Figure 1. A household mousetrap. The working parts of the trap
are labeled. If any of the parts are missing the trap does not function.
Figure 2. Schematic drawing of part of a cilium. The power stroke
of the motor protein, dynein, attached to one microtubule, against subfiber
B of a neighboring microtubule causes the fibers to slide past each other.
The flexible linker protein, nexin, converts the sliding motion to a bending
(1) Darwin, Charles (1872) Origin of Species 6th ed (1988), p.151,
New York University Press, New York.
(2) Farley, John (1979) The Spontaneous Generation Controversy from Descartes to Oparin, 2nd ed, p.73, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.
(3) Mayr, Ernst (1991) One Long Argument, p. 146, Harvard University Press, Cambridge.
(4) Devlin, Thomas M. (1992) Textbook of Biochemistry, pp.938954, WileyLiss, New York.
(5) University of Washington rhetorician John Angus Campbell has observed that "huge edifices of ideas such as positivism never really die. Thinking people gradually abandon them and even ridicule them among themselves, but keep the persuasively useful parts to scare away the uninformed." "The Comic Frame and the Rhetoric of Science: Epistemology and Ethics in Darwin's Origin," Rhetoric Society Quarterly 24, pp.2750 (1994). This certainly applies to the way the scientific community handles questions on the origin of life.
(6) Darwin, p.154.
(7) Voet, D. & Voet, J.G. (1990) Biochemistry, pp.11321139, John Wiley & Sons, New York.
(8) Cited in Jaki, Stanley L. (1980) Cosmos and Creator, pp.56, Gateway Editions, Chicago.