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Mispresentation of a Nobel Prize Winner

Extremist Cynthia Dunbar on the Texas State Board of Education WRONG about Werner Arber

21 January 2009 at 5:33:24 PM

I listened, can you believe it, to the entire hearing in November about the science TEKS and made audio clips of every person who testified, whether I agree with him or her or not. In one of the clips, which was with Anita Gordon, for one, Dunbar brought up Werner Arber as a Nobel prize winner who was an ID proponent and rejected evolution. I'm not a scientist nor do I teach science but I did look up what Dunbar was referring to, at the time and put some thoughts about it here. I wondered at thetime when I read this reference, because it was from someone talking about Arber, but not Arber himself, if someone was going to ask him if he meant that. Somebody did.  From Scienceblogs - entitled "How the Texas Board of Education Mispresented a Nobel Priza Winner" The author put in the transcript of the audio, above and ASKED WERNER ARBER IF THE ID STATEMENT WAS CORRECT. Here's what he said. (boldness mine as a callout).

Update: Hah! Somebody who is testifying at this moment, about 6:46 pm is bringing up and reading Werner's statement. Smack!

Statement on my view on biological evolution


I recently got aware of an article entitled "Werner Arber: Nobel Laureate, Darwin Skeptic" that was published in September 2008 by the Institute for Creation Research and that is authored by Jerry Bergman, Ph.D. This article completely misinterprets my general conclusions that I base on several decades of studies in microbial genetics. A number of citations are taken out of their original context and surrounded by comments and misinterpretations by the author of the article.

The truth is that I have contributed to advance scientific knowledge on biological evolution by studying molecular mechanisms of genetic variation. Genetic variation is clearly the driving force of biological evolution. A number of different specific molecular mechanisms contribute to spontaneous genetic variation. Together with non-genetic elements specific gene products are thereby involved as variation generators and as modulators of the rates of genetic variation. These are established facts that are based on experimental evidences and that are valid for the course of biological evolution as it works today in living organisms. Theoretically, one can extrapolate into the past history of life development on Earth. One can, e.g., postulate how the genes involved in biological evolution may have become fine-tuned to insure to living organisms a comfortable genetic stability and at the same time to the populations of living organisms an evolutionary development, including adaptability to changing living conditions and an expansion of biodiversity. In contrast, there is, so far, neither satisfactory scientific knowledge nor theory on the origin and early evolution of life on our planet.

On solid scientific grounds one cannot expect to discover if a Creator as defined by religious beliefs and sometimes referred to as intelligent design or God's Will, could be responsible for the origin and subsequent evolution of life. Serious scientific investigations can neither prove nor disprove the existence of God or a possible impact of God on evolutionary processes. In our civilization, both scientific knowledge and religious beliefs contribute essentially to our orientating knowledge, but these two sources of our worldview should not be intermingled.
In conclusion, I am neither a "Darwin skeptic" nor an "intelligent design supporter" as it is claimed in Bergman's article. I stand fully behind the NeoDarwinian theory of biological evolution and I contributed to confirm and expand this theory at the molecular level so that it can now be called Molecular Darwinism.

Werner Arber
Professor emeritus for Molecular Microbiology,
University of Basel.
Nobel Laureate Medicine/Physiology 1978

Get that? He stands fully beihnd the NeoDarwiaina theory of biological evolution.

So maybe Cynthia Dunbar needs to confine her statements to nutty comments about Obama or how much she doesn't likepublic education despite being on the BOARD FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION and keep out of subjects she clearly knows not how to research correctly.

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