Display #1: The Bacterial
Many types of bacteria swim through water by spinning a rubber-like
"tail" called a flagellum. Because it's rubber-like and because
the semi-solid "hook" holds it at an angle, the flagellum takes on a
corkscrew shape, acting like a propeller in the water.
This is like you being able to spin you head around, and around, and
around! So how does it do it? Scientists are pushing the limits
of modern technology to be able to dissect these bacteria to see just
how on earth they spin their tails. It turns out that the
bacteria has something that is just like an electric motor built inside
|Here's a picture of an
electric motor. You can see the ROTOR
(called that because it ROTATES), the STATOR (because it STAYS
THERE), the drive shaft, the bushing or bearing which holds the rotor
perfectly centered in the stator and keeps dust and debris out of the
|Now, ask yourself a
question: Do you think that motor could have
been formed by natural processes? Maybe some molten lava flowed
down a mountain side into some water, which formed
the rotor in just the right shape and size, and right at the same time,
wrapped around it was some molten lava that
rolled down the mountain side and was also quickly cooled landing in
Perhaps some other lava got
mixed in there which was copper - just the right metal to make the
wires which happened to get interwoven through, in,
and around the stator just right. The bushing was exactly the
right size around the drive shaft which just happened
to be attached to the dead center of the rotor......
Okay, you get the point. It's ridiculous to suggest! If any
part of that motor is incomplete, or not doing its job exactly the way
it was designed to, the whole motor breaks down and
|Can an electric
motor form by natural processes? Let's check out the HOGWASH-O-METER®
Hmmmm... Doesn't look too likely!
When we take a look
inside the bacterial flagellum, we see a stator
(the C ring, held in place by the STUDS), a rotor (the M & S
rings), the drive shaft (the ROD), the bushing or
bearing (the L & P rings), it even has what many have called
the "universal joint", the hook - which is what changes the
direction of the rotational force.
But what of the
bacterial motor? It is no different than the electric
motor! How could it have
evolved? If any one of those parts isn't quite evolved, the whole
system breaks down, our bacteria can't get around and it dies! If
any one of those parts suffers a change in its attempt to "evolve", it
no longer does its original job, the whole motor fails, the bacteria
In modern times we think something is a superior technology if it's
smaller, faster, more energy efficient. Well, this motor is so
of them can fit on the tip of one of your hairs! An electric
motor cannot reproduce, or find its own energy, or repair itself!
The bacteria can do all of these.
Where there is design, there is a designer.