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Jonathan Wells: Zombie Science Keeps Pushing Junk DNA Myth


The idea that a vast majority of our DNA is “junk,” an evolutionary relic, was just what evolutionists expected. It made sense. Darwin advocates such as Jerry Coyne and Francis Collins advanced it as proof for their claims. Alas for them, it turned out not to be true.

In a video conversation, Zombie Science author Jonathan Wells explains how the “Junk DNA” narrative was overturned by good science, including but far from limited to the ENCODE project. Did evolutionary diehards accept this? No! See it here:

If you follow the scientific literature, new functions for “junk” turn up on an almost weekly basis. But the diehards keep insisting on the myth. They strenuously resist a growing body of evidence. Why? Because as Dr. Wells clarifies, evolution for them is not an ordinary scientific theory. It’s a fixed idea. It is an ideology that must be true “no matter what.”

So how evidence is interpreted is wrenched into line with the ideology. And this is what we mean by “zombie science.” Watch and enjoy.

David Klinghoffer

Senior Fellow and Editor, Evolution News
David Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.



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