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September 1, 2009

Molecular 'Chevaliers' Rattle The Darwin-faithful: Review Of The Fifth Chapter Of Signature In The Cell

Robert Deyes continues his chapter by chapter analysis of Signature in the Cell at www.uncommondescent.com.

Amidst the many memories that I cherish from my college undergraduate years are the get-togethers that friends and I would have to discuss the core textbook principles of molecular biology. Benjamin Lewin's Genes IV stands out as one of the treasured resources we would pour over as we searched for the facts on the makeup of life. Perhaps most often visited amongst our topics of discussion were those of eukaryotic transcription and translation principally because for all of us there was something deeply unsettling about the naturalistic foundations upon which the emergence of these processes had been presented. So unsettled were we that we could never quite swallow the evolutionary suppositions that accompanied the factual details.

To recapitulate on what we now know about transcription, eukaryotes are furnished with three different RNA polymerases differing primarily in the types of genes that they transcribe. Each RNA Polymerase binds to a class of DNA sequence known as a promoter from which transcription then begins (1). A number of proteins called transcription factors, upon which these polymerases are absolutely dependent, form a functional transcription 'apparatus'. RNA Polymerase II for example requires at least four transcription factors, TFIIA, TFIIB, TFIID and TFIIE for activity -- a fact that is self-evident in Stephen Meyer's pictorial outlines in the fifth chapter of his book Signature In The Cell

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September 2, 2009

Blown Away by Signature in the Cell

The new issue of American Spectator is out with a rave review of Stephen Meyer's Signature in the Cell. Writer Dan Peterson opens with the revelation that this book wasn't just good -- it was a game-changer:


When I learned that Dr. Stephen Meyer had written a new book on the evidence of design displayed in living cells, I expected to be impressed by it. I wasn't prepared to have my mind blown -- which is what happened.

We've heard before that Dr. Meyer's book is more than dangerous to the Darwinist case; it's comprehensive and devastating:

Meyer's argument is a comprehensive one, rooted in multiple scientific and philosophical disciplines, and he is perhaps uniquely qualified to make it. His background is in physics and earth science, and he earned his PhD from Cambridge University in philosophy of science, with a thesis on origin of life research. Although not himself a biologist, the detailed facts of molecular biology Meyer presents in the book, on which he bases his principal arguments, are sound and accurate scientifically...

Signature in the Cell takes readers on a tour of scientific history from Darwin to Watson and Crick...

And that's where the book becomes mind-blowing. In a few chapters, Meyer lays out with admirable clarity the chemical processes by which information is stored in the DNA molecule and details the tightly integrated cell machinery for transcription of that information. He describes the built-in error correction mechanisms that allow that information to be read and duplicated with astounding accuracy. He shows how the primary code in DNA (which is not suited to forming proteins directly) is translated into a higher-level code, which in turn specifies the sequencing of the 20 amino acids used to form proteins, and he delineates the mechanism by which amino acids are then assemble in precise order in the cell's ribosome to become functional proteins.

These and other cellular processes are set forth in considerable technical detail. It takes a big of concentration, but with the help of the book's many illustrations and Meyer's lucid writing style, the technical scientific descriptions are remarkably easy to follow.

By the time the reader is done with them, an unbidden conviction takes shape: these astonishingly intricate molecular machines, and the informational software that drives them, could not have arisen, even in a vastly simpler form, as a result of chance combinations of chemicals on the primitive earth.


Read the whole review for yourself here, or download it as a PDF here.



September 3, 2009

Signature in the Cell on C-SPAN's BookTV This Weekend

If you weren't able to join us for the official Signature in the Cell book release party at the Seattle Art Museum, you can still watch author Stephen Meyer's presentation this weekend on C-SPAN2's BookTV:

Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design

About the Program
Stephen Meyer argues that our DNA provides evidence of an intelligent designer and helps explain how life began. He spoke at the Seattle Art Museum during an event hosted by the Discovery Institute.

