It’s a sort of shift in perspective:
When I first started writing for Evolution News back in 2005, we were overwhelmed with media outlets misreporting on intelligent design and evolution. This was in fact one of the original reasons for launching Evolution News — to fact-check and critique media coverage. Every once in a while, however, it’s nice to highlight media stories that do a good job of covering science.
A recent article in The New Yorker, “A Journey to the Center of our Cells,” says hardly anything about evolution and it says nothing about intelligent design. There’s no evidence that the article’s author or the scientists he interviews are sympathetic to ID. But it provides new insights into the complexity of the cell — insights that unwittingly pose a challenge to theories of a fully natural chemical origin of life.
The article explains that biologists are beginning to “grasp the strangeness of the zone [inside the cell], bigger than atoms but smaller than cells, in which the machinery of life exists,” further noting that “It’s proteins that run the cellular world, by sparking chemical reactions, sending signals, and self-assembling into biological machines.”Casey Luskin, “The New Yorker Takes “A Journey to the Center of Our Cells”” at Evolution News and Science Today (March 2, 2022)
The very fact that no one is rushing in with a reductionist explanation points to the significance of the shift. Researchers are pausing to observe and reflect for once.
You may also wish to read: Remember when cells were random blobs? Now they are a tightly orchestrated dance. And if the researchers do create living cells, that’s intelligent design, not natural selection acting on random mutations (Darwinism).
Why do many scientists see cells as intelligent? Bacteria appear to show intelligent behavior. But what about individual cells in our bodies?