reply to post by Cosmic.Artifact
1. Irreducible Complexity in microbiological processes.
If you're talking about the flagellum, that's just a very basic proton-pump fused to a crystalline protein made of a single repeated unit... the
proton pump having a pre-existing function (working in the reverse direction) to phosporylate ADP to ATP, the "energy currency of the cell", any
high-schooler can tell you. Irreducible complexity is an old argument, they just keep trying to apply it to newly examined structures in the time
between identifying the structure and identifying its evolutionary roots.
2. Polonium-218 Halos in primordial granite
And? Half lives only indicate that, based on random probabilities, half of the radioactive element should have decayed by then. I'm struggling to see
what this has to do with anything.
3. Astronomical probabilities calculated as necessary for the simplest proteins to form (not enough time).
firstly, for life, proteins would have started out pretty irrelevent - the missing link between "life" and "non-life" being RNA viruses, RNA seems
more important. And those RNAs that weren't good at self replicating wouldn't have reached high enough concentrations to be detectable now, so only
the ones that did self-replicate would. Because of the self-binding properties of some of the sequences, ribosomes and tRNAs would happen somewhere if
you just had enough of the stuff drifting about. Saying "there wasn't enough time" is a little bit like saying "there hasn't been enough time in
history for man to build the pyramids". There isn't enough time if only one man does it, but if billions of them were involved it would take a
billionth of the time. If we had a highly organic atmosphere to begin with, we'd be talking of more than billions of ribo-nucleotides and, for that
matter, amino acids, drifting around.
4. Fossil Record
What about it? That it's incomplete?
1) soft bodied organisms tend to rot away before they get the chance.
2) even for a hard bodied organisms, you've only got a half decent chance of fossilising if you're aquatic and have a calcium-rich shell. It's very
difficult for terrestrial organisms to get fossilised. Try it sometime.
5. Existence of information more complicated than a computer language encoded in DNA requires an author.
Did you know that liquid water is held in its liquid state by hydrogen bonds? Can you imagine the odds, in a single pond, that any specific water
molecule is bonded to another specific one? But each water molecule is bonded to another.
Looking at something after the fact and saying "this is so unlikely" is ridiculous. Something had to happen - we just happen to be what did happen.
That doesn't mean that we were likely to.
6. Genetics, i.e. losses always involved in mutations, fatality rate when mutations occur.
Are you aware of sickle cell anaemia?
It's a mutation to a gene encoding haemoglobin. The haemoglobin crystalises all wrong and instead of getting your nice, doughnut shaped red blood
cells, you end up with funky sickle-shaped ones with a sub-optimal surface area and so not very good for transporting oxygen.
In the homozygote, it's fatal.
In the heterozygote, it's not.
Are you aware of malaria (]Plasmodium spp
In people who don't carry the allele for sickle cell anaemia, it's one of the number one (if not THE number one) killers in history.
In the heterozygote for sickle cell anaemia, the malaria parasite can't survive long. The density of healthy blood cells is enough to sustain the
human, but not enough for the parasite.
7. 2nd Law of Thermodynamics.
Equilibrium is a wonderful thing.
However, it is generally useful to remember that equilibria is rarely static. Most (chemical) equilibria simply involve an equal number of chemical
reactions in opposite directions.
If you sample a large enough area, you will find that certain fragments of said area are at completely different states in equibrium to others.
Equilibrium is important in life. Pretty much all our cellular processes involve pushing chemicals out of their low-energy equilibria into an
unstable, higher-energy local equilibria. This is troublesome for life, because eventually we are incapable, and then we die. This is good for natural
selection, because those that are better at moving the equilbrium live longer and have more babies before they die.
I don't see how it necessitates a creator, though.
EDIT: I really should just leave this to Saturn and the Hypnotoad, shouldn't I?
edit on 13/12/2010 by TheWill because: (no reason