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The discovery of the elaborate mechanisms, machines, motors, factories, perambulationg proteins, etc. is one of the triumphs of modern molecular biology, and one that belies an origin by random, haphazard chance occurrences. Perhaps if you could hear the words from the pen of a staunch evolutionist and outspoken anticreationist, Bruce Alberts, for many years president of the National Academy of Sciences, you would realize how inescapable the conclusions as to what the origin of such complexity must be. He is so impressed he cannot keep quiet, yet he must know that by speaking using these metaphors, he is indeed undoing his own philosophical base.
This is what Alberts says:
"The entire cell can be viewed as a factory that contains an elaborate network of interlocking assembly lines, each of which is composed of a set of large protein machines. … Why do we call the large protein assemblies that underlie cell function protein machines? Precisely because, like machines invented by humans to deal efficiently with the macroscopic world, these protein assemblies contain highly coordinated moving parts. "Bruce Alberts, "The Cell as a Collection of Protein Machines: Preparing the Next Generation of Molecular Biologists," Cell, 92: 291, February 8, 1998.
What he asserts for the cell demands an Originator, more complex than the cell itself, and clearly more knowledgeable than human scientists who are just beginning to unfold the picture of the cell's complexity. Although Alberts would deny this Originator, he can offer no better explanation to replace it. Nor can I.