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(Permalink) Posted: April 09 2006,11:18   

William Saletan's brief comment about that new paper has just the right tone w/r/t the creationists:

Scientists say a new study debunks intelligent design. ID claims that evolution can't explain "irreducibly complex" systems, in which the parts serve no useful function until they're combined. According to this theory, the parts couldn't have arisen and evolved into the whole system through natural selection, since they offered no advantage. The new study shows how, in one case, two parts evolved for independent reasons and then fortuitously combined to produce an advantageous system. Rebuttals from ID proponents: 1) We're not convinced the parts made enough sense to survive natural selection. 2) New rule: To debunk our theory, any system you explain this way has to have at least three parts.

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