I invite you to consider…
What if evolution were true, but it wasn’t quite like Darwin said?
What if there were a new evolutionary model that could explain why fossils show almost no change for millions of years…. then suddenly the Cambrian Explosion: Thousands of new species emerge intact, virtually overnight.
What if this new theory pointed the way to new innovations in artificial intelligence and adaptive computer programs?
What if “Evolution vs. Design” wasn’t an either/or proposition – but both+and?
What if, instead of arguing endlessly about fossils, we could precisely track evolutionary history with the precision of 1’s and 0’s?
Can Anybody Actually Win The Evolution 2.0 Prize?
Science, God, and
Happy Chemical Accidents
There’s a million codes out there. HTML, bar codes, zip codes, Java, English and Chinese.
Out of a million codes, 999,999 are designed by humans.
There’s one code we don’t know the origin of – and that’s DNA. We don’t know of any codes that are not designed. This implies design in DNA.
That’s an unsolved science mystery. So I and a group of Private Equity Investors have formed a company, Natural Code LLC, to offer a multi-million dollar technology prize for Origin Of Information.
There are two kinds of evolution:
1) There’s the version that you read about in the bookstore. It’s two-thirds science fiction.
2) Then there’s the version that PhD biologists, cancer researchers and genetic engineers use to do their jobs.
The two are entirely different.
Popular books tell you evolution works like this: Read more »
I appeared on WTVR’s “Good Morning Virginia” talking about Evolution 2.0:
I was raised a Young Earth Creationist.
WANTED: Stories of people who lost or almost lost faith – and only came back because they realized…
There’s more than one way to read Genesis!
I’d love to feature your story here on my blog.
Post a short version in the comments below and if it’s a fit we’ll be in touch with you directly.
Genesis 1:24-25 (NASB):
Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind”; and it was so.
God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good.
You may ask, “Where is evolution in this passage?”
Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures…
God did not create them directly. He commanded the earth to bring them forth. It was a process.
That’s an important distinction. Everybody knows animals come from animals, not the earth. Note the word for earth is “erets” which can mean soil, or land, or the whole world.
OK, so what is a “kind”?
The Hebrew word “miyn” seems to be used much as we use the word “species” today.
So how do you get a new species? As in a significant change?
If you breed dogs, all you’ll ever get is dogs.
You can separate two populations of dogs. Because of genetic drift, you’ll eventually get dogs that can’t breed together wit the original dogs.
But you still won’t get anything significantly different from a dog.
There are two ways to get a brand new species:
2) Genome Duplication through Hybridization – where Species 1 crossed with Species 2 gives you Species 3.
Emmer wheats + goat grass = modern wheat.
This doubles the number of chromosomes. After this merger, “hybrid dysgenesis” kicks in. Extensive genome editing re-arranges and deletes parts of the new DNA.
Whatever “kind” means in Genesis, it surely must allow for Hybridization (at least if the Bible can be trusted to be true) because botanists produce new species through hybrids every day.
Hybrids are typically sterile… but not always. When you get a fertile hybrid you can get a brand new species that never existed before.
A liger, for example, is a hybrid of lion and tiger. It has twice the chromosomes of either of its parents.
This fascinating article details many new kinds of plants and animals that have been bred through hybridization:
Genome studies suggest that a hybridization event got us from invertebrates to vertebrates, when two tunicates merged to create a hagfish.
Then a second merger got us from vertebrates to jawed vertebrates.
This is called “Ohno’s 2R hypothesis,” where the “2R” stands for “2 Rounds of doubling” of chromosomes.
We are not able to go back and observe tunicate 1 + tunicate 2 = hagfish, of course. But the genetic data is greatly consistent with such a hypothesis.
We also know from plant and animal breeding that in a small minority of cases, a hybrid merger produces a very successful new species. (Like wheat.) The new species may have significantly different features than its ancestors.
So unless we assume that observable symbiotic and hybrid mergers somehow prove the Bible wrong – and I seriously doubt “kind” was ever meant to exclude such things – then there is no conflict between the Bible and an evolutionary view.
Does not scripture say God commanded the earth to produce animals? And plants?
Also… does not scripture say that the earth sprouted vegetation, plants yielded seed, and fruit trees bore fruit with seeds in them? And that all of this took place before the end of “day” 3?
Genesis 1:9-13 (New American Standard Bible):
Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so.
God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good.
Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them”; and it was so.
The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good. There was evening and there was morning, a third day.
Scriptures say the earth sprouted vegetation, plants yielded seed, and fruit trees bore fruit… all on the third “day.”
We have two choices:
1) The earth brought forth vegetation and trees grew at thousands of times normal speed, or
2) Perhaps a day is not 24 hours.
The word “yom” clearly means something other than 24 hours in Genesis 2:4, where all the “days” are described as one “day.” Yom has even more meanings across the Old Testament.
So I cast my vote with option #2.
Seeing that the earth produced animals – scripture indicates God did not directly make them, but commanded the earth to make them – I see no conflict between Genesis 1 and an evolutionary progression.
