weekend evolution

Masters of deception about nature (2)

See my other blog posts on RNA methylation Thanks for your review of How Can Physics Underlie the Mind?: Top-Down Causation in the Human Context (The Frontiers Collection) Others linked the sun’s anti-entropic virucidal energy from energy-dependent changes in hydrogen-atom transfer in DNA base pairs in solution to supercoiled DNA, which protects all organized genomes from virus-driven energy theft and genomic entropy. Ellis comments on at least one of Schrodinger’s claims from “What is Life?” but he largely ignores the…

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Millions of water molecules vs years of evolution

Electrolytes induce long-range orientational order and free energy changes in the H-bond network of bulk water Reported as: A single ion impacts a million water molecules See also:  Remembering Evolution Visionary Mae-Wan Ho Excerpt:   Mae-Wan Ho believed that “water is the medium of life,” that “[q]uantum coherent water underlies the quantum coherence of organisms.” My comment 1) It saddens me to think about how many intelligent visionaries have been lost during the time that neo-Darwinists continued to tout the…

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Molecular Diagnostics: What is unprotected life (4)

Pado, a fluorescent protein with proton channel activity can optically monitor membrane potential, intracellular pH, and map gap junctions Excerpt: Nature has developed a vast array of voltage-responsive proteins. To improve our ability to optimize the voltage sensitivity, kinetics, and signal size of GEVIs, an in silico search strategy was developed to identify potential voltage-sensing proteins since new genomes are routinely being sequenced. The use of a conserved amino acid motif in the second transmembrane segment of the voltage-sensing phosphatase…

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Selective reporting of inferences: examples of pseudoscience

In the narrative of this presentation on RNA mediated molecular epigenetics and virus driven entropy, I mentioned that Cori Bargmann is scheduled to deliver a lecture entitled “Genes, neurons, circuits and behavior: an integrated approach in a compact brain.” An integrated approach will help others understand what is currently known about how ecological variation leads to ecological adaptation. Works, like hers, with the nematode model organism will help others understand how ecological adaptation leads to biodiversity in the morphological phenotypes…

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Models of scientific literacy

Scientific Literacy Redefined Researchers could become better at engaging in public discourse by more fully considering the social and cultural contexts of their work. By Cynthia Brandenburg | February 1, 2016 Excerpt: …any truly productive conversation about why their fears are scientifically unfounded must be predicated upon an understanding of what caused those fears in the first place. My comment: “A Fear of Pheromones” led many researchers to ignore the fact that metabolic networks must be linked to genetic networks…

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Another failed rescue attempt

Social Darwinism, A Case of Designed Ventriloquism Excerpt:  In Wilson’s view, Social Darwinism “is perhaps the most important example of a term that became tainted and needs to be rescued.” According to him, from the very beginning, this term “was used as a pejorative to brand laissez faire policies that Darwin did not endorse. My comment: Darwin knew nothing about genetics. He stressed the fact that “conditions of life” must be placed before natural selection. Others ignored that fact and…

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A failed theory of cancer: two more decades of pseudoscience

1995 Neo-Darwinism has failed as an evolutionary theory 2016 Cancer and the transformation of life: An Interview with Athena Aktipis Excerpt: Cancer is evolution taking place inside multi-cellular organisms. Cancer cells are perversely adaptive and proliferate faster than normal cells. Since evolution has no foresight, it doesn’t matter that the end result of cancer evolution is the death of the cancer along with its host. But cancer cells are subject to the same evolutionary pressures as other cells. Amazingly, only…

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RNA methylation, RNA-directed DNA methylation, learning and memory

sink testing Lab medicine The illegal practice of providing false test results on clinical specimens–eg, vials of blood, urine specimens, that were deliberately discarded–ie, down the sink, without actually testing them Pylori Story #1: Acid Attack Pylori Story #2: Journey to the Center of the Stomach The “Modern Synthesis” is analogous to sink testing in the medical laboratory. See for example: Replace the Modern Synthesis (Neo-Darwinism): An Interview With Denis Noble Excerpt: [W]hat Haldane, Fisher, Sewell Wright, Hardy, Weinberg et…

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