Behe’s first book – the bacterial flagellum
Keith Fox: Here are a couple of papers that show how parts of the flagellum evolved
They are possible pathways.
Michael Behe: No, those are studies that show that there are similarities between bacterial flagella in multiple organisms
Similarities of proteins between different organisms do not necessarily imply a developmental pathway
The problem of having the instructions to BUILD the flagellum still remains
Keith Fox: Maybe parts of the flagellum had other functions before they were used in the flagellum
Maybe you can use the parts of the flagellum for other purposes
Maybe, one can imagine, it’s possible that!
Michael Behe: No, parts have to be modified and re-purposed in order to be used for other functions
Keith Fox: But maybe the proteins can be used in other systems for other things. I re-purpose parts from of designed things to other purposes in my house when I do maintenance
Michael Behe: Uh, yeah – but aren’t you an intelligent designer? What does your home maintenance have to do with Darwinian evolution?
Fox is chairman of Britain’s Christians in Science.
Knight admits that this is a snarky characterisation.