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Did Progen AI Successfully Imitate Human Evolution?

February 1, 2023

Wow. Three days ago, I posted about an article titled “Did Meteors Trigger Life on Earth?” I pointed out that the study in no way justified the headline, and I made the comment that it was quite common for evolutionists to publish articles with headlines that lead an unsuspecting public to believe that further support for the theory of evolution has been found, whereas examination of the article shows that no such support is actually adduced. A scant two days later, they were at it again.

This headline was “ProGen AI just successfully imitated human evolution.” Successfully. Imitated. HUMAN EVOLUTION. And not just that; “the results may be even better than reality.” Did ProGen AI really do that? To answer this, let’s do a quick summary of the human evolution fairy tale:

  • Simple chemicals, such as ammonia, carbon monoxide, and methane, come together by random chance to form amino acids which come together in the right, structures to become proteins (the largest of which has about 27,000 amino acids lined up in the right order), and add some phosphorus so the simple chemicals can also randomly form nucleotides which then spontaneously arrange themselves into coded molecules (DNA, RNA) rich in information that is extrinsic to the chemical properties of the components. This is all done in violation of the Second Law of Thermodynamics, the most fundamental law in all of science.

  • These proteins and DNA then spontaneously arrange themselves into a protocell structure, in violation of the Second Law of Thermodynamics.

  • The protocell somehow comes to life, in violation of the Law of Biogenesis.

  • Complex, qualitatively new genetic data spontaneously forms to create more complex organisms, until there is a shrew-like mammal.

  • The shrew-like mammal continues to generate spontaneously qualitatively new, meaningful genetic data until an apelike creature develops.

  • This apelike creature continues to develop through various stages of hominins (Australophithecus, Homo habilis, etc.) until—ta da!—modern man appears.

That, folks, is the fairy tale of human evolution. Now, did ProGen AI successfully imitate that?

According to the article,

we’re talking about A.I. imitating human evolution by designing sequences of the 20 amino acids that make up proteins. The researchers were then able to compare those A.I.-created proteins with those made by nature throughout humanity’s evolution.

So ProGen AI did not successfully imitate human evolution at all; at most, it imitated only Step 1, which is nowhere close to being “human evolution” or involving anything living at all! So what possible justification is there for the headline?

And, as we continue to look, ProGen AI did not even imitate Step 1. The article continues,

The researchers began by training ProGen on 280 million proteins. From here, the A.I. was “iteratively optimized by learning to predict the probability of the next amino acid given the past amino acids in a raw sequence.”

In real life, evolution can only proceed by random chance; it does not get intelligently programmed before on 280 million proteins—or on any, before there were any. This is intelligent design, designed by the researchers; it is nothing like the random processes that would have to operate for actual evolution to happen.

So there is no justification whatsoever for the headline. Yet the writers have the chutzpah to say,

Ultimately, the team focused on five specific artificial proteins, which is what helped make it possible for A.I. to imitate human evolution so effectively … it appears the A.I. was able to detect evolutionary patterns and even imitate human evolution despite the fact it had not been designed for that kind of work.

Again, there was no imitation of human evolution here.

I trust you begin to see how evolution propaganda works, folks; make claims that the facts do not bear out and hope they do not notice.

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