Future Airings
* Saturday, September 5th at 7pm (ET)
* Sunday, September 6th at 7am (ET)
* Monday, September 7th at 12pm (ET)
* Tuesday, September 8th at 12am (ET)



September 14, 2009

Signature in the Cell, "Meyer's Comprehensive Statement of the Case for ID"

Vision.org has an excellent review of Signature in the Cell for your enjoyment:


Mystery novels provide beachgoers and travelers with riveting reading material, and TV viewers never seem to weary of the investigative exploits of the detectives in their favorite weekly whodunits. It seems everyone loves a great mystery!

Modern mysteries often feature sleuths trained in sophisticated scientific methods of evidence gathering. Test results from cleverly obtained genetic samples are commonly employed to identify the perpetrator--a testament to the widespread acceptance that DNA evidence enjoys in contemporary culture.

Since the revolution in molecular biology of the 1950s and 1960s, the emerging fields of genomics and bioinformatics have furnished humanity with a wealth of useful information. The biological sciences and modern medicine routinely rely on results of genetic testing in research. Forensic information garnered from DNA is commonplace in court proceedings and decisions.

Ironically, even as DNA evidence is used to solve many a mystery, this information-rich genetic material is a profound puzzle of itself.

Where did the functionally complex first cell come from?


Keep reading here.



September 24, 2009

Signature in the Cell called a "profound, hugely important book"

Today's commentary at Breakpoint is about Stephen Meyer's Signature in the Cell, which they hail as a "landmark book about intelligent design", adding that it is a "profound, hugely important book."

You can read it and listen to it here.



September 28, 2009

Midwest Book Review says Signature in the Cell perfect for college level science reading

Midwest Book Review writes:

SIGNATURE IN THE CELL: DNA AND THE EVIDENCE FOR INTELLIGENT DESIGN argues that Charles Darwin did not refute intelligent design, and that the case has been misrepresented by the media and local school boards. SIGNATURE IN THE CELL is the first book to make a case for intelligent design based on DNA, and offers an investigation of evolutionary theories and the evidence that led him to affirm intelligent design. It's a weighty consideration perfect for college-level science and spirituality holdings.

The Midwest Book Review is long established review organization that provides information on new books and publications specifically designed for community and academic librarians, and booksellers/reatilers.



September 29, 2009

Coverage of Last Night's ID Lecture at OU

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Well, the news out of Oklahoma about Stephen Meyer's intelligent design presentation at the University last night is quite encouraging. Over three hundred people reportedly turned out for the lecture and discussion following. For all the potty mouthed bluster that local Darwin activists offered up ahead of time, almost everyone in attendance, whether for or against ID, was civil and respectful during the presentation and discussion last night.

The local daily paper, The Norman Transcript, has two stories today, one about the event last night and one about the screening of Darwin's Dilemma this evening.

Intelligent design is the most likely explanation of the origin of life, an author and speaker at the University of Oklahoma said Monday night.

The way Stephen C. Meyer came to that conclusion, was using Charles Darwin's own scientific method of determining which cause to accept for scientific questions in the remote past.

"The irony of that is that a conclusion that points to intelligent design" is reached by Darwin's own methods, Meyer said.

The event was also covered by the student paper, The Oklahoma Daily:
Stephen Meyer, director and senior fellow of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute in Seattle, outlined his belief in the scientific authenticity of intelligent design, which he explains in his new book, "Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design."

"If you apply Charles Darwin's method of reasoning to what we know now that he didn't, you come to exactly the opposite conclusion that he did," Meyer said. "There is evidence of design in nature, and you find that evidence most obviously on display in the digital code that is stored in the DNA."

I suspect both reporters and both papers are all in for a surprise from the feedback they're likely to get from the biology department at the university.

Over at the OU IDEA Club's website last night, club president Josh Malone live blogged his notes and thoughts about the event, and gave a brief rundown of the Q&A session that followed. The photo here was sent in by him.

Remember that tonight is the screening of Darwin's Dilemma at 7pm in Kerr Auditorium a the Sam Noble Natural History Museum.

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