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Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference Chapter 10—Biological Information and Genetic Theory: Introductory Comments—Abstract

Biological Information

To facilitate discussion, we are publishing the abstracts and conclusions/summaries of the 24 papers from the Cornell Conference on the Origin of Biological Information here at Uncommon Descent, with cumulative links to previous papers at the bottom of each page. You can get from anywhere to anywhere in the system.

Note: A blow-by-blow account of the difficulties that the authors experienced from Darwin lobby attempts to censor the book by denying it publication with Springer are detailed here. Fortunately, the uproar resulted in an opportunity for readers like yourself to read the book online. That said, the hard cover version is now shipping.

The Abstract for “Biological Information and Genetic Theory: Introductory Comments” by John C. Sanford:

In the 21st century, biological information has become the over-arching theme which unifies the life sciences. In the 19th century, Charles Darwin and his colleagues did not yet have the notion of biological information. Indeed Darwin completely misunderstood the nature of inheritance, which he pictured to be Lamarckian in nature. One of Darwin’s contemporaries, Gregor Mendel, discovered that the determinants of certain biological traits are transmitted from generation to generation in discrete packages (this work was ignored for a generation). Mendel probably had some vague notion that these genetic packages somehow might contain a very simple type of “biological information”. But he could never have guessed that these genetic units which he observed were actually precisely-specified instructions, encoded by language, with each gene being comparable in complexity to a book. When the early population geneticists developed their models, they employed over-simplified mathematical models to try to describe their understanding of genetic change, but at that time genes were considered to be merely “beads on a string.”…

See also: Origin of Biological Information conference: Its goals

Open Mike: Origin of Biological Information conference: Origin of life studies flatlined

Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference— Can you answer these conundrums about information?

Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference—Is a new definition of information needed for biology? (Chapter 2)

Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference—New definition of information proposed: Universal Information (Chapter 2)

Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference—Chapter Three, Dembski, Ewert, and Marks on the true cost of a successful search

Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference—Chapter Three on the true cost of a successful search—Conservation of information

Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference—Chapter Four: Pragmatic Information

Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference—Chapter Four, Pragmatic information: Conclusion

Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference Chapter Five Abstract

Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference Chapter Five – Basener on limits of chaos – Conclusion

Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference Chapter Six – Ewert et all on the Tierra evolution program – Abstract

Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference Chapter Six – Ewert et all on the Tierra evolution program – Conclusion

Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference Chapter 7—Probability of Beneficial Mutation— Abstract

Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference Chapter 7—Probability of Beneficial Mutation— Conclusion

Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference Chapter 8—Entropy, Evolution and Open Systems—Abstract

Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference Chapter 8—Entropy, Evolution and Open Systems—Conclusion

Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference Chapter 9—Information and Thermodynamics in Living Systems—Abstract

Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference Chapter 9—Information and Thermodynamics in Living Systems—Conclusion

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One Response to Open Mike: Cornell OBI Conference Chapter 10—Biological Information and Genetic Theory: Introductory Comments—Abstract

  1. Well, I see Sal is still busy deleting any of my posts from any thread he starts. So as long as it continues I’ll continue to complain.

    Uncommon Descent: Serving the Intelligent Design Community.

    Unless your name is Salvador. Then you pick someone whose message you don’t like to hear and engage in blanket censorship.

    Has anyone else with responsibility for UD bothered to ask Salvador if the accusations against him are true? Ask him if he did, in fact, modify the content of a post of mine so as to make it appear that I had written something that I had not written?

    Why is that tolerated at UD?

    Why is the fact that I ask for an accounting worthy of my posts being deleted from Sal’s threads, regardless of their content?

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