Monday, February 06, 2006

Literally like a car?

All in One still
Michael Behe likes to claim that the bacterial flagellum is "literally" "an outboard motor."
Dover: "The bacterial flagellum is quite literally an outboard motor that bacteria use to swim."

Kansas: "This is the bacterial flagellum. It is quite literally an outboard motor. That bacteria can swim."

NPR: "The flagellum is, quite literally, an outboard motor that bacteria use to swim."

Hannity and Colmes: "a bacterial flagellum, which is literally an outboard motor that some bacteria use to swim."

The implication is that figurative (not literal) similarities between an outboard motor and a flagellum justify claiming that an intelligence designed the bacterium.

Chevrolet's advertising wing conducted Beheian research in 1938 to determine whether a dog is literally a car (or perhaps an engine).

Here's the video. Safe for work, assuming regularly whispering "good boy" is safe in your workplace. The shocking answer is at the end.