Ants and TCP

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: “When people talk about solving complex differential equations as part of the process of catching a tennis ball, they’re joking.”

The argument the Brian uses in Scientists Discover the ‘Anternet’ is one usually applied when quantum mechanics turns up in the realm of biology. Both Brian Thomas and Frank Sherwin have tried to claim that when an organism utilises something ‘quantum’ then it must have been designed by a Being who knows all about how that notoriously difficult to understand subject works. In this case, however, instead of quantum physics we have the simpler system of harvester ants using a similar algorithm to TCP. Continue reading

I Agree With the Title, at Least

Not-to-scale diagram of the evolution of the universe, used in the articleSaid title is Physics, Not God, Explains the Universe, from Brian Thomas – I have a feeling he made a mistake and got it the wrong way around, but lets run with it. [ED: he’s gone and fixed it and added a question mark: cap of original]

Thomas links to a article, which opens:

Our universe could have popped into existence 13.7 billion years ago without any divine help whatsoever, researchers say.

The ICR will have none of that! Continue reading

Quantum Fluctuations

All those quantums. (What? We haven't had a good sized picture in days...)

In A Universe from Nothing?, Jake Hebert (yes, him again) opens: “Explaining the origin of the universe is an enormous challenge for those seeking to deny their Creator: How could a universe come from nothing?”

His article consists of a botched attempt to refute claims that virtual particles could be the underlying cause of the big bang, which is apparently put forward by Lawrence Krauss in A Universe from Nothing (which has been mentioned a few times over the last year or so), and by Stephen Hawking elsewhere. Continue reading

Can’t Touch the Quantum

Photosynthesis: not even remotely that simple

In an error that will likely soon be corrected, the latest Thomas article – What Will the Next Biological Breakthrough Be?(screenshot) – reuses a previously-seen title. [ED: after several days it has been changed to “Photosynthesis Uses Quantum Physics”]

The actual subject of the article closely resembles that I discussed most recently in Bird Brained Quantum Mechanic, in which I concluded:

So, what makes this unevolvable? Indeed, what makes this any different from any other sensory-related chemical reaction from the point of view of the organism? Evolution can and will exploit anything it can, even if we don’t understand it. This isn’t the first case of ‘quantum’ in the field of biology, and it wont be the last.

The only thing to change now is that the “chemical reaction” here is not sensory, but instead forms part of the process of photosynthesis in bacteria (and probably plants as well, but the experiment was done with bacteria). Continue reading

Some More Distant Galaxies

It’s a reasonably common DpSU topic – Brian Thomas finds a report of some galaxy at the edge of the universe (in time, if not in space) that looks a little older than would be expected according to Big Bang related models, and concludes that we must ditch it altogether and that we should thus return to Fred Hoyle’s Steady State Cosmology Biblical Creationism. Today’s article is called Distant Galaxies Look Too Mature for Big Bang – a name I’m surprised he hasn’t used already.

A Picture Of The Burst Continue reading