There’s Only One Problem …new research paper is entitled “Genome-wide inference of natural selection on human transcription factor binding sites,” but their “inference” is based on the assumptions of evolution in general, that humans and chimpanzees share a common ancestor in particular, and that “nucleotides within a transcription factor binding site evolve by a mixture of four selective modes: (i) neutral drift, (ii) weak negative selection, (iii) strong negative selection and (iv) positive selection.”
So the paper’s conclusion that it has “shown that natural selection has indeed exerted substantial influence on transcription factor binding sites in the human genome” is not really true. They showed no such thing since the entire exercise was predicated on the truth of evolution.
This is not to say that circular reasoning in science is necessarily worthless. Sometimes it can make sense to assume the truth of a theory. But of course one must not forget that initial assumption when advertising the results.
Furthermore, in this case, the assumed theory is that, err, the species arose spontaneously. And the resulting finding is that humans evolved from an ancient primate mostly by changing the expression levels of preexisting proteins.
That is a finding that has been contemplated for years and takes evolution’s serendipity to a whole new level.
Imagine a factory that produces automobiles. Do you think that by changing the quantities of the various parts the factory would then produce rocket ships? Those automobile parts just happened to be what was needed for a rocket ship.
What evolutionists are now forced to say is that it just so happened that the proteins required to make humans evolved millions of years ago in far less fit species. The main difference was the quantities of those various proteins. Evolution merely needed to adjust those expression levels to produce a far more capable species. Right.
So to summarize, evolutionists are now advertising a circular finding based on the scientifically unlikely idea that the entire biological world spontaneously arose and the finding has evolutionists believing in ridiculous levels of serendipity.
Religion drives science, and it matters.