Here’s what we read in this PhysOrg blurb:
It may seem logical, but the surprising part of this finding is how universal it is. “It is almost expected that the frequency of usage of any component is correlated with how many other components depend on it,” said Maslov. “But we found that we can determine the number of crucial components – those without which other components couldn’t function – by a simple calculation that holds true both in biological systems and computer systems.” For both the bacteria and the computing systems, take the square root of the interdependent components and you can find the number of key components that are so important that not a single other piece can get by without them.
” crucial components . . . without which other components couldn’t function . . . ”
Sounds a lot like “irreducible complexity,” doesn’t it? I wonder what that square root figure turns out to be. That would represent the amount of specified complexity required simply for life to begin, hence, completely outside of Darwinian mechanisms.