Just as data centers are crucial for storing valuable information in the digital world, DNA is essential for the existence of life. DNA is the main data source for the physical features of all life.
It contains information for manufacturing more than twenty thousand different proteins, which can be arranged with other molecules to make about 200 different types of human cells. These cells are custom-made to form the tissues that make up each of our organs and systems. The information in DNA is crucial for this process, and DNA can store enormous amounts of data, surpassing any human-designed storage capacity.
However, as much as we have learned, science does not yet have a complete description of all the information needed to build even one cell, let alone more complex biological objects, like eyes or bones.
Where did this information come from?
Professor Behe says the source code with the sophistication seen in DNA has never been known to arise without a programmer or intelligent agent.
An intelligent agent is the designer and supplier of the information that is the foundation of all life.
The other day I was running late for an outdoor bluegrass concert. So I hurriedly packed up the items I would need: camp chair; back pack with additional clothing (gets cool when the sun goes down); and literally launched myself into the drivers seat of my truck. Unfortunately on the way to the seat my left knee met with some resistance; the unforgiving rotating light switch.
Well, the leg started to bleed. And since the abrasive cut was not low enough to avoid my knee-high shorts, I had to take the time to wipe and bandage this time-waster; or it would stain my clothing.
I knew I could carry on unconcerned if I wanted to. Why? Simply put; blood coagulation, part of the process known as the blood-clotting cascade. Eventually the flow would stop. I wouldn’t bleed out. “Soldiering on” would work okay. Blood stained shorts be damned. I was on a mission towards Bluegrass Heaven.
But since the shorts were new, and not yet ready for damnation, Bluegrass Heaven would have to wait. I took the time to bandage up.
Why am I telling you this bit of personal trivia? Because it gives us one more example of the Intelligent Design behind God’s Good Creation. “Huh?” Let me explain.
Blood clotting is the body’s emergency response system; a system I’m convinced was wonderfully designed.
There are some really bright scientists who agree.
Imagine a man having a stroke. He’s rushed to the hospital, where a team of medical professionals springs into action. This is much like what happens when you cut yourself. Your body has its own emergency response system – the blood clotting process.
When you get a cut, your body sends out a distress signal, like a 9-1-1 call. This summons tiny particles in your blood, called platelets, to the site of the injury. These platelets transform and start to form a plug, slowing down the bleeding. Then something called coagulation takes place. But now things get a little technical here. So let me bring in the expert.
Biochemist Michael Behe explains it better than I could in the latest Secrets of the Cellepisode; an explanation that includes hisirreducible complexity argument for Intelligent Design.
Behe concludes the blood clotting process is too complex and interdependent to have developed through Darwinian evolution. It’s like a finely tuned machine, where every part is necessary for it to function properly. (That’s the irreducible complexity of it.) This suggests that the system was designed with a purpose, rather than being the result of incremental & random evolutionary processes.
You were introduced to Michael Behe in a previous post (see below). In this 30 minute video, Behe reveals a fascinating world at the molecular level.
Darwin thought the cell was little more than a jello like substance (to put it in modern terms). But now we know differently. Could the complex machine like structures we find in the cell be the result of unguided processes?