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“Nanomachine” Evolved?

Science Daily reports on new work examining cellular motors:

Life’s smallest motor — a protein that shuttles cargo within cells and helps cells divide — does so by rocking up and down like a seesaw, according to research conducted by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Brandeis University.

The researchers created high-resolution snapshots of a protein motor, called kinesin, as it walked along a microtubule, which are tube-shaped structures that form a cell’s “skeleton.” The result is the closest look yet at the structural changes kinesin proteins undergo as they ferry molecules within cells.

“We see for the first time how kinesin’s atomic-scale moving parts allow it to pull itself and its cargo along a microtubule,” says Ken Downing, a biophysicist with Berkeley Lab’s Life Sciences Division. He conducted the research with postdoctoral fellow Charles Sindelar, now at Brandeis University. “We found that there is a pivot point, where the kinesin motor attaches to the microtubule, which acts like a fulcrum and causes kinesin to rock up and down like a seesaw as it moves along the microtubule,” adds Downing. Their research is reported in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The first-ever glimpse of kinesin’s seesaw motion offers key insights into one of life’s most fundamental processes. Fueled by an energy-giving compound called ATP, kinesin proteins motor along microtubules like trains on a railroad track, towing cargo to various locations within cells and assisting in cell division. Microtubules are a cylindrical weave of proteins found throughout cells that serve as cellular scaffolding.

Writing in PNAS (www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.0915158107, subscription required), Franck Fournio and Carolyn A. Moores state  “Thus the cell’s nanomachines have evolved to use ATP only when they can couple it to essential work.”

Incredible.  The language of teleology is, as always, inescapable.   Let’s count the words in these two brief quotations that imply design:   “motor” “railroad track” “machine” “shuttle” “seesaw” “cargo” “ferry” “fueled” “towing” “scaffolding”

They even admit they are dealing with MACHINES.  Machines are designed for a purpose.  It takes a staggering amount of blind faith in materialist philosophy to believe machines somehow “evolved” through unguided natural processes.  Yet Fournio and Moores say “machines” evolved with no hint of irony or the slightest qualm regarding the fact that they appear to have absolutely no idea how such a thing could have happened (or if they do, they certainly do not share it with us).

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24 Responses to “Nanomachine” Evolved?

  1. When I saw this, besides admiring progress of technology to unveile the beauty of design, it was humorous how unguided evolutionary events can be for specific purposes. lol…

    it does boggle the mind to believe in such a flawless unguided process that evolves solutions – out of thin air – given enough random processes over long periods of time.

    That an unguided process can “evolve” essential processes only when it is required is not just efficient, it is a miracle. It is a Darwinist miracle. Because they have no observations of how it “evolved” a solution for a complex problem.

    But someone will say, duh, “if its possible it can happen dude, you just don’t understand evolution.” Oh yeah, and time. Time is the Darwinian holy spirit.

  2. 2

    “Time is the Darwinian holy spirit.”

    Father chance, Son selection and Spirit time.

  3. When they say it “evolved”, all that it really means is “it exists”. For instance the following two sentences are actually identical:

    1) The bat has evolved a remarkable echolocation system.

    2) The bat has a remarkable echolocation system.

    There is actually no difference in information between the two.

  4. Maybe the problem is that neodarwinists have overtaken our era. Modern languages are simply too underdeveloped to convey their brilliant ideas. So they preliminary elucidate mankind with “machine language”.

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    Barry,

    Great post.

    I remember when I first read about the aquatic bladderwort carnivorous plant trap, which consists of a vacuum chamber and a double-sealed door; when a small animal touches a trigger hair, the bladder suddenly expands, the door opens, and the victim is sucked into the trap. I was astounded that the book talked about the “evolution” of this trap without any discussion of possible intermediate stages or any recognition of the apparent “irreducible complexity” of this trap.

    These people just aren’t capable of thinking outside the box they have been educated in.

  6. CY,

    lol… great expansion :) The Darwinian Trincestry

    and thus on the 6th billionth day, Father Chance evolved a mutation from the dust. And randomly called the mutations Brite. Father Chance didn’t give Brite anything to do, but name other mutations. But Brite was bored naming other mutations not quite like him, called Baer, Trtule, Fnich and Kow.

