Little Green Footballs has a thread titled: ‘Irreducible Complexity’ Shot Down in Flames. It says:
New research into mitochondria provides a devastating refutation of one of the main talking points of Michael Behe and the Discovery Institute neo-creationists, as “irreducible complexity” turns out to be very reducible.
Then they give an excerpt from this article at the website of Wired Science: More ‘Evidence’ of Intelligent Design Shot Down by Science. Here are some excerpts from Wired Science, with bold added by us:
Intricate cellular components are often cited as evidence of intelligent design. They couldn’t have evolved, I.D. proponents say, because they can’t be broken down into smaller, simpler functional parts. They are irreducibly complex, so they must have been intentionally designed, as is, by an intelligent entity.
But new research comparing mitochondria, which provide energy to animal cells, with their bacterial relatives, shows that the necessary pieces for one particular cellular machine — exactly the sort of structure that’s supposed to prove intelligent design — were lying around long ago. It was simply a matter of time before they came together into a more complex entity.
That sounds like good research, but we predict that it won’t cause any discomfort for Michael Behe, the lord high guru of the cult of irreducible complexity.
Let’s read on:
The pieces “were involved in some other, different function. They were recruited and acquired a new function,” said Sebastian Poggio, a postdoctoral cell biologist at Yale University and co-author of the study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
After a bit of searching we found that article. Here’s the abstract: The reducible complexity of a mitochondrial molecular machine. Observe the phrase “reducible complexity” in the title. Nice, huh?
We continue reading from Wired Science:
Intelligent design mavens once cited flagella as evidence of their theory. Scientific fact dispelled that illusion. The mitochondria study does the same for protein transport.
For the moment, we’re not going to dig deeper into this. It’s possible that the meaning of and reaction to one paper may be over-enthusiastic. We’ve seen such behavior before.
But even if this isn’t the final nail in the coffin for Behe’s claims, that day will come. When it does, Behe will ignore it and continue to be a poster-boy for Intelligent Design — just as Wile E. Coyote continues running, unaware that he’s already run past the edge of the cliff.
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