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Letter: Stop clapping for info on intelligent design

By Phil Drietz, Delhi The instructions for building and operating a human being are written with just four letters -- abbreviated A,T,C and G -- representing four chemicals arranged like steps that are strung along in a thin helical ladder. This ...

By Phil Drietz, Delhi

The instructions for building and operating a human being are written with just four letters - abbreviated A,T,C and G - representing four chemicals arranged like steps that are strung along in a thin helical ladder. This ‘DNA’ ladder is about 2 meters long but only 2 nanometers wide, and it’s all packed into a tiny ball (nucleus) about 5 micrometers in diameter.
To put this into perspective, imagine a 3,100-mile long clothes line rope that has instruction sentences (genes) written on it, some short, some long. Now take all 3,100 miles of rope and pack it into an average-sized two-story house, amd make it into about 10,000 loops that are not tangled and can be spooled. Sections of the rope must be mobile enough to be moved around in the house so they can be brought along side of another part of the line that might be 50 miles down line to complete a sentence that can be ‘downloaded’ into the factory that builds the parts and then assembles them into skin cells, or immune cells, brain cells, or whatever the production plan for the day happens to be. Some of these loops can move around some 2,000 times in a 56-hour period.
Recently, Karolinska Institute stated that the “grammar” of the human genetic code is more complex than the most intricate languages in the world. The only thing that comes closer in complexity would be high level computer languages, but even those pale against the genome code because human written code goes only in one direction, one character/word at a time. The genome has information that be read in forward or reverse, three-dimensional code that overlaps other code and more.
I’ve been subscribing to Science, Scientific American and Science News for four or five years, and this year started with Nature and GeoScience. It seems like every single issue has some commentary or conclusion that all life forms have “evolved.” Never is there any mention of evidence for “intelligent design,” even though Science states (in very small print) it publishes material in which a consensus has been reached as well as the conflicting minority views.
It appears the atmosphere within academia is the same as that described by Solzhenitsyn during the Stalin days. A conference hall meeting concluded with a tribute to Stalin; everybody stood up and applauded. The clapping went on and on even though hands got sore and arms were aching; people wore fake smiles. Then after about 11 minutes, a factory director stopped clapping and sat down. Immediately, so did everyone else. Secret service men were in the crowd too, and noted who was first to stop clapping. That night, he was arrested and sentenced to 10 years in prison. His interrogator reminded him: “Don’t ever be the first to stop applauding.”
Woe to the molecular biologist who dares to “stop clapping” (and suggest intelligent design. He’ll most likely be shipped off to some type of scholastic Siberian gulag.

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