    And Father Chance heard his mutation and so again, over Spirit Time, the dust evolved another Mutant being for Brite. Her name was JustSo. And JustSo is Brites helpmate in the story of Evolutionary Origins. She helps Brite write wonderful stories. Father Chance told JustSo, that one day, her Son of Selection would bite every school childrens heel.

    And Father Chance saw the Mutations were random, but not really random and then said it was neutral, except when there was strong selection, then Father Chance rested knowing that his fuzziness was good and that truth could not prevail as long as his tale was told.

  7. Granville, excellent point.

    I’m beggining to think that Darwin’s Black Box is more a metaphor of Darwinist in a black box that cannot think outside of their indoctrination.

    In the future, similar people clinging to their dying Darwinian religion will refuse to accept Design of Life by humans, only because they will claim humans are not designed, thus whatever they create is a function of random mutation, selection and unguided mechanisms from the past.

  8. SCheesman,

    Those two points and summation, make a great wall poster.

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    DATCG

    Darwin’s Black box is the cell. Darwin could not see closely enough inside the cell to determine its immense complexity, and as such, what the thinking back then was was that the cell was very simple in structure – at least certainly not the complex system of nano-machines and circuitry we are able to see today.

    I find it interesting that Darwinists often accuse IDists and other Darwin doubters of forming their ideas out of antiquated notions from a bygone era, yet look at the basis for Darwinian evolution. Look at the wrong assumptions that were made about basic biology in Darwin’s time, and tell me if the argument really fits.

  10. Mr Yankee,

    Look at the wrong assumptions that were made about basic biology in Darwin’s time, and tell me if the argument really fits.

    You make a great point. Darwinian scientists are still trying to force the world to think in terms of gemmules to explain heredity, and it is difficult to get snything on Mendelian genetics, chromosomes and DNA published because of the Darwinian stranglehold on the tax-funded academy.

  11. Mr Arrington,

    Given our human tendency to see agency around every corner even when there is none, are you actually surprised that journalists and scientists explaining their work use such common analogies and terms?

    Here’s the reductio ad absurdum of this argument – Don’t these people realize they are using ENGLISH??!? If you need human language to describe what is going on, it can’t be just chemistry and physics.

  12. “it is difficult to get snything on Mendelian genetics, chromosomes and DNA published because of the Darwinian stranglehold on the tax-funded academy.”

    should read

    “it is impossible to get anything on the information implications of Mendelian genetics, chromosomes and DNA published because of the Darwinian stranglehold on the tax-funded academy.”

    Just witness the firestorm Sternberg created by publishing Meyer’s paper. I believe it was officially unpublished or at least they tried to.

    The day that Nakashima does not distort the reality of the world will truly be a day of miracles or at least one.

  13. Mr DATCG,

    That an unguided process can “evolve” essential processes only when it is required is not just efficient, it is a miracle.

    ATP is the essential fuel of almost every cellular process. Cells that used up while not accomplishing anything are going to die faster, with less children than cells that use it only when necessary. Evolution in action, the Darwinian miracle.

  14. “Given our human tendency to see agency around every corner even when there is none, are you actually surprised that journalists and scientists explaining their work use such common analogies and terms?”

    More rubbish from Nakashima. I am about halfway through a 96 lecture course by the Teaching Company on the universe or astronomy. I am sure the professor has used analogies occasionally but I am not aware of them. Most of the phenomena explained so far which includes the solar system, star formation, solar mass, white dwarfs, brown dwarfs, star death, super novas, neutron stars, black holes, etc are nearly all described in terms of the four laws of physics and using simple equations. I wonder why.

    When one gets to biology, the laws of physics and chemistry don’t seem to work to explain the origins of the parts. So the necessary analogies seem to accumulate. I wonder why.

    It is early in the day in the US and Nakashima is distorting the world in fine fashion. Maybe we should get a Nakashima distortion meter to apply to his posts. There is a rumor going round the US that Obama is really a Republican operative in deep cover. There is a similar rumor that Nakashima is an ID advocate in deep cover.

