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Elected moderator on Unix & Linux. Feel free to @ping me in chat if there's anything I can help you with.

I am a computational biologist with a background in biology, not computers. My PhD work was on gene prediction and comparative genomics but my current research is in systems biology, specifically protein-protein interaction networks.

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Nov
20
comment Why is there such an argument about evolution?
@yotiao well, not really, no. If you start with the premise that god(s) exist, by definition they are above and beyond the laws of physics. Therefore, you expect them to be able to do things that are impossible, otherwise they would not be gods. Deities are not expected to conform to the laws of Nature, they wrote them.
Nov
20
revised Why is there such an argument about evolution?
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Nov
20
revised Why is there such an argument about evolution?
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Nov
20
comment Why is there such an argument about evolution?
@Joebevo exactly, and as such does not fall within the purview of science. That's why nothing is being glossed over, faith is not something that can be approached by the scientific method of observable and repeatable experimentation. Therefore, any theories that base their conclusions on arguments of faith are not relevant to scientific debate. Science only deals with testable, disprovable theories and the existence of a guiding hand in evolution is neither.
Nov
19
revised Does Lucid Dreaming decrease the regenerative effect of sleep?
Added a link to wikipedia's lucid dreaming page and removed unnecessary capitalization.
Nov
19
comment Why is there such an argument about evolution?
Why is it that at least 7 people have voted on answers but only I have voted on the question? Whether we agree with their worldview or not, the OP has asked a perfectly valid question in a non-confrontational manner and deserves an upvote. We should not refrain from upvoting valid questions just because we have a philosophical disagreement with the OP.
Nov
19
comment Why is there such an argument about evolution?
@MattDMo that is not faith, it is an assumption on which our later conclusions are based. Assumptions in logic or science are the equivalents of theorems in math, they are not arguable, they are premises. In any logical edifice, the premises are taken as given and the logic is built on them. You need to accept certain things as premises in order to construct your logic. In a philosophical discussion, I am willing to accept that my perceived reality is likely not real. I cannot accept that premise for a scientific argument or for my day-to-day life though, because that way lies madness.
Nov
19
comment Why is there such an argument about evolution?
I would also like to point out that as a scientist and a devout atheist, it is not science that convinces me that god does not exist but faith. I can no more prove there is no god than you can prove there is one (or more). Scientifically speaking, the absence of a god is the most reasonable hypothesis given observable data, but that does not make it true. That I feel there is no god is an act of faith no different than yours when you feel there is one. Science can only deal with the demonstrable, faith is beyond its purview.
Nov
19
answered Why is there such an argument about evolution?
Nov
18
comment How do I compare the variance of a distribution of species in one area versus another?
@fileunderwater I agree which is why I did not vote to close. I just think the OP is likelier to get an answer on the stats site. There are more users and all of them are stats people. Here we have both fewer users and a smaller percentage of statsheads.
Nov
18
comment How do I compare the variance of a distribution of species in one area versus another?
While I am sure someone on this site could help you, this is really better suited to Cross Validated since the fact that you are looking at biological data is completely irrelevant to the actual question. I suggest you flag your post for moderator attention and ask them to migrate it.
Nov
18
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Nov
16
revised what significance is the moon?
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Nov
15
comment what significance is the moon?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about astronomy, not biology.
Nov
15
answered what significance is the moon?
Nov
15
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Why restriction enzymes cut (usually) at palindromic sequences?
Nov
15
comment Praying Mantis (female) put sticky white stuff on wall of aquarium
Then i probably was an ootheca just different from what you expected. Unless you're a mantis expert (which I certainly am not) I doubt you'd be able to recognize all ootheca forms.
Nov
15
reviewed Leave Open Is AT or GC content important in electrophoresis?
Nov
15
comment Is AT or GC content important in electrophoresis?
@AtlLED why? Are you thinking about mechanical things like long stretches of As that will make it bend or something else?
Nov
14
comment Praying Mantis (female) put sticky white stuff on wall of aquarium
Could you post a picture? It's impossible to say without one, for all we know it was chewing gum. Are you sure the mantis put it there? I take it she lives in an aquarium?