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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    The reference here is to “irreducible complexity.” Saith Wiki: “Irreducible complexity (IC) is a pseudoscientific argument that certain biological systems cannot evolve by successive small modifications to pre-existing functional systems through natural selection.”

    The modern definition of IC was developed by Michael Behe, a professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University, who incorporated it into creation science textbooks (which were later converted to “Intelligent Design” textbooks through mass text editing, an amusing story in itself). These textbooks and Dr. Behe himself got involved in the Kitzmiller legal case, mentioned above, where the judge ruled: "Professor Behe's claim for irreducible complexity has been refuted in peer-reviewed research papers and has been rejected by the scientific community at large."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irreducible_complexity
    I think my post was misunderstood -likely my fault. I do not believe in intelligent design and I’m not inferring ‘irreducible complexity’. In mammals that have developed over thousands of years we see similar body structures develop to perform similar functions. We know now (as I’ve mentioned previously) that genes interact with each other in a way not unlike neurons -almost as if they are rather smart or if not that, they can work more efficiently- that perhaps explains why such complex structures as the middle ear seemed to improve in design more quickly than might have been expected.

    So what I’m brainstorming about here is whether life elsewhere would develop similar structures or are there a gazillion ways to create, for instance, a hearing and balance structure. Or maybe intelligent beings develop totally different senses. After all, my guess is that something like the wheel may be a standard construct of transportation across the universe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveM View Post
    I think my post was misunderstood -likely my fault.
    Sorry if I misunderstood! WRT your question, I'd imagine there are many ways to skin the cat (most probably illegal nowadays). I can well imagine that an organism in a different environment, with different needs for hearing frequencies or differentiation among tones, or a different speed of sound in their environment, might develop very different mechanisms for hearing. Or, if their environment is much like our own and their hearing needs similar, might develop something similar to ours. We can only speculate, of course!


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    A very brief discussion of a recent book by Jonathan Losos on recent findings on evolution in the Religion Group:

    https://www.talkclassical.com/groups...evolution.html

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