First an appology...I wrote this and sent as a 'message' to all members rather than post this as a discussion...sorry...newbie in the house!
I just finished this book by John Avise. I really enjoyed it though I was looking up terms and rereading for clarity now and then as I do not have a science background.
The book is short with just 5 chapters. In the first the author establishes the difference between how science gathers valid information and how religions come by their "knowledge". He compares and contrasts many examples using common historical and current examples. This is stuff we all know but it sets a foundation for the rest of the book. The next 3 chapters each lay bare the 'design' faults that plague the human genome. Each takes on a seperate area of fallability: Protein Coding DNA sequences, Gratuitious Genomic Complexity and Repetitive DNA Elements. Weighty stuff (for me) and the glossary was very helpful.
One example of this complexity is simple cell division. In order for a human cell to divide and successfully function over THREE BILLION nucleotide pairs have to do a flawless meet and greet in each cell. If just one or two of those pairings is off the genetic disease results can be horrid and the author lists many genetic diseases and their genetic causes as he goes along.
In the last chapter he makes his case for non-intelligent design. I was convinced even before the last chapter and while I admit to some confirmation bias on my part I think the evidence is overwhelming in favor of evolution.
I would recommend the book for anyone who wants to converse more intelligently about the human genome with your xtian friends. I learned a lot from it. But, I suppose if xtians can read the old testament and call their god 'loving' then they could read this and call their god 'intelligent'........sigh
I suppose if xtians can read the old testament and call their god 'loving' then they could read this and call their god 'intelligent'
They would, facts notwithstanding.
No need to apologize, it happens :-)
It sounds like an interesting book, and not too many people know about the genome as a subject to disproof creationism. Yes, the genome (as our own bodies and minds, as well) is full of telltale tales of imperfections, many potentially lethal. Fortunately the errors of replication do not generate deleterious mutations very often but yes, genetic disease happens, often with very nasty consequences. Even when mutations occur later in life, it can be nefarious such as is the case with many cancer; basically cancer is a disease of dysregulation of the genome.