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The Biotic Message: Lecture and Interview with Walter J. Remine

Walter J. Remine

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Two DVD Set: V059A-Lecture and V059B-Interview

For decades Darwinists have complained that creationists just criticize evolution theory and they have no testable scientific theory of their own.? Walter ReMine has responded to this charge with his Message Theory as detailed in his book and this lecture & interview at the University of California, Santa Barbara entitled The Biotic Message.

ReMine?s Message Theory states that life contains a message that says something about its origin.? In the lecture ReMine postulates that Message Theory is scientifically testable based on three key tenets of the theory.? Life is reasonably designed: 1) for survival; 2) to look like the product of one designer (rather than multiple independent designs); and 3) to resist all other explanations.

After defining the theory, ReMine summarizes the standard arguments for evolution such as common descent, transposition (lateral gene transfer) and atavism (genetic throwbacks). He explains how each of these arguments fail to match the data: absence of gradualism, systematic absence of lineage, convergence (multiple independent development of similar systems such a flight and vision) and the presence of biologic universals (biological features shared by virtually all of life including DNA, RNA, genetic code, left-handed amino acids, etc.).? He also addresses how punctuationists (such as Stephen Gould) responded to their setbacks by constructing a theory that is compatible with a complete absence of evidence for evolution. Few students know that punctuated equilibria theory is specially constructed to destroy the appearance of lineages and identifiable ancestors. ReMine explains how biological systems that some have identified as being poorly designed (like the panda?s thumb or the inverted retina) are consistent with a theory of intelligent design.

ReMine openly invites the audience to test his theory or to provide a better testable theory of design (if you were an intelligent agent designing the universe, what would be your design criteria?).? Whether you embrace the Message Theory or not, ReMine has defined it clearly and put it on the table for discussion.? His command of the various evolutionary theories and how they contradict the actual known data is impressive and make this lecture a valuable addition to the ARN lecture series.? The lecture is followed by a lively Q&A session where the university audience grapples with the author to understand the Message Theory and its implications.

Run Time: 1 hour 27 minutes
Recorded at the University of California, Santa Barbara, January 2005

The second DVD in this 2-DVD set is an exclusive interview with Walter ReMine where he responds to numerous questions about his personal journey, his book, Message Theory, and reactions from creationists and evolutionists.? The discussion topics include:

  • You once considered Darwinian evolution to be a fact.? What changed your mind?
  • What philosophy of science do you endorse?
  • How has your book been received?
  • How do you approach the issue of teaching origins in the public schools?
  • Do beneficial mutations occur in nature?
  • What is discontinuity systematics?
  • What do you think about Junk DNA?
  • Has punctuated equilibria theory been successful in explaining the major evolutionary change that is not explained by traditional neo-Darwinism?
  • What obstacles do creationists need to overcome to make headway in the scientific community?
  • Why do you think the amoeba-to-man Evolutionary Theory is unscientific?

Run Time: 1 hour 29 minutes
Recorded at the University of California, Santa Barbara, January 2005

What People Are Saying About the Biotic Message
"The Biotic Message, a bold and fascinating attempt to state a comprehensive theory, the short of which is that life is designed to convey a message that life is the product of a single designer -- as opposed to multiple designers or evolution. The thesis itself is exciting, and the argument for it provides a fresh perspective on a number of specific issues pertaining to evolution." .... "Original, and stimulating to the mind, and very thoroughly worked out. ... Well worth the money.

- Phillip E. Johnson, author of Darwin on Trial

"I'd like to add my enthusiastic appreciation of Walter ReMine's book. ... I believe the book is an extremely valuable addition to the intelligent design literature and deserves a wide readership.

The main reason for my enthusiasm is that Walter presents arguments in his book that, so far as I know, have not been presented anywhere else. He particularly shows that principles of population genetics work strongly against evolutionary theory. I myself was floored by his discussion showing that the sickle cell gene actively works through natural selection to exclude a more efficient mutant, hbC from gaining a foothold in malaria-prone populations. The reason I was astounded is that I DID MY THESIS ON SICKLE CELL HEMOGLOBIN and I never thought of or read of the connection that Walter made.

As far as Message Theory goes, in the book Walter does a great job of explaining it. The theory appears to be original, defensible, and scientific. Is it true? It very well could be, as far as I can see, and I look forward to a discussion of it."

- Dr. Michael Behe, associate professor of biochemistry, Lehigh University. author of Darwin's Black Box

About the Author
Walter ReMine was born and grew up in Rochester, Minnesota. As a youth, he learned magic as a hobby, which later would prove helpful in understanding how key scientific illusions are achieved. By the beginning of his junior year at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis campus) he was inducted into Eta Kappa Nu, the national honorary society for electrical engineers. He received his BSEE and MSEE degrees there in 1974 and 1977, with emphasis on signal processing and pattern recognition. This would later help him in studying life's biological patterns and recognizing their meaning, and the strong math background would prove indispensable in studying the claims of evolutionary genetics.

For his Master's thesis he invented and built a pattern recognition system for automatically recognizing and categorizing epileptic seizures from the electroencephalogram (EEG). After that he worked for three years at the University of Minnesota Hospitals, where he developed systems for monitoring and diagnosing epilepsy. Following that he did research work at an internationally known St. Paul technology company on such projects as: the Cochlear Implant Project (a surgically implanted device to enable the deaf to hear), a combination nerve and muscle stimulator (for physical therapy), and library systems (for securely conducting library transactions). Currently, he holds four patents.

During his college years he also became interested in the origins controversy. By 1980 he was writing articles for a monthly news-magazine, as well as organizing and speaking at conferences on the subject. Those were transitional years for all sides of the origins controversy, and time spent hobnobbing with its participants gave a deeper appreciation of the mistakes and merits of the various positions. In 1982 he began eleven years of laborious research, culminating in his treatise, The Biotic Message.

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