Sunday, February 22, 2009
Wired: Dinochicken-walk me through the concept.
Dr. John Horner: Birds are descendants of Dinosaurs. They carry their DNA. So in it's early stages, a chicken embryo will develop dinosaur traits like a long tail, teeth, and three-fingered hands. If you can find the genes that cancel the tail and fuse the fingers to build a wing-and turn those genes off-you can grow anmals with dinosaur characteristics.
Wired: It's a romantic idea, that dinosaurs can live on in bird form.
Dr. Horner: Dinosaurs are not extinct; they're still with us in a sense. Birds look different, but it's all cosmetic. By tweaking some genes, we can bring out the underlying similarities. Yes, it's a wild plan, but I like to think about things backwards.
Wired: You were a consultant on Jurassic Park...Should we be worried here?
Dr. Horner: Look, it's not like dinochicken will overrun the world. If he mates with a chicken, you'll still get a chicken. Eventually we might make more animals that look like dinosaurs, but we won't have Velociraptors on the loose.
Wired: Thorny ethical issues?
Dr. Horner: If you think we're playing God, maybe. But we're already modifying plants and mice. I don't see a lot of people jumping up and down complaining about better tomatoes.
It's an interesting proposition, and Horner makes some pretty witty remarks. So, Jurassic Park could be a reality. (You can read the rest of the article here at Wired's website.) That is still not a reality yet, but the way Genetics has gone and is going, having revived Dinosaurs might be in the near future. Then come the moral and ethical questions or, simply, "Should we or shouldn't we?"
The most recurring theme in Michael Crichton's novels have been that Science ventures always go wrong because of careless mistakes by scientists. That may seem like it's a mistake and no big deal, but, it can be extremely dangerous, especially with manipulating the Biosphere. In fact, if an error occurs, we try to fix the problem then never admit the error was with us and blame it on the subject. The point is NEVER manipulate the Natural World unless you know what you're doing, even then, be careful. And, if something goes wrong, admit your error and take responsibility for it and try to fix it if possible (Not all our mistakes can be fixed.....by us.). If you can't leave it alone, learn from it and move on. Experiments need to be considered at every angle. Think of the consequences. Science is a game of chance and learning, but a dangerous one.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Sorry, for not posting! I've been EXTREMELY busy with homework!! My teachers are trying to kill me. (Not literally, my Autistic readers.) I've had two Late-Nighters and can't even relax in the afternoon and my Homework still take me until 10:30pm! What's the big deal, you ask? I have to get up at 6 AM for school! 6 AM!! What's worse is that the time I do get on here, I have nothing to post about as my brain power is drained! So, in a nutshell, that's why I haven't posted. Again, Sorry for the absence!!
What doesn't help is that I read posts about Darwinians insulting Creationists! I mean, WHAT THE HECK!!! What's wrong with us? Why are WE lowering ourselves to THEIR (Creationists) level? That's just STUPID! *sigh* I'm MAD at BOTH of you! I'll tell you another thing! Every insult you make about them, I'll have NONE of it on my blog! This blog is for EVERYBODY to enjoy! I know I've done it but, I've decided to end the stereotypes and insults after seeing Schindler's List (1993) by Steven Spielberg! That movie changed my life!
Another thing, we may disagree and you're welcome to debate on my blog, but make it FRIENDLY!!! No, insults! No slander! No, Libel! No, Language! I MEAN it! If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say ANYTHING!! In fact, I have several Creationists in my family, including My MOM! Which is one of the reasons I'm saying this! So, please, by all means celebrate Darwin, celebrate you're Higher Power, but PLEASE watch what you say!
