ID Prediction Summary

It is laudable that Meyer takes the step to explore predictions that ID would make. Predictions that are testable are a vital part of the scientific process. But just making a prediction isn’t sufficient to indicate viable science. Astrologers and tasseologists can also make predictions and sometimes they may be right. Predictions must also be based . . . → Read More: ID Prediction Summary

ID Prediction #12

“The functional sequences of amino acids within amino acid ¬sequence space should be extremely rare rather than common.”

The final prediction listed in this appendix relates directly to the research work done by Doug Axe in the BioLogic Institute. The argument is that the arrangement of amino acids in functional molecules like proteins should be rare, that . . . → Read More: ID Prediction #12

ID Prediction #11

“If the flagellar motor was intelligently designed and the type-3 secretory system devolved from it, the genes that code for the bacterial flagellar motor should be older than those that code for the proteins in the T3SS, and not the reverse. Alternatively, if the T3SS and the flagellar motor arose by design independently, T3SS should have . . . → Read More: ID Prediction #11

ID Prediction #10

“If an intelligent (and benevolent) agent designed life, then studies of putatively bad designs in life-such as the vertebrate retina and virulent bacteria-should reveal either (a) reasons for the designs that show a hidden functional logic or (b) evidence of decay of originally good designs.”

This prediction deals with the issue of “bad design.” The ID concept . . . → Read More: ID Prediction #10

ID Prediction #9

“The fossil record, in particular, should show evidence of dis¬crete infusions of information into the biosphere at episodic intervals as well as a top-down, rather than bottom-up, pattern of appearance of new fossil forms.”

This is a prediction that is indeed in sharp contrast to that predicted by evolutionary development. The issue seems to be the degree . . . → Read More: ID Prediction #9

ID Prediction #8

“If a designing intelligence acted discretely in the history of life, the various subdisciplines of biology should show evidence of polyphyly.”

Again, Meyer shows a degree of knowledge about what the proposed intelligent designer would or would not do. Such knowledge is not accessible to or testable by the scientific community in general. In this case, Meyer . . . → Read More: ID Prediction #8

ID Prediction #7

“If intelligent design played a role in the origin of life, but not subsequently, prokaryotic cells should carry amounts of genetic information that exceed their own needs or retain vestiges of having done so, and molecular biology should provide evidence of information-rich structures that exceed the causal powers of chance, necessity, or the combination of the . . . → Read More: ID Prediction #7

ID Prediction #6

“Sophisticated imaging techniques will reveal nanomachines (turbines) in centrioles that play a role in cell division. Other evidence will show that malfunctions in the regulation of these machines are responsible for chromosomal damage.”

This prediction essentially involves experimental confirmation of the hypotheses proposed by Jonathan Wells of the role of centrioles in cell division. Meyer quotes from . . . → Read More: ID Prediction #6

ID Prediction #5

“Investigation of the logic of regulatory and information¬-processing systems in cells will reveal the use of design strategies and logic that mirrors (though possibly exceeds in complexity) those used in systems designed by engineers. Cell biologists will find regulatory systems that function in accord with a logic that can be expressed as an algorithm.”

A common feature . . . → Read More: ID Prediction #5

ID Prediction #4

“Informational accounting will reveal that any improvements in replicase function in ribozymes are the result of active informa¬tion supplied by ribozyme engineers.”

This is the experimental biochemistry version of the computer simulation prediction (see #2). Meyer discusses in some degree of detail how origin-of-life researchers strive to demonstrate experimentally how replicase functions can arise from various RNA-world . . . → Read More: ID Prediction #4

 

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