RNA genes have many functions but a large proportion entail gene regulation-related functions that fall within the category of epigenetics.
Ascribing sentience or cosmic purpose to forces or the particles on which they act is to step out of the realm of science into the realm of myth-making.
John Mattick uses the language of historian of science Thomas Kuhn to predict that we are witnessing a “paradigm shift” away from the concept of junk DNA.
In this way, the majority of evolutionary biologists, insofar as they understand the design inference at all, rationalize it away.
One reason, he says, is the “relentless” growth of the ID movement, in academia and around the world. This conversation is itself evidence on the latter point.