Introducing Guliuzzism

How giraffes got long necks: The most important evolutionary question out thereIn the Randy Guliuzza lecture video that I analysed last week I missed out a few things. Somewhere in there, for example, he talks about how angels are immaterial and information has no weight. Mentioned, but glossed over, was Guliuzza’s description of the process of adaptation, which I described as “eerily reminiscent” of Lamarckism. Fortunately his October Acts & Facts article, Engineered Adaptability, elaborates further.

I did say that it was Lamarckian, but having looked over the definitions I have changed my mind. The most famous aspect of Lamarckism is that it involves the “inheritance of acquired characteristics,” such as a baby giraffe having a longer neck because its parents intentionally stretched theirs to get at food. I can’t detect traces of this in Guliuzza’s article, and he instead focuses on the concept of adaptation being innate. The closest existing concept that I can find to this is orthogenesis, but not being completely solid on definitions I’ll Christian Randy’s self-described “radically new paradigm for adaptation” Guliuzzism.

Before we get to what Guliuzzism actually is, however, we have an opening paragraph to dissect:

Doctors, lawyers, and engineers. Engineers always seem to take third place in the list of esteemed professions. Exciting television programs feature skilled surgeons or smooth, well-dressed defense attorneys, but engineers are not primetime stars. That’s too bad, because they do exciting work, as reflected in one school’s motto, “Cool stuff doesn’t just make itself.”

I don’t know about ‘esteem,’ but judging by the ratings by trust at least this is a rather strange ranking. Continue reading

Randy Guliuzza: Four Facts

Your Origins Matter – i.e. the ICR’s touring group – is in Tennessee this week, and as part of that Dr Randy Guliuzza (MD) gave a lecture to Crown College which has since been posted to Youtube. The YOM twitter feed said that “You will want to catch this,” so we will:

The main point of the 45 minute lecture is that Guliuzza has “four biological facts” that evolutionist have wrong but the Bible is correct on. But there is plenty more in here as well. I’ll give specific times in this video so you can follow along, in the format “(12:34)” – which would in that case correspond to twelve minutes and thirty-four seconds as you might expect.

Simple enough. What does he talk about then? Continue reading

One Man’s Evolution is Another Man’s Adaptation, it Seems

Saccharomyces cerevisiae — baker's yeastWhere the second man is, obviously, the ICR’s Brian Thomas.

In today’s Daily (pseudo)Science Update, Yeast Adapt, But Don’t Evolve, we have a discussion of a study on the capacity for yeast to Evolve/Adapt to environmental changes. Why Mr Thomas links to the Science article that we can only see part of, rather than the Time blog postwe can read completely I don’t know. The study “tracked the fate of over 2,000 populations of yeast over a period of several months”, testing their ability to evolve in the face of changes in salt concentration in their environment. Their results were surprising – yeast seems to be able to adapt in only around “50 – 100 generations”.

As Mr Thomas himself says:

If evolution works the way that neo-Darwinism has proposed, then accidental mutations in some yeast individuals should lead to new molecules that help the organism cope with a saltier environment—as long as the environment doesn’t change too fast for the mutations to keep pace.

As this is exactly what the study found, and is a pretty decent summary of the whole thing, the DpSU is largely concerned about why this is apparently not a massive tour-de-force for “neo-Darwinism” (or evolution for those of us that don’t think they need to lump it in with all the other ‘ism’s in an attempt to be derogatory) and is instead a product of “adaptation”. Continue reading