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Thursday, October 20, 2005 

I love Mike Argento

If you've been following the intelligent design trial out in Dover, PA (covered in detail here), you've probably come across some of Mike Argento's writing. If you haven't, for FSM's sake, go read some.

One of the things Behe, a professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University and one of the grand poobahs of the intelligent design movement, pointed out to show that scientists still debate the idea of evolution is that scientists don't know anything about sex.

He had a slide that referenced an article from the science journal "Nature" titled "Why Sex?"

You know, if you have to ask...

Seriously, I guess, he quoted the article as saying, "Scientists come with a profusion of theories."

Interpret that any way you wish.

He said the article reported that "major factors of the evolution of reproduction are still obscure." The article said, "After decades of theorizing about the evolution of sex, biologists are at last beginning to test their ideas in the field."

It's really kind of sad because a lot of these guys are middle-aged and if they're just getting around to it...

The article says, "How sex began and how it thrived remain a mystery."

It usually begins with a few drinks and maybe dinner and then...


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  • I'm Tara C. Smith
  • From Iowa, United States
  • I'm a mom and a scientist, your basic stressed-out, wanna-have-it-all-and-do-it-all Gen Xer. Recently transplanted from Ohio to Iowa, I've spent most of my life in the midwest (with 4 years of college spent out east in "soda" territory). My main interest, and the subject of my research, is infectious disease: how does the microbe cause illness? What makes one strain nasty, and another "avirulent?" Are the latter really not causing any disease, or could some of those be possible for the development of chronic disease years down the road? Additionally, I've spent a lot of time discussing the value of teaching evolution, and educating others about "intelligent design" and other forms of creationism. My interest in history of science and medicine is also useful as a way to tie all of the above interests together. [Disclaimer: the views here are solely my own, and do not represent my employer, my spouse, that guy who's always sitting by the fountain when I come into work, or anyone else with whom I may be remotely affiliated.]
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