Of course this hasn't happened yet on this blog, and I don't want it to start. I'm just trying to give you guys a friendly warning. Just don't insult other's opinions. There are a number of creationists who read PaleoQuest. To be fair, bloggers, who are very strong Darwinians, tend to insult Creationists and then complain about their stubbornness and persistance. That's what gets me! That means there is hypocrisy among Evolutionists. That goes for Marek Eby of etrilobite.com. I like his blog, but he and a number of bloggers have seemed a little hypocritical. They insult creationists just as much they do to us. I'm starting this policy so we don't lower ourselves to their level. I've seen and heard of debates on blogs where emotions run so wild and fights break out. I just thought I'd take the initiative and try to prevent these things from ever happening. I learned from past experience that diction is just as important, if not more so on the internet. Trust me, I nearly lost my good friends, Traumador, Craig Dylke, Peter Bond, Glendon Mellow, etc. I got it straightened out, a few like Craig and Peter are still upset with me and I want them to know how sorry Iam. All I've asked for was forgiveness. Finally, PLEASE, read this carefully, and keep in mind what I said so we ALL can have a good time on the internet and this blog.
All the Best,
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Okay, here are some more of my reasons why I haven't posted about it until now:
- I didn't know where to start.
- I also didn't know what to say or talk about.
- It's kind of personal to me and something I don't reveal on my own.
- I'm busy, as you can identify with VERY well, some of you.
- This was originally supposed to be a Paleo Blog where I teach YOU about paleontology.
- This was the result of urging from a number of friends on the blogosphere: Traumador, Glendon Mellow, Craig Dylke, Peter Bond, etc.
They each had their own reasons for my personal posts. I guess, because they're my friends, they wanted to get to know me a little bit. Which is fine, but, I wasn't expecting all this encouragement for these posts. I thought people wanted the Fossil Facts. Hmm....well....here we go......I guess...:
For me, Asperger's Syndrome has always been, what I refer to as "mild." What I mean by that is that, for the most part, I was "normal" and you couldn't tell I had A.S. Asperger's Syndrome has symptoms that vary with each person, yet is fairly consistent. For a strange reason I had two "conditions" (again, as Traumador phrases it) acompanying Asperger's: they were, in fact, OCD (which I talked about, somewhat in my "Origin of 'Raptor' Lewis" post) and Tourette's Syndrome, a disorder that cause invountary (somewhat, involuntary, as I can control them) muscle twitches, called "tics" when I'm either excited or anxious. I also have some anxiety problems. For the most part I'm like you all, except with the "tics" that I was first misdiagnosed as having Tourette's Syndrome instead of A.S. (Asperger's Syndrome). Then, I found out I have them both.
Asperger's Syndrome really affects my co-ordination and my social skills. Y'see, unlike most people, I wasn't born with those set of "instructons." My brain just works differently than everybody else so my perspesctive may eccentric or unique among everyone else. I'm NOT stupid as my posts have shown. So, please, bear with me if I word something wierd. My brain is "wired" differently than your's . I also have trouble making friends but, I have worked hard at learning to interact with y'all. There you have it, the main points of my life living with it.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Today, Brian Switek, over at Laelaps, did a very similar post on Lincoln and Darwin. I mainly skimmed through and it seems he was comparing the two. Makes sense, right? Why not, as they share the same birthday, you're asking me. Well, I won't do that. Why? The reason is, well, there's no point in comparing these men. They had VERY different professions and were VERY different men. They should both be remembered honorably and not compared. Charles Darwin was a naturalist and is controversial. Abraham Lincoln was a politician and the 16th President (1861-1865) of the United States. You can compare President Obama to Lincoln. You can compare Jean-Baptiste Lamarck to Darwin. But, by NO means, should these two great men be compared.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
By: Sharon Degley
"Alas, poor Darwin, by all rights, 2009 should be his year, as books , museums, and scholarly conclaves celebrate his 200th birthday (Feb. 12) and the 150th anniversary of the On the Origin of Species ( Nov. 24), the book that changed forever how man views himself and the creation. Teamed with genetics, Darwin's explanation of how species change through time has become the rock on which Biology stands. Which makes water flea quite the skunk at this party.
Some water fleas sport a tiny helmet that deters predators; others with identical DNA sequences have bare heads...." (Read the rest of the article here.)
Sorry readers I've been meaning to post this, but I guess I never got around to it. This is quite interesting, though it's not much of a tribute to Charles Darwin. Clearly, with new research in Genetics, we have a bit of an conflict. So, it makes you wonder who is right?
(Author's Note: Sorry if you were expecting a tribute post, it's not much of one. So, hardcore, "Darwinians" don't kill me for this. This article belongs to Newsweek, not me.)