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5.0 out of 5 stars D N A = Definitely No Accident !, 2 Oct. 2011
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This review is from: The Myth of Junk DNA (Paperback)
So much waffle has been spouted about Junk DNA over the past years that it has become a "given" like man-made CO2 = The End Of The World. And, just like the anthropogenic CO2 argument, it has been affected by the Josef Göbbels principal. If you tell a large enough lie loud enough and often enough, most people will eventually believe it. Fortunately for the "most people" there are some people around who challenge the status quo and check things for themselves. Jonathan Wells is one such person. He checks ... And what he has found is that "Junk" DNA is nothing of the sort. What APPEARS to the unthinking observer to be permanently inactive can be observed by the THOROUGH scientist to be active occasionally. At these moments the DNA does the job it was designed to do and then effectively turns off and appears to the dilatory scientist once more to be mere junk. A light switch in a building with the power turned off might appear to be junk when first examined by a Martian but if said Martian was to wait until the circuit was activated and THEN press the switch, it would be seen to have a use. This book is not only informative, it is fun to read and this is a rare combination, entertaining AND educative. I have given him full marks as I did for Icons of Evolution ... because I can't see how anyone could improve on what he has written and he has made me challenge my own thinking and come out the other side of the experience a better - informed and hopefully, wiser person. Thoroughly recommended
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Initial post: 11 Oct 2011 16:06:08 BDT
K. Moss says:
Thank you kindly for your review - it certainly inclines me towards purchasing this volume.

May I recommend another in response - Seeking God in Science: An Atheist Defends Intelligent Design and also, in case you have not already read it: Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design.

Regards, Kevin Moss

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jan 2014 01:34:37 GMT
Fedele says:
The reviewer seems not to understand how scientific research is done. We used to think that the earth was flat and that it was the centre of the universe. It was only when the telescope was invented that we were able to prove that this was not true. A scientist will put forward a hypothesis which remains valid until it is disproved. Often, disproof has to await further progress in our understanding or new technology to be found so that hypotheses can be disproved. The amazing advances in genome research show that scientist are not as stupid as the reviewer thinks they are.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2014 21:35:29 GMT
K. Moss says:
I do not think that the issue here is the way in which 'science' does it's work. The issue is the way in which the perceived fruits of that process become popularised to the public. For quite some time, the concept of 'junk DNA' was promoted aggressively, by those with axes to grind, as an 'evidence' against the concept of intelligent design. And now, whilst the ongoing process of research has revealed that the position is vastly more complex than originally envisaged, this does not (apparently) prevent those with an atheist polemic from continuing to use the now discredited argument when it suits them. In fact, it is as much the advances in our understanding of the epigenome, as much as the genome itself, which invalidates those old 'junk DNA' arguments. It is, for example, intriguing to find many now obsolete theories (such as that of Haeckel's embryonic recapitulation, or the Peppered Moth) still being repeated in current school textbooks, even though scientific research threw those ideas out half a century ago.

You are quite correct in your observation about scientific method. Unfortunately, that's not what the public tend to end up hearing through the usual organs of communication.
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