Originally posted by twhitehead
So how did the elephant know that if it flapped its back legs around enough they would turn into a tail? My point is that if you accept change at all then via gradual steps you can get dramatic seemingly impossible change. Further study will lead you to the realization that there is nothing unique about a bacterial flagellum. There are many possible ways ...[text shortened]... ne. But that shouldnt make you reject it as impossible or even imply an 'inteligent designer'.
Firstly, I didn't say I accepted whales CAME FROM elephants. They might have. I accept they're related. There's a difference.
The fact that every higher animal on the planet shares a large part of their genetic code could simply mean God found a design that worked, and stuck with it.
Secondly, I didn't say I thought the flagellum was impossible. I simply don't think anyone has explained it very well yet.
I'm best described as a 'weak' creationist. Frankly, I don't really care that much about the issue and it doesn't seem to occupy any of my time other than the occasional excursion onto this site.
What irks me though is that there never seems to be such a thing as a 'weak' evolutionist. No-one ever comes here and frankly acknowledges that there are gaps in the fossil record, or that there things that are not properly understood about how enzymes developed, or whatever.