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Bacterial flagellum: Engineering design constraints

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The flagellum is a good example of what doesn’t work in purely naturalist explanations:

A new peer-reviewed paper in the journal BIO-Complexity, “An Engineering Perspective on the Bacterial Flagellum: Part 1 — Constructive View,” comes out of the Engineering Research Group and Conference on Engineering in Living Systems that Steve Laufmann recently wrote about. The author, Waldean Schulz, holds a PhD in computer science from Colorado State University, and is a signer of the Scientific Dissent from Darwinism list. What could a computer scientist say about the bacterial flagellum? Well, Schulz explains that his study “examines the bacterial flagellum from an engineering viewpoint,” which aims to concentrate on the “the structure, proteins, control, and assembly of a typical flagellum, which is the organelle imparting motility to common bacteria.”

This technique of examining biology through the eyes of engineering is not necessarily new — systems biologists have been doing it for years. However, since engineering is a field that tries to determine how to better design technology, the field of intelligent design promises to yield new engineering-based insights into biology. Schulz’s paper is a prime example of such a contribution. It produces what is arguably the most rigorous logical demonstration of the irreducible complexity of the flagellum produced to date. Casey Luskin, “New Paper Investigates Engineering Design Constraints on the Bacterial Flagellum” at Evolution News and Science Today (July 7, 2021) Paper.

None of it happened by chance unless you think masses of information can just suddenly pop into existence by chance. Wouldn’t that be magic? Miracle?

3 Replies to “Bacterial flagellum: Engineering design constraints

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    ET says:

    Ken Miller’s untestable and lame explanation for any bacterial flagellum is self-assembly. Pretty sure we are still waiting for his work to validate his claim. 🙄

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    EvilSnack says:

    Does the proton gradient serve any other known purpose? Does it exist in cells which don’t have flagella (and have never had them)?

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    ET says:

    ATP synthase uses a proton gradient to power its rotor.

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