Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Comments on "Michael Behe Hasn't Been Refuted on the Flagellum"

 Lately there seems to be a lot on ENV regarding Irreducibility and the Flagellum mainly because of a recent Quarterly Review of Biology Paper which Casey Luskin mentions here.

I've been waiting for posts like this for such a long time, particularly because I'm tired of hearing the same dead straw man over and over again which I will cover soon.

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I'm glad to see a post like this. Surprised at how the straw man Ken Miller first formulated is still
alive and well though.


If anything, the only criticism that doesn't receive enough attention from either side of the
debate is Matzke's Evolution in Brownian Space. I think me and Casey would agree on this,
namely that while Miller and many others tend to flatly misrepresent what Behe actually tries to
argue, Matzke at least tries to make responses that keep Behe in original context.


Bookmarking this as one of the better posts on Irreducibility. In a moment though, there's a few
things that need to be said about Miller's argument because it's so prevalent. I'll get to that in a
moment...
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Here's my second comment replying to Nick Matzke:

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There's a lot that needs to be asked and said in this area...

Nick Said: "And that most of the required proteins have known alternative functions in
nonflagellar systems. Oh well."

You mean this?

"Flagellum evolution in Nature Reviews Microbiology"

I would really like to know the rationale behind using Default BLAST search settings to come
to the conclusion that you did. Exactly how similar are these homologies you present and how
 would we know each flagellar protein came about from the homologies and not vice-versa?
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