Member # 1966
posted 04. May 2006 13:22
Imagine Darwin running a shipyard. No designing, use random materials, then randomly assemble the ship. Darwin might say "our ships
never sink after launch-- they sink during launch.
When we look at the subcomponents of the e. coli
propulsion system (rotor, stator, motor, shaft, busshing, and flagellum) in terms of natural selection--huge difficulties can be discerned.
Natural selection "cannot encourage features that might be useful in the future unless they are already adventageous now." All the components exist for the sake of something else--their the means for achieving the purpose of propulsion. In fact, each subcomponent achieves its purpose if and only if it works in concert with the other organelles. None of the above organelles serve a purpose until the entire system has developed.
The Intelligent agent behind DNA caused e. coli's propulsion system to exist because it intended to. The formal cause is propulsion, the material, efficient, and final cause relate to the physical
components and can be explained mechanistically. However, I say the agent intends for the bacterium to have propulsion. It intends to provide propulsion since the final cause, the complete system, is the means to achieving the end or purpose. Teleologically, the formal cause is the IDEA of propulsion, which is achieved by meeting the preconditions by making the subcompents. The subcomponents are the cause(the mechanistically explainable), propulsion is the effect.
FINAL CAUSE FORMAL CAUSE
(means, preconditions) (purpose achieved)
1) ROTOR, MOTOR, STATOR PROPULSION
BUSHING , FLAGELLUM (IDEA)
2) SHIPS DRIVE SYSTEM PROPULSION
3) TIRES, FRAME, FORKS, TRANSPORTATION
PEDALS, CHAIN, ETC
When we look at a parked bike we don't see transportion, we just see the mechanical things that give rise, or cause transportaion.