irreducible complexity

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Coined by Michael Behe in his 1996 book Darwin's Black Box.

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irreducible complexity (uncountable)

  1. (biology, pseudoscience) The proposition that complex organs such as eyes and flagella must have started existing in their current form; i.e., that they cannot have evolved from previous, less complex stages.

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