So I have read all of Doug Axe’s (ID proponent) scientific work over the last 6 months, and it has been a fun read. I think the most interesting article was this one about Lignin, a ubiquitous plant substance that is very difficult to digest despite being very energy rich:
Axe contends that (1) no efficient way exists to degrade lignin, (2) an efficient way to degrade lignin would totally disrupt the biosphere, and (3) given the 100s of millions of years evolution has had to evolve an efficient lignin degrading enzyme, this strong evidence that new functions are hard to evolve.
For those that do not want to read the original paper, here is a brief summary and talk…
Lignin provides a paradoxical case for the Darwinian method of evolution, but fits perfectly into a design oriented scientific paradigm. Thirty percent of non-fossil organic carbon on the planet is lignin, so in a Darwinian world, something should have developed the ability to consume lignin–but it hasn’t. Lignin binds together and protects plant cellulose, which is vital to all types of large plant life; “The peculiar properties of lignin therefore make perfect sense when seen as part of a coherent design for the entire ecosystem of our planet.”
Now, of course, I do not agree with this logic and think the scientific claims end up being wrong. But I thought I’d open up the conversation here. I think the science is really interesting, and it will be fun to discuss with everyone here.
What do you guys think?