The word “biomimetics” entered the dictionary in 1974. In the 45 years since, scientists have found design inspiration in everything biological from molecules to mammals.
Chemical signaling in the cell is fairly well known, but what about electrical signaling? Is a cell wired like an electrical network?
There are several funny things about the interview Dawkins gave the BBC to describe his new “scientific” survey.
Two issues of note dominated the Q&A: the Type III Secretory System (T3SS) as a supposed evolutionary precursor to the bacterial flagellum, and whether the Cambrian explosion really was an actual event in the history of life.
The bacterial flagellum represents not just a problem of irreducible complexity. Rather, the problem extends far deeper than that. What we are now observing is the existence of irreducibly complex systems within irreducibly complex systems.