Here's a link to a remarkable radio interview with Stephen Meyer and Doug Axe. The subject is the Royal Society meeting last November on New trends in evolutionary biology: biological, philosophical and social science perspectives. The theme is not Intelligent Design Creationism, instead it's all about so-called problems with evolutionary theory. That's really what ID is all about in spite of what the IDiots may claim. [see A Royal Pain: Stephen Meyer and Douglas Axe on Five Problems for Evolution.]Here are the five problems according to IDiots.
- Fossil record (Cambrian explosion)
- The origin of information (no known natural source of information)
- The necessity of early mutations (you can't mutate regulatory genes that act early in development because all mutations in those genes are lethal)
- Epigenetic information (you can't evolve new body plans by mutating DNA because development is controlled by non-DNA epigenetic information)
- The universal design intuition that we all have (everybody thinks that people are created by a god-like designer, even atheists, so it must be true)
None of these criticisms were satisfactorily addressed at the Royal Society meeting, according to the dynamic duo, who were there. I was there too. It wasn't at all like these guys claim. Most of the talks were by people who don't understand modern evolutionary theory. They were part of the "old guard" who haven't kept up with changes in evolution but are convinced that they know enough to overthrow it. The new guard tried, unsuccessfully, to educate them.
None of the Intelligent Design Creationists at the meeting challenged any of the speakers or raised any of these issues. They preferred to fly under the radar.
This is what false news and pseudoscience sound like.
5 Royal Problems with MacroEvolution