Re: Revised Kansas science standards

Tim Ikeda (
Tue, 17 Aug 1999 21:16:35 -0400

Quoted from a compromise draft of the Kansas state science
standards (posted by Stephen):
> Natural selection can maintain or deplete genetic variation but
> does not add new information to the existing genetic code.

I've got to dispute this statement. Can variation and natural
selection add or create new information? I think so. And I've
yet to see a reliable and consistent metric of information
proposed by the people who make the claim made above. We've
been around this topic before and I don't recall anyone who
adequately defended that position. This his also been
brought up in and Again,
with no coherent description by these supporters.

What do these people mean by new genetic information:
Additional sequences? Altered reactions catalyzed by the
encoded enzymes? New functionality? Upon what are they
basing this position?

Tim Ikeda (despam address before use)