Monday, March 01, 2004

Biology's Black Boxes: Darwin Debunked

"The rotary nature of the flagellum has been recognized for about 25 years. During that time not a single paper has been published in the biochemical literature even attempting to show how such a machine might have developed by natural selection. Darwin's theory is completely barren when it comes to explaining the origin of the flagellum or any other complex biochemical system."

"It was a shock to people of the nineteenth century when they discovered, from observations science had made, that many features of the biological world could be ascribed to the elegant principle of natural selection. It is a shock to us in the twentieth century to discover, from observations science has made, that the fundamental mechanisms of life cannot be ascribed to natural selection, and therefore were designed. But we must deal with our shock as best we can and go on. The theory of undirected evolution is already dead, but the work of science continues."

- Michael Behe, Assoc. Prof. Biochem., Lehigh U.

For many years, evolutionists have been getting away with overly simplistic "explanations" for the origins and complexity of life. Darwin's "eye sequence" is a good example of the hand-waving that has been passed off as "science" in the past but must needs be discarded now. What Lubenow has dubbed the "magic wand" of evolutionists may finally be broken with the advent of molecular biology and its revelations about what Behe calls the "irreducible complexity" of biological structures and processes. Claims that such complexity as the blood clotting cascade and the bacterial flagellum with its "outboard motor" were produced by chance must now be laid to rest as intellectually and conceptually indefensible - science must march on. But will that stop the evolutionistic faithful?

More importantly, that insufferable cartoon in the Smithsonian purporting to explain the origins of life may finally be retired. However, as it took the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago over twenty years to finally correct their incorrect Neandertal display, we may have quite a wait until science wins the day.

  • Molecular Machines at Behe's page
  • Lots of great articles on Science vs. Evolution

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