Natures wonders: making spider silk (Introduction)

by Balance_Maintained @, U.S.A., Friday, August 29, 2014, 22:44 (1910 days ago) @ David Turell

Tony: 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.

David: Wow, this fits what I have been looking for, a code at the beginning of life that leads to a bush of life, not a tree. That could be the 'inventive mechanism'. I wish I knew more about programming, but it is obvious to me the genome is the most sophisticated program ever written, and we will take many more years picking it apart to understand it. At that point atheism will have little to support it.

Just be aware that this still requires "dabbling", as DHW is fond of saying. Each sub-class that inherits from a predecessor has to define it's own implementation. In terms of the genome, each creatures genetic blueprint would have to define how it would implement the structures. It does not happen completely automatically. What it DOES do is explain all the commonalities and similarities in the code between all living creatures, as well as giving context to the different implementations.

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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