Skip to main content
Message Font: Serif | Sans-Serif
 
No. of Recommendations: 0
Your "junk DNA" objection is junk. Science is finding more and more use for what you call useless.

Gee, the "Is not either!" response didn't hold much weight last time. Why did you think it would work this time?

Besides that, you are making a faulty "looks like" argument, at least I'd hope Anthony would call you on it.

It's your "looks like" argument, not mine. The rest of the world doesn't think "DNA looks designed" is much of an argument.

Claiming that DNA was originally designed does not necessitate that the code can't degrade, so junk is certainly possible, but would have nothing to do with its origin.

Yet again demonstrating that you don't seem to understand genetics or evolution. The "code" doesn't degrade. The 64 to 22 encoding process is the same as it's ever been. Genomes change, but we generally don't think of evolution as a process of degradation. Rather, it's a process of change. Often, we see the new genome as an improvement in some way over the old.

Far from being "degradation," non-coding DNA is more like a fossil record of genetic change.

I'll spell it out for you, since you have such strong beliefs about something you don't actually understand. Imagine for the moment that we had a piece of software that copies strings of letters. Periodically the software makes deliberate errors in the copy.

Now imagine that our copying software preferentially copies sequences that contain English words. It doesn't care how noise is between the words, just how many English words are in the string. Pretty soon, our population of strings will consist of longer and longer streams of English, separated by noise.

In this system, "HOUSEvaseraTOADasgfa4qMERCYujmALIEN" isn't "degraded" from "raTOADasgfa4qMERCYu." In fact, it's more "advanced."

And by claiming this (erroneous) figure of 98%, you think you've explained the 2?

Leaving aside that you've just asserted the figure is in error without backing it up in any way, you know perfectly well how we explain the 2%. It's called "evolution." You've just pushed your argument from incredulity down to the genetic level, that's all.

You're really going to have to present some actual evidence before the "DNA is designed" argument will hold any weight at all.

- Gus
Print the post  

Announcements

When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
What was Your Dumbest Investment?
Share it with us -- and learn from others' stories of flubs.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and Glassdoor #1 Company to Work For 2015! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.