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|Quote (carlsonjok @ June 25 2008,13:26)|
|Quote (ERV @ June 25 2008,12:48)|
|Anyone have the text of the third letter to Lenski? CP is down again.|
Honestly, I don't think a third letter is necessary. Schlafly's epic fail has incented the big intellectual guns to join the fray. And the biggest of them all, Davescot, has managed to eviscerate Lenski only three (3!!!) sentences into the abstract.
|I started reading Lenski’s full paper myself to see what raw data was provided and I got no farther than the first paragraph beyond the abstract when I encountered a bias error that a chance worshipper would never notice. My emphasis: |
|At its core, evolution involves a profound tension between random and deterministic processes. Natural selection works systematically to adapt populations to their prevailing environments. However, selection requires heritable variation generated by random mutation, and even beneficial mutations may be lost by random drift. Moreover, random and deterministic processes become intertwined over time such that future alternatives may be contingent on the prior history of an evolving population.|
The bold portion is patently wrong. Selection operates on any heritable variation whether random or not. That the authors would use the language they did (random variation) and the peer reviewers didn’t notice it is testimony to the chance worshipper bias that pervades evolution
I believe the peanut gallery, in their latest fashion in phraseology, would summarize this as:
But they won’t because they’re living in denial of their own failings.
HAR HAR. ID WINS.
Funny how Dave didn't talk about how they were front-loaded to create this mutation by the designer.
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