Michael J. Behe

Michael J.
Behe
1952

American Biochemist, Author and Intelligent Design Advocate, Professor Of Biochemistry at Lehigh University and Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture

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Typically a protein chain has 50 to 1,000 amino acid links.

Despite some remaining puzzles, there's no reason to doubt that Darwin had this point right, that all creatures on earth are biological relatives

I find the idea of common descent (that all organisms share a common ancestor) fairly convincing, and have no particular reason to doubt it.

Intelligent design relies on physical, empirical, observable evidence from nature plus logical inferences.

It's unnerving to think that many of our important ideas about the way the world works were simply picked up unreflectively from the cultural milieu in which we found ourselves.

Our ability to be confident of the design of the cilium or intracellular transport rests on the same principles as our ability to be confident about the design of anything: the ordering of separate components to achieve an identifiable function that depends sharply on the components.

Since natural selection can only choose systems that are already working, then if a biological system cannot be produced gradually it would have had to arise as an integrated unit.

The cilium is irreducibly complex requiring microtubules, connectors and motor (proteins for any function.)

The nice thing about scientific authority is that it is easy to locate; it's in the library.

The theory of intelligent design promises to reinvigorate a field of science grown stale from a lack of viable solutions to dead end problems.

Unbridged chasms occur even at the tiniest level of life.

During the formation of a B cell (antibody making cell) the genome is rearranged and some of it is thrown away.

If a system (absolutely) requires several closely matched parts to function then it is irreducibly complex and we can conclude that it was produced (to function) as an integrated unit.

Intelligent design requires no tenet of any specific religion. It does not rely on religious texts, messages from religious leaders or any such thing.

Klaus Dose "More than 30 years of experimentation on the origin of life in the fields of chemical and molecular evolution have led to a better perception of the immensity of the problem of the origin of life on Earth rather than to its solution. At present all discussions on principal theories and experiments in the field either end in a stalemate or in a confession of ignorance." The involvement of some intelligence is unavoidable.

Paley is seen as a defeated enemy but exactly where was he refuted?

Since natural selection requires a function to select, an irreducibly complex biological system, if there is such a thing, would have to arise as an integrated unit for natural selection to have anything to act on.

The conclusion of design flows naturally from the data; we should not shrink from it; we should embrace it and build on it.

The point here is that physics followed the data where it seemed to lead, even though some thought the model gave aid and comfort to religion.

The theory of undirected evolution is already dead, but the work of science continues.

Under my definition, a scientific theory is a proposed explanation which focuses or points to physical, observable data and logical inferences. There are many things throughout the history of science which we now think to be incorrect which nonetheless would fit that ? which would fit that definition. Yes, astrology is in fact one.

During the formation of antibodies from heavy and light chains, there are thus about a million different combinations of heavy chain sequences and about ten thousand different light chains combinations, giving ten billion different antibodies from just 400 genes.

If you search the scientific literature on evolution, and if you focus your search on the question of how molecular machines?the basis of life?developed, you find an eerie and complete silence. The complexity of life?s foundation has paralyzed science?s attempt to account for it; molecular machines raise an as-yet-impenetrable barrier to Darwinism?s universal reach.

Intolerance does not arise when I think that I have found the truth. Rather it comes about only when I think that because I have found it, everyone else should agree with me.. Richard Dawkins has written that anyone who denies evolution is either " ignorant, stupid or insane (or wicked - but I'd rather not consider that)". Philosopher Daniel Dennett compares religious belief to wild animals and he says that parents should be prevented from misinforming their children about the truth of evolution which is so evident to him. As the weight of scientific evidence shifts dramatically, this point should be kept prominently in mind. Richard Dawkins has said that Darwin made it possible to be an "intellectually fulfilled atheist". The failure of Darwin's theory on the molecular scale may cause him to feel less fulfilled, but no one should try to stop him from continuing his search.

Like the comet theory for the extinction of dinosaurs, hypotheses for the involvement of an intelligent agent in the development of life or other historical events have to be evaluated on a case by case basis.

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First Name
Michael J.
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Behe
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1952
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American Biochemist, Author and Intelligent Design Advocate, Professor Of Biochemistry at Lehigh University and Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture