness about code and decoder).

But this is there argument that it is too complex to have occurred and
required a designer. While I agree that the universe had a Designer, I
think the design was much more subtle than the way we humans design. In
other words, they are anthropomorphizing God's technique of design.


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