Not only that – but to assert that God created animals and plants intact, fully grown, clearly contradicts scripture. Genesis 1 is not describing instantaneous miracles; it’s describing a process.
Post your comments below.
When you confront bacteria with antibiotics, they actively seek to adapt and survive. They begin editing their DNA, causing mutation rates to skyrocket. The rate of DNA changes suddenly ramps up to 100,000X normal speed.
Watch this time-lapse video by Harvard Medical School. It only takes two weeks for these bacteria to develop 1000X resistance!
Source: Harvard Gazette
Evolution 2.0 is the cell’s capacity to adapt and to generate new features and new species – by engineering its own DNA in real time. This is based on 100 years of experiments which the public has heard little about.
Evolution 2.0 recognizes that neither “side” is telling you the truth.
Traditional creationists, denying and demonizing evolution, have missed the amazing adaptive capacities of nature.
Old-school Neo-Darwinists, in their insistence on “chance and selection” have failed to produce a testable model that qualifies as science.
Instead they’ve squandered decades patching up the most troubled theory in the history of science.
Evolution 2.0 recognizes that in the 1940s, biology took a wrong turn. Barbara McClintock, who won the Nobel Prize in 1983, was ignored for years. Instead we got the Neo-Darwinian synthesis which crammed Mendelian genetics into a “chance and selection” corset. Lamarck was scorned – but is now vindicated 200 years later by Epigenetics.
The truth was what McClintock said all along: The cell re-organizes the genome dynamically in response to stress – with a sophistication that challenges our finest minds.
Evolution 2.0 echoes what Denis Noble of Oxford said: “All the central assumptions of the Modern Synthesis have been disproved. Moreover, they have been disproved in ways that raise the tantalizing prospect of a totally new synthesis.”
Evolution 2.0 points out the symmetry between opposing viewpoints, neither of which told you more than a third of the story. The truth is in the experimental middle, where the most interesting questions lie…. where scientists produce evolutionary events and new species in the lab and in the wild, in real time.
Evolution 2.0 calls out extremists for promoting an agenda that is not science. Both sides are more interested in ideology than empirical truth. This has led to a false war between science and religion.
Evolution 2.0 believes there is no conflict between science and faith; and in fact unanswered questions raised by religion become fuel for new scientific inquiries.
Just-so stories about warm ponds and lucky lightning strikes are not worthy of the questions mother nature presents to us.
Evolution 2.0 recognizes that science is empirical. Scientists should be be paid to do their jobs, which is to peel the onion of nature’s mysteries.
If you cannot test it, reproduce it, falsify it, observe it, validate it from first principles, model it, simulate it, or validate it mathematically, then it’s not science.
Evolution 2.0 also acknowledges that science cannot explain itself. All worldviews make metaphysical assumptions. Science is always practiced within a wider framework of philosophy, mathematics, and axioms which may be disproved but cannot be proven. Everybody has faith in something.
Evolution 2.0 believes our greatest technological questions have already been solved in the cell. All we need to do is look.
Evolution 2.0 posits that Origin of Information is one of the central questions in all of biology and offers a technology prize for the answer.
Evolution 2.0 believes God granted the cosmos freedom to make itself in its own way, much as parents release their children into the world to be free adults. At every step, we serve science by assuming nature is rational, discoverable, measurable, orderly, and yes, volitional.
Evolution 2.0 recognizes that many disciplines have something to bring to the table – biology, physics, engineering, history, mathematics and philosophy. And yes, even business, art and music. All are manifestations of life and teach us about life itself.
I got a provocative blog comment from Young Earth Creationist B. A. Christian:
Question: Do we need “Special Knowledge” in this case brought in from something called science to rightly interpret the passages? Or does it mean what it says? Is death the hero of the plot or the last enemy? Does consensus of geologists, biologists and astronomers determine truth?
What happens when you are FORCED to evolve? A conversation with a business customer puzzled by Evolution 2.0 leaves some clues about Symbiogenesis:
John Hands Lifts the Skirt of Modern Science, Revealing Cellulite, Varicose Veins, Scars and Blemishes
“Exactly,” he said. Cosmo Sapiens is one of those rare books that is about the big picture, yet also reports the state of the field accurately and not triumphantly.
I received a review copy from the publisher. I might not have Read more »
If you were studying computers today…
Would you start with the 1984 “Apple II Plus Troubleshooting and Repair Manual”?
Then… why would you learn evolution by reading Richard Dawkins and Bill Nye?
Dawkins’ books on evolution – like those of his pals Bill Nye, Jerry Coyne and others – are every bit as outdated as this computer book.
You may be tempted to doubt me. But don’t take my word for it. In a minute I’m going to show you how to prove this to yourself.
Old-school Neo-Darwinism has been replaced by a new, Post Modern Synthesis. Practicing biologists know this. Only now is the public beginning to hear the truth.
Some people think evolution is a myth. Others insist it happens randomly and accidentally, and takes very long. Watch this bacterium evolve in real time and repair damage in a single weekend: