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Marcos Eberlin: Chicken-and-Egg Questions Suffuse Life, Pointing to Intelligent Design

David Klinghoffer

Marcos Eberlin

Here’s another good question to ask the next Darwinist you meet: Explain the causal circularity that suffuses life. And what does that mean?

EberlinDistinguished chemist Marcos Eberlin is the author of the new book Foresight: How the Chemistry of Life Reveals Planning and Purpose, which carries an impressive three endorsements from Nobel Prize-winning scientists. He explains in a great article up now at The Stream, “The Chicken-and-Egg Problem Is Everywhere in Biology.”

The chicken reference is not just a metaphor. The problem of a baby chicken and its egg is the “archetypal example” of a conundrum that unguided evolution is powerless to solve. It takes the form: “To get A we need B, but to get B we first need A. We can’t have one without the other. To get both together, we need foresight — an engineer capable of planning for the future.” In biology, there are many A’s, and many B’s.

Other examples he describes: the structure of cell membranes, and the relationship between DNA and RNA and proteins. Both are at the foundation of life. The phenomenon of causal circularity is a “circle that points” to intelligent design. Read the rest over at The Stream.

You could pose the question to one of our Darwinist critics and see if you can get a meaningful reply. As Dr. Eberlin advises, don’t be satisfied with handwaving or question-begging explanations. Nor, I would add, with the usual snarky put-downs that pass for responses. 

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