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Author Topic:   The "Digital Code" of DNA
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Message 58 of 143 (409281)
07-08-2007 12:36 PM
Reply to: Message 57 by ringo
07-08-2007 12:29 PM

Re: Back to digital codes
The physical arrangement of the atoms on the molecule can be interpreted as a "code"....
Actually, the "genetic code" is a code for a very trivial reason: the word "code" is defined in such a way so as to include the genetic code.
The definition of "code" was so extended to include DNA because of the obvious analogy with pre-W&C uses of the word "code".
The problem is not with calling the genetic code a code; the problem is when people try to draw incorrect inferences based on mixing the different possible meanings of the word; like when IDists compare the genetic code to computer codes or to the use of symbols in language.

Q: If science doesn't know where this comes from, then couldn't it be God's doing?
A: The only difference between that kind of thinking and the stereotype of the savage who thinks the Great White Hunter is a God because he doesn't know how the hunter's cigarette lighter works is that the savage has an excuse for his ignorance. -- jhuger

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Message 139 of 143 (457617)
02-24-2008 2:08 PM

PZ Meyers weighs in on DNA "codes"
In the lastest post on Pharyngula, PZ Meyers explains why DNA is not really a computer program, and that a computer program is not even a good analogy for the way DNA works in the genome.
I figure this should have some relevance to whether we should recognize DNA as a "digital code".

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