Re: Intell. Design

Jeffrey Lee (
Fri, 29 May 98 08:52:26 -0700

On 5/29/98 06:37, Kenneth Piers said:

>So it is difficult for me to see how Behešs argument advances the
>discussion of origins very much beyond the question of how the original
>underlying DNA sequences for such structures came into being.

His argument isn't that fabrication requires intelligent design, but that the blueprints require intelligent design. Multiple gene sequences would need to arise simultaneously which create all of the necessary proteins for these systems, so that in the event of, say, the blood clotting cascade, you would need to have the gene for prothrombin, tpa, fibrinogen, etc., etc., all arise simultaneously. Miss a piece, and the apparatus doesn't work. So, his point is not that DNA, mRNA, tRNA, and rRNA, plus attendant enzymes cannot create one of these systems, or that the arisal of DNA requires intelligent design (necessarily), but that the system is so complex that all of the right DNA sequences would have to come into being simultaneously for the system to work. In other words, he stipulates to the existence of the paper and blue ink and the 2X4's, drywall, etc., but argues that the design itself cannot happen gradually or by chance (a dangerous choice of words, I realize).

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