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October 21, 2005

Irreducible Complexity

Life cannot exist without many numerous interdependent complex systems, each irreducibly complex on their own, bringing about a grand pageant for life to exist.

A specific example is the interdependence of DNA, RNA and protein. "DNA, RNA and proteins cannot do their jobs without the help of at least one of the other two. DNA is a library of detailed information for the various structures within the cell. It has the information for the manufacture of each protein. RNA is a copy of instructions from the DNA and is sent as a messenger to the ribosomes for making proteins. There are two types of proteins; functional proteins such as enzymes, and structural proteins, which compose the organelles . . . Living cells need all three molecules at the same time. The chance, simultaneous natural appearance of the three distinct, interdependent complex systems is just not possible."[1] Not only are these three needed for life, but an organism also needs a cell membrane, usable energy, reproduction and all left-handed amino acids. All of these requirements are just a portion of why the “first cell” is the ultimate in irreducible complexity.

Darwin's theory of numerous, successive, slight modifications simply does not work when discussing the origin of life. The problem that ultimate irreducible complexity brings to evolution is clearly daunting for evolutionists. Their way to deal with the problem is to dismiss ID as nonscientific or pseudoscience. However, when one looks at the issue of origin of life through the lens of irreducible complexity, the evidence points to design. As demonstrated in my article, "Is Intelligent Design Scientific? Part 2", when the definition of science includes ID as an option then we can see that evidence, such as irreducible complexity, clearly points to ID. To prevent ID from being discussed in the classroom or supported in scientific journals is to stifle the scientific process. It forces the square peg of data to fit the round hole of naturalism.

Source: Jim Bendewald

Posted by Blogorithm at October 21, 2005 12:33 PM


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