PRE-SELECTION AS A NEW SOURCE OF INTELLIGENCE

Problem Solving on a Molecular Level: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110125172418.htm

This article discusses PRE-SELECTION, where there is a selection process taking place at the molecular/cellular level. This caught my attention because Natural Selection cannot operate until after birth with a fully functional variation.

Reading from the article:

“By allowing for a certain amount of mistakes to occur instead of quenching them with global proofreading machinery, organisms gain the advantage of allowing for what Masel calls pre-selection: It provides an opportunity for natural selection to act on sequences even before mutations occur.”

[THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS NATURAL SELECTION OCCURRING BEFORE MUTATIONS. THIS IMPLIES ID].

“There is evidence that cryptic gene sequences still get translated into protein,” Masel explained, “at least occasionally.”

“When those proteins are bad enough, the sequences that produce them can be selected against. For example, if we imagine a protein with an altered amino acid sequence causing it to not fold correctly and pile up inside the cell, that would be very toxic to the organism.”

“In this case of a misfolded protein, selection would favor mutations causing that genetic sequence to not be translated into protein or it would favor sequences in which there is a change so that even if that protein is made by accident, the altered sequence would be harmless.”

“Pre-selection puts that cryptic variation in a state of readiness,” Masel said. “One could think of local solutions as natural selection going on behind the scenes, weeding out variations that are going to be catastrophic, and enriching others that are only slightly bad or even harmless.”

“Whatever is left after this process of pre-selection has to be better,” she pointed out. “Therefore, populations relying on this strategy have a greater capability to evolve in response to new challenges. With too much proofreading, that pre-selection can’t happen.”

“Most populations are fairly well adapted and from an evolutionary perspective get no benefit from lots of variation. Having variation in a cryptic form gets around that because the organism doesn’t pay a large cost for it, but it’s still there if it needs it.”

That’s called intelligence at the molecular level, aka ID. PRE-SELECTION is predicted by ID Theory, and is ID. This is a THIRD MECHANISM. It is not mutations, and it is not NS. NS ONLY OPERATES AFTER BIRTH, ON A FULLY DEVELOPED GENOTYPE. NS DOES NOT OPERATE AT THE CELLULAR OR MOLECULAR LEVEL!!!

By the way, there are other scientific candidates for the source intelligence. Everyone knows about extraterrestrials. Some of the most impressive evidence to me are the monuments on planet Mars, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUV55M_ncns&feature=related. In addition to space aliens, here’s two more:

1. Reductionism, http://www.uncommondescent.com/science/2010-coming-down-from-the-reductionism-trip/.

2. Quantum biological hypothesis, http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-01-scientists-erase-energy.html. In this approach, we have design without a design using the identical rationale as to why the Big Bang required nothing to exist at Time = zero.

ID is on it’s way to becoming more legitimate science every day.

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