Flippin' Nonsense!

Some bacteria have a miniature outboard motor called a flagellum. It has all the parts you would find on an electric motor only this one is so small you could fit 800 on the cross-section of a human hair!

The bacterial flagellum is an example of an 'irreducibly complex' machine. Take one part away and it no longer works. All parts must exist at the same time and be assembled together in the correct order. This suggests 'design' and therefore a 'designer'. If you visited Earth from another planet and discovered an electric motor, a clock, an ipod, a 747...you would never conclude that such devices fell together piece by piece by accident over a long period of time. No - you would conclude that they were designed - that there was some intelligence behind their construction.

Darwinian evolution cannot account for such devices because according to Darwin's theory changes occur slowly as a result of 'slight successive variations'. In fact Darwin said, "If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down."  In recent years biochemistry has revealed numerous such examples of irreducibly complex systems in living things any one of which should have been sufficient to put the final nail in the coffin of Darwinian evolution and yet the theory refuses to die - why?

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