September 21st, 2006, 08:53 AM
Originally Posted by Ohnos
Basically he is using articles that have absolutely nothing to do with God, to prove that there is a God.
I have no such ambitious goal.
My goal is simply what I stated in my opening posting: to provide support for my assertion that as scientists discover more about cells that more and more levels of subsystems are revealed.
Of course one may draw whatever conclusions one wants about what this means.
Biochemist Claims Ancestor to ATP Enzymes Found
A Purdue biology professor claims that acetate kinase resembles the structure and function of other metabolizing enzymes in bacteria and archaea, and may be the common ancestor of these enzymes that utilize ATP for energy.
Notice that even though the these enzymes have an outward resemblance (a similar fold), they have entirely different amino acid sequences. In actuality, ATP utilization is an irreducibly complex mechanism in living cells. We have written earlier about the wonder of ATP synthase; no way could something like this just evolve by natural means.
When you learn the art of baloney detecting, it is not hard to find the fallacies in this kind of story. The professor attributes wish fulfillment and cooperation to enzymes and bacteria: this is the fallacy of personification. He claims similarities prove ancestry: this is non sequitur. Then he uses his assumptions of evolution to demonstrate evolution: this is circular reasoning.