Saturday, 23 August 2008

Debunking Corner - Flagelling About

As the creationists' nano machine of choice, the bacterial flagellar has been a hot topic in recent years.

A recent article in eskeptic knocks the ghost out of this particular machine's appearance.
An interesting question arises: Why ID advocates and other creationists, who so eagerly and persistently display pictures like those in Figures 1, 2, and 3, never deign to show much more realistic representations of flagella structure such as those shown in Figures 4, 5, and 6? If they are unaware of these better pictures, perhaps they should try to educate themselves regarding the entirety of the available information about flagella? If, though, they are familiar with the images such as those shown in Figures 4, 5, and 6 (which are freely available both in print and on the internet) could it then be that they are less interested in facts and truth and more focused on winning the “cultural war” by any means?

We must conclude that the argument in favor of “design” of biological entities based on their alleged similarity to man-made machinery is not supported by evidence. 

For all the pretty pictures click here.

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