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DNA a code or just media?

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posted on Jun, 9 2010 @ 07:03 AM
Perry Marshall wrote the textbook on TCP/IP and ASCII...
...and has been running a debate on information theory and DNA...
...and has shown that DNA is not a code but a media or alphabet/language...
...that simply supports the transcription of coded information...
...much as html and the English alphabet are encoding my thoughts...
...and allowing you to read them right now.

The DNA is only the keyboard, html and alphabet/language... carry the 'information' that is other than the DNA media.

You can read more here...

The Atheist's Riddle: 30+ Skeptics Attempt To Solve It

Some of the brainiac athiests on ATS might like to take his challenge.

posted on Jun, 9 2010 @ 07:25 AM
This looks like a serious challenge for once.

To restate the thesis:

1) DNA is not merely a molecule with a pattern; it is a code, a language, and an information storage mechanism.
2) All codes are created by a conscious mind; there is no natural process known to science that creates coded information.
3) Therefore DNA was designed by a mind.

I'm still reading it but I think it depends on how loosely you define code, language and information, thus it turns into semantics.

posted on Jun, 9 2010 @ 09:49 AM
This is a weaksauce challenge. The solution is: The Universe is Conscious. The end!

posted on Jun, 9 2010 @ 09:52 AM
reply to post by BlankSlate

Yeah I don't agree with his stance. DNA is a language? Since when? How about he provides empirical evidence that DNA is a language. DNA is not really even a code. Just so happens to be that 3 nucleotides in a row "code" for specific amino acid. And really they don't even do that. It's all about chemical attractions.

[edit on 9-6-2010 by rhinoceros]

posted on Jun, 9 2010 @ 10:11 AM

. And really they don't even do that. It's all about chemical attractions.

[edit on 9-6-2010 by rhinoceros]

Exactly. It's not like someone said, "well, let's make this nucleotid combine with this, and this with the other, nice..."
The nucleotids combine as they do because of their inner molecular configuration.
Think of it like a series of "magnets"... (i know awful analogy)

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