It didn’t take very long to find a use for our new logo. The logo-deployment opportunity comes from the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute‘s creationist public relations and lobbying operation, the Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids, a/k/a the cdesign proponentsists).
The Discoveroids have a new posting at their creationist blog: Is the Human Genome Garbage? Biologist Jonathan Wells Says No in New Book, “The Myth of Junk DNA”. It’s about a new book by Jonathan Wells, upon whom the Discoveroids have bestowed the title of “Senior Fellow” (i.e., full-blown creationist). His book was published by the venerable Discovery Institute Press, so you know it’s good science.
We’ve written about Wells a few times before. For background on this Moonie-creationist, see Discovery Institute: The Genius of Jonathan Wells. Here are some excerpts from the Discoveroid blog article, with bold font added by us:
Forty years ago scientists discovered that more than 95% of our DNA does not encode proteins. Since then the non-protein-coding portion was labeled “junk” and attributed to molecular accidents that have accumulated in the course of evolution.
Yes, and we’ve written a few times before about the Discoveroids’ weird claim that there can’t be such thing as junk DNA, because the existence of debris in the genome offends their concept of an all-wise Designer — blessed be he! See: Casey’s Crusade Against Junk DNA.
Whenever some tiny segment of previously unexplored DNA turns out to have some function (and evolutionary biologists never hesitate to publish their research to that effect) the Discoveroids are quick to claim that they’ve found still more evidence for the handiwork of the intelligent designer. It’s an example what we’ve previously described as the Creationists’ Scientific Method:
Let us continue with the Discoveroids’ description of Wells’ cutting-edge creation science:
Now, biologist Jonathan Wells exposes The Myth of Junk DNA (Discovery Institute Press 2011) and shows that contrary to being just evolutionary flotsam and jetsam, much of our non-protein-coding DNA performs essential biological functions.
Well, some small segments of it do have a function. We’ve omitted the link to where you can purchase Wells’ book. We’ll also ignore the rest of the article, which purports to quote some apparently favorable reviews. You can click over there if you’re interested.
We haven’t read Wells’ book but from what we’ve just seen we’re confident that Wells doesn’t show — he can’t! — that every little bit of junk DNA is useful. Most of it continues to be junk. And as long as any scrap of junk remains in our genome (we safely predict that such is certainly the case) the magic designer is left with a lot of explaining to do.
Perhaps the best example of how the genome is jammed full of junk — to the embarrassment of the Discoveroids — is something we’ve written about before: A Japanese Plant Has the World’s Biggest Genome. That plant’s genome is 50 times longer than the genome of a human being. Explain that to us, Mr. Wells.
But maybe the designer really knows what he’s doing. Or maybe the Discoveroids don’t know what they’re talking about. It can’t be both, can it?
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