Thursday, July 20, 2006


Irreducible Complexity Still Going Strong

One of the most interesting things about the Christians in Science organized debate on theistic evolution and ID in which I participated on July 13th was a question from the floor which assumed that design theorists' notions about irreducible complexity had been squashed by scientists and that ID was a 'shell game' because as soon as one proposed IC system had been shown not to be IC, the design theorists moved on to another system. The assumption behind this question is simply wrong. ID theorists have not conceeded the failure of any proposed IC system. ID theorists continue to defend their claims about IC in the face of critiques that play well to the gallery but which are more often than not simply exercizes in attacking a straw man definition of IC and the argument to design from IC systems. If anyone is playing a shell game, it is actually the evolutionists who propose hand waving explanations of IC systems that constitute 'just so stories' without supporting empirical evidence. Anyway, for all those who think, hope or fear that ID claims about IC systems are not faring well, here is a list of resources to the contrary:

Video Material

Dr. Michael J. Behe, "Considering Intelligent Design ," Andrews University (59 minutes)
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Scott Minnich, ‘Paradigm of Design: The Bacterial Flagellum’

On-Line Chapters & Articles

Michael J. Behe, ‘Answering Scientific Criticisms of Intelligent Design’

Michael J. Behe, ‘The Lamest Attempt Yet to Answer the Challenge Irreducible Complexity Poses for Darwinian Evolution’

Michael J. Behe, 'In Defence of the Irreducibility of the Blood Clotting Cascade'

Michael J. Behe, 'A True Acid Test: A Response to Ken Miller'

Michael J. Behe, 'A Mousetrap Defended'

William A. Dembski, ‘Still Spinning Just Fine: A Response to Ken Miller’

William A. Dembski, ‘Irreducible Complexity Revisited’

Mike Gene, ‘Evolving the Bacterial Flagellum Through Mutation and Cooption, Parts I-VI’

Stephen Griffith, ‘Irreducible Complexity’

Peer Reviewed Papers

Scott Minnich & Stephen C. Meyer, ‘Genetic Analysis of Coordinate Flagellar and Type III Regulatory Circuits’, Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Design & Nature, Rhodes Greece, (ed.) M.W. Collins and C.A. Brebbia (WIT Press, 2004) @

Michael J. Behe, ‘The Modern Intelligent Design Hypothesis’, Philosophia Christi, Series 2, vol. 3, no. 1 (2001)

Michael J. Behe & D.W. Snoke, ‘Simulating Evolution by Gene Duplication of Protein Features That Require Multiple Amino Acid Residues’, Protein Science, 13 (2004)

Wolf-Ekkehard Lonning, ‘Dynamic genomes, morphological stasis, and the origin of irreducible complexity’, Dynamical Genetics (2004) @


Michael J. Behe, Darwin’s Black Box, 10th anniversary edition, (Free Press, 2006)

John Angus Campbell and Stephen C. Meyer (ed.’s) Darwinism, Design, & Public Education, (Michigan State University Press, 2003)

William A. Dembski, No Free Lunch: Why Specified Complexity Cannot be Purchased without Intelligence, (Rowman & Littlefield, 2001)

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