Evolution’s Limits – An Appeal to Missing Links

Teach the Doctor Who controversy - you can't prove that he doesn't exist

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Why am I – an amature creation scientist – featuring an atheist’s meme?  Read on to find out.

I might have figured out a practical way to test for evolution’s limit in a lab, and I want to do the math to find out if it’ll be practical.  I’m also using this project as an excuse to read up on evolution’s limit.

In my previous post, I gave Michael Behe’s definition of evolution’s practical limit – or as he called it, irreducible complexity.  However, before I go further, I need a definition that’s good enough for what I’m doing.  Thus, I’m going through some objections to his argument that life is too complicated to evolve, and if necessary I’ll tweak his definition of “too complicated” to cover some corner cases.

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The Practical Limit of Evolution

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A few years ago, I tested evolution.  In my simulation, there were 4 main phenomena:

  1. Evolution
  2. The practical limit of evolution
  3. Devolution
  4. Extinction due to devolution

Of these, I was able to find plenty of scientific papers documenting 3 of them.  But I couldn’t find any studies looking for 1 of them – the practical limit of evolution.

EDIT: I phrased this poorly.  There are plenty of scientific papers that claim to debunk irreducible complexity, but as Casey Luskin pointed out, they attack a straw-man version of of irreducible complexity, not the real thing.  This article by Ken Miller references some of them, and gives a good summary of the reasoning behind them.

Here are some more:

I wrote that I couldn’t find any studies looking for irreducible complexity because the ones that I knew of that claimed to were actually looking for the wrong thing.  I had planned to clarify this in a future post, but I realized that if someone only read this post, they would think that there wasn’t any research that even claimed to test the claim of irreducible complexity, which would be a false claim.

We Creationists call this limit Irreducible Complexity.  Basically, if any machine is too complicated to appear by evolution, it’s irreducibly complex.

In this series, I’m going to read up on this limit and summarize what’s been said and written about it so far.  I have the beginning of a way to test in a lab if something can or can’t appear by evolution.  If someone else has thought of it or tried it, I’ll summarize their research.  If not, I’ll explain my idea.

Michael Behe coined the term in his book Darwin’s Black Box.

I’m also going to experiment with smaller posts.  I want to keep each post in this series under 600 words.

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Testing Evolution – What My Results Mean

The elephant in the room

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I wrote a simulator to test evolution, so I could see who was right – my parents, or most scientists.  My parents were right.  Not only is evolution totally incapable of creating a man from an amoeba, but the very process that most scientists think causes evolution mostly causes devolution.  Given enough time and chance, we will devolve to extinction.  Even the research of evolutionary biologists shows very clearly that this is true.

How can this be?  Are my parents smarter than the many great scientists who believe in evolution?  Am I smarter, or do I have some hidden knowledge that they don’t?  No.  My parents aren’t idiots, but they’re not geniuses either.  And the things they know are far from secret – they’re published in the beginning of the best-selling book of all time.

While most scientists believe what their professors taught them about evolution, my parents believe the Bible.  The Bible says that God created the universe and life in 6 days, and then it was finished.  The Bible also says that all creation is “in bondage to corruption“.  It makes no exception for life.

The Bible says that those who willfully refuse to honor the living God – their maker – will, while “claiming to be wise”, become fools.  It even says that God supernaturally enhances this human tendency, by sending on such people a “strong delusion” as punishment.

And this is exactly what happens in real life.

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Testing Evolution – Supporting Evidence

According to the law of infinite probability, my laundry should eventually fold itself

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EDIT: Here’s a link to my evolution simulator (project page)

I figured out how to test evolution, wrote an evolution simulator, ran it, and listed some testable claims I can make if it’s accurate.  Now I’ll list some evidence from biology that shows I’m right – in the long term, evolution is not the main thing that happens: devolution is.  This is not a full list.  I was able to put this together fairly quickly by looking through a top 10 list of genetic disorders and picking a few that are clearly caused by bad mutations that natural selection doesn’t get rid of.  These mutations build up in the gene pool over time, causing devolution.  If enough of them build up, they’ll eventually drive all life on earth extinct.
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Testing Evolution – How to Tell if I’m Right

Theory and Reality

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I figured out how to test evolution, wrote an evolution simulator, and ran it. If my simulator is accurate, here are some things that should happen in living things.  I’d love to see how many of these have already been found.

EDIT: Here’s a link to my evolution simulator (project page)

Top 3 Phenomena that Should Happen in Living Things:

  1. Evolution
  2. Irreducible Complexity
  3. Devolution Leading to Extinction

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Testing Evolution – The Results

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I figured out how to test evolution, and I wrote an evolution simulator.  Here are the exact results I get when I run it, and some examples of the same phenomena from biology:

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Testing Evolution – How I Did It

Muller's Foundry Screenshot - A Mutant That's Better Than the Original

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I’m writing this post mainly for anyone who wants to make their own version of my evolution simulator, to prove to themselves that I really got it right.  I’ll still try to make it accessible to non-geeks.

I figured out how to test evolution, now it was time to actually do it.  In this post, I’ll describe in detail the way that I wrote my evolution simulator.

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