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Michael Behe and Cilia 3.0 … or, Irreducible Complexity Cubed

Jonathan Witt
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On a new episode of ID the Future, author and biologist Michael Behe talks with host Andrew McDiarmid about how the once seemingly humble cilium is actually even more irreducibly complex than Behe suggested in his first book, Darwin’s Black Box. Indeed, it’s even more complex than his review of cilia in his update in 2007, The Edge of Evolution. At the time Behe described cilia as “irreducible complexity squared.” But as noted in a recent article here at Evolution News, even more layers of sophistication in cilia and their Intraflagellar Transport (IFT) system have now been discovered.

So, does that mean we are now looking at irreducible complexity cubed? Listen in as Behe and McDiarmid revel in the engineering sophistication of this fascinating molecular machine. They discuss why, more than ever, it appears to point away from any form of mindless evolution for its cause. Download the podcast or listen to it here.

Jonathan Witt

Executive Editor, Discovery Institute Press and Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Jonathan Witt, PhD, is Executive Editor of Discovery Institute Press and a senior fellow and senior project manager with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. His latest book is Heretic: One Scientist’s Journey from Darwin to Design (DI Press, 2018) written with Finnish bioengineer Matti Leisola. Witt has also authored co-authored Intelligent Design Uncensored, A Meaningful World: How the Arts and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature, and The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot. Witt is the lead writer and associate producer for Poverty, Inc., winner of the $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award and recipient of over 50 international film festival honors.



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