Sure, those gears in living organisms just happened to “evolve”

insect gear

It takes a lot of blind faith to believe that the universe came into being from nothing without a cause, that life came from non-life and that it evolved into everything we see today, including having highly ordered information in DNA that could not have been brought about by chemical reactions.  Oh, and highly functioning gears.

Via Mechanical gear fund in living organism — Behe’s IC still a challenge for Darwinism | Uncommon Descent.

With two diminutive legs locked into a leap-ready position, the tiny jumper bends its body taut like an archer drawing a bow. At the top of its legs, a minuscule pair of gears engage—their strange, shark-fin teeth interlocking cleanly like a zipper. And then, faster than you can blink, think, or see with the naked eye, the entire thing is gone. In 2 milliseconds it has bulleted skyward, accelerating at nearly 400 g’s—a rate more than 20 times what a human body can withstand. At top speed the jumper breaks 8 mph—quite a feat considering its body is less than one-tenth of an inch long.

This miniature marvel is an adolescent issus, a kind of planthopper insect and one of the fastest accelerators in the animal kingdom. As a duo of researchers in the U.K. report today in the journal Science, the issus also the first living creature ever discovered to sport a functioning gear.

How does selection arrive at such coordination? What good is one gear without the corresponding gear? The challenge of IC for Darwinism remains.

There has never been a valid reason for denying God’s existence.  How much more so is this true with the vast amount of evidence we have today?

Romans 1:18–20 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

11 thoughts on “Sure, those gears in living organisms just happened to “evolve”

    • Ok, this may be a bit snarky, but that’s just my mood today: If God sued (and you’re right, He owns it all) where would we hold court? And who would be the judge?

      Sorry, but I’m VERY glad it’s Friday.

      • Well, that’s the interesting part. He is the Judge, and He would hold it in His own court. No human court could do His case justice. :)

  1. Was watching a documentary on the Science Channel a few days ago (not to be confused with SyFy). It was about a modern naturalist expedition to the Galapagos Islands off the coast of South America. They were attempting to build upon the observations that Darwin made during his famous 1859 visit to the islands. They went on and on – first the scientists, then the program narrator, contrasting the “scientific” theory of evolution with “fundamentalist religion” of the Biblical account of creation and the ensuing “uproar” among the Catholic church and other bastions of the Christian faith of the day.

    At one point, the camera zoomed in on one of the biologists on the ship’s deck, who was recounting a letter he’d received from a female viewer of the show. He told how the letter wanted to know how he squared thus-and-so “with the controversial theory of natural selection.” He spat, “Lady, it’s not a theory and it’s not controversial.” He was quite snotty about it.

    I said out loud to the TV, “It *is* a theory, and it’s very controversial.” Had I been holding the camera, I might have added, “And I think the gentleman doth protest too much.”

    Believing in Darwin’s theories, however misguided, is at least a rational and defensible position to hold. What I’ve run out of patience with, is this continued insistence that it’s the only possible explanation for the origin of life on Earth, coupled with this arrogant dismissal of anyone who thinks differently.

    I was suddenly reminded of something one of my favorite bloggers once wrote. He said, “When it comes to scientific theories, you save the drama for your mama. People getting angry and testy about the skepticism from others, are advancing what would more properly be called religion.”

  2. Guys, it’s not a question of God or science, God or evolution, God or Darwinism. It’s simply (!?) a question of discerning how God designed the universe and how he continues to sustain it. Darwin points out a lot of examples of how evolution has happened in our lifetime (breeding of racehorses for instance), and as a qualified chartered engineer I can really appreciate the brilliance of designing a process such as Darwin describes in his book in order to achieve his goal. There is too much adversarial debate on this issue, it steers us away from the truth. There is not space to explore this fully, but for more info see http://philhemsley.wordpress.com/the-big-picture/

    • Breeding racehorses is a deliberate human act done by rational human minds who are selecting for certain traits. It has nothing to do with the allegedly random and unguided mutations required for Darwinian macro evolution.

      Small intraspecies changes do occur in nature (changes in insect coloration, bacterial resistance to antibiotics, etc) but these changes do not transform a species into a palm tree, an iguana, or a chimpanzee.

      • We have a God who created and sustains the universe, as we see in the consistent behaviour of matter, modeled by the laws of physics. Within that design, we don’t need to insist that he guides every action. If i drop a ball in a funnel, i don’t need to guide it to the end of the funnel to know that it will come out, I allow it to bounce around and follow a ‘random, unguided’ course which has a clearly defined end (coming out of the end of the funnel). I see God as having designed an extremely elegant funnel, where the end point of the evolutionary funnel is what we see around us today. See for instance the number of separate times the camera eye has evolved through completely different paths. I speak more on this in my book….

  3. We have a God who created and sustains the universe, as we see in the consistent behaviour of matter, modeled by the laws of physics. Within that design, we don’t need to insist that he guides every action. If i drop a ball in a funnel, i don’t need to guide it to the end of the funnel to know that it will come out, I allow it to bounce around and follow a ‘random, unguided’ course which has a clearly defined end (coming out of the end of the funnel). I see God as having designed an extremely elegant funnel, where the end point of the evolutionary funnel is what we see around us today. See for instance the number of separate times the camera eye has evolved through completely different paths. I speak more on this in my book….

    We don’t need to insist that He guides every action, because He set it all in motion at the beginning. The entire point of Intelligent Design is to assert that species have always existed more-or-less as they do today. Contrary to popular belief, this is what we actually see in the fossil record – species appearing and disappearing suddenly, each “after its own kind,” with a remarkable lack of transitory forms that allegedly show one species transforming into another through a long series of mutations. (Even a Darwinist should be prepared to concede that such a transitory creature would be ill-equipped to survive in either the environment it’s entering or the one it is leaving.)

    In any event, I’m not understanding why you brought up racehorses. A racehorse is what it is because human beings have made it that way – by controlling who it breeds with, its diet, and other factors. The thrust of macroevolution is that natural selection took place without intelligent guidance or intervention by rational minds.

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