The One Minute Apologist asks special guest WIlliam Dembski, the leading authority in the Intelligent Design Movement, about the Intelligent Design Movement.
"It's one thing to tell someone, 'Hey, kinesins are key transport proteins within the cell.' It's another matter entirely to show them, which is what this video does so beautifully," says philosopher of biology Paul Nelson. "For some very deep reason, our perception of function is powerfully enhanced by being able to visualize the design that exists in nature. One picture is worth a thousand syllogisms. No one who sees a kinesin in action can forget what they've seen."
The original animation by Light Productions brings to life these masterpieces of microengineering. Kinesins are motorized transport machines that move cellular materials to their correct locations so that they can perform their functions. Kinesins have two feet, or "globular heads," that literally walk, one foot over another. Known as the "workhorses of the cell," kinesins can carry cargo many times their own size.
This kinesin video is the third in Discovery Institute's series on molecular machines as evidence for design in nature. The first in the series, "Journey Inside the Cell," has over half a million views on YouTube. It shows how the digital information encoded in DNA directs protein synthesis in the cell. The second, an animation of ATP synthase molecular machinery, has accrued over 70,000 views since its release last year.
"I open my cell biology course with a video on the cell, and the kinesin molecule is always the star of the show," said Ralph Seelke, professor of microbial genetics at the University of Wisconsin, Superior. "Discovery Institute's video shows it in its full glory; and the inference of design is very strong."
"Congratulations to Discovery Institute," said Tobias A. Mattei, a neurosurgeon at InvisionHealth. "As an epitome of the remarkable set of high-efficiency intracellular machinery, kinesin constitutes another example of the delicate and fine-tuned balance required for sustaining even the simplest living forms." (Read the full article from EvolutionNews.org here..)
Cosmos episode 6 is ostensibly about the miniature reality of the atom. Once again, there are some spectacular animations explaining the nature of the atom, and how they interact to form chemical bonds. We are also treated to animations of semi-steampunk-style molecular machines, supposedly mimicking molecular machines in biology. Host Neil deGrasse Tyson has yet to dare tackle the question of how molecular machines might have evolved, but in this episode he did throw in a little tidbit supposedly highlighting a successful prediction of Darwinian evolution. He observes, "plants covered the surface of the earth for hundreds of millions of years, before they put out their first flower," and then states that this led Darwin to make a prediction:
"On this basis of his theory of evolution through natural selection, Darwin speculated that somewhere on the Island of Madagascar there must live flying insects with extraordinarily lengthy tongues -- ones long enough to reach the pollen. No one had ever seen such a beast there. But Darwin insisted that an animal fitting this description must exist. It wasn't until more than 50 years later that Darwin was proven right."
And of course Tyson then notes that a particular hawk moth species exists on Madagascar that slurps the pollen with its long tongue, "exactly as Darwin expected it would." He says, "There can be no stronger test of an idea than its predictive power," as if this fulfilled prediction regarding insects and flowers shows the amazingly successful predictive power of Darwinian evolution. A little critical thinking and investigation shows that nothing could be further from the case.
Read the full article HERE...
I don't know whether this is outrageous, hilarious or simply very telling. Probably all three. The Wall Street Journal salutes the research of Boston University psychologist Deborah Kelemen. She has discovered that it's possible with Darwinian storytelling to suppress common sense in children of the kind that leads them to recognize artifacts of intelligent design in nature.
The Journal notes that quite apart from religious instruction, kids are primed to see life as reflecting "intentional design." It's intuitive. The corrective is to catch them at an early age and train them to see things in a Darwinian light.
Read the full article HERE....
Article by David Klinghoffer, evolutionnews.org
Speaking of Berkeley mathematician Edward Frenkel and his argument that mathematics points to an objective reality behind and outside nature, our friend David Berlinski makes much the same point in his wonderful little book One, Two, Three: Absolutely Elementary Mathematics.
Do yourself a favor and go back and read my review of the latter here. Berlinski
returns again and again to the allusiveness of numbers and the operations we perform on them. They allude, they point to, they gesture to something beyond themselves. Just what that might be, of course -- of course, if you know anything about David Berlinski -- Berlinski won't say.
I have not yet read Dr. Frenkel's book but will do so shortly. I was going to say the "frontier" of math is virgin or unexplored territory for ID, but of course these two great math minds have already pointed the way.
Our world is one is one of concealment. Whereas in our everyday experience, ultimate reality is veiled by subjectivity -- Plato's cave, basically -- elementary math, not unlike the other sciences, suggests in Berlinski's words "as nothing else can the glory that is beyond."
In Greek, that is aeon, the world of ideas. In Hebrew it's olam, whose root means "world," "eternity," or "concealed." Scientism is the project of attempting to convince people that nothing is really veiled from us. What you see is what you get: blunt, dead matter, that's it.
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Is the development process of bird embryo a highly engineered biological process, or simply a chaotic collision or molecular components?
In this sequence from Illustra Media's newest documentary FLIGHT: THE GENIUS OF BIRDS you will enter a fertilized egg to witness a bird's embryonic development. Spectacular animation and live action footage document the extraordinary 21-day process of organization and growth from a few cells into a chicken.
FLIGHT: THE GENIUS OF BIRDS is the first episode in Illustra Media's new series THE DESIGN OF LIFE.
This remarkable documentary explores the evidence for intelligent design as revealed through the biological systems and mechanisms that make avian flight possible.
Photographed in North America, England, Peru, Greenland, and Antarctica FLIGHT celebrates birds and the miracle of life in the skies.
THE CASE FOR A CREATOR is a remarkable film about Lee Strobel's journey from spiritual skepticism to a profound faith in the God who has etched his indelible signature upon every galaxy and living cell.
In this second part of the examination of the "Negative Scientific Evidence Against Evolution" Strobel examines primarily the CAMBRIAN EXPLOSION, and the insurmountable burden it presents to the theory of Darwinian Evolution. In the Cambrian Explosion, we find a vast increase in the FORMS and also in the INFORMATION of animal types in the fossil record.
What is the best and most scientific explanation for this dramatic increase in Form and Information.... a Designer or "Random Mutations" acting upon Natural Selection?
Watch and decide for yourself...
What is exactly is meant by "Intelligent Design"? Do certain features of reality allow us to reasonably infer that they are the product of a Mind, an Intelligence, or a Designer?
Listen to Sean McDowell, who teaches at Biola University, give a concise but interesting presentation of this scientific theory and "inference to the best explanation" called Intelligent Design Theory.
If a structure is irreducibly complex, the assembly instructions are often even more irreducibly complex. Case in point: the bacterial flagellum.
When mainstream science journals corroborate claims we've made in support of the theory of intelligent design, we like to point it out. It shows that the case for ID grows stronger, not weaker, with time. Eleven years ago in the Illustra film Unlocking the Mystery of Life, Scott Minnich said that the assembly instructions for building a flagellum are even more irreducibly complex than the outboard-motor-like structure itself. He was right; a new paper in PNAS, with dazzling illustrations, opens Darwin's black box a little more, showing the amazing sequential assembly of this icon of ID.
The 12 authors from 5 American universities don't seem to have much use for evolutionary theory. They never mention it. Instead, they call the flagellum a "sophisticated self-assembling molecular machine" and, twice, "an intricate molecular machine."Read More