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Intelligent Design vis-a-vis Self-Organizing Biology

Natural Sciences

From the Max Planck Institute:  “Random connections do not suffice to explain the observed layout of the brain. Current research concludes that initially random connections in the visual cortex are reorganized to a precisely determined layout using self-organization. Random wiring, in the end, plays a small role.”  The Discovery Institute’s response, who reject the idea of neuron cells “self-organizing” and question how they could evolve within a Darwinian process: “If you were a neuron operating in the dark inside brain tissue, you would only sense chemical signals coming and going. How would neurons ever ‘know’ how to ‘self-organize’ in such a way that their representations of incoming signals would form a 576-megapixel motion picture that corresponds to the external world?”  Summary at World Magazine.

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