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No gradual biochemical evolution models have been published (Talk.Origins)

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This article (No gradual biochemical evolution models have been published (Talk.Origins)) is a response to a rebuttal of a creationist claim published by Talk.Origins Archive under the title Index to Creationist Claims.


Claim CA350:

Professional literature is silent on the subject of the evolution of biochemical systems.

Source: Behe, Michael J. 1996. Darwin's Black Box, New York: The Free Press, 68, 72, 97, 114, 115-116, 138, 185-186.

CreationWiki response:

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No place does Behe make such a claim. He said that he had a hard time finding any and that those he did find were only speculative with no supporting experiments.

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1. The claim is simply false. Dozens of articles exist on the subjects for which Behe claims the literature is missing. David Ussery, for example, found 107 articles on cilia evolution, 125 on flagella evolution, 27 on the evolution of the entire coagulation system, 130 on the evolution of vesicle transport, and 84 on "molecular evolution of the immune system".

Behe did not claim that the literature is missing, but that it was hard to find any and that those he did find were only speculative with no supporting experiments.


Behe tries to make his claim appear more dramatic by overstating our understanding of the molecular workings of the cell. For example, he says, "Over the past four decades modern biochemistry has uncovered the secrets of the cell" (1996, 232). But our understanding has only just begun. In the years since Behe wrote his book, journals have been filled with thousands of research articles uncovering new information, and much remains to be uncovered. When the complete Escherichia coli genome was sequenced in 1998, the functions of a third of its genes were still completely unknown, and E. coli is much simpler than human cells.

It is Talk Origins that is doing the overstating; Behe was simply showing how much progress has been made sense the 1950’s. That which has been learned since only helps support Behe’s work, by showing that cells are even more complicated than previously thought.

3. Behe's work on intelligent design theory has produced no publications in scientific literature. In fact, there have been no scientific publications on intelligent design by any of its proponents.

First of all it needs to be noted that by “scientific literature” Talk Origins means journals that are dedicated to evolution. They would exclude by definition any creationist scientific journal or one published by intelligent design proponents.

What Talk Origins does not tell its readers is that those journals they refer to as “scientific literature” will not publish any articles on intelligent design theory. It’s rather hard to publish a paper when scientific publications refuse to even consider it.

Finally, a paper on intelligent design theory was published in the Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington and the Evolutionary establishment had a fit. The reaction included the expulsion of its then editor Richard Sternberg from the Smithsonian.

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