As part of my attempt to always be increasing my knowledge of biology and science in general, I have discovered a wonderful resource on Youtube, provided by MIT. Essentially they film the lectures for a number of their courses and post them to YouTube for the public to view. This is an excellent resource for people wishing to learn more about basic biology, among other things. However, there is implicit evolutionary bias as might be expected from a secular university. Recently I was listening to a lecture by geneticist Dr. Eric Lander, who by the way lectures very informatively, and he made a very misleading statement that this article will challenge. He said “So the fact that all of life uses, essentially, exactly the same code, is pretty strong evidence that all currently existing life descends from a common ancestor.”
Lest anyone assume I am taking Dr. Lander out of context or misquoting him, I have linked the video at the end of this article. I fully believe that Dr. Lander is an excellent scientist. He was a major part of the Human Genome Project and his list of scientific accolades is lengthy. Further, he is also a good teacher. He makes concepts in biology clear, easy to understand, and enjoyable to discuss. That said, like many other scientists, he has bought into the evolutionary dogma and will not admit the possibility that it could be wrong.
The statement Dr. Lander made seems logical enough on the face of it. In fact, his next sentence in the video lays out the logic behind it pretty clearly. “Because if these were evolved independently, it’s extremely unlikely that you would have gotten exactly the same genetic code.” He’s correct. If evolution is true, this is what we would expect. That however, is also an expectation of a common designer. If the same architect builds fifty houses, you would expect him to use the same style for those homes. Common traits can be interpreted as evidence for either evolution or creation, depending on your worldview. More on worldviews in a moment, but, in this case, the evidence actually damages evolution rather than helping it.
As much as evolutionists would like the line of logic to halt right there, it does not. Having the same genetic code is great, but in the broad scheme of life, it is utterly meaningless. The code can be whatever it will. That matters not. What matters is the information contained in the code. For example, in WWII, the Japanese had a torrid time trying to crack the Navajo code talkers code, ultimately failing in their attempts. However, what mattered was not what the Navajo said over the radio. The Japanese did not care about the Navajo language. What they cared about was the information contained in the Navajo language, information they desperately wanted but could not understand. Essentially it was the information, not how it was expressed, that mattered.
While Dr. Lander, and other evolutionists, are correct in pointing out that almost all life shares common DNA code, they neglect to mention that the code is not what is important. The information in the code is what matters and this is where the common ancestry claim breaks down. Evolution essentially is the progress from simple to complex. It starts with a single cell bacteria like organism and eventually makes its way to a human. The problem is in the information. Single celled bacteria have very little genetic information. They certainly do not have the information for even a multi-cellular organism like a hydra, let alone a human. This requires new information arising somehow, a problem of which Dr. Lander, with his intimate knowledge of genetics, must be fully aware. The issue is that there is no mechanism known to create new information. When DNA replicates, it merely copies existing information. Even mutations merely scramble existing information, rather than providing anything new. Dr. Lander surely cannot be ignorant of these facts. Yet he claims that common code is evidence of a common ancestor. Why would he would he make such a statement? The answer lies in Dr. Lander’s worldview.
Because Dr. Lander is an evolutionist, despite growing up Jewish, he has accepted the idea that the world somehow evolved naturalistically with no outside designer. He, and the scientific community at large, in order to continue so believing, have had to reject any possibility of God. Dr. Richard Lewontin is more honest than most. He admits that evolutionists will not allow for God. “We cannot allow a divine foot in the door.” Lewontin said. This is due to the implications. If there is a “divine foot” then there must be the rest of a divine body attached. If there is a divinity, secular scientists would have to consider the possibility that they need to discover who he is and what he wants, and that idea is repugnant to them.
Dr. Lander stating that common code is evidence for common ancestry is a logically sound statement, but it ignores all other possibilities and assumes evolution to be true. Further, common code fails to account for the vast variances and increases in information as you move up the evolutionary tree of life. Common code is evidence of a common designer, not a common ancestor.