Saturday, April 2, 2016

God's Fingerprint In Your DNA: Information

[Update: No Free Will? the Bear just got a chuckle from reading an article on the Psychology Today website entitled, "Why Psychiatry Should Abandon the Idea of Free Will." The idea is, if people with mental illnesses understood that they have no free will, they would suffer no guilt, no stigma. What made the Bear laugh is the idea of deciding to write an article, executing it down to the last thought and period, then seeking to persuade others to adopt your idea, when there is no free will. Follow? Another corker was "every day researchers are piling on more data that there is no free will." Sure they are, Buckwheat. Except they're not. They are goldfish swimming in the same circles every day claiming to understand the television.]

Materialists used to say the universe is composed of matter and energy. No God, no soul, no free will, not even a "you:" your decisions and loves are all a pointless illusion produced by the physical brain for an audience that isn't there.

DNA double helix
Then in 1953, an unlikely pair of scientists, Watson and Crick, discovered a large, complex molecule: the famous double helix structure of DNA. Along with matter and energy there would be a third component of the universe: information. DNA is how traits from your parents and ancestors are expressed.

The information is encoded in four nitrogen bases. "A," adenine; "T," thymine; "G," guanine; and "C," cytosine. Using different sequences of these four "letters," -- ATGC -- all the information that makes up "you," is literally spelled out in code. Information.

If someone were to print out this article, and you were to later find it, you would have no doubt (Bear hopes) that an intelligence was behind it, who encoded a message using the convention we call writing the English language. Encoding information is something an intelligence does. Information.

In trials, the Bear has often faced the challenge of DNA evidence. It is very compelling. The forensic scientist will say that the DNA found on the victim's body matches the defendant's DNA to the exclusion of [some impossibly high number] which is more than the population of the entire planet. For all intents and purposes everybody's DNA is unique.

You probably know that at conception, you got half of your DNA from your father, and half from your mother. So much was decided at that moment! Your eye color, and hair color. What diseases you might be prone to. If you have children, it may seem that even talents and traits from one parent or the other are passed along.

You were already a unique individual at conception. A life. A human being.

Here the Psalmist strikes a wonderfully appropriate chord.

13. For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
14. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
15. My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
16. Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.

New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (Ps 139:13–16). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

But new studies suggest our DNA may not be as unchanging as we once thought. In fact, an article in Scientific American, "Changing Our DNA Through Mind Control?" suggests how we think may at least help prevent DNA deterioration. (They use Buddhist meditation, of course, but you get the idea.) Another study found that depression changes DNA. Both of these studies look at the length of telomeres, which are like the plastic tips on your shoelaces. Telomeres keep your DNA from unraveling, and longer ones are associated with greater protection, while shorter ones may not get the job done.

Whether we can actually change the information itself in our DNA remains to be seen. Everyone agrees, however, that we can do healthy or unhealthy things with our minds. Some of these may come from certain DNA coding, i.e. a cause; others seem to do the reverse, affect the DNA, at least its protection against deterioration.

In conclusion, on a molecular level, complex information has somehow been coded into your biology. Information which strongly suggests an intelligence. We might as well go further: God wrote it. Just like, "In your book were written the days that were ordained for me."

6 comments:

  1. I read awhile back, that I think it's mitochondria that have minute sophisticated machinery in them. Its more mechanical engineering than biology. It's mind boggling and points strongly to Intelligent Design.

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    1. There is one famous molecule that is actually a 30-part machine that includes a rotating flagellum for propulsion. That really marked a turning point in the Intelligent Design movement, because anyone could look at it an recognize a machine. Right now, the only thing that is keeping ID out of the mainstream is the brute power of the materialists, like the ridiculous Dover decision that made by a judge who didn't even understand the evidence. The media turned it into Inherit the Wind II, as well.

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    2. Only females pass along mitochondria. This is significant because we can test for mitochondrial DNA from things we could not get regular DNA from, like hair shafts.

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  2. I just gaze upon a daffodil and know He exists.

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  3. ID as a theory is wrong, so is any notion that man is only fleshy bits.

    And so is any notion that spirit is tangible.

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    1. So... God did not get into biological design? In any case, it's science, albeit a new one. It deserves to stand or fall on the evidence, not be throttled in its crib by militant materialists.

      And the Bear agrees that spirit is intangible, although nonetheless has the ability to interact with the brain, at least.

      Ultimately, though, the fact that we shall all be resurrected highlights that Christianity is strange among religious in that it does not jettison the body, but honors it as a necessary element of the body-soul.

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