Excerpt: “For example, right now a creationist with a Harvard science degree is lecturing in Boston on Evolution: Bankrupt Science; Creationism: Science You Can Bank On. Obviously, Dr Nathaniel Jeanson is one of the fruit loops who plodded through a graduate program.”
My comment: Dr Nathaniel Jeanson continues to politely lead the way to understanding the science of creation. See: Purpose, Progress, and Promise, Part 5
Excerpt: “The intense focus the secular community has placed on human genetics has produced a rich database of DNA sequence information that we have been mining. Our discoveries have been so remarkable that the burden of proof has swung away from creationists and now falls on the evolutionary community.”
My comment: See for comparison
Excerpt: “A kind of sneering anger that people don’t understand how smart he is. An obsession with one narrow idea, which is his, which explains all of evolution and proves that everyone else is wrong. Behold James Vaughn Kohl.”
My comment: There are two things that Nathaniel Jeanson and I have in common: 1) our creationist beliefs; 2) we have both been attacked by the atheist biology teacher and blogger, PZ Myers.
If you scan the discussion comments that PZ Myers’ attack led me to enter, you will see that, unlike Jeanson, I am not inclined to be polite. PZ Myers’ attack was based on this comment in a discussion topic: A third of Americans don’t believe in evolution. Note: I did not go to his blog, site. Elsewhere, I claimed: “The proof of ecological variation that appears to refute the theory of evolution, which actually refutes itself, is that ecological adaptations occur too fast for mutations to compete with them as a source of anything but diseases and disorders.”
See one of my last posts to his blog in response to more attacks by others. I included a link to Estrogen receptor α polymorphism in a species with alternative behavioral phenotypes These researchers claimed: “…our study provides a rare glimpse of how a chromosomal polymorphism [i.e., and chromosomal rearrangement] has affected the brain and social behavior in a vertebrate. Our results suggest that in this species, differentiation of ESR1 has played a causal role in the evolution of phenotypes with alternative life-history strategies.”
Their results may have been the first refutation of neo-Darwinian evolutionary theory, but many more have since linked nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled cell type differentiation from RNA-directed DNA methylation to RNA-mediated amino acid substitutions and rapid ecological adaptations in species from microbes to man.
My comment: See the comment by Nick: “It would be interesting if the missing link between humans and other primates was found through viruses buried in our DNA instead of through a fossil record.”
That link has been reported for more than a decade. There is no missing link. Can Viruses Make Us Human?
Excerpt: “Persistent viruses may play roles both in defending their hosts—they have been speculated to “tune” our immune response, priming it to better combat more harmful microbes—and in directly causing serious disease in humans.”
My comment: The tuning is nutrient-dependent and pheromone-controlled via the physiology of reproduction and is exemplified in species from microbes to man.
Excerpt: “…we are interested in finding out where the more than 500 species of the Lake Victoria species flock originated from and what causes them to diverge so rapidly more than any other fish species in the same lake in a very short period of time (15,000 years).”
Excerpt: “It’s a series of adaptations that affect many aspects of the organism: the shape of the fish, its behaviour, diet and mating preferences,” says evolutionary biologist Greg Wray at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, who was not involved in the study.
My comment: If you still don’t recognize the role of ecotype-specific nutrient-dependent amino acid substitutions in pheromone-controlled ecological adaptations, you should stop referring to yourself as a scientist.
Now, behold the claims of evolutionary theorists.
Center for Evolution & Medicine Thursday Seminar Thursday, February 5th, 2015
How Fast is Evolution?
Philip D. Gingerich Professor of Geology, Biology, and Anthropology University of Michigan
Darwin thought evolution to be slow because geological time is long. He was right about geological time, but wrong about evolution. Evolution as a process is fast (we will settle on an empirical number in appropriate units for the time scale of natural selection). Rates are ratios, with numerators and denominators. When rates are quantified and compared for different scales of time it becomes clear, counterintuitively, that the denominator is more important than the numerator. Case studies are helpful: anthropology’s secular trend in human stature, biology’s laboratory selection experiments, and paleontology’s fossil lineages. Finally we will consider how time and temporal scaling affect such widely accepted theories as punctuated equilibria and molecular clocks.
What can teeth tell us about the evolution of life histories?
B. Holly Smith Associate Research Scientist Museum of Anthropological Archaeology University of Michigan
All organisms face the challenge of allocating resources to growth, maintenance and reproduction. Human life history is constructed in some unusual ways that become evident when we compare ourselves to primates and other mammals, combing moderate size with large brains, slow growth and extended juvenile dependence, but a brief duration of nursing infants and the cessation of reproduction before senescence. If we could know the evolutionary history of our life cycle, we might test theories or scenarios by, at minimum, observing the order in which particular elements arose. But how much can we pull out of fossil teeth and bones about dynamic elements of the life cycle and energy use? Fortunately, humans, and mammals in general, develop in recognizable stages with patterned events in maturation of teeth and bone and tooth development is tightly integrated into the fabric of growth and development. This talk will explore, using examples across primates and other mammals, how tooth development can give us insight into the human fossil record, with a detailed look at weaning, tooth eruption and raising an offspring to independence—one of the principal ways humans differ from our closest relatives.
MY COMMENT: Nutrient-dependent tooth development is the link between diet and the morphological and the behavioral phenotypes of nematodes. It will never be clearer that the differences also are controlled by the nutrient-dependent production of species-specific pheromones, which control the morphological and behavioral diversity of species from microbes to man. See: System-wide Rewiring Underlies Behavioral Differences in Predatory and Bacterial-Feeding Nematodes and Feeding plasticity in the nematode Pristionchus pacificus is influenced by sex and social context and is linked to developmental speed. The fact that everything known to serious scientists about nutrient-dependent links to metabolic networks and genetic networks that are essential for heath links mutations to perturbe protein folding and physiopathology via conserved molecular mechanisms of the biophysically constrained chemistry of RNA-mediated amino acid substitutions and protein folding.
It does not matter what cell type from what individual of what species you examine, it’s differentiation occurs in the context of the rapid ecological adaptations that are required for species survival. Claims that the adaptation arose over anything more than thousands of years have not been supported by experimental evidence. That means the stories that evolutionary theorists tell must change as rapidly as species are forced to ecologically adapt. The theorists, like the species are caught in an epigenetic trap that links Darwin’s ‘conditions of life’ to biodiversity without the pseudoscientific nonsense of ridiculous theories.