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Saturday, December 11, 2010

You'd rather watch this than passing trains ...

A friend drew my attention to this video essay: "The animators of life", New York Times (November 15, 2010):
Building on decades of research and mountains of data, scientists and animators are now recreating in vivid and sometimes jaw-dropping detail the complex inner machinery of living cells.
Essentially, the Darwinists' problem isn't with us. It is twofold: an ever-intensifying blizzard of disconfirming evidence from nature, plus the bad fortune to be working at a time when the Internet brings that information to people who are not inoculated against it. Essentially, time and chance do not create high levels of information through ruthless competition. Darwinism is a form of magic, and has the same success rate as the others.

Here's a snippet on the new technical power for discovering the facts, courtesy Boing Boing:
A human hair is somewhere between 60,000 and 120,000 nanometers wide. The new microscope that took this image of a mouse cell can capture 3-D images at a resolution of 30 nanometers.


Other friends recently became immersed in a question of the best source of animations.

One favors this one from Mercola:

This animation was designed to take cellular biology students on a journey through the microscopic world of a cell. It illustrates the mechanisms that allow a white blood cell to sense its surroundings and respond to an external stimulus.

And here's one that covers most of the major cell processes.

And here's the oddest attack I've ever heard on the evidence that the animations show: They are animations, and the real thing looks fuzzier under a micrograph. But then this person sees no difference between animations of actual cell processes and Haeckel's misleading embryo drawings, a scandal for over a century and still defended by Darwinists because, while misleading, they front Darwin's cause to students in tax-supported, compulsory attendance schools. And what else matters?

It's interesting to reflect that if ID folk had any reason to suspect that the new cell life animations really misled in any way, they would not want anything to do with them.

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