John Cuthber

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  1. John Cuthber

    The inconvenient truth about genetics

    That's two different things. Yes, people who talk about "a gene for whatever", unless they are using it as shorthand, or where "whatever" is a single protein are wrong. But, as I keep asking, if the "design" isn't in the genome, where is it? The link's indirect, but the genes really do make pretty much everything.
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    The inconvenient truth about genetics

    The OP's contention is And, for that to be true the information has to be stored somewhere else. Where is it? It's tautological to say it's in the proteins etc because the proteins are made according to the DNA blueprint. Some proteins fold themselves into vitally important configurations- they do that because the sequence - lain down in the DNA means that's the lowest energy state and they "fall" into it. Some proteins need accessory molecules to fold them. Well guess where the instructions for those accessories are... Saying "There needs to be protein (etc) infrastructure to read the DNA" is true, but irrelevant. I need eyes to read a book, but it doesn't make them part of the story. And once we have addressed this one we can go on to the second thing the OP said which isn't much better. (So called "reason 2" was a repeat of 1)
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    The inconvenient truth about genetics

    I'm still waiting for someone to answer my question. If the data's not in the DNA, where is it? (for extra credit, how is it encoded and transmitted to the next generation?) The OP claimed that
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    Today I Learned

    So is ονοματοποιημένος Any particular reason?
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    to make green

    What do you mean by that?
  6. How long would they need to jail you for (in spite of your having done nothing wrong) before you came to respect them?
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    The inconvenient truth about genetics

    Not really. See above.
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    The inconvenient truth about genetics

    And, every time the cell reproduces, more of those proteins are made, following instructions coded in DNA. There might be a problem here for abiogenesis, but it's not a problem for evolution and, more importantly, it's not support for the OP's claim that there's not enough information stored in the genome. The red flag was posting lots of things that you can't show are true. Asking us to take them all on faith is equivalent to starting your own religion (regardless of what your intention may have been). You may like it, but it's wrong. As I said, you can watch a frog egg construct a frog without needing to search wiki for the instructions. If you say the information isn't in the DNA, you need to say why you think that, and you need to explain where you think it is.
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    Mizuno Seeks Replications

    I am reminded of the most telling question asked of Fleishman and Pons: "Why are you not dead?". They had no answer. If they really had nuclear fusion happening as they had claimed, the neutron flux would have killed them.
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    Is aluminum oxide combined with iron oxide reactive thermite?

    No. Aluminium is capable of extracting oxygen from carbon dioxide (in much the same way that it removes the oxygen from iron oxide). "Is aluminum oxide combined with iron oxide reactive thermite?" No.
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    Today I Learned

    Is it onomatopoeic?
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    The inconvenient truth about genetics

    Please indicate the parts of the apparatus of the cell that are reproduced, but for which there is no corresponding DNA. Now, I accept that, for example, water is a major part of cells, and there's no DNA which (meaningfully) makes water, but it's also hard to see that as the "information" needed to make a cell.
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    The inconvenient truth about genetics

    You didn't. It's a quote glitch That's what authority is for. It's to save you the trouble of regurgitating all the stuff you learned during the course of training. It's so that when the doctor says "take these pills" you don't waste his time asking why.
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    The inconvenient truth about genetics

    Perhaps Jan Shyla was planning to add some later. It took me 14 hours or so to get round to it. Also, re. Well, that's what authority is for.
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    The inconvenient truth about genetics

    In fairness to Jan Shyla, they posted pretty much the same thing I did and I got a couple of rep points for it.
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    The inconvenient truth about genetics

    We can start with "Reason 1: The genome does not contain enough information" It seems to be an attempt at proof by loud assertion. As a counterpoint, I will simply state the following proof: it works, so it must transmit the information needed. We can watch the process in other species much more easily. You can readily observe a single fertilized frog's egg growing into a frog (via a tadpole) with no need to nip out of the jam jar to read the instruction manual. All the information is in that egg, and essentially the only plausible location within the egg is the DNA. You might make noises about mitochondrial DNA, but all that does is marginally expand the definition of "genome". I could go on and point out other problems but that's your job. It's a pity you failed to do it. BTW, I'm really hoping you are going to say that God, by some mechanism, provides the additional guidance. Because, if that was true, any gestational defect would be proof of the fallibility of God.
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    The inconvenient truth about genetics

    Once again, someone who doesn't understand genetics is saying it's wrong.
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    How did homosexuality evolve?

    Just a thought... I think we all accept that it's ludicrously simplistic to say there's a "gay gene" - it's a combination of genetic and environmental factors but, for simplicity, we can use "gay gene" as a shorthand. So, it's clear that a strict "gay gene" would be a problem for evolution. But what's the story for a gene for " being sexually attracted to women"? Equally, how about the gene for "being sexually attracted to men"? Well, those genes are strongly selected for in some (fairly obvious) circumstances. Men with the first of those genes will be much more successful reproductively than men without it. And women will be more successful if they have the second gene. Now, as I said, that's not really going to be a single gene, but a combination. And it's likely that the individual genetic components of the trait will be repeated- people will have more than one copy of some of the genes responsible. It's also reasonable to imagine the genes involved being activated or deactivated by testosterone or oestrogen And it's plausible that those genes may be distributed throughout the genome. So, genetic shuffling of genes will give rise to various combinations of the "fancies women" and "fancies men" components in all people. Some combinations of those components will lead to homosexuality even though the genes themselves are not related to the "homo". A "fancies men" gene is homosexual in males, but heterosexual in females. You don't need any "gay gene", so there's no need to worry about how it's carried through the generations.
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    Chernobyl and the After effects:

    And you assume that the information I got (largely, at the time, from the Official news agency "Tass" who lied repeatedly) is correct and you assume that I watched the film (I didn't) So, I really can't judge it, and you were mistaken to declare, unreservedly, that I could.
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    Women 1 idiots 0

    Slightly OT but re. "Confucius says: "Man with watch always knows the time. Man with two watches is never sure."" When was the watch invented and when was Confucius writing? Anyway, it's not "practical" to choose bad doctors over good ones- regardless of the likely lengths of their carers. Apart from anything else, the students are (generally) the ones picking up the cost of tuition. The government picks up the cost of poor doctors.
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    Chernobyl and the After effects:

    According to you, it doesn't matter. Merely not having any basis doesn't stop me gauging the accuracy of the film. (Because getting the wrong answer doesn't seem to matter) You said I could gauge it anyway. I have repeatedly insisted that I can't, but you won't believe me.
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    Chernobyl and the After effects:

    Gauging something wrongly isn't really gauging it- or the term loses any meaning.
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    Chernobyl and the After effects:

    Imagine I post a picture of some man and say it looks like my brother. Would you this say to Et Pet Could he gauge it for himself?
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    Chernobyl and the After effects:

    Are you deliberately missing the point?
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    Aloe Vera Juice State

    No Just No. Also no.