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Meet Professor Pedersen: Turning Science on its Head

In his Computational Molecular Evolution course professor Anders Gorm Pedersen states that “evolutionary theory is the conceptual foundation of biology” and that “A phylogenetic [evolutionary] tree will almost always help you think more clearly about your biological problem.” That might seem strange since evolutionary theory’s fundamental predictions have turned out to be false and the species do not fit into an evolutionary tree. But all is clear when Pedersen approvingly quotes what is practically evolution’s official motto from Theodosius Dobzhansky: “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.”  Read more

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4 Responses to Meet Professor Pedersen: Turning Science on its Head

  1. Evolution of Darwin’s ‘Tree of Life’ – June 2013
    http://www.darwinthenandnow.co.....e-of-life/

    Life, Purpose, Mind: Where the Machine Metaphor Fails – Ann Gauger – June 2011
    Excerpt: I’m a working biologist, on bacterial regulation (transcription and translation and protein stability) through signalling molecules, ,,, I can confirm the following points as realities: we lack adequate conceptual categories for what we are seeing in the biological world; with many additional genomes sequenced annually, we have much more data than we know what to do with (and making sense of it has become the current challenge); cells are staggeringly chock full of sophisticated technologies, which are exquisitely integrated; life is not dominated by a single technology, but rather a composite of many; and yet life is more than the sum of its parts; in our work, we biologists use words that imply intentionality, functionality, strategy, and design in biology–we simply cannot avoid them.
    Furthermore, I suggest that to maintain that all of biology is solely a product of selection and genetic decay and time requires a metaphysical conviction that isn’t troubled by the evidence. Alternatively, it could be the view of someone who is unfamiliar with the evidence, for one reason or another. But for those who will consider the evidence that is so obvious throughout biology, I suggest it’s high time we moved on. – Matthew
    http://www.evolutionnews.org/2.....nt-8858161

    “All I’ve studied and researched over the past 30 years has only strengthened my belief that nothing makes sense in biology apart from belief in an intelligent being who has created us. Those who do not believe in an intelligent being must go to great extents to rationalize that what they see as design is not the product of intelligence.
    Dr. Donald L. Ewert, Microbiologist, researcher at the Wistar Institute for almost 20 years.”

  2. “Evolutionists could not be more clear about their beliefs and their non scientific claims.”

    Such that natural selection is the sole [primary] mechanism of phylogenetic revision.

    “This is not a minor or tangential aspect of evolutionary thought. For evolutionists this is their core position.”

    The mechanisms of phylogenetic change are indeed a core aspect of evolutionary theory. It’s just that the core explanatory processes are highly subjective, and have failed empirical verification.

    “They are at war with empirical science. A theory that continually contradicts the evidence is declared to be a fact because, well, it must be.”

    Maybe it’s due to being wedded to a reductionist and materialistic belief structure. And that is one of the problems with predictions and even retrodictions, that once made and committed to regarding one’s research goals, one’s objectivity is often compromised.

    In short, if alternate hypotheses are rejected summarily, one may be impeded from performing objective and unbiased science.

  3. Dr. Hunter you may appreciate this article.

    Darwin’s Frog Defies Evolution – July 5, 2013
    Excerpt: Lynn Margulis in an interview with Mazur pronounced,
    “neo-Darwinists are a… religious sect within the sprawling religious persuasion of Anglo-Saxon Biology.”
    http://www.darwinthenandnow.co.....evolution/

  4. bornagain quotes Donald Ewert:

    All I’ve studied and researched over the past 30 years has only strengthened my belief that nothing makes sense in biology apart from belief in an intelligent being who has created us. Those who do not believe in an intelligent being must go to great extents to rationalize that what they see as design is not the product of intelligence.

    Dr. Donald L. Ewert, Microbiologist, researcher at the Wistar Institute for almost 20 years.

    I’m curious. Does anyone know if Donald is related to Winston?

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