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Elon Musk Tweet Shows Why Many Doubt Origin of Life Studies

What You Need To Know About Critical Race Theory

The Miracle of the Cell

Defending American Values, and History

Thomas Reid — Recovering Another ID Ancestor

Once you’ve scooped up a copy of Michael Denton’s The Miracle of the Cell, here is another worthwhile addition to your library to consider. James Barham, who contributed a memorable essay to Evolution News, “Confessions of an Atheist Darwin-Doubter,” back in 2012, has edited a new edition of the prominent Scottish “common sense” philosopher Thomas Reid’s Lectures on Natural Theology. As Barham comments in an ID the Future conversation with host Jay Richards, “There’s little doubt in my mind that Reid if he were alive today would be part of the intelligent design movement.” So, alongside Alfred Russel Wallace, for one, this is another case of a lost and then recovered ancestor of modern ID thinking. Of course, as Barham points out, the philosophical design tradition

New Research Finds Molecular Machines Are Even More Amazing than Behe Realized

Images of the molecular machines that Michael Behe brought to public attention 21 years ago were dim and fuzzy at the time but were convincing enough then to make a strong case for irreducible complexity. Now, new imaging techniques such as cryo-electron microscopy allow scientists to look at individual parts of the machines at near-atomic resolution. ATP Synthase In 1997, John E. Walker shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Paul Boyer and Jens Skou for discovering that ATP was synthesized in cells by a rotary engine. He was 56 at the time; now, at age 79, he is still engaged in research on the mechanism of ATP synthase (see our animation). Co-authoring a paper in PNAS,1 Walker and two others used cryo-electron microscopy to examine the motor at higher resolution than was

Out Today, Denton "Takes the Fine-Tuning Argument to a Whole New Level"

Biologist Michael Denton's new book, The Miracle of the Cell, is out today! As paleontologist Günter Bechly explains, there are levels of fine-tuning in nature — the cosmic, the planetary, the biological — but Denton takes the discussion of the phenomenon and its implications to a "whole new level": In this seminal new book, distinguished biochemist Michael Denton takes the fine-tuning argument to a whole new level. He shows that many of the chemical elements themselves and their properties are delicately fine-tuned for life, and the same holds for crucial compounds like water. Denton also makes a convincing case that all these instances of fine-tuning converge towards a 'primal blueprint' that existed prior to the arrival of the first living cell. Denton is at the forefront

Eberlin: "Michael Denton Has Again Sent the Opponents of Cosmic Purpose Scurrying"

Biologist Michael Denton's new book, The Miracle of the Cell, releases tomorrow! The great Brazilian chemist Marcos Eberlin comments: Michael Denton has again sent the opponents of cosmic purpose scurrying. True, I do not share his hope that one day we may discover natural laws that would “save the day” for a naturalistic origin of life. We know — experimentally and conceptually — that the meaning of chemical bites such as CTA equals valine must be free of lawlike constraints for them to express the reams of life-essential information they do. But there is much I find to celebrate in Denton’s new book. The Miracle of the Cell is marvelous in vividly illuminating the evidence that the elements of life were selected and exquisitely fine-tuned by a master intellect, and had

Intention, Agency, Even in “Simple” Life Is No Illusion

What does it mean for something to be "alive"? Here is a classic episode of ID the Future that is very well timed with the release on Monday of Michael Denton’s new book, The Miracle of the Cell. In the book, Dr. Denton urges readers to watch a short video, “Neutrophil Chasing Bacteria”: “What one witnesses there seems to transcend all our intuitions: A tiny speck of matter, invisible to the naked eye, so small that one hundred of them could be lined up across the top of a pin, is seemingly endowed with intention and agency.” See it here: Is the appearance of “intention and agency” on the part of seemingly simple “specks” of life an illusion or is it real? Biologist Scott Turner sat down with host Robert Crowther to discuss just
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