Debunking the creationist myth that mutations don’t produce new and useful information

The Logic of Science

Genetic variation is a fundamental requirement for evolution, but many of the evolutionary mechanism (such as selection and genetic drift) actually remove variation from populations. Therefore, evolution is entirely reliant on the formation of new genetic information, and without it, evolution would grind to a halt. Creationists often seize this fact, and erroneously claim that evolution is impossible because we have never found a mechanism that is capable of creating new genetic information. This claim is, however, completely false, because mutations do, in fact, create new genetic information. Nevertheless, many creationists respond to that fact by insisting that mutations simply “rearrange” existing genetic information, rather than creating “new” information. Therefore, I want to briefly explain why this argument is fundamentally flawed.

Hopefully everyone recognizes this, but if not, it's Mr. DNA from Jurassic Park Hopefully everyone recognizes this, but if not, it’s Mr. DNA from Jurassic Park

Before I can explain the problems with this argument, we need to be clear about…

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