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|Quote (oldmanintheskydidntdoit @ June 15 2010,10:04)|
|Jerry makes an ID prediction|
Not to put a fly in the ointment but the ID position in no way rest on the percentage of the non coding DNA that has function. It is certainly greater than zero and probably much less than 100%. The higher this percentage the stronger the ID case is but even if it is relatively low it does not make a dent in the ID argument.
So argue all you want and make it interesting but everyone should keep in the back of their mind that the actual percentage may not affect the strength of the anti ID argument. If the percentage is fairly high then it is a very strong ID case and definitely weakens the anti ID position. If it is relatively low then it no way undermines the ID case nor weakens its position. ID can just not claim this particular point. What we have here is a desperate attempt to make sure the percentage is not high because that would be a devastating blow to the anti ID people. It may not be all that high and it will probably be years before we find out the truth.
This is just a caution to the pro ID people. Do not go to the wall on this. The percentage could be fairly low and the complexity so overwhelming in the actual coding and regulatory parts that it boggles the mind that it could happen by chance. The remaining non functional DNA may be there as a result of an extremely functional process that is very complicated but well designed and which leaves excess DNA as a result.
jerry's spidey sense is nagging him (by whispering "Dover, Dover" in his ear) about not taking stands.
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