Logic and evolution (Introduction)

by David Turell @, Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 00:44 (1072 days ago) @ dhw

DAVID: Information is conceptual, not material. The code itself is material, not its instructions.

dhw: For a change, I agree with David! It is the new combinations of matter that provide new information. But that is why I consider it absurd to suggest that a new invention can occur without there being new information, and I would even extend that to adaptation, since that always entails organisms changing their internal information...

Why do you resist the scientific information which tells us that many adaptations are shown to occur with a loss of information? Yes loss is a change, and a new arrangement of the existing information, but not 'new' information. I agree with you that new species may require new information which is why I suggest that God dabbles.

How do we know that a gene controls a part of an organisms? By deletion of genes to see loss of a part or loss of function. How does the gene exert its control? We have no idea. My point is that all of genetic study is in its infancy. We are nibbling at the edges of a vast wilderness of knowledge about genetic function. Darwin's flights of fancy are no worse than our current efforts to understand evolution from what has been learned. But we must accurately use what is known. Much adaptation is related to loss of genetic material. Genetic material contains information. Period.

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