Evolving Thoughts

Evolution, culture, philosophy and chocolate! John Wilkins' continuing struggle to come to terms with impermanence... "Humanus sum, nihil humanum a me alienum puto" - Terence

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Bits of the nitty gritty of ID

Tom Schneider is a clever guy who employs clever guys at his lab at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institute of Health in Frederick Maryland. The lab focuses on the use of Information Theory to estimate and uncover properties of molecular processes in cells (which, it should be obvious, apply to cancers,w hich are typically errors in cell mechanisms).

Tom has written a wonderful article, "The Nitty Gritty Bit" for Panda's Thumb on how Information Theory shows that a key property of cells, binding specificity, can evolve through (you guessed) mutation and selection, or in other words, Darwinian evolution. It has a really cool Java applet that you can fiddle with to see what changes in assumptions will do to the outcome.

Also, Tom has discovered how Intelligent Design really generates species in another, slightly less serious, essay on the discovery of a new species of Noodleus doublous, which has something to do with the recent addition to ID theory, known as FSM.