Friday, September 4, 2015

ontogenetic flapdoodle?

Interesting picture below from page 483 in "Metazoan Complexity and Evolution: Is There a Trend?" by Daniel W. McShea.

The idea behind 'ontogenetic depth' though, is to not only account for the number of cell types, but the programmatic complexity of expressing the cell types in the process of cell differentiation.  Wikipedia declares ontogenetic depth to be a pseudo-scientific concept.  I submit that McShea is a secular creationist, since he makes charts that take cell type counts as serious indications of complexity, and I accuse Lewis Wolpert of secular creationism for thinking that the programmatic complexity is a something to be taken seriously and explained.

I wonder how the programming for the Open Worm Project accounts for the differentiation of cells.

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