Originally posted by melatonin
Hope your well
Very well thanks, you?
I'd heard of such mutations before. Isn't it more of a case that there are predictable mutations under certain circumstances at certian parts
of the genome? So the genome is biased towards certain mutations due to intense selection pressures?
The terms, as I understand them, "directed" and "random" mutations are a bit ambiguous... guess the same can be said for the terms "intelligent"
and "design" lol. This often comes up in papers and debates that I've read and wanted to try and understand it better... that page has been
helpful but I wouldn't say i completely "get it" yet. Of course, from what I read, evolutionary biologists are still unsure as to what it all
means and what implications it may have on Darwinian evolution...
The arguments, again as I
understand them, is that NDT wouldn't predict such "directed" mutations where an ID hypothesis would. Not
claiming that's true on either point, but it's what I'm getting out of it... just another argument that's mostly over my head... I do know it's a
big issue/problem for an NDT evolutionary model (many non-IDers talk about it) but I'm not sure what, if anything, that means for the design
paradigm. I guess you could say that it shows evolution is as much a directed mechanism than it is driven by random chance/circumstance... IOW the
ability of an organism to adapt/evolve is a built-in ability more so than a product of beneficial mutations of the genome. Of course that's my
(mostly) uninformed conclusion and i'm still to 'green' to argue anything to that effect. That's why I just posted the link without comment...
still trying to grasp the relevant issues. Thanks for your link BTW, I've got it in my folder and will give it a proper read when I have some more
Mattison0922 has discussed this around here before... I'll send him a u2u after i post this and see if he wants to post something here. Your a
nueroscientist(PhD) while i'm a contractor(high-school diploma) so I doubt I could debate or discuss this to your, or anyone's, satisfaction.
Think mattison has all but given up on the O&C forum here, but I know he enjoys discussing this with his peers and you certainly qualify as that...
only some much "God did it" and "You ignorant religous zealot" type stuff you can hear before you just give up out of frustration. Me i'm just
too dumb to know better.
Talk to you soon,