Natures wonders: making spider silk (Introduction)

by Balance_Maintained @, U.S.A., Friday, August 29, 2014, 06:36 (1848 days ago) @ David Turell


Tony: What this also means is that the process of creating the "great bush of life" is not as monumental as it would appear at first glance, though it is still mind-boggling. It reduces the needed programs dramatically by reusing elements that have already been programmed. ..... A strong measure of the programmers success is the ability for that class to be used repeatedly, in wildly different scenarios, with few if any errors. When we look at the code that God has written, that is precisely what it has done.


David:If I may enter the conversation, your wonderful analogy just covers a tiny measure of variation among dogs, all of whom are one species, and are a subspecies with wolves with whom they breed with no problem.

What is significant is your further comments about a further class of programs which allows the code to be used over and over again. What is being found in genomes all over the animal kingdom is a repeated use to the same genomic mechanisms in a large variety of species and families. I think this implies that there is strong evidence for theistic evolution as the proper theory. Why should the genome be that way unless planned to cover the inventive needs of life as it advances from single cells to us? ...They have to be given a plan. That is why I raised the issue of a God-given inventive mechanism.

I give you Polymorphism. To me, this concept is what bridges the gaps between all of these discussions. It is where adaptation, variation, epigenetics, and to a limited extent, evolution meet. Let me pose a question. What if all life didn't evolve from a common ancestor, but instead was created from the same source code? Note, this differs from Darwinian evolution in that individual programs still have to be written individually, but they are all built upon the same framework until you get down to a level of abstraction that can handle all of the variants without further modification.

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What is the purpose of living? How about, 'to reduce needless suffering. It seems to me to be a worthy purpose.


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