Don't the Intricacy & Ubiquity of Molecular Machines Provide Evidence for Design?

In Salvo 19, we saw that engineers often turn to nature for inspiration when designing human technology. But long before the advent of modern technology, students of biology saw similarities between living organisms and machines. In 1697, the Italian life-scientist Marcello Malpighi observed: "Nature, in order to carry out the marvelous operations in animals and plants, has been pleased to construct their organized bodies with a very large number of machines."1

Many of these comparisons were obvious: skeletons and muscles interact to form movable structures...


is a senior editor of Salvo and is co-founder of the Intelligent Design & Evolution Awareness (IDEA) Center and Program Officer in Public Policy and Legal Affairs at the Discovery Institute.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #20, Spring 2012 Copyright © 2020 Salvo |


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