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Evolution and Religious Creation MythsHow Scientists Respond$
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Paul F. Lurquin and Linda Stone

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195315387

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195315387.001.0001

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 Creationist Purpose and Irreducible Complexity Rebutted

 Creationist Purpose and Irreducible Complexity Rebutted

(p.55) 3 Creationist Purpose and Irreducible Complexity Rebutted
Evolution and Religious Creation Myths

Paul F. Lurquin

Linda Stone (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter rebuts irreducible complexity and creationism by explaining the reliability of dating techniques as well as sophisticated laboratory techniques that allow researchers to synthesize extinct genes (genetic archaeology, gene resurrection) and study their homology to other genes. These techniques clearly demonstrate that the irreducible complexity of the eye, the immune system, and the bacterial flagellum are subjective impressions. On the contrary, phylogenetic trees based on gene homology show a deep evolutionary link between simple life-forms and complex ones. Finally, the chapter gives several examples of “poor design” that cast doubt on the principle of Intelligent Design.

Keywords:   bacterial flagellum, dating techniques, eye, gene homology, gene resurrection, genetic archaeology, immune system, irreducible complexity rebutted, phylogenetic tree, poor design

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