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Viewing Chinese Lanterns in Pittsburgh

Paul Nelson
Photo credit: Suzanne Nelson.

On the day after Thanksgiving, I was viewing Abutilon pictum — commonly known as the “Chinese lantern” plant — at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh, PA. While being charmed by its whimsical beauty, I also mused about the genetic coding requirements for the changes in protein expression and timing (during development) to give its precise floral morphology. Psalm 111:2.

Paul Nelson

Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Paul A. Nelson is currently a Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute and Adjunct Professor in the Master of Arts Program in Science & Religion at Biola University. He is a philosopher of biology who has been involved in the intelligent design debate internationally for three decades. His grandfather, Byron C. Nelson (1893-1972), a theologian and author, was an influential mid-20th century dissenter from Darwinian evolution. After Paul received his B.A. in philosophy with a minor in evolutionary biology from the University of Pittsburgh, he entered the University of Chicago, where he received his Ph.D. (1998) in the philosophy of biology and evolutionary theory.

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Abutilon pictumbeautybiologyChinese lanterndevelopmentgenetic codingintelligent designmorphologyPhipps Conservatory and Botanical GardensPittsburghplantsprotein expressionThanksgiving