Michael Behe

Michael BeheIn hmolscience, Michael Behe (1952-) (CR:5) (CIR:1) is an American biochemist, noted for his 1996 Darwin’s Black Box, wherein, via distorted biochemistry presentations, argues that certain cellular structures, e.g. the bacterial flagella, are “irreducibly complex”, i.e. too complex to be reduced to chemistry and physics, and therefore the products of a divine creator.

Cellular watchmaker analogy
The gist of what Behe argues, in short, in an extension of English Christian apologeticist William Paley’s 1802 “watchmaker” analogy (Ѻ), namely that if a watch works via mechanical parts and mechanism, and was made by a creator, the similarly if the cell works via mechanical parts and mechanism then it too must have a creator; in circa 2003 interview with Lee Strobel, Behe explained his reasoning as follows:

“If the creation of a simple device like this device [motioning to a mouse trap] requires intelligent design, then we have to ask: ‘what about the finely tuned machines of the cellular world?’ If evolution can’t adequately explain them, then scientists should be free to consider other alternatives.”

Behe then goes on to use the bacterial flagella as his upgrade to the Paley watch.
Behe mousetrap analogy
Behe, who keeps a mousetrap in his office, uses what he calls a “mousetrap analogy” to argue that if “mechanical” parts of the trap were “designed” than so to must have been the “mechanical” parts of the cell; the designer of the former a person, the designer of the latter god.

Behe states that he was an "agnostic scientist", while in school, until he came across Michael Denton's Evolution: a Theory in Crisis (1985), which inspiration him towards "intelligent design" theory. [2]

In 1997, Behe met American mathematician Granville Sewell, who informed Behe that he could find more support for his intelligent design theory in mathematics, physics, and computer science.

The following are related quotes:

“Thus it seemed to Haeckel that such simple life could easily be produced from inanimate material.”
— Michael Behe (2010), “Molecular Machines: Experimental Support for the Design Inference” [2]

“A draft of Pandas and People’s sequel, The Design of Life, had been previewed during Dover’s trial (2005). Just as Foundation for Thought and Ethics substituted the word ‘creationism’ with ‘intelligent design’—following Edwards vs Aguillard (1987) —throughout versions of Pandas, this edition substituted ‘sudden emergence’ for ‘intelligent design’. This prompted Rothschild to ask Michael Behe during cross-examination, ‘will we be back in a couple of years for the ‘sudden emergence’ trail.”
— Lauri Lebo (2008), The Devil in Dover

1. Lebo, Lauri. (2008). The Devil in Dover: an Insider’s Story of Dogma v. Darwin in Small-Town America (pgs. 129, 210). The New Press, 2013.
2. Behe, Michael J. (2001). “Molecular Machines: Experimental Support for the Design Inference”, in: Intelligent Design: Creationism and its Critics: Philosophical, Theological, and Scientific Perspectives (§10:241-; quote, pg. 244) (Ѻ). MIT Press.
3. Strobel, Lee. (2004). The Case for a Creator: a Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence that Points Toward God (pg. 246). Zondervan, 2009.

External links
Michael Behe – Wikipedia.

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