In a seemingly stunning laboratory tour de force, scientists were able to extract ancient enzymatic samples and analyze their structure. From the information so gleaned, they built and tested a synthetic enzyme.
Here’s what they report:
” . . . we found that enzymes that existed in the Precambrian era up to four billion years ago possessed many of the same chemical mechanisms observed in their modern-day relatives.”
And what were their Darwinian expectations?
“Given the ancient origin of the reconstructed thioredoxin enzymes, with some of them predating the buildup of atmospheric oxygen, we expected their catalytic chemistry to be simple.”
And given the ID perspective, what would we have expected?
We would have expected an almost identical degree of complexity simply because the phase space/configuration space of proteins is so immense, and the workings of the cell so complex, that only finely-tuned proteins (enzymes) could operate under these constraints. And we would therefore expect that similar chemical mechanisms would have been at play even at the beginning of cellular life.
Now ask yourself: what would have happened if these scientists had stated this as their purpose when they began: “We want to test ID predictions versus Darwinian predictions (simple systems gradually become complex systems)”?
You see, right now, ID can be put to the test. Yet instead, scientists will test ONLY Darwinian expectations, with the almost sure-fire reaction to their experimental results being, “We were quite surprised to find ………(fill in the blank).” And, as many tests as Darwinism fails, it still remains, in the mind of these scientists, the only working “hypothesis” (theory???) they’ll bring to the lab. Interesting.