Researching Creation

August 31, 2010

General / Please vote for the Little Light House

JB

Please vote for the Little Light House to receive $500,000 from Kohl's Cares.  This is a wonderful organization which benefits special needs children without taking any payment whatsoever.  They have been a lifesaver to me and my family.

August 31, 2010

Discussions around the Web / Creation Q&A Day on Facebook

JB

For any of you with questions about creationism, I encourage you to come and ask questions at Creationism Q&A Day on Facebook with Creation Nation X.  Our friend Ian hosted the last one, and I'll be hosting this one with a focus on biology.

August 28, 2010

Biological Change / Random Thought on Diversification

I was reading Gene Conversion in the Rice Genome, and noticed this:

Pseudogenes in the rice genome with low similarity to Arabidopsis genes showed greater likelihood for gene conversion than those with high similarity to Arabidopsis genes.

While arabidopsis is probably a different created kind than rice, it got me wondering - what if, when two species enter into symbiosis, one species transfers pseudogenes to another, which are then used in gene conversion to set up the biochemical pathways for the symbiosis?

Thus, pseudogenes might act like a symbiosis integration script, giving a template for interacting with it.  The other organism then takes that template, and, through gene conversion, uses pieces out of it to alter its own genome to match the symbiosis?

Anyway, that might be an interesting path to look down.

August 15, 2010

Discussions around the Web / Why Online Conversations Are Hard

JB

I was having a conversation with someone about fitness functions, who asked how someone could sneak information into a fitness function.  I responded.  Of course, someone else then asked about how evolution worked in cases where information wasn't snuck into the fitness function - the answer - it is usually snuck into the parameters of evolution!  But I hope you can see why online discussions are hard (for any issue).  People take the answer to a single *aspect* of the issue to be a universal answer to the whole deal.  They mistake the fact that you are having a conversation with a specific person about a specific thing to be a general public service announcement.  We can't spend our lives speaking in qualified statements, but we do need to be aware that people listening in aren't familiar with the full context of the conversation.