Evolution: Bacteria to Beethoven

Evolution: Bacteria to Beethoven

Evolution: Bacteria to Beethoven


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For a century Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution has been as unquestioned as Newton’s theory of gravity. But science never stops asking questions. Or at least it’s not supposed to. Stephen Meyer, Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute, takes up the challenge in this video. Are there questions about the origins of life that Darwinism can’t answer?

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You learned about it in high school.

It goes like this: Life started out with very simple forms and then gradually, over hundreds of millions of years, morphed into all the forms we see today. Bacteria to Beethoven. Not a straight line, of course…but that’s roughly how it went.

This was the theory proposed by Charles Darwin in 1859, and, with some modification, it has been embraced as unassailable by the science community over the last century. As evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins says, “If you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is either ignorant, stupid or insane.”

But is that right? Are there no scientific reasons to doubt the evolutionary account of life’s origins?

In November 2016, I attended a conference in London convened by some of the world’s leading evolutionary biologists. The purpose: to address growing doubts about the modern version of Darwin’s theory.

Let’s look at just two scientific reasons to doubt this theory.

First, the Cambrian Explosion. A weird and wonderful thing happened 530 million years ago: A whole bunch of major groups of animals—what scientists call the “phyla”—appeared abruptly within a geologically short window of time—about ten million years.

These novel animal forms—exhibiting proto-types of most animal body designs we see today—emerged in the fossil record without evidence of earlier ancestors.

Did you catch that? A huge number of diverse animals appeared, with no discernible antecedents.

So where did they come from?

This question really bothered Darwin. And he acknowledged that he could give it “no satisfactory answer.” Nor can scientists today.

The renowned biologist Eugene Koonin, of the National Center for Biotechnology Information, describes the abrupt appearance of the Cambrian animals and other organisms such as dinosaurs, birds, flowering plants and mammals as a pattern of “biological Big Bangs.”

So what caused all these new forms of life to arise? That question leads to a second big doubt: the DNA enigma.

In the 1950s, James Watson and Francis Crick made a startling discovery: The DNA molecule stores information as a four-character digital code. Strings of precisely sequenced chemicals inside the DNA helix store the instructions—the information—for building the crucial proteins that cells need to survive. Unless the chemical “letters” in the DNA text are sequenced properly, a protein molecule will not form. No proteins; no cells. No cells; no living organisms.

Bill Gates has said, “DNA is like a software program.” Let’s think about that for a second. For computers to run faster and perform more functions, they require new code. Well, the same is true for life: To build new forms of life, the evolutionary process would need to produce new genetic information—new code.

But this raises questions about the creative power of natural selection and mutation. Natural selection is a simple sorting process. Species keep favorable mutations that allow them to survive but eliminate bad mutations that cause their members to die out. No one doubts that natural selection is a real process and that it produces minor variations, but many biologists now doubt that it produces major innovations in biological form.

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32 thoughts on “Evolution: Bacteria to Beethoven

  1. Justin Garrity

    "Changing code randomly will break your code"

    AI engineers: interesting

    February 10, 2021 at 10:50 pm Reply
  2. Matthew Walton

    Richard Dawkins has entered the chat.

    Seriously, he would OBLITERATE these pathetic excuses for "arguments."

    February 10, 2021 at 10:50 pm Reply
  3. sub human

    Mr. Myers, l am wondering why there are no human, land vertebrates, plants or tree fossil in Cambrian strata.

    February 10, 2021 at 10:50 pm Reply
  4. Giant Atom

    This video is pathetic and full of nonsense. That Stephen Meyer dude is talking so much nonsense he must be joking.
    If he is trying to be serious he should go back to school but, first, learn how to look at evidence and how to avoid fallacies and straw-man arguments and statements and such.
    And maybe stop looking like a badly casted conman from a b-movie.

    February 10, 2021 at 10:50 pm Reply
  5. Gospel Ambassador

    You all need Jesus! no thx? Then burn in Hell for ever sinner!
    Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
    Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

    repent, trust Jesus, follow him

    February 10, 2021 at 10:50 pm Reply
  6. Maz z

    There are also people claiming the world to be flat.

    February 10, 2021 at 10:50 pm Reply
  7. Guyd


    February 10, 2021 at 10:50 pm Reply
  8. domcom fermi

    Kind gives to kind, a frog remains a frog doesn't turn into a ballerina.

    February 10, 2021 at 10:50 pm Reply
  9. Casey Skipper

    It is pretty obvious when people start calling others a liar instead of arguing the point that they dont have a good argument.

    February 10, 2021 at 10:50 pm Reply
  10. Christopher Peery

    Valid points

    February 10, 2021 at 10:50 pm Reply
  11. Adarsh DM

    Majority won't understand this, same way majority won't understand how a computer works, how earth gravity works ,no.

    February 10, 2021 at 10:50 pm Reply
  12. jettythesunfish

    Maybe LEARN what evolution is before you tell people on the internet that it's wrong. And misunderstanding what the theory entails doesn't suddenly mean "the sky daddy done did it" either.

    February 10, 2021 at 10:50 pm Reply
  13. _A_

    There is proof of Darwinist evolution. Even if it isn't right, which it is, I sure as hell believe it more than "omnipotent space dude created all the animals in the world with a snap of his fingers and put them in a big garden"

    February 10, 2021 at 10:50 pm Reply
  14. Joseph Chandler

    I love ya prageru but you gotta draw some lines betwenn fact and fiction

    February 10, 2021 at 10:50 pm Reply
  15. I am the Senate

    Evolution is proven true and there’s holes in every story like Darwin’s but it doesn’t make it wrong. Also you know evolution is the answer to how not the answer to why.

    February 10, 2021 at 10:50 pm Reply
  16. Ken Mwangi

    Literally not how evolution happens😶

    February 10, 2021 at 10:50 pm Reply
  17. Doom Carrot

    I have to agree that carbon-based evolution makes jack shit sense.
    I also have to agree that there is overwhelming evidence that humans have evolved dramatically and that we have been around for a long time (and our planet for a much longer time).

    The only explanation is that we were placed here very intentionally, but not in the way that the creationists believe. However, I do find it VERY interesting that EVERY ancient culture speaks of angels/demons/powerful creatures that were once on Earth and either created humanity/enslaved them. I seriously think that we were placed here, or genetically engineered, by another race. Even the Bible talks about the watchers, a race of demons whose sole purpose was to "watch the development of humanity," and eventually drove human civilization into an awful place.

    There is actually a LOT of ancient evidence that we were not the only race that was here, and that very possibly, another race from beyond our planet put us here.

    Does that disprove God? Nah, he still coulda pulled the trigger on the bang. Does it disprove evolution? No, evolution is definitely a thing to a huge extent. However, there is a lot more to the story of human existence, and I don't think any of us will ever know it, as the few stories we have are shrouded in mystery, allegory, legend, and age.

    February 10, 2021 at 10:50 pm Reply
  18. Aditya Gautam

    Prager U, delete this video. You know, there are some things everyone can agree on. True science is one of them. Stop promoting controversy theories. After watching this video I was left thinking what the hell did I watch in the last few videos.

    February 10, 2021 at 10:50 pm Reply
  19. Tabacish

    Jesus christ, this is retarded…

    February 10, 2021 at 10:50 pm Reply
  20. Lucas Lombardo

    PragerU’s Argument: I don’t understand…THEREFORE GOD”

    February 10, 2021 at 10:50 pm Reply
  21. Mark Henry Cohen

    This is a very bad video.

    February 10, 2021 at 10:50 pm Reply
  22. world peace

    Prageru is an abomination. That said the Darwinian explanation for evolution can be reasonably questioned. It is a very interesting theory, but not only can it not be proven, most people are just going with a consensus on this one.

    February 10, 2021 at 10:50 pm Reply
  23. Anthony Almgren

    Let me sum up their argument “BuT MuH HoLy BoOK”

    February 10, 2021 at 10:50 pm Reply
  24. deaf grapes

    google literally calls this man an advocate for pseudoscience and pragerU let him talk about a scientific concept. this is why nobody with half a brain takes pragerU seriously.

    February 10, 2021 at 10:50 pm Reply
  25. ANYTHING 23

    If anyone ever wonders why credible sources don’t openly talk about denying evolution just read this comment section

    February 10, 2021 at 10:50 pm Reply
  26. B0bby

    As an atheist and a programmer, this video hurt to watch…

    February 10, 2021 at 10:50 pm Reply
  27. htfamily

    I disagree with any potential outright scepticism on evolution, for I'm pretty sure that the best explanation for any form of creation is the genetic engineering of some earth species (such as White Cloud Minnows, Impala, and Mourning Doves) by intelectually superior races.

    February 10, 2021 at 10:50 pm Reply
  28. H3ra1d A1f0n5e

    This is why I thought Prageru was satirical comedy

    February 10, 2021 at 10:50 pm Reply
  29. Tyler Raabe

    Every critics counter argument to the video so far: Evade the argument and appeal to mocking

    February 10, 2021 at 10:50 pm Reply
  30. Loughlin Pagnucci

    Did PragerU just attempt to debunk evolution.

    February 10, 2021 at 10:50 pm Reply
  31. Legendary

    It’s okay to be skeptical, nobody can say that it is 100% true that this is exactly how evolution works. I’m sure that in the future we will find something that explains the problems with evolution or something that leads us to a new theory that.

    February 10, 2021 at 10:50 pm Reply

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