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Evolutionary 'U'-turns

Posted on September 27, 2012 at 9:15 AM

In a recent BBC interview/discussion between Britain's Lord Jonathan Sacks, the Chief Rabbi of the UK and the infamous the one-time Oxford professor, Richard Dawkins, the ENCODE (previously called 'Junk DNA' is discussed. Dawkins has previously stated [2009] that the, so called, Junk DNA was scientific proof of evolution and that a creator had no hand in the design of the creatures inhabiting this planet.

Back in 2009, in The Greatest Show on Earth (pp. 332-333), Dawkins states:

"pseudogenes," "useful for. . . embarrassing creationists."

"It stretches even their creative ingenuity to make a convincing reason why an intelligent designer should have created a pseudogene -- a gene that does absolutely nothing and gives every appearance of being a superannuated version of a gene that used to do something -- unless he was deliberately setting out to fool us."

" Leaving pseudogenes aside, it is a remarkable fact that the greater part (95 percent in the case of humans) of the genome might as well not be there, for all the difference it makes."

Clearly our professor did not expect the outcome of the ENCODE project, but now, in the above BBC programme he seems to have done a 'U'-turn in his opinion of Junk DNA, just as was predicted, he now says:

"I have noticed that there are some creationists who are jumping on [the ENCODE results] because they think that's awkward for Darwinism. Quite the contrary it's exactly what a Darwinist would hope for, to find usefulness in the living world.... "

"Whereas we thought that only a minority of the genome was doing something, namely that minority which actually codes for protein, and now we find that actually the majority of it is doing something. What it's doing is calling into action the protein-coding genes. So you can think of the protein-coding genes as being sort of the toolbox of subroutines which is pretty much common to all mammals -- mice and men have the same number, roughly speaking, of protein-coding genes and that's always been a bit of a blow to self-esteem of humanity. But the point is that that was just the subroutines that are called into being; the program that's calling them into action is the rest [of the genome] which had previously been written off as junk."

One by one the supporting pillars of evolution seem to be crumbling away beneath their feet, and evolutionists have built their house of straw are now grabbing at those straws.

Categories: Evolution v Creation

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