Posted: Jul 21, 2010 8:54 pm
by Rumraket
CharlieM wrote:The ten parts that Miller has left are non-functional as a motility system. He has taken forty parts away and the motility system has lost its function. Therefore as a motility system it is non-functional. Why does Miller never acknowledge this?

Whether or not he acknowledges this is irrelevant. It doesn't have to function as a motility system. But we already had this discussion so you know this. You have added nothing to this discussion that proves a problem for evolutionary theory, and the question you put forward has been answered in the bacterial flagellum thread. As lons as any intermediate step before a "finalized" flagellum is somehow funcional, and that this function can serve as a benefit to the organism, then the final system can evolve. That's it. Nothing more to say. The irreducible complexity claim is a strawman because it fails to reckognise that the intermediate steps leading to a finalized flagellum doesn't have to serve a motility function. Any beneficial funcition will do, whatever it's nature. Case closed.