|The Henry Graves Super-Complication Watch may sell for $17 million.|
The Anglican clergyman William Paley argued for intelligent design by comparing a stone found on a path outside to a watch found in the same place. The stone could have arrived by chance, but the watch is quite different. See M. Behe, Darwin's Black Box, p. 211.
The watch above is going on the auction block at the ultimate watch, with 24 complications, designed to be far more complex than the one ordered by Packard (luxury car maker) with only 16 complications.
If I understand it correctly, a complication in a watch is an added luxury, such as a timer, stopwatch, and moon phases. If one of those fails, the rest still work, I imagine.
|William Paley argued from the watch found on the trail.|
However, the complications in a plant cell are fatal for the cell when one function fails - and there are many functions of great complexity.
Imagine if you will, a rose seed. Roses start out as seeds unless one is rooting the canes in a glass of water.
The rose seed is complex on its own, but the plant it forms has many different cells carrying out different functions. As the rose grows, assuming no grafting, the cells must form roots, leaves, stems, flowers, prickles, and hips. Rosehips are the fruit of roses and contain the seeds, not unlike apples, which come from the same large family.
Each individual complexity shows design beyond our capacity to explain it. The root tip cells know how to attract fungi to give it food, by offering carbon credits to the fungus. The rose flower attracts pollinating critters to fertilize the seed.
The larger functions astound us, but the microscopic ones should stun us. Here is one plant cell, revealing many different mechanical and chemical functions operating all at once.
|This pole bean has many different cells -|
stem, skin, seeds, and flowers - for starters.
Some of my bean pods were old and over the hill this fall, so I dropped them into the mulch to be absorbed by soil creatures and turned into new plants later. A pile of old bean pods can become a tomato plant in time - through decomposition, but humans cannot take a pot of beans and make tomato soup from them.