Posted: Jan 22, 2011 11:03 am
by Царь Славян
You're equivocating. In any event, GFL would not disagree with me. In that post, he is answering your question regarding why they are called molecular machines by some. I suggest that those who called it such are being less than completely rigorous, probably because they aren't accustomed to having their words twisted by dishonest, credulous people with a dishonest agenda such as yourself. It's much akin to physicists calling entropy 'disorder'. They expect to be better understood.

Anyhoo, as commonly understood, a machine is an artefact, by definition, while the flagellum evolved from an earlier system. Why you keep resting on the flagellum is, in fact, beyond me, because Behe's ignorant guff regarding it has been comprehensively nailed to the wall some time ago, especially the 'irreducible complexity' canard which, even if it were actually true, wouldn't constitute a problem for evolution, because irreducible complexity is a necessary outcome of evolution, as demonstrated by Hermann Joseph Müller some 50 years before Behe was even born.
Any molecular machine in any scientific publication is called a machine. And that's how it is. I didn't say that the authors actually believe flagellum was designed, but that they describe it as a machine.