This one at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog is weird — far more weird than usual. The title is Jellyfish Sense Their Environment for Controlled Migration. It has no byline, so they’re all responsible. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Jellyfish are not exactly the quarterbacks (or leatherbacks) of the animal kingdom, but they have surprised researchers with their ability to swim against the tide, just like baby leatherback turtles do. Scientists even think they may be able to sense the earth’s magnetic field, as do turtles, salmon, birds, and other long-distance migrators. The BBC News comments on new findings from Australia:
[Discoveroid quote from the BBC:] The scientists think the animals might sense the current across the surface of their bodies. They also speculate that the jellyfish might use the Earth’s magnetic field to navigate — an ability seen in some other migrating marine species, including sea turtles.
Why does this interest the Discoveroids? Stay with us, the weirdness begins soon:
We noted in 2013 that jellyfish, which appear suddenly in the fossil record along with all the other animal phyla in the Cambrian explosion, are much more complex than the simple drifters they appear to be.
Ooooooooooh — the Cambrian explosion! That’s when the intelligent designer — blessed be he! — appeared on our uniquely created world and magically designed all the phyla. Isn’t this exciting? Let’s read on:
The new findings were published in Current Biology this month. [Here’s the paper: Current-Oriented Swimming by Jellyfish and Its Role in Bloom Maintenance.] For the first time, researchers put data loggers on jellyfish to track their movements.
To the scientists’ surprise, the jellyfish swam against the current — proving that they use active sensing to detect the ocean current and swim across it, when necessary, to get where they want to go.
That’s nice, but why do a pack of creationists like the Discoveroids care? Be patient. They continue:
“It remains unclear just how the jellyfish sense changes in water, the paper in Current Biology journal says” (BBC News). It must work really well, because jellyfish get together in big convocations called blooms. “These blooms may comprise between hundreds and millions of jellyfish, and can persist in a given area for months.”
There are mysteries here that will require further research to understand. The authors speculate about what environmental cues these soft-bodied living submarines might employ for navigation:
We’ll skip the speculations to get to the good stuff. It’s coming soon:
Meanwhile researchers continue to observe design in the living world, then believe that their job is to find out how it fits a Darwinian scheme. “It’s there; it’s adaptive; it must have evolved!” is the mentality. But a strategy implies direction and purpose. We know that in every case where we observe the origin of a strategy, intelligence — not blind nature — was the cause.
Huh? We know that? Egad, then why didn’t your Curmudgeon know it? The Discoveroids are so much more advanced than we are. Here’s more:
So a “simple” animal performs a complex function that humans cannot do without instruments. Is it the scientist’s job to “understand the evolution” of such a function?
Isn’t it? No! Pay attention:
A design approach, that observes an animal solving a problem and tries to understand how it does so, is much more satisfying than saying, “It evolved.”
Oh yes — a design approach is so much more satisfying! Moving along:
It may even lead engineers to mimic the animal’s design to solve human problems.
Right. We can’t mimic a feature of an animal unless we’re creationists. And now we come to the stunning end:
Intelligent design also keeps the fascination and wonder in science. It leads to a view of nature as a world of intricate designs that are a delight to contemplate and try to figure out.
Ooooooooooh! Only creationism “keeps the fascination and wonder in science.” It’s so thrilling to look at everything and say: “Goddidit!” And the Discoveroids are leading the way!
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