Im taking full advantage of my 'student' status. When you are a student, its still okay to make mistakes in the lab, accidentally misspeak with your jargon, and not have a clue how, say, SDS-PAGE works... as long as you learn from your mistakes. Really, I learn better from when I screw up (NEVER making a solution without checking its pH again!).
So, um, where are the Creationists who want to correct my Behe post? Its not like I didnt make mistakes-- for instance, I should have been more specific with that second Paint pic. Thats what a quasispecies would look like from a sample of a population. Thats more of a population frequency landscape, as opposed to a general 'EVERYBODY' fitness landscape, and I worry I might have confused some people by not being appropriately specific.
Now, Im sure Bossman could read my post and offer some suggestions and corrections. I know the HIV fitness big-wigs at NIH Los Alamos could chastise my overly simplistic explanations until I turn red from embarrassment. Hell, even the physics and math folks have weighed in on various blogs.
So again, um, where are the Creationists? Why cant they correct my errors and give me constructive corrections?
Ill tell ya why. Its the same problem HIV Deniers have (*GASP!* Creationists and Deniers have something in common?? Say it aint so!!!). Where their personal knowledge stops, the 'magic' begins. DaveScot already demonstrated his willingness to revert to magic with endogenous retroviruses, exactly how Blondie shot her own credibility in the head.
Retroviruses are weird. The whole quasispecies thing is super weird. Combine all this with fitness landscapes, and you might as well be drunk on the tilt-a-whirl. Its confusing as hell. And instead of using this opportunity to learn something new, Creationists 'rebuttal' is 'Evilutionists are MEAN!'
One commenter tried to address the science of Marks posts, and fell flat on his face:
Unfortunetaly for Darwinists, it has been shown that to achieve even a simple modification of a protein, let’s say two amino acid residues, evolution must cross a sequence space of mutations that provide no selective advantage.Really? Really? You sure about that? Cause I could swear that every day in the lab I compete viruses against one another with one-->five base pair differences that have HUGE fitness differences with all dimensions stripped away but one! And youre really sure that crossing 'simple' stretches of sequence space cant happen unless there is a selective advantage? HIV explores all one and two base pair permutations of the current average 'maximally fit' variant, and some three and four base pair permutations, in one HIV patient, every day.
So see, when the fitness landscape is changing every day, and youve got billions of HIV genome permutations floating around, willing and able to shift the quasispecies as necessary... Well, now you all are seeing why HIV is such a bastard for scientists to conquer.
And Im not even getting into Motoo Kimura.
This is reason #21342521 I hate Creationists. They are absolutely worthless to me. I can learn nothing from them, because they dont want to learn themselves, and theyre so damn arrogant that they dont even know when theyre completely wrong-- even the oh-so-educated ones like Dembski. Worthless.