  15. jerry @ 12

    Just witness the firestorm Sternberg created by publishing Meyer’s paper. I believe it was officially unpublished or at least they tried to.

    The day that Nakashima does not distort the reality of the world will truly be a day of miracles or at least one.

    Before Jerry distorts reality too much let us remind ourselves of the statement published by the Council of the Biological Society of Washington on 7 September 2004:

    The paper by Stephen C. Meyer, “The origin of biological information and the higher taxonomic categories,” in vol. 117, no. 2, pp. 213-239 of the Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, was published at the discretion of the former editor, Richard v. Sternberg. Contrary to typical editorial practices, the paper was published without review by any associate editor; Sternberg handled the entire review process. The Council, which includes officers, elected councilors, and past presidents, and the associate editors would have deemed the paper inappropriate for the pages of the Proceedings because the subject matter represents such a significant departure from the nearly purely systematic content for which this journal has been known throughout its 122-year history. [My emphasis]

  16. “ATP is the essential fuel of almost every cellular process. Cells that used up while not accomplishing anything are going to die faster, with less children than cells that use it only when necessary. Evolution in action, the Darwinian miracle.”

    That just destroys Dawkins argument that organisms exhibit bad design and therefore are not intelligently designed. Inefficiency is one of his key arguments.

    Then there is the problem that ATP is the essential fuel and just how did ATP synthase accumulate? It is one of the wonders of the world that makes the origin of the bacterial flagellum look like child’s play.

    Got to go. This is so much fun watching Nakashima distort reality but there is too many things to do before leaving for vacation next week.

  17. Seversky,

    Thank you for making my case.

  18. jerry @ 17

    Thank you for making my case.

    If you think that then I assume you must be in the market for a pontine purchase.

  19. SCheesman:

    1) The bat has evolved a remarkable echolocation system.

    2) The bat has a remarkable echolocation system.

    There is actually no difference in information between the two.

    I don’t know how you can possibly arrive at such an erroneous conclusion!
    Only in the “logic” of Darwinism can anyone come up with stuff like that.
    Obviously saying something evolved is NOT at all the same as saying that something exists – except to mind numbed Darwinists who must assume that if it exists it therefore had to evolve.
    Yet another sample of Darwiniam begging the question or circular reasoning.

    In the real world saying that something evolved has a very different meaning than merely saying it exists.
    In the strange Darwinian world the bat existed then evolved echolocation for itself by unknown, or entirely presumed, speculated, means and without any purpose!
    Yet in the real world bats have always had echolocation for clear precise purpose.

    Your equivocation is clearly false.

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    Borne @19,

    I believe SCheesman was having a bit of fun (i.e. he agrees with you).

  21. Mr Jerry,

    I’m glad you are enjoying the psychedelic properties of my posts! :)

    That just destroys Dawkins argument that organisms exhibit bad design and therefore are not intelligently designed. Inefficiency is one of his key arguments.

    Not knowing which particular argument of Dawkins you are referring to, all I can say is there is inefficiency and there is inefficiency. Wasting ATP at the cellular level is a quick way to becoming someone else’s lunch. Sleeping late will deprive you of the first worm of the day.

  22. Dr Sewell,

    Sorry, I’m not seeing bladderworts as irreducibly complex. The plant can trap prey without the whole sealed door, pressure release mechanism in place, just because the door is hard to find once the prey is inside. Pumping water out of the chamber would also help bring digested material in contact with the chamber walls. The chamber does not have to be very big. The seal doesn’t have to be perfect, or the pressure differential large. Etc, etc, etc. Put another way, what part of this system couldn’t have evolved from something simpler?

    It is important to remember that the thing to think the most critically about is the thing you really want to believe is true.

  23. “It is important to remember that the thing to think the most critically about is the thing you really want to believe is true.”

    According to your neurons bouncing around in your brain or in an absolute kinda way?

  24. Mr Absolutist,

    “It is important to remember that the thing to think the most critically about is the thing you really want to believe is true.”

    According to your neurons bouncing around in your brain or in an absolute kinda way?

    I think it works both ways! Critical thinking is absolutely critical.

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