Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Evolution of Eukaryotic Cells

Suppose you run into a long lost cousin at a family event who turns out to be a proponent of Intelligent Design. According to your cousin, who is a Biology student in Alabama, eukaryotic cells are a prime example of irreducible complexity, as there are no intermediates between very simple prokaryotic cells and the much more complex eukaryotic cells. Based on your reading about Lynn Margulis and SET, respond to your cousin's assertion that eukaryotic cells are a good example of ID.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Does Evolution make you feel uneasy?

Read this interesting article about Intelligent Design.

Consider this quote from the article, made by Michael Behe, who is a proponent of Intelligent Design.

"It matches what a lot of people see. It matches peoples' intuitions about biology," said Michael Behe, a biochemist at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania."

Also consider this comment from Dr. Kenneth Miller, who opposes teaching Intelligent Design in the science classroom.

"The movement's success comes from the way it "appeals to peoples' sense of unease about science and technology," said Kenneth Miller, a biologist at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.'

Can you personally relate to either of these statements? Do you feel uncomfortable with science and technology? Do you feel that the Theory of Natural Selection is inconsistent with your intuitive sense of life? Please use the comment box below to elaborate your thoughts on these issues.