Last week we saw Unlocking the Mysteries of Life a film by Illustra Media made in partnership with The Discovery Institute. In that film, some of the top minds in the sciences today discussed the major problems with Darwinian thought- both Darwin’s classic model and the augmented neo-Darwinian model. Speaking in strictly scientific terms and in uses his own words, Darwin’s model was completely broken down. Let’s review some of what we saw:
Irreducible Complexity– a single system which is composed of several interacting parts that contribute to the basic function, and where the removal of any one of the parts causes the system to effectively cease functioning. An irreducibly complex system cannot be produced directly by slight, successive modifications of a precursor system, since any precursor to an irreducibly complex system is by definition nonfunctional. As an example of irreducible complexity, Dr. Michael Behe refers to the bacterial flagellum.
DNA Code- In the 4 minute video animation, we saw how DNA, RNA, and protein formation occurs within a cell. How the DNA is “read” by a molecular machine, guided into a ribosome, translated, and formed into protein. Those protein pieces are then constructed to make even larger structure. To view that segment again click here.
Chemical Evolution- Scientist and evolutionist turn Design Theorist Dean Kenyon wrote the book on chemical evolution (a process never before seen). After a student posed a challenge to the theory Kenyon wrote in Biochemical Predestination.
This week’s homework: Please answer the following questions as best you can and post them as a reply to this blog. You may want to write it out in a Word format first and then copy and paste it into the blog. Here is the prompt:
After watching the video and doing some of your own research, let’s pretend a close friend approaches you and say’s “How can you NOT believe in Evolution?” If you had just a few minutes to respond, what would you say?
We will share some of your responses next week when we watch The Privileged Planet. See you then!