Stephen C. Meyer Author, Philosopher, and Director of the Center for Science and Culture

The Handwriting in our DNA

In an op-ed for Long Island’s Newsday, columnist William O’Reilly relates Dr. Meyer’s story of meeting with a former Microsoft software engineer:

“He walks into my office one day, throws a book down on the table. It’s called Design Patterns — standard textbook for computer design engineers — and he says, ‘I get the eerie feeling, when I’m looking at what’s going on in the cell, that somebody’s figured this out before us.'” 

The rest of the op-ed can be read here.

In November 2011, Dr. Meyer addressed a distinguished group of leading British political, cultural, and intellectual leaders at the Royal Horseguards Hotel, No. 1 Whitehall, London, England. In attendance were several members of the House of Lords, university vice chancellors, and many journalists, politicians, philosophers and scientists. He was giving the inaugural annual lecture of the Centre for Intelligent Design (UK). The event was hosted by former Lord Chancellor Lord McKay of Clashfern.

The complete video of Dr. Meyer’s talk, including an important Q&A discussion on what constitutes science, is now available on YouTube.

Also available: coverage of the event here and here on Evolution News & Views and at the website for the Centre for Intelligent Design UK.

A recent Nature publication reports a new technique for measuring the oxygen levels in Earth’s atmosphere some 4.4 billion years ago. The authors found that by studying cerium oxidation states in zircon, a compound formed from volcanic magma, they could ascertain the oxidation levels in the early earth. Their findings suggest that the early Earth’s oxygen levels were very close to current levels. This research supports Dr. Meyer’s discussion in Signature in the Cell. On pgs. 224-226 of Ch. 10: Beyond the Reach of Chance, Meyer states that when Stanley Miller conducted his famous 1953 experiment simulating early Earth’s atmosphere, he “assumed that the earth’s atmosphere contained virtually no free oxygen.” Meyer reveals that new geochemical evidence showed that the assumptions Miller had made about the early atmosphere were incorrect.

This new research is additional confirmation that oxygen was present in significant quantities. Because oxygen quenches organic reactions necessary to produce essential building blocks of life, the ability of inorganic materials to produce organic life, as chemical evolutionary theory assumes, is not possible. Read the complete article at ENV.

During a recent visit to London, Dr. Stephen Meyer debated Keith Fox on Premier Radio UK’s “Unbelievable” program. Fox is a professor of biochemistry at Southampton University and Chair of the UK’s Christians in Science network. Two years after its publication, Meyer’s Signature in the Cell continues to make an impact with its powerful argument for design in DNA. In this lively conversation, Meyer and Fox discuss origins of life and the design inference in science.

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