Brian Cox's Wonders of Life - Evolution Clips and Critiques

"ANY theory that explains the evolution and diversity of life must have a significant non-random component. There are simply too many combinations in the genetic code for anything interesting to appear spontaneously as a result of random mutations and assembly of bases ... The requirement that every code must produce a living animal ... is highly restrictive, and rules out the overwhelming majority of possible codes."
~ Brian Cox & Andrew Cohen, Wonders of Life: The Book of the Acclaimed BBC TV Series

I agree that there must be a non-random element to the evolution of new functional genetic information, but is natural selection really adequate to do the job? Can it really function as a "blind watchmaker"? So far, I've seen no good evidence for this. Only assertions and storytelling.

On the eye evolution story

The Oversimplified Eye Evolution Fairytale

On evolution being a "law" or an "underlying theory" akin to thermodynamics or relativity

Why Do We Invoke Darwin?
Why We Invoke Darwin: Philip Skell Responds
Giving Thanks for Dr. Philip Skell
ID The Future: Philip Skell Interviews

On life being an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics (the thesis of episode one)

Front-Loading & Theistic Evolution: Dr. Stephen Meyer Explains

See also

Rockstars of Scientism: Brian Cox's Orwellian Conclusion
Rockstars of Scientism 2: Nye & Dawkins
In Defense of Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed and Intelligent Design

1 comment:

  1. The origin of life can be explained through the study of thermodynamics of universe evolution!

    Origin of life and its evolution are the result of action of laws of hierarchical thermodynamics.
    Thermodynamics investigates systems which can be characterized by state functions. The separation of biological systems into individual hierarchies of structures allows us to study the processes in them independently of the processes that take place in other hierarchical structures.