The creation scientists at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom — post only a few articles a month at their website, and many of them are variations on what they’ve posted before.
The last time they posted one of these “X Proves Creationism” things was a month ago: Blue Tarantulas Prove Creationism. Want to see a few more? How about Bubonic Plague Proves Creationism, and Your Bowels Prove Creationism, and Map of the Local Universe Proves Creationism, and Chameleon’s Tongue Proves Creationism.
There are many other examples. They all illustrate what we call the Creationist Scientific Method:
But perhaps the ultimate in ICR’s endless series of “X Proves Creationism” posts was Unanswered Questions Prove Creationism. That one illustrates another foundational principle of creation science:
In other words, if something isn’t yet fully understood, then the answer must be … Oogity Boogity!
Today, dear reader, ICR has yet another of those articles. It’s Smart and Stealthy Cuttlefish, by Frank Sherwin, M.A. (We’re wary of anyone who touts a Master’s degree.). At the end of the article he’s described as “Research Associate, Senior Lecturer, and Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research.” Here’s his writeup at the Encyclopedia of American Loons. ICR has a bio page on the guy: Frank Sherwin. They say his MA degree is in zoology from the University of Northern Colorado.
Here are some excerpts from Sherwin’s latest, with bold font added by us:
Cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) belong to an order of cephalopods called Sepioidea. They appear suddenly in the fossil record as cephalopods. “Ancestral cephalopods” are unknown.
Wikipedia has an article on them: Cuttlefish. Regarding their “unknown” origin, Wikipedia also has an article on the Evolution of cephalopods. Anyway, let’s get back to Sherwin to see why he thinks cuttlefish are so important to creationism:
Many zoologists consider cuttlefish to be the most intelligent invertebrate species, which is quite a problem from an evolutionary perspective.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh — we have a problem! [*End Drool Mode*] Let’s read on:
Evolutionists view intelligence evolving through social interactions and long life spans. But cuttlefish are cephalopods. They don’t have a complex social structure and live only about a year — the lifespan of a butterfly. How did cuttlefish become so bright?
Gasp — this is indeed a puzzlement! Sherwin continues:
In addition, these animals have a kind of visual “superpower,” in that they can “see” information in light waves we humans cannot. Sometimes electric fields, of which light is composed, can become preferentially aligned in a certain direction, a phenomenon called polarization. Cuttlefish have been designed to sense when the direction of polarized light changes. Other animals have polarized vision, but the cuttlefish’s appears to be the best: It’s in high definition.
Astounding! But wait — there’s more:
Cuttlefish have the unfortunate quality of being delicious to oceanic predators such as sharks. This is why these “chameleons of the sea” are also designed with camouflage — and a recently discovered electrical stealth technology. They emit a weak electrical field (a tiny artifact really, about 75,000 times fainter than a AAA battery) from four parts of its body. A shark can detect these microvolt emissions using its array of sensitive detectors studding its snout.
If they’re so delicious, and sharks can detect them, why is this such a great design? Sherwin explains::
What’s a cuttlefish to do? Upon sensing a shark it immediately freezes and covers its body openings (its mouth and the siphon it uses for hydropropulsion) with its arms while clamping down on its mantle (the large fold of soft tissue on its back). This results in a drop in the current the cuttlefish emits. Reducing the cuttlefish’s tell-tale electrical signal lowers the chances of being discovered… and eaten.
Verily, it’s an amazing design! This is the rest of the article:
The appealing cuttlefish therefore has two ways to evade being consumed: visual camouflage operating in less than a second, and the recently discovered electrical stealth. Both stealth camo and technology requires a stealthy designer.
Yes — a stealthy designer! It’s so obvious, even a creationist can understand it. So why don’t you, dear